Proteus for Mac

Proteus for Mac

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Quick Specs

Version:
4.2.1
File Size:
17.22MB
Date Added:
March 28, 2008
Price:
Free to try
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.3/10.3.9/10.4 Intel/10.4 PPC/10.5 Intel/10.5 PPC
Total Downloads:
2,197
Downloads Last Week:
7
Product ranking:
#19 in Chat
Additional Requirements:
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  • 2 stars

    "Disappointing--cannot find \"join group chat\" for..."

    January 04, 2008   |   By sng40

    Version: Proteus 4.16

    Summary

    ...jabber
    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I have used Adium for over a year along with others in my policy group as a secondary communication channel during group teleconferences. My primary, and really only, use, therefore, is a group chat at a password-protected jabber conferencing site. I searched and searched the menus of Proteus, but I could not discover how to join a group chat room. I can do it easily with Adium and with Pidgin on my new ASUS Eee PC (Xandros Linux based). So, for me, Proteus is useless, as is Psi, because the latter does not support passworded logging into chat rooms.

    Also, when I tried to set up my jabber account with Proteus, I kept failing until finally I noticed that it was necessary to open another tab to enter the host name for my account. I had thought that it was implicit in my account name (user@host).

    Bottom line: Adium is still my chat client of choice for MacOS

    --Steve

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  • 4 stars

    "scroller"

    April 25, 2005   |   By lex_world

    Version: Proteus 4.10

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    great app. everything is killer. i only have one issue. when i am chatting and the box begins to scroll the scroller always goes to the top and i have the repeatedly scroll down to read the most recent chat. it becomes a pain in the @$#^# to have to keep scrolling. does anyone else have this problem?

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  • 5 stars

    "Product is good, support sucks!"

    April 13, 2005   |   By mediajolt

    Version: Proteus 4.10

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Proteus is an excellent product for the most part, but the developer's service and support is essentially nonexistent. I've emailed the developer three times about a registration issue, and I haven't received a single response. Take the money and run, I suppose. Looks like I'll be switching to Fire. Save yourself the cash and teach them a lesson about customer service!

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  • 2 stars

    "Sametime impl. more robust than Adium's..."

    April 12, 2005   |   By VersionTrackerUserOpinion

    Version: Proteus 4.10

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    ... but that's the only positive thing I found after 4 weeks of use. I paid, I've send in a list of issues (with suggestions for how to address them), but I didn't get any response. This is lousy.
    I would love to go back to Adium, but their Sametime implementation is too shaky. So I have to live with Proteus for now, but I can really recommend Adium for anyone who doesn't have to use Sametime.

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  • 4 stars

    "Lots of Bugs"

    April 11, 2005   |   By daver969

    Version: Proteus 4.10

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    OK, I've only used Proteus for a couple of days, but I've already found enough annoying bugs to start complaining about. For a program that's up to version 4, and that costs $15 (compared to other **free** multi protocol chat clients) this thing has too many bugs. Some highlights: the status message doesn't 'stick'. I have it set to show my icon in my contact list, and use the (*very* cool, BTW) feature to show the currently playing iTunes song as the status message. But it has this weird habit of disappearing. I don't know if it disappears for people on the other end, too. And the prefs don't seem to take effect right away, sometimes. One time I had the "connecting" sound enabled (biiiig mistake!) and one of the services was taking a long time to connect. the sound kept playing and playing and playing, so I went into prefs to turn it off, but it didn't work. Had to quit the program and start again.
    Also, now for some strange reason, pressing cmd-H doesn't hide Proteus (yes, there are other programs visible to switch to), and clicking on a contact in my contact list doesn't select them, so I can't get info about them. Actually, now I can't do anything with the contact window, close it, change status, anything. Looks like I have to restart the program. That fixed it, but the the problem is that kind of thing happens waaaay too often.
    This program has some really cool features that Adium doesn't have, like invisible mode, and the itunes thing, but overall it's B.U.G.G.Y., too buggy for a prog that's supposedly hit version 4 (not to mention the $).

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  • 1 stars

    "Sametime support much more robust than Adium, but..."

    March 30, 2005   |   By VersionTrackerUserOpinion

    Version: Proteus 4.10

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    ... some usability issues:

    • using a drawer to switch between multiple sessions is a really strange idea if you only have two or three sessions at a time. Why not have multiple tabs?
    • I can only use Sametime within my company's network. At home I don't have access (but Proteus tries to connect every 3 seconds adding at least 15% of my CPU load). This usecase isn't very well covered by Proteus: I don't want to switch between "enable" and "disable" states of the Sametime account (because the UI for this is a pain). I just want to manually connect and disconnect (like in Adium).
    • there is no option to hide the contact list if Proteus is not active (making non-active windows transparent is not a viable alternative because it affects all windows)
    • the edit indicator exists only in the contact list but not in typescript window (where typically my attention is). Adium shows it in the session's tab. I'd like to have it in both places.
    • a bouncing dock icon is too invasive, I prefer Adium's subtle animation.

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  • 5 stars

    "Brilliant"

    February 11, 2005   |   By Geoffers' Apps

    Version: Proteus 4.10

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Fast, flexible, lovely GUI. God I wish I could make apps this good.

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  • 5 stars

    "This update demonstrates why Proteus is such a good..."

    January 15, 2005   |   By mcalmus

    Version: Proteus 4.09

    Summary

    ...product
    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    The developers quickly put out version 4.09 to fix all the (admittedly big and annoying) bugs in 4.08. I now have almost nothing to complain about. Proteus is a great product, and I highly recommend it. It's much better than almost every other multi-protocol service out there and at least somewhat better than the ones it's not much better than. I'll say that iChat is stronger in some areas, but since that's just AIM, there really is no decisions to make.

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  • 5 stars

    "Sweeter than even"

    January 09, 2005   |   By jeffcgd

    Version: Proteus 4.08

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Awesome as ever.
    Almost as sweet as the 4.08 final candidate tests, with the exception of an issue with Yahoo's (not Proteus) problem sending files from later model PC Yahoo Messenger clients to Mac versions (This affects all IM clones built on the GAIM Instant Messaging engine: Proteus, FIRE, GAIM etc). Instead of the transfer from the PC Messenger sitting indefinitely after you accept, them timing out, selecting receive now causes that ACCOUNT to be booted, so it has to log on again. This is the only flaw apart from a longer application launch time than in 4.07.
    If you are having problems, you may not have taken the recommended advice to rebuild your accounts with the major changes that were made to 4.06 a while ago.
    A great app, at a fair price.

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  • 5 stars

    "Works well"

    January 09, 2005   |   By TheSin

    Version: Proteus 4.08

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    With the link I have downloaded and installed it on two systems, and so far all is well and I don't get that annoying MSN warning when i type two messages close together...great job guys. Sorry to hear about your webserver, let me know if I can help as I have many years of experience running webservers on unix.

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