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3.0.2
09 March 2010

Adds enhancements to iChat; does not support OS X 10.7 or later.

Nicolasd
21 July 2011

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15 months without an update and Lion is here. Any chance of an update?
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Version 3.0.2

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splashy26
26 July 2011
I love that I can use growl now with iChat! I can't seem to figure out how to tailor the notifications though. How can I have the growl notifications only for messages, and not every time someone becomes available or unavailable or idle? I tried changing the iChat preferences, but they are still popping up. Is there a way to change this?
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Version 3.0.2
Nicolasd
21 July 2011
15 months without an update and Lion is here. Any chance of an update?
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Version 3.0.2
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Jrhuey
Jrhuey
29 July 2011
http://www.ksuther.com/contact/
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-M-S-
-M-S-
24 August 2011
We pinged the dev before Lion was officially released and have yet to hear back...
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Kettle
Kettle
25 October 2011
Sometimes life happens - Chax doesn't pay the rent for instance - judging by the amount of effort put in so far I imagine he'll get to it as soon as practical.
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MacUpdate-Trevor
MacUpdate-Trevor
25 January 2013
Chax was just open sourced: http://ksuther.com/2013/01/21/cleaning-up-and-starting-over/
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Derren
30 March 2011
Such a useful app full of iChat enhancements that, in many cases, Apple REALLY missed the boat on. Makes iChat SO much more convenient and useable.
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Version 3.0.2
Cerniuk (Hates Captcha)
28 February 2011
Having a problem with Chax during network transitions. If I change my Cisco VPN status (worse when connected going to not connected) Chax crashes iChat. Otherwise it works rather nicely. Process: iChat [258] Path: /Applications/iChat.app/Contents/MacOS/iChat Identifier: com.apple.iChat Version: 5.0.3 (745) Build Info: iChat-7450300~8 Code Type: X86-64 (Native) Parent Process: launchd [135] PlugIn Path: /Users/WmCerniuk/Library/ScriptingAdditions/ChaxAddition.osax/Contents/Resources/ChaxLib.bundle/Contents/MacOS/ChaxLib PlugIn Identifier: com.ksuther.chax.lib PlugIn Version: 3.0.2 (15) Date/Time: 2011-02-28 08:27:03.135 -0500 OS Version: Mac OS X 10.6.6 (10J567) Report Version: 6 [snip] Exception Type: EXC_BAD_ACCESS (SIGSEGV) Exception Codes: 0x000000000000000d, 0x0000000000000000 Crashed Thread: 0 Dispatch queue: com.apple.main-thread
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Version 3.0.2
Alexiusca
24 June 2010
Help! I have to reinstall Chax after every logout or it doesn't load. Any suggestions? I'm on 10.6.4
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Version 3.0.2
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Eric-Cheng
Eric-Cheng
23 August 2010
I have the same issue Any suggestions?
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Version 3.0.2
georgeclift
08 March 2010
I think this application is great for what it does. I wonder what the possibility in the future is for Chax to have plugins for MSN/AIM/Yahoo! etc.?
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Version 3.0.2
Kentzo
07 February 2010
Problem with ICQ still available :( http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/9853/20100208033245.png
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Version 3.0
CollinBl
07 February 2010
Kent - thanks a bunch for keeping it current, have got to rely on it in the years i have had it.
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Version 3.0
Khsuther
07 February 2010
Chax 3.0 is loaded into iChat automatically again, you don't need to launch a separate application anymore.
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Version 3.0
Iconz113
07 February 2010
does chax still use its own icon? or is it back to the way it used to be where u can just click the ichat icon? I just dont like having to click the chax icon to open ichat
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Version 3.0
Fuhayer
23 January 2010
is there a way to text to MSN users ? i use mobileme and need to text to MSN users. can this app make it possible to text ?
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Version 3.0b2
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D9
D9
02 February 2010
Adium is probably your best solution unless you need video chat capabilities.
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Version 3.0b2
Artiarturro
16 January 2010
Great to have the "plain text to ICQ users" feature back. As a long time Chax user this little software has become absolutely indispensable for me. Thank you!
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Version 3.0b1
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Ivan-Mascaro
Ivan-Mascaro
23 January 2010
Chax is great! To chat with MSN contact, use ADIUM, search it over www.macupdate.com!
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Version 3.0b2
Dbrenz
06 January 2010
Wow i chose the right day to reinstall / rediscover this plugin. I forgot I was putting up with iChat's limited room for choice. Thank you for continuing the updates.
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Version 3.0a6
Thejewishrapper
30 December 2009
in Snow Leopard the problem i'm having with Chax (any of the SL versions of Chax) is the lack of ability to screen share or video chat (i believe audio also though i haven't tested it out) When Chax is running I cannot vid or screen share. I just get a beach-ball. If I quit or uninstal Chax there is no problem vid or screen sharing. I've had Chax forever and love it! I'm hopeful that this will be an easy fix. g
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Version 3.0a5
Macspresso
24 December 2009
i did the automatic update on 10.6 minutes ago. it replaced the chax-app with the 'chax 3.0a5 installer'-app itself.. so now i get the choice to reinstall or remove chax everytime i try to run chax.app: same app-name, but different icon, which is the updater-icon. manual update didn't bring back chax either. i'm still stuck with the updater-app.
