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Old 07-14-2004, 06:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Instant Messaging Programs...what do you use?

Hey, all...

I have been using Trillian for a long time, and moderately like it. I was just wondering are then any other Instant Messaging programs that you guys use/have used that might be better than Trillian?

I am looking for something that is more feature-filled, able to combine multiple IM Networks (AIM, Yahoo IM, MSN IM, ICQ, etc..).

Hell, just post the IM program(s) you are currently using...:-)
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Old 07-14-2004, 07:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Unfortunately, I have yet to find anything that works better for me than the standard AOL client. I tried Trillian, gAIM and the rest, and none of them worked worth a flip for me.
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Old 07-14-2004, 07:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
ive tried several, including trillian, and they all havent worked well for me at all. I used to use ICQ, but switched over to MSN quite a while ago.

Anyways, to sum it up, i use the MSN supplied messager, newest version 6.2 or so
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Old 07-14-2004, 08:03 AM   #4 (permalink)
Location: Brookfield, WI
I use trillian and it hasn't given me problems.
Only issue I have with it that it doesn't work on linux.
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Old 07-14-2004, 08:28 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I use aol instant messenger and paid the $5 to get deadAIM from www.jdennis.net I've found it AIM a lot better program and is well worth it.
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Old 07-14-2004, 08:45 AM   #6 (permalink)
Location: RI
I use AIM for linux, and aMSN. I'm also in the process of trying to get Gaim to run on it. While at my other work, I constantly would use gaim because it did what I needed it to do.
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Old 07-14-2004, 09:11 AM   #7 (permalink)
MSN Messenger and ICQ.
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Old 07-14-2004, 09:23 AM   #8 (permalink)
I'm using Trillian Pro.
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Old 07-14-2004, 09:24 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Im an aim user...yahoo if I HAVE to...I cant stand any of the other ones
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Old 07-14-2004, 09:52 AM   #10 (permalink)
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aim with the free deadaim addon

yahoo or msn when I need to, but rarely.
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Old 07-14-2004, 09:54 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm using Trillian Pro.
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Old 07-14-2004, 10:33 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Regular plain AIM
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Old 07-14-2004, 10:43 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Using trillian on my windows boxen (actually popped for the pro version on this one, well worth it) and gAIM on the linux ones. I like them as I don't have to have four IM windows open
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Old 07-14-2004, 10:50 AM   #14 (permalink)
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AIM, plain and simple. I like it. I've never used anything else, so perhaps I'm naive, but I don't care. I also use Lotus' Sametime at work. You could consider it a cut-off-at-the-knees version of AIM.
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Old 07-14-2004, 11:18 AM   #15 (permalink)
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AIM with the AIMutation mod. It does what I need it to.
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Old 07-14-2004, 11:26 AM   #16 (permalink)
I use AIM along with some changes with ResHacker and hex editing (changing the menus, colors, removing ads, removing the background image,...). Go http://www.wintweaker.net/index.php?r=mod&id=90 for examples.
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Old 07-14-2004, 11:59 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I've used trillian for years, the only problem I have is direct connecting with other people, that's when I start up AIM. But for everyday messaging I use trillian and never looked back.
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Old 07-14-2004, 12:37 PM   #18 (permalink)
Location: Orlando, FL
To keep on topic... I use Netscape's built in IM'er when at work and AOL itself when at home. I have tried trillian, just haven't reloaded after my computer upgrade.

... Off topic... does anyone know of an IM program that logs when people on your buddy list have come and gone? I know Trillian logs actual conversations and stores them in a directory as .doc files, but I'm not sure about a history of people coming and going without a conversation being started.
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Old 07-14-2004, 01:18 PM   #19 (permalink)
my trillian pro logs into text files, not docs. but you can log all sort of things with it, including status windows (that have on/offline markers) by going to Options // Preferences // Message History / Automatically Log ..then choose the type you want. 'Status Windows' i think logs what you want. i just set it to log 'all'.
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Old 07-14-2004, 01:43 PM   #20 (permalink)
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AIM 5.2.xxxx with AIMutation

does the job for me..
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Old 07-14-2004, 03:45 PM   #21 (permalink)
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iChat for Mac.
Does wonders, built-in chat logging.

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Old 07-14-2004, 03:49 PM   #22 (permalink)
I typically use either MSN or AIM, mainly because of whom i wish to talk with. Other then that, i have not really considered the program per se.
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Old 07-14-2004, 04:12 PM   #23 (permalink)
I basically only use aim. Although ichat is an option for me, i have been a pc user all my life until now and am so used to the aim setup that i prefer it to ichat.
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Old 07-14-2004, 09:15 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Trillian Pro.
I've never had any problems with it, and I use it across all 5 platforms (AIM, MSN, Y!, ICQ, IRC)
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Old 07-14-2004, 09:18 PM   #25 (permalink)
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MSN Messenger with Plus!
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Old 07-14-2004, 10:12 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Old 07-15-2004, 12:31 AM   #27 (permalink)
Trillian when in Windows
Adium when using OS X. This is a really great program and being actively worked on with weekly releases.
Gaim the odd time I am using X11 based desktop
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Old 07-15-2004, 05:35 AM   #28 (permalink)
Trillian Pro... yeah I actually paid for it because I think it's very well done.
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Old 07-15-2004, 05:45 AM   #29 (permalink)
I use AIM ICQ MSN YIM and that about covers all of them.. tried trillian,... wouldnt work, gave up
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Old 07-15-2004, 07:48 PM   #30 (permalink)
I use AOL and Yahoo... I like Yahoo better, but everybody I know is on AOL.
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Old 07-15-2004, 09:25 PM   #31 (permalink)
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AIM mostly, tried using Trillain for a couple weeks, but been on AIM so long I don't use my Yahoo/MSN accounts that much anymore. Trillian does have much better connections for direct connect than AIM does for my computer, so if I'm filesharing, Trillian it is.
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Old 07-16-2004, 05:33 AM   #32 (permalink)
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I'm using Trillian Pro and also paid for it. I used the slightly less legal version of it for a while and liked it, then went back to the normal AIM/MSN clients, and then came back to trillian and bought it.

