The Ultimate Instant Messaging App for MAC

by Naveenkumar 2012-11-19 16:13:47

Start using the best instant messaging client out there for Mac. It’s called Adium, it connects to everything and there’s no reason for not using it.

Adium does not support Facetime. But if that’s not an issue for you, Adium is a piece of software you should install. Combine all of your conversations into one great interface, then customize that interface to work exactly the way you want it to.


It Supports Everything

Let’s begin by pointing out the main advantage of Adium over iChat/Messages – it supports everything. Whereas Apple’s default chat client supports AIM, Yahoo and Jabber, Adium comes with built-in support for a long list of clients:


XMPP (“Jabber”), a protocol used for:
Google Talk
LJ (LiveJournal) Talk
Facebook Chat
MSN Messenger (soon to stop existing, replaced with Skype)
AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), which is used for:
MobileMe (formerly known as .Mac)
Yahoo! Messenger, including
Yahoo! Japan Messenger
Bonjour (compatible with iChat)
IBM Lotus Sametime
Novell GroupWise

You’ll note that Skype is not included in this list. You can install an Adium extension for Skype, but you’ll need Skype running in order to use it. Still, if you’re looking to combine all of your chats into one program, it works well.

Beautiful Interface

But support for almost every chat platform out there isn’t all Adium offers. This program is basically beautiful. Everything works the way you’d expect. The main window includes everyone online from all of your added services (I’ve blurred everyone to protect their identities) :

Click anyone to start chatting. You can combine duplicates (the same person logged into two services) by dragging one entry into another.

Do you not want to open a window? You can also quickly start a conversation from the system tray; all of your contacts are listed in the drop-down menu.

And when you open a window you’ll see a clean, tabbed interface for chatting:

As you can see, there’s not a lot of wasted space, especially if you use the proper theme. But if you like wasted space that’s possible too – there are many ways to customize Adium.


But wait…there’s more. Head to AdiumXtras and you can browse tweaks for Adium to make it better. Here are a few highlights for me:

See links to images as embedded images. Perfect if you, like me, use pictures of animals to communicate.
Chat without leaving a game’s fullscreen mode
Chat with Skype contacts in Adium

There’s more than customizations offered, however. There are many themes for the main window and the chat window – you can basically make everything look however you like. Explore the Xtras and you’ll quickly learn why Adium is revered by fans of customization.


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