The popular multi-service instant messaging software Adium has finally emerged from beta testing as a 1.0 product. Developed and licensed under the GNU open source license, Adium is free to download and use.
Adium provides one-point access for Mac users who want to connect to AOL Instant Messenger, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo and other instant messaging networks. It’s designed from the ground up to work with Mac OS X, and sports features including custom message and contact list styles, draggable tabbed chats between different conversations, Growl notification support, searchable message history, support for emoticons and message formatting, and much more.
“With over 600 enhancements and bug fixes, Adium 1.0 is the culmination of over a year and a half of development,” wrote lead developer Evan Schoenberg. Schoenberg described new features including a new default appearance, installation setup assistant, improved account management, privacy management, “iTunes Now Playing” status, optional Dock-style hiding of the contact list, grouping of saved status messages and much more.
Adium 1.0 requires Mac OS X v10.3.9 or later.