Developed by Adam Iser and Evan Schoenberg, Adium is a fast, fun, and free instant messaging client that supports most existing IM protocols. The latest version of the application includes so many bug fixes you'll probably simply skip the reading part and go straight for the download.
But, just in case you're curious, Adium 1.3.3 Beta 2 fixes major bugs found in previous versions of the software. Those include (highlights):
· Fixed a crash when a Yahoo user messages an MSN contact;
· Fixed display of Gadu-Gadu user icons;
· Fixed "Unable to add user - Unknown error (205)" when connecting to MSN;
· SASL PLAIN or IQ Auth passwords are no more in debug logs fixes to MySpace and MSN;
· Fixed problem of events being recorded with wrong contact;
· Fixed a bug that caused Adium to leave log files open. The full changelog is available here.
According to the release notes, tab completion of names in groupchats is now case-insensitive, while Greek and Slovenian localizations have been updated.
Adium replicates many of the features (and the look) of Apple's own IM client, iChat. Adium combines an array of IM protocols, such as AOL Instant Messenger (including ICQ and .Mac), Jabber (including Google Talk), MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Novell Groupwise and Lotus Sametime.
The IM client also gives users the possibility to connect with multiple types of accounts at the same time, combining all their friend groups into one big list. Supported buddy icons include AIM, MSN, and Yahoo! The free IM app boasts a customizable appearance that blends with the Aqua interface.
Adium requires an Intel or PPC Mac and Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) or higher. To get the latest version of the program, go to the address below. Download Adium (Free) You may also want to look into GameBoy Sounds for Adium, an application developed by Nadim Kobeissi that replaces Adium's standard soundset for a number of events.