Adium – filling the gap Mac Messenger creates..

AdiumOne of the issues I have come up against with Snow Leopard is the fact Mac Messenger doesn’t yet work. Which is a bit of a shame, as I must admit I spend quite a lot of time chatting to friends and family using MSN Messenger on my Windows boxes.

Now, obviously there are alternatives such as Skype which I have set up and it does work. However some of my friends only have MSN accounts. Which is where Adium comes in.
Adium is a instant messenger application which connects to a wide range of networks, including: AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, and more.
Adium is completely free and relies on donations, so if you like Adium why not donate to help keep the project alive!
You can find out more and download Adium over at it’s homepage.

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Pidgin Version 2.5.6 – Released 19/05/2009

Pidgin is an all in one instant messenger client, boasting a slick and fast user interface with versions available for

The change log, which has predomently been geared around logged tickets with the pidgin development team is:

  • libpurple
    • Improve sleep behavior by aggregation of longer timeouts on second boundaries to allow better power saving. (Arunan Balasubramaniam)
    • Fix various crashes on exit.
    • Make XML parsing more resilient to interactions with other libraries. This, along with the fix for libxml2 bug 564217, fixes the crashes on connect in XMPP with recent gst-plugins-bad (see #8830 for details).
    • Many security related fixes
  • IRC
    • Correctly handle WHOIS for users who are joined to a large number of channels.
    • Notify the user if a /nick command fails, rather than trying fallback nicks.
  • MSN
    • Fix a race condition causing occasional Pidgin crashes.
    • Fix some errors about the friendly name changing too fast caused by MSN/Yahoo integration buddies.
  • XMPP
    • Less likely to pop up a new conversation window in disregard of the “Hide new IM conversations” preference.
  • Yahoo
    • Fix a crash when sending very long messages.
    • Fix a bug where UTF-8 status messages get garbled when going idle.

Pidging currently supports the following networks:

  • AIM
  • Bonjour
  • Gadu-Gadu
  • Google Talk
  • Groupwise
  • ICQ
  • IRC
  • MSN
  • MySpaceIM
  • QQ
  • SILC
  • Sametime
  • XMPP
  • Yahoo!
  • Zephyr

Why not give pidgin a try, and chuck out some of your other clients!

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