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Chat & Instant Messaging (177 programs)

  1. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Supports nine different apps, Easy to use
    CONS: Doesn't work as well with all services
  2. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Easy to install, 56 different effects
    CONS: Crashes sometimes in 64 bit mode
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Elegant interface, Supports a multitude of plugins
    CONS: Doesn't support audio or voice
  11. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Wide choice
    CONS: Some look outdated
  12. 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
  13. License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
  14. 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
  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: 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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