IM with Adium, iChat Style
Because of the number of my contacts on unsupported IM clients (such as Yahoo! Messenger), iChat personally became an itch I couldn't scratch.
Although one can Jabber their way around iChat to be able to speak to a wider span of clients, (of which I've tried), the process is just too complex and the result is too unrewarding in the end. And yes, there is Yahoo! Messenger for Mac, but I'm itching for an iChat style, bubble conversation interface.
So here's the situation: iChat that can't connect to Yahoo! and other messenger protocols, while Adium can. But I long for iChat's interface. So how do we marry the eye-candy aesthetics of one, and the multi-protocol functionality feature of the other, together in one app? And I found that Adium makes this possible.
Adium is the leading freeware, multi-protocol IM app that can connect many popular instant messaging clients . On top of that, Adium is allowed to be as extensible as it can possibly be, giving users control over how they can make Adium look and behave as they see fit.
For this guide, we will be customizing Adium to look like iChat. So go ahead and download Adium by clicking here if you don't already have it in your system. Once installed, create a user account and run the app.
After this is done, we will be heading over to Adium Xtras to customize and mimic iChat's appearance as close as possible.
The items we will be skinning are:
- Message Styles
- Menu Bar Icons
- Dock Icon
We will also set Adium's contact list's Color Theme and List layout using Adium's iChat-ish style scheme built-in to Adium, which will be discussed later on in this article.