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That’s right, Apple. You should help Adium out by contributing the one thing that keeps me using iChat – video conferencing. Sorry to say, but iChat isn’t much good for anything else. I like that it looks through my address book for potential iChatting buddies, but […]

That’s right, Apple. You should help Adium out by contributing the one thing that keeps me using iChat – video conferencing. Sorry to say, but iChat isn’t much good for anything else. I like that it looks through my address book for potential iChatting buddies, but anyone with a year of AppleScript experience can do that. Sometimes you complain and run out without notice, but no one else delivers video conferencing like you. Why do you insist on having different windows for Bonjour, Jabber, and Buddy List? Can’t I pick what I want to you to look like?
On the groom’s side, Adium, what’s the deal with not supporting video? It’s great you can handle a lot of different chat protocols, but text is so 1999! It’s time to move up to the new world. So I think you should propose to iChat and make a kid. Like if Clark Kent and Louis Lane had a kid, or a vampire and a werewolf, but not as scary or threatening (it would still be immortal and kill all the other IM clients). I know how much you like to open up, and iChat does its’ typical close-minded thing, but opposites attract right? All couples have their different viewpoints, and you might fight from time to time. I think you two would work well together.

  1. On Adium and video chat:

    Why not? Because it is easier said than done. Read the wiki page on it. There are various issues that must be sorted before it can work, and, bearing in mind that the protocols employed are doubtless entirely proprietary, it looks like it will be something of a lengthy and uphill struggle.

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  2. Apple has staff who know the 2D & 3D APIs quite well in addition to the ability to communicate directly (obviously via channels) with other teams developing employed resources. Adium has volunteers who know what they know and contribute in their spare time, thus required skillsets are blessings when available, but the balance of hardware and graphics programming required are nigh impossible to get for free.

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  3. If you want video in Adium then get working on it. It’s open source you know.

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  4. If Apple wants to work with us, we’d love to work with them; heck, basically we’d love to work with anyone with something to offer. We’re certainly collaborating with Google and Kopete, and in the future we have plans to work with a few other groups.

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  5. Well that sounds pretty awesome.

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  6. Nobody on the Adium team has volunteered that they know much of anything about the quicktime api, much less anything involved.

    If you would like to help out, find someone who does and is willing to work on the project. That’d be much more useful than making a post here about it that basically does nothing more than help you vent.

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  7. Why is it that when anyone makes a suggestion for a feature in a piece of software, some idiot ALWAYS has to say “why don’t you create your own?” or “do it yourself, it’s open source.”?

    Is it impossible for some folks to see a simple suggestion for what it is, which is a simple suggestion?

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  8. I suppose, but it’s been suggested over a millions times. So I guess some people get tired of it.

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  9. I would also like like Adium to have video, but even if it did it would have the same problem as iChat. AIM for PC users is not very good and there are too many issues with video chats between AIM and iChat. Skype 2.0 with video for the Mac will be out fairly soon. Once Skype is released, there will be little need for me to use any other chat program. Skype allows file transfers, text, audio, and a great interface. You can even use Skype to call mobile or landline phones from your PC. You can even receive skype calls on your mobile with the EQO application.

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  10. The problem with ‘suggestions’ is that it’s much easier to come up with wishes & ideas than it is to actually figure out what it would take to accomplish them [or ask someone who knows first.] Articles like this make it sound like we, the Adium team, ignore what users want and work on other things. Armchair quarterbacking is easy, making a 60 yard Hail Mary pass to win the game isn’t. This is what most of these ‘suggestions’ come down to – because it’s “make file transfer perfect”, “make chatrooms perfect”, “make DirectIM perfect”, “add voice & video NOW”, or “I just found this service, I expect support for it now” and each of these is incredibly complex, hardcore, and requires specialized knowledge that we may or may not have available [and even if we do, doesn't mean it fits in with the roadmap we've laid out already.]

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