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Looking for a good Mac instant messaging client
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markw10
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Aug 23, 2009, 05:48 PM
 
With my new job I have to instant message clients on a variety of platforms, aim, google, msn, yahoo, ichat (mobileme), icq, and myspace.
I have looked at ichat and like it but it doesn't work with many of the above services. Also, I have seen some clients that may work with msn but chat only, not video. I want to be able to use video whenever possible.
What are some good mac instant messaging clients that I should look at? Thank you for your help.
     
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Aug 23, 2009, 06:08 PM
 
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Aug 23, 2009, 07:18 PM
 
One of our stickies has a number of apps listed. Adium is the first one.

http://forums.macnn.com/82/applicati...n-do-i-use-if/
     
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Aug 23, 2009, 07:56 PM
 
Adium is great, BUT does not support video chat. As far as I know, no Mac client supports video chat with MSN/Live Messenger -- not even the official Microsoft Messenger client.

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Aug 23, 2009, 10:39 PM
 
Originally Posted by TheoCryst View Post
Adium is great, BUT does not support video chat. As far as I know, no Mac client supports video chat with MSN/Live Messenger -- not even the official Microsoft Messenger client.
I know with Yahoo messenger you can add MSN/Live contacts, and Yahoo messenger supports video chat. Not sure if they BOTH work together, but I don't see why they can't.

Also, there's aMSN, which supposedly has video chat.

I don't use MSN/Live so I can't say anything about those 2 programs, but just wanted to point that out.
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Aug 26, 2009, 05:48 PM
 
one question ...

why do instant messaging apps suck at file transfers? Ive got a 10mb dsl line and when i try to send stuff over adium it sends the files at maybe 5kb?! Msn messenger from microsoft also...

any solutions?
     
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Aug 26, 2009, 05:52 PM
 
Originally Posted by poison View Post
one question ...

why do instant messaging apps suck at file transfers? Ive got a 10mb dsl line and when i try to send stuff over adium it sends the files at maybe 5kb?! Msn messenger from microsoft also...

any solutions?
Open the necessary ports on your router. I know that when receiving stuff, if the sending party can't make a direct connection to your client, MSN will send through the MSN servers -- and that's when you get the 5 KB/s. You can also see if your router supports UPNP and/or NAT-PMP ... enable both.
     
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Aug 26, 2009, 08:46 PM
 
Originally Posted by 64stang06 View Post
I know with Yahoo messenger you can add MSN/Live contacts, and Yahoo messenger supports video chat. Not sure if they BOTH work together, but I don't see why they can't.

Also, there's aMSN, which supposedly has video chat.

I don't use MSN/Live so I can't say anything about those 2 programs, but just wanted to point that out.
And there's also Mercury
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Aug 26, 2009, 09:32 PM
 
Adium. Tried 'em all and always come back to it.

However, depending on your needs, Skype is the way to go (messaging and/or video). You just have to convince others to use it too, which for some reason, is not easy.
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