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Archive for November, 2007

Clarifications

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about this since Andreas’ blog post went up, so I think everyone deserves a bit of explanation of what the MeBeam video plugin is and isn’t.

The MeBeam plug-in is:

  1. Pretty spiffy :)
  2. Developed almost entirely by a third party
  3. Primarily web-based

The MeBeam plug-in is not:

  1. A product of the Adium Team (Andreas works on it, but not as part of Adium—he works on it separately from the Adium Project)
  2. The long-awaited Adium video chat solution
  3. Taking any development resources at all away from that solution (the plugin is extremely simple)
  4. Included with Adium by default

A/V for Adium!

Friday, November 9th, 2007

During all our work on integrating audio and video into Adium, it seems that a company called MeBeam was way ahead of us. They implemented a cross-platform, protocol-agnostic videochat solution using Flash. The best of all: They allowed us to integrate with their service!

What this means is that starting today, Adium has support for videochat!
MeBeam has very compelling features:
  • Cross-platform
  • Cross-service
  • No installation necessary on the invitee side, except for some IM client, a web browser and the Flash plugin
  • Up to 15 people in a multiuser-videochat, not required to use the same IM network
  • Fewer issues with firewalls than other solutions

What do you have to do to make use of it? First, you need a webcam obviously, and a headset is recommended. Then, download the plugin and double-click it, so Adium can place it into the right location. Relaunch Adium, and you’re good to go.

When you want to videochat with someone, ctrl-click (or right-click) them and choose “Initiate MeBeam Videochat”. That’s all!

Adium 1.1.4: Updating Growl

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

When Adium 1.1.4 prompts you to update Growl and you accept, if System Preferences is not running and you have Growl 0.7.x or earlier installed, you will end up seeing an error from System Preferences that the Growl preference pane could not be loaded. Don’t fear! Just quit System Preferences and reopen it to find your working Growl 1.1.2 installation.

This is a bug with the Growl installation process which has been fixed for the next version. :)

Adium 1.1.4

Monday, November 5th, 2007

We’re proud to announce Adium 1.1.4, a bugfix release in the Adium 1.1 series. We’ve fixed almost all Mac OS X 10.5-related issues in Adium 1.1.3, most notably contact list drag & drop, the image picker, and interactions with Spaces. This version also fixes a number of issues for all users of Adium 1.x: log indexing and searching has been improved, passwords are no longer improperly removed from the Keychain, several crashes have been addressed, and more. See the version history for the full list. Chat away, my wayward sons (and daughters)!

Join us or help us! Please see Contributing to Adium for how you can submit patches and code, hunt down bugs, and donate to support further development! Thanks as always for the continued support of our excellent site and code host NetworkRedux and our download host CacheFly!

Stop… Beta time!

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

Adium 1.1.4b is now up for your testing. This will be a great bug fix release for all Adium 1.x users, particularly those running Mac OS X 10.5 :) As always, please follow the Reporting Bugs guidelines to submit your thorough reports of any new issues with this build. Happy hunting!