I didn’t expect this release to be a big deal… but it turned into one, at least for certain cohorts.
Adium X 0.88 is a Universal binary, running natively on PPC Macs with OS X 10.2.7 or later and Intel Macs running OS X 10.4.0 or later. That’s a Big Deal for you early adopters out there, since Macworld’s recent benchmarking indicates that native applications may have as much as a 100% speed advantage over applications running in Rosetta.
We’ve fixed one of our longest-standing bugs ([#31]), a buglet rooted in Gaim code which was preventing MSN buddy icons (avatars) from updating properly. Autoconnection when waking from sleep, another longtime headache for certain users, should also be improved (and other common complaints about connectivity — particularly global status changes — are already fixed on the still-progressing-awesomely Adium 1.0 codebase). A number of other crashes and aesthetic bugs have been corrected, too; check out the Version History for all the details.
Fnally, Adium 0.88 welcomes our friends down under to the community with an Australian English localization.
Interested in getting involved with Adium? Please take a look at the Support & Development tab and browse the ticket system; we’re always happy to review patches fixing bugs and implementing features (both those which have been requested and those which are original enhancement ideas). There’s also the donate link if you’re so inclined, and if you’re looking for fantastic hosting please don’t forget our generous sponsors, Network Redux (our website host), CacheFly (our download host), and Penguin Militia Networks (our Trac and Subversion host).