The very popular open source instant messaging client for the Mac, known as Adium or “Adium X”, has been brought up to 0.8, very close to its final release. If you don’t already have it, jump over to www.adiumx.com, and download it. It’s free, by the way.
It’s known for allowing multiple accounts for the various services to be signed in simultaniously. In addition, it offers a quite open plugin ability – people can design their own contact lists, message windows, icons, and more. Among the features for 0.8, Adium has a newly redesigned interface, which seems cleaner, and options have been relocated into more organized places. It offers custom events, and the ability to do even more.
If you’ve used 0.7x, the differences may take some getting used to. It seems that parts have been completely rewritten, which means that it behaves a little bit differently. For instance, some peoples’ dock icons for Adium will no longer display the status (away, available, idle, etc). This is supposed to be coming back soon, and is said to be a bug. On the other hand, you can now control your status from the duck in the menu bar, next to the clock.
The preference panes and various windows have also been changed. The contact list has various window frame and transparency options that weren’t so prominent in the previous versions. In addition, the problems that I had with file transfer before seem to be fixed in this version.
It’s missing things like video chats right now, but that’s what iChat AV is for. Let’s hope the Adium developers can find a way to make it happen in the future.
Update: Adium 0.81 is now available. It’s not as remarkable, but fixes the dock icon issue, and cleans up stability, especially for non-English users. Make sure you update.