Best IM software unless you want all the dumb features each client has on its own. The only complaint I have is it doesn't do msn cam.
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Old 07-16-2004, 10:06 AM   #33 (permalink)
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Trillian version one and two are both very unstable. The developers should at the very least have a central place to triage their bugs instead of having everyone whine about things not operating correctly. Why people bought it, I'll never understand (this coming from a computer programmer and not your average Joe Schmo user).

I use Jabber to communicate, although I do not know anyone who actively uses the Jabber protocol ( care to add me? I'm trache@myjabber.net ). Individual Jabber servers are listed at http://www.jabber.org/user/publicservers.php

There are gateways to every major instant messaging protocol, so you can still communicate with others.

I personally use JAJC as a client, located at http://jajc.ksn.ru/ but you can pick your client of choice at http://www.jabber.org/software/clients.php

It does the same, if not more than Trillian, and has proven to be less prone to bugs than Trillian. All of JAJC's functionality is free to use, but unfortunately due to some of the libraries that have been incorporated into its development, it is not open-source.
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Old 07-16-2004, 12:37 PM   #34 (permalink)
Well i personally use MSN Messenger 6.2 but i know i'm looking for an alternative.

Because of this thread i tried GAIM and liked the tabbed conversations (using only one chat window, saving taskbar real estate) and liked it. The bad thing is i couldn't add someone to my exsisting conversation, and i didn't like that.

Then i tried Trillian again. I like that i could add people to my conversations but i really liked the tab chatting...and the interface was a bit clunky and when i tried to switch skins, the whole program glitched and i had to uninstall it.

Then i started looking at Jabbar, but even though it looks a bit overwhelming..i may find what i'm looking for.

So far i've liked GAIM the most though, but does anyone know how you can add someone to an exsisting conversation tab? And also make the icons for the contacts smaller?
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Old 07-16-2004, 01:10 PM   #35 (permalink)
I'm also a software programmer / hardware tech and I love trillian... I've found a couple small bugs over time, but nothing serious. I love having one program that sits down in the tray instead of 5 different ones. Just about everyone I know uses trillian and loves it.
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Old 07-17-2004, 01:15 AM   #36 (permalink)
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kopete, on KDE

gaim and easymessage (easymessage.net) on windows
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Old 07-17-2004, 03:20 AM   #37 (permalink)
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First, quickly, it's Gaim, not gAIM or GAIM. Legal issues.

Anyway, I use Gaim in Linux and AIM in Windows, with DeadAIM as well.

I'm not sure what you mean about adding someone to an existing conversation tab, but as far as the contact icons, you need to go into tools > preferences > interface > buddy list > turn off "show buddy icons."

Personally, while I'd love to use Gaim in Windows, I've never been satisfied with the stability of GTK for Windows while using Gaim. Maybe it's changed, I dunno. It's unfortunate, because most problems with Gaim in Windows have nothing to do with Gaim, but nonetheless, they're things that will keep people from using it in Windows.

I suppose that's to be expected though - it *IS* a native *NIX application.

I'd like to try kopete as well, but last time I did, about a month ago, there was a problem because I had too many buddies or something. Some bug that needed to be fixed.
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Old 07-17-2004, 09:08 AM   #38 (permalink)
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I use Aim with DeadAIM, Yahoo! and MSN on occasion. I just never liked the features trillian offered.
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Old 07-17-2004, 10:59 PM   #39 (permalink)
I use Gaim, it does what I want, I use to use AIM+ but after it stopped working with newer versions i just picked up Gaim.
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Old 07-18-2004, 12:30 AM   #40 (permalink)
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Originally posted by turbodriven
Off topic... does anyone know of an IM program that logs when people on your buddy list have come and gone? I know Trillian logs actual conversations and stores them in a directory as .doc files, but I'm not sure about a history of people coming and going without a conversation being started.
With Gaim, you can log any combination of when your buddies sign on or off, when they become idle/un-idle, when they go away/come back, and log (or not) your own of the above. These logs may be made in plain text or html. If you must have .doc logs, simply open the plain test ones in word and save.
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So far i've liked GAIM the most though, but does anyone know how you can add someone to an exsisting conversation tab? And also make the icons for the contacts smaller?
Simple. To make the icons smaller, go to Preferences > Interface > Buddy list and uncheck "show buddy icons".
To add someone to an existing tab simply drag them there from the buddy list.

I would definately reccomend Gaim. I've been using it for atleast 2 years now and would never go back to Trillian or the regular AIM client

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