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iChat Extender will allow you to truly customize iChat. You'll be able to change the formatting of the "iTunes Now Playing" status, disable Smileys, change Group divider style, personalize incoming bubbles and login away.

What's New

Version 1.5:
  • Complete interface revamp
  • Complete Style pane overhaul
  • Added Advanced pane
  • Added Custom image setting
  • Integrated Help into system Help
  • Now using Sparkle update system to manage updating
  • Found critical information about iChatAgent & iChat, which now requires iChat to be closed when using iChat Extender


  • Mac OS X 10.4 or later
  • iChat 3.0 or later

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semidivine Member IconReview+0

This is still buggy software... I just downloaded 1.5 and opened it up (while ichat was closed) to see what options it had. I clicked through all the panes and decided not to use it/change anything. When I next opened up my iChat it hangs every time I try to change my status. In fact at this point I can't change my status. This is a new problem since I downloaded iChat Extender. i do not recommend this software.

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Version 1.5
Improv, Pastence (Developer)

I'm really very sorry for you're trouble.

I would recommend restarting you're computer. iChat Extender doesn't change anything in iChat unless you click apply.

However, if it persists, try enabling the iChat menu item and changing you're status via the menu item. Sometimes there is some error that causes things to
falter that happens when iChatAgent (the menu item) varies from iChat.


hauntedtapedeck Member IconReview+56

A simple but effective little addition to iChat, this and Chax address most of the shortcomings of Apple's chat app. I've never had any problems whatsoever with iChat Extender.

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Version 1.5
HitechLoon (Developer) Member IconDev+3
HitechLoon (Developer)

Hello all.

My site is currently down do to late payment to my host. This should be corrected in the next few days.

Again, sorry for the inconvenience.

Developer: Star

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Version 1.4
Darth Brooks Member IconComment+36
Darth Brooks

"Fixed a mispelling in the Styles tab"

That's great but you've misspelled misspelling.

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Version 1.2
Anonymous Member IconReview

Downloaded and installed with 0 hitches, as did several of my colleagues. If you end up with a Artist% Genre% status, just switch the status to something else, then back to Current iTunes Track and it works after that.
Excellent support as well.

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Version 0.7b
Anonymous Member IconReview

If you manage to get this software to do the thing it should do, then you will get disconnected every time there is a track change in iTunes. Not a very usefull app...

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Version 0.5b
Anonymous Member IconReview

cool idea! but the app...
its pretty bad. doesn't do anything except waste space on your hard drive.

all these warning windows pop up everytime you try to do something, but you can't read any of the warnings, they are running out of the window cause the text is so effing large. so i blindlyy click the buttons in these windows, still get nothin.

not even sure why this was release yet.

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Version 0.5b

Hey, sorry your having such trouble with it, but thats why it's in beta. If you wouldn mind emailing me with some more info about it, that would be great.

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Current Version (1.x)


Downloads 11,821
Version Downloads 8,417
Type Internet / Chat
License Free
Date 18 Jun 2006
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free