I Fired My IM Clients

As nice as iChat is, I finally got tired of having to use both it and ICQ for OS X, so I’m testing out Fire. Fire is free, open-source messaging client for OS X which supports AIM, ICQ, IRC, Jabber, MSN and Yahoo! Messenger. So far, I’m pretty happy with it, though I only use it for AIM and ICQ, so I don’t know how well it works for other protocols. It downloaded my contact (buddy) lists just as expected, and aside from one or two annoyances (not quite bugs, but certainly not features, either), it seems to be working great. I have to get some new sounds for it, though, because it uses the default AIM sounds, which makes my computer sound like my wife’s. Maybe something from Star Wars will do the trick. Anybody have some good WAV files?

What instant messaging client(s) do you use? Once I get a feel for what’s out there, I’ll set up a poll so we can find out which are the most popular.

10 Responses to I Fired My IM Clients

  1. bembino says:

    I am using Trillian Pro 2.0. It seems similar to Fire in that it uses one client to connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, and IRC. Version 2 doesn’t have a whole lot of skinning options yet, but the previous version had a great selection of skins to choose from. They also have some cool plug-ins like rss readers, pop mail checking, weather, mp3 player, etc.

  2. Ryan says:

    I currently use Miranda IM for WindowsIt’s a free open source client much like fire. Supports ICQ, AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, Gadu-Gadu, Tlen, Netsend, and more. Has lots of plugins and was skinnable at one point, waiting to see if they bring that back.

  3. I live and die by Fire (on OSX, much as I lived and died by Trillian back in my Windows days) but I still like the iChat UI too much to give it up and the voice / video chat option can be useful.

  4. Jeremiah C. says:

    My biggest issue with non-official IM clients is that none of them will save your buddy lists back to the server (they can pull them, but not put them back). For people who use multiple machines around campus, this is the kill point for anything other than AIM or iChat.Also, AIM *can* interoperate with ICQ ( http://icq.com/help/icqlite/faq/1,,1744,00.html ). However, this has not been added to iChat yet.

  5. Kevin Hoyt says:

    I use Trillian Pro 2 as well, though they’ve recently had many problems with Y! causing Trillian to crash unexpectedly. Until the issue is resolved, I just keep all the clients running. I may look at an alternative in the near future.

  6. Dennis Spaag says:

    I am now using Gaim, actually, Gaim + encryption. It is a 0.71 release. It supports multiple protocols and works great on my Linux machine at home and WinXP at work. It is also open source.http://gaim.sourceforge.net/http://gaim-encryption.sourceforge.net/

  7. Alan says:

    The Fire Development Team is pleased to announce the availability of Fire version 0.32.i.Fire is an instant messenger client for Mac OS 10.1 and above supporting AIM, Yahoo, MSN, Jabber, ICQ, and irc.The primary change in this release is support for the new Yahoo Authentication scheme which was last changed by Yahoo on January 8, 2004. Thanks to some awesome work and cooperation in the Open Source community, this issue has been resolved, and we have released a new version of Fire which allows you to connect with Yahoo again.Please visit our website at http://fire.sourceforge.net to get the latest version of Fire.Alan——Alan HumpherysFire Development Teamhttp://fire.sf.net

  8. Grack says:

    I love AdiumX. I’ve tried both it and Fire, and I have to say Adium wins. It’s still laking a couple things, like being able to “BUZZ” my friends on Yahoo, but for the most part it does everything simply and easily and is highly customizable. And of course, it’s OpenSource and free.http://www.adiumx.com