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Adium 1.0.5 beta and beta notifications

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

Adium 1.0.5 beta is now available. Please grab it and let us know about any problems. Adium 1.0.5 will be the last release which supports OS X 10.3.9, so it’s particularly important that 10.3 users be in touch. 🙂

Are you always interested in the latest Adium beta? As of Adium 1.0.5, we’ve added a hidden preference (shhh, don’t tell anyone!) to make the update notification system keep you posted on both betas and releases. Type the following into the Terminal to enable the preference:

defaults write com.adiumx.Adiumx AIAlwaysUpdateToBetas -bool YES

UPDATE: Please manually update to 1.0.5b3 if you downloaded b1 or b2; the update checking was not working properly in those builds. Thanks!

Adium 1.0.4 Beta Available

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

There were some fairly common issues reported in 1.0.3, so we’re fast-tracking 1.0.4. Beta 1 is up at the usual place

Adium 1.0.3 beta now available

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

It’s that time again. Happy testing!

Beta!

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

Adium 1.0.2 beta is now available. See the beta page for the changes… Happy testing! 🙂

Adium 1.0.1 beta

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

The Adium 1.0.1 beta is now available. This should fix most of the most commonly reported crashes with Adium 1.0.

If you downloaded Adium 1.0.1 beta 1 previously, you’ll need to manually update to beta 2; beta 1 incorrectly reports itself to the version checker as 1.0.1 final, so it won’t see beta 2 as an update.

Adium 1.0 Beta 14 Screenshots Run Through

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

So a few days ago I said I’d be making a blog post that covers what I think are the important bits of Adium 1.0 if there was enough interest.

And there was indeed a lot of interest. So without making you folks wait any longer, here’s the highlights (note: These are what I thought the majority would be interested in that has not tried the beta). Please note that the fonts I use are not the default.

A few notes/thoughts/random ideas before I begin though. Or rather, maybe a little bit of a history lesson. Bah, either way. Basically the way we chose to do things a while back was to release .80 and then maintain just that for security/bugfixes and not much else. As many of you know an Adium release contains a lot of changes even if it’s just a security fix.

We also skipped .90 through .99. We might not have done that if we had to do it over again, but it’s mostly worked out for the better.

We also released .80 over a year ago. .89.1 Is basically over a year old with bugfixes, and no real new features.

It’s enough to make you go batty, or even turn into a large rectangle board game and then be split apart.

Like this:

Squares

Or maybe it makes your Mac blue to not know what’s going on with Adium in a meaningful way. Just maybe

Thatiscookingwithbutter-Small

So if you all wonder why we talk the beta up so much on the forums or irc, or why we tell some folks to try the beta to see if it resolves an issue, it’s for those and other reasons.

One final note. Contrary to popular belief, Adium X 1.0 will not have Voice/Video. This was noted here.

On to the show

The whole enchilada

I just thought this one wold be appropriate first. It’s in our built-in help on the front page, I think it’s pretty nice:

Adiumhelpscreenie

Contact List

So I think that the most viewed portions of the app are the Contact List and the.. well, you guess.

Anyhow, so pictures say more than words:

Contactlist2

There are 2 big changes here.

1) The default contact list style has changed.

2) The toolbar has changed, like so:

Cltoolbar

There are 3 things to note about this area, those being the Name area (where Chris is), the Status, and the Image. All three are modifiable, right there. Mousing over the portions will making each apparent. Last I remember these are global settings and affect all accounts, but I may be wrong about that.

There is also 1 minor change to the contact list. Images will now be rounded if they are displayed inline. It’s not a large amount of rounding, but it takes some of the sharpness off of the images

Here is what happens if you click the image in the toolbar

Climagepicker

I think that covers the contact list pretty well, on to the…

Message View

So here goes:

Messagewindow

This is the stockholm style on the xtras. It’s interesting to note that both the message style and the contact list style were both from the xtras site. That’s right, used user generated styles to create part of the look for 1.0, and I think it’s really turned out well. Congrats folks, you all deserve it.

On to

Preferences

Other than the Contact List and Message Window, I think folks will look at Preferences the most.

So here’s the General Prefs:

Generalprefs

There are a few things here, most of it hasn’t changed. Notables include the Evil Menu Duck checkbox moved here, a Hotkey preference got added here, and some other things got moved around.

One of the more apparent things about this screenshot is the fact that the toolbar icons had changed. Let’s look at them closer

Prefstoolbar

Adam Betts did these, they look pretty snazzy.

The last thing I’m going to post on here is the Personal Preferences.

Personalprefs

The key thing here is that you can set your global Name (alias), Profile, and Icon. If you click Choose Icon, you can even set the image with an iSight.

For the cocoa developer, figure out what actually happens when you click on the Choose Icon button, you might chuckle quite a bit.

Well, that’s all I’m going to show. There’s lots of other changes, but these are the general ones. We all hope you folks will like them.

Oh, one last note. This is Beta 14, and things are subject to last minute changes.

Adium X 1.0b9

Sunday, August 20th, 2006

We don’t ordinarily do blog posts about betas, but I thought I’d follow up to the previous post by pointing out that 1.0b9 is now up. Besides the AIM thing, there are two other things on the changelog worth mentioning:

  • MSN custom emoticons work again, though not without a few rough edges still (#3941).
  • The long-awaited QQ service (#383). Hooray for the Google Summer of Code!

A lot of our Chinese users have been waiting for QQ support for a long time. As for custom emoticons, they’re not working perfectly yet (when we receive one, the message view doesn’t auto-scroll the way that it should), but they are working. I’ll throw out an informal prediction that it will be completely fixed by b10.

Happy beta-testing, and please report those bugs!

1.0 beta 1

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

The Adium Team pleased to announce that Adium 1.0 has entered public beta testing. Major enhancements include…

– Major AIM, ICQ and .Mac improvements. This includes working File Transfer, and faster sign on.
– Improvements to the default look and feel of Adium.
– iTunes integration is much faster, and updates as soon as the song changes.
– Added global user profile and buddy icon settings. (Personal Preferences)
– General Account improvements. Accounts can now be disabled when not in in use, and friends can now sign on from your Adium without saving their information.
– Added an Xtras manager to better handle browsing and removing Xtras.
– Major improvements in privacy settings.
– Redesigned Previous Chat (Log) Viewer

This release is a significant change from our previous releases, and it represents over a year of work on the parts of everyone involved with the project. We’re all really proud of the work we’ve done, and hope you will enjoy it.

Adium X 0.89.1 beta

Saturday, April 8th, 2006

More a ‘hotfix’ than a release, Adium X 0.89.1 beta 1 is now available. It should be a very short beta cycle.

0.89 beta

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

Adium 0.89 beta is now available. This will be a quick release primarily to fix two major issues: an MSN ‘conversation error’ problem new to Adium 0.88 and a very old crash when Google Talk and other SSL-using Jabber accounts are disconnected. If you are experiencing either of those issues, please try the beta 🙂