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Chat & Instant Messaging (178 programs)

  1. License
    Trial version Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Easy to set up and use. Add filters before snapshot. Make videos and snapshots. Share videos.
    CONS: Limited control.
  2. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Supports nine different apps. Easy to use.
    CONS: Doesn't work as well with all services.
  3. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Easy to install. 56 different effects.
    CONS: Crashes sometimes in 64 bit mode.
  4. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Very attractive design. Integrated capture tool in chat windows. Complete profile for users. Extra tools.
    CONS: Some bugs when managing contacts. Configuration settings uncomplete.
  5. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Display animated status. Very simple to use. Communicates with other apps. Display iTunes songs.
    CONS: Limited to iChat.
  6. License
    Paid Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Great design. Good performance. Take your profile and message logs with you anywhere.
    CONS: Not many internet cafés use Macs.
  7. License
    Trial version Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Loads of effects. Appears at bottom of iChat interface.
    CONS: Can't add effects directly from the interface. Can be unstable.
  8. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
  9. License
    Trial version Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Lots of people online. Lots of different rooms available. Good for those using sign language.
    CONS: Very confusing and overwhelming at first. Interface looks a bit cheap.
  10. License
    Trial version Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Adds hundreds of new functionalities to iChat. Includes Growl support. All contacts grouped into one contacts pane. Free to use.
    CONS: Still doesn't feel quite as slick as Adium. No off the record messaging.
  11. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Elegant interface. Supports a multitude of plugins.
    CONS: Doesn't support audio or voice.
  12. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Wide choice.
    CONS: Some look outdated.
  13. License
    Trial version Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Chatrooms for a host of different subjects and peoples. Easy to use and get involved in. High resolution video images.
    CONS: Requires subscription to view full profiles. More for hooking-up with people than conferencing.
  14. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
  15. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: More features than MSN. Extended customization. Usually allows use of webcams (although temporarily disabled in this update). Allows you to sign into multiple accounts at once.
    CONS: Many users report problems opening webcams. Webcam/Audio support disabled in this update. Only supports audio clips not audio chats in realtime.
  16. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Clean interface. Allows adding of MSN contacts. iSight-compatible.
    CONS: iSight webcam would not work for me. MSN contacts can only be added individually.
  17. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Simple to use. Integration with Windows Live Mail. Lots of emoticons.
    CONS: No webcam support. Sending files is slow. Superseded by a newer version.
  18. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Lots of ways to customize sounds. Lots of plug-ins to choose from.
    CONS: Requires an AOL account. Doesn't allow you to connect to other accounts. Adds nothing particularly new to current messaging clients.

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