Mac Beginners: Getting Started with Adium IM for OS

There are many IM programs out there. However, the Adium happens to be one of the best multi-client IM programs. This article will take you for a ride giving more information about what Adium exactly is.


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Getting Started with Adium

To get started with Adium, first, you will have to download the program. Once you are done with it, you will have to mount the .dmg file and install by dragging the icon to the app folder. After installation, when you open the program, you will see that the information and introduction about importing chat programs will welcome you.

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Click “Continue” to proceed. Next, you will be prompted to select the protocol, which you prefer using. AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, MSN Messenger are some of the available programs in the list. Let us go with AOL Instant Messenger. Enter your Screen Name and password. You can add more chat protocols and user names. To do that, click “Add Another”.

When you proceed, the Adium Setup Assistant will inform you about the available Xtras. That will help you with your other options as well as in the entire program that you will be using. So, it would be worthwhile to have a look at the page before you continue.

In case you have a brand new account, your friend’s list will be empty. On the other hand, if you use your existing account to sign in, as a result, your friend’s list will be populated accordingly.

Adding a Contact

If you have a new account, you will need to add contacts in your list. It is a simple process. Click on the “Contact” menu followed by “Add Contact”. You can also use Command + D to evoke the “Add Contact” instead. The Add Contact window will now appear. Even here you have the chance to select your favorite protocol.

You can type in your Screen Name and Alias in the boxes provided. A “Group” is an inseparable part of any contact book and so you will find one here too.

Chat with your Friend

Below “Groups”, a list box shows you a list of online friends available for chatting. Double click on the name of the person you would like to chat with.

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A chat window will open. It is a very easy to understand interface with icons on the top. The format is simple and is free of clutter. There is a text box to type your text at the bottom of the window.

More about Adium

You can customize the entire look of the interface window by changing and setting the color of your choice. You can customize “Color Theme” and “List Layout” or even change the “Window Style”. You can also set the “Maximum Width” of a window in pixels.

The “Gone Dark Message Style” is a popular theme for the message window. You can even make the background opaque to bring in more effects. Another cool feature of Adium Xtra is that you can install a certain program straight from the webpage giving you more control of the operations you want to carry out.