Adium 0.7 multi-IM application released
The Adium team has updated Adium, its free multi-service instant messaging client for Mac OS X. The 0.7 update includes a major revamp of the contact list, improved group chat support, contact grouping, Rendezvous support and numerous other additions and improvements. Adium supports all the major instant messaging services — AIM, MSN, Yahoo, Jabber, ICQ, and more — and features an attractive, customizable interface.
Screenshot of the new contact list in Adium 0.7:
A lot has changed in this release, so be sure to take a few moments to explore the new options and adjust. The contact list has gained a ton of new features, including the ability to display user icons, service icons, away messages, group gradients, and more. We’ve also added a new style of list called “Group Bubbles” which we’re very happy with. Because of the extent of the contact list changes, your current list layout & theme settings won’t transfer over into the new version, and old theme files will no longer work. We look forward to seeing the cool layouts and themes our users will create with the new options in 0.7 🙂
Another major new feature in 0.7 is contact grouping (also known as meta-contacts). Contact grouping allows you to group multiple contacts into a single entry on Adium’s contact list. This is extremely useful when someone on your contact list has multiple user names spread across several services. With contact grouping, simply hold down option and drag their multiple names onto eachother, and Adium will treat them as a single ‘contact’ on your list. You can see the contents of a contact group in the “Get Info” window or in the contact list tooltip. Adium will also honor any contact grouping already set up in your address book.
In addition, Adium 0.7 brings greatly improved multi-user chat support on AIM, Jabber, and Yahoo. Now we can create our own chats and join chats without an invite via “Join Group Chat…” in the file menu. A large number of multi-user chat bugs have been fixed as well.
Add to this 18 crash fixes and over 50 corrected bugs and you’ve got an Adium release that’s certainly not worth missing 🙂
Additionally, our code repository hosting and email provider, penguinmilitia.net, will be donating $5 to Adium for every year-long subscription by an Adium user. If you want, check them out and be sure to let them know you appreciate what they do for the project. 🙂