Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
Age Rating: 4+
For a while now, Adium (adium.im) has been the ‘go to’ chat client for Mac users. As well supporting iChat/AIM, it can handle just about every chat protocol you can think of.
Once the app is installed, you need to add each of the chat accounts you plan to use. It supports just about every chat protocol you can think of except Apple’s iMessage. Even the venerable ICQ is covered.
Each chat you are involved in works in its own window. So, if you’re chatting to one friend via Facebook and another through MSN, you can see the two conversations in separate windows. However, all your contacts and their online status are in one list.
The user interface is clear, although we found the default fonts and colours a little hard to read. They can be easily changed to suit your preferences. We also found that some emoticons didn’t display correctly, although default smilies created with the colon and parentheses keys worked. It can be used to send images as well as text messages.
by Anthony Caruana, Macworld Australia