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Chat & Instant Messaging (179 programs)

  1. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Sits discreetly in Firefox status bar. Allows you to configure tweet retrieval times and notifications. Supports Multiple accounts. Very easy to use.
    CONS: No ability to search tweets. Can't view user profiles.
  2. PROS: Works with Hotmail and MSN domains. Lightweight.
    CONS: Interface is very poor. Lacks many standard features.
  3. License
    Trial version Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Starts and stops automatically. Records up to 2 minutes for free. Converts automatically into several different formats.
    CONS: Error message during installation. No way to pause recordings.
  4. PROS: Has tons of features, from an IM client to online videos. Well-presented and polished interface. Includes RSS feeds. Widgets expand goober Messenger.
    CONS: Interface is a little cluttered. Radio and video channels are obscure. Video, mobile and landline calling not available yet. A lot to pack into what is essentially an IM client. Supported by ads.
  5. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Very simple and easy to use. Supports several online fax accounts. Supports internal modems.
    CONS: Sometimes crashes and fails to restart. Help link doesn't work.
  6. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Threader conversations. Supports multiple twitter accounts. Translation tool. Nice expanded or minimized options.
    CONS: Overwhelming features and preferences for beginners. Interface can feel cluttered.
  7. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Easy to set up. Excellent image and sound quality. Can be expanded to full screen.
    CONS: Requires Gmail account. No multichat. Does not work with GTalk yet.
  8. License
    Trial version Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Beautiful presentation. Easy navigation of tweets and messages. Superb search function to see what the world is twittering about.
    CONS: No tweet notifications or audio. No options to create Twitter groups.
  9. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Very lightweight and easy to use. Integrates with Address Book.
    CONS: Obtaining SIP and Registry Server info may be tricky.
  10. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Allows up to 6 video conference calls at once. Very good looking interface and feel. Allows you to place video contacts in a sidebar. Excellent video quality.
    CONS: Automatically adds itself to your startup items without prompting.
  11. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Allows you to import multiple IM clients.
    CONS: Not easy to understand at first. Interface looks very Windows.
  12. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Supports Growl alerts. Very discreet.
    CONS: No customization options apart from those in Growl. Doesn't allow mouse clicks to bring up the Scalaris window.
  13. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Supports high spec audio protocols. Slick interface.
    CONS: Only works in connection with a VoIP app.
  14. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Clean interface. Works with any server.
    CONS: Limited customization. Do newbies know XDCC.
  15. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Simple to use.
    CONS: Limited to Adium, Skype and iChat. Not enough status.
  16. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Works with multiple tabs. Uses up little RAM.
    CONS: Only works with Google Talk, Facebook Chat and meebo.
  17. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Connect with Mac users. Join groups and events. Good privacy settings.
    CONS: Awkward chat tool. Closed network.
  18. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Fully customizable. Chat on multiple Jabber and IM accounts. Lots of tips and strong community. SSL encryption and OpenPGP.
    CONS: Commands can be a little technical.
  19. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Sync contacts easily.
    CONS: Limited features.
  20. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: View chat history. iChat doesn't need to be launched. Search by buddy, date or keyword.
    CONS: Not that easy to browse through.

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