I’ve been an instant messaging fan for years, but I quickly grew tired of having three different clients open in order to connect to everyone. At work I, and others, have been using Trillian and Trillian Pro for some time to enjoy an ad Free, multi-protocol, IM experience. Trillian is great, but it isn’t available for Mac.AdiumX Screenshot

So, I’ve been using Fire for the better part of a year on the OSX side. Fire is great. Although, it is missing a couple features I had come to rely on in Trillian Pro. The first one that comes to mind is the way that Trillian inserts the last several lines of IMs to and from a buddy into new chat windows. Fire logs messages, but you have to look at them in a separate file.

A week or so ago, I ran across AdiumX, which is another multi-protocol IM client. AdiumX gives me everything Fire did, plus it sports a few other nice features. The user interface is a little sleeker and more customizable than Fire. The tabbed chat windows are a great addition and really cut down on desktop clutter. The integration with Address Book is also nice, it can display a person’s real name as opposed to their buddy name so you don’t have to remember that Mad$kilz872 = Jim.

Overall, AdiumX gets my vote. Of course, if you are a Windows users, you won’t be able to use AdiumX. In that case, I would go with Trillian over anything else I’ve seen or used. All three of the clients mentioned here are freely available for download. AdiumX is free, but accepts donations on their web site. Fire is also free and I can’t seem to find a place to send donations to the developers. Trillian offers a free basic version, and a slightly more advanced Pro version which is worth the $25 price tag in my opinion.

2 thoughts on “AdiumX IM Client

  1. Super Freaky.

    I’ve also been using Fire at work since I started working at a Mac place. I liked Fire.

    I also use Trillian on Windows and have for quite a while.

    Years ago I tried Adium, but hadn’t tried the new version.

    Now that I’m going all Mac-crazy, I downloaded the new Adium and it rocks. I heart Adium. You can even change the Dock icon to something funny.

    Just like J.P.

  2. Damn. See, first I didn’t have that “You can even change the Dock icon..” sentence, so it went “I heart Adium. Just like J.P.”

    Then I added that sentence.

    Now it reads something like J.P. is funny, or you can change HIS dock icon, which doesn’t make sense. I’m not saying J.P. *isn’t* funny, it’s just not what I meant. I meant J.P. likes Adium, and so do I. It’s simple, really.

    I’m not drunk, I swear.

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