If you want to use that video camera built into your Macâ€™s shiny new front so that you can see whom it is youâ€™re talking to when youâ€™re typing away, stick with iChat. If you want to do some serious conversing without being bothered by the face of your friend, itâ€™s time for a change to the duck side.
Adium, the free and open-source solution to chatting on the Mac, has just hit version 1.0, and with it a slew of new changes have been solidified:
- Added global user profile and buddy icon settings
- Added an Xtras manager for better browsing and removing of Xtras
- Major improvements in privacy settings
- Improvements to the default look and feel
- iTunes integration is much faster, and updates as soon as the song changes
- Redesigned Chat Transcript (Log) Viewer
- Optional dock-like hiding of the contact list
And as if that wasnâ€™t enough, Adium greets a new installer with what all Mac installs should have: a custom Finder splash screen. If you want to get serious about your chatting, get serious about Adium, and do the duck.