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Version 3.0a5
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Macspresso
Macspresso
24 December 2009
ehm.. okay.. assuming i was running ichat in normal mode, not even noticing that my contactlist has all contacts in 1 window. whoohoo! very nice. did not know that chax is not a stand alone app anymore. finally totally integrated with ichat in 10.6 again. really perfect! i just needed a coffee to see that. thanx!
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Version 3.0a5
Ovipas
24 December 2009
Finally back to the desired configuration that I appreciated in Tiger and Leopard. Thanks Kevin.
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Version 3.0a5
D9
11 November 2009
This particular alpha release has been nothing but trouble for me. I'm reverting to the present stable 2.x release. 3.0a4 will not remain in my iChat's Preference window. I can install and set the Chax preferences but upon restarting iChat, Chax is no longer available in the Preference window. Worse, some features still work after "losing" Chax while others don't. It also seems now to be too slimmed down as far as feature selections. Chax is without a doubt a must-have for any and all iChat users, but this current iteration is not stable enough to bother with. Stay put with version 2 until a new alpha or better yet, a beta is released. /
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Version 3.0a4
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Mysticalos
Mysticalos
24 December 2009
are you even on 10.6? 3.0 alphas are for snow leopard ONLY. 2.x builds don'te ven work on snow leopard at all so i can only guess you're trying to use wrong version on 10.5
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Version 3.0a5
Tonka2
11 October 2009
Do I have to have Growl and Sparkle predownloaded for Chax to open?
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Version 3.0a4
Tonka2
11 October 2009
Downloaded Chax, dragged to App folder but it would not open. I trashed it and downloaded it again, and still it would not open with error popups both times. So I trashed it again. Is there something I should know in the installing process? I'm on Snow Leopard 10.6.1.
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Version 3.0a4
chiefsucker
28 September 2009
Chax is the missing plugin for iChat! During the last couple of years I used Adium a lot, but a lot of things bothered me (e.g. missing MobileMe sync, sometimes strange contact list behavior, the software isn't pre-installed on a Mac). Then I discovered the excellent iChat plugin Chax. With iChat you can already add a lot of different services, but Chax provides an all-in-one contact list that makes things really easy. This was the only functionality I used over a couple of months. Then I discovered that Chax has a lot more to provide than the all-in-one contact list and I fell in love with this plugin. It's worth noting that the developer does all the work in his sparse free time, but he's blazing fast. There was already a Snow Leopard compatible version of Chax out there a couple of days after the official Snow Leopard release. You should definitely try this software out and donate a couple of bucks to the author of this excellent plugin.
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Version 3.0a4
Archaeogeek
13 September 2009
Seriously, it's a chat program, if you absolutely need to run it 64-bit, you're doing it wrong.
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Version 3.0a4
DCT
02 September 2009
I love this application and, interestingly enough, I prefer the direction Chax 3.x is headed in Snow Leopard. It feels much more integrated. The developer is really on top of this and the timely updates are rolling out surprisingly fast. Thank you and keep up the great work!
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Version 3.0a3
L1quid1ced
30 August 2009
I love chax and i appreciate how this was quickly updated to snow leopard... however I don't like how it has "replaced" ichat on my dock, I much rather it be just another tab in my preferences, i dunno if this is a problem with snow leopard itself or if chax is interfering but i can no longer change my status to "current itunes song"... it just leaves it as available. Everything works like a charm
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Version 3.0a2
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D9
D9
30 August 2009
Why don't you uninstall Chax to find out?
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Version 3.0a2
Walruscp
Walruscp
02 September 2009
Chax cannot work as it did in 10.5 because 10.6 no longer allows input manager hacks like Chax to run in 64-bit mode - hence the new implementation. Otherwise, you'd be stuck having to run iChat in 32-bit mode in 10.6. I actually like the new standalone - maybe it's just perception, but it seems a bit more stable for me. This app remains a must-install for anyone using iChat.
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Version 3.0a3
Mrc
30 August 2009
Odd, I have an Intel Mac running 10.5.8, but for some reason I get a message that I can't install this version of Chax?! Anyone have any ideas?
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Version 3.0a2
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D9
D9
30 August 2009
Take notice the Editor's Note at the top of the description section.
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Version 3.0a2
Stellarola
29 August 2009
Thank you so much for doing a fix for Snow Leopard's iChat. Even though, as you said it's not optimal, it's still better than nothing. :) Growl back in ichat, thanks! :)
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Version 3.0a1
My2kchild
29 August 2009
Thanks for the 3.0 update with the release of snow leopard. So far it's running great.
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Version 3.0a1
Ned-Scott
28 June 2009
always works well and never seems to break anything else on the computer.
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Version 2.2.2b1
Thus-spake-z
25 May 2009
If, after installing Chax you want to uninstall it, Chax's own uninstaller leaves 7 files behind. After using Chax's uninstaller I used EasyFind to check for any files remaining. EasyFind found 7. Don't know whether or not the remaining files might cause any issues but if you no longer need them, why keep them?
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Version 2.2.1
-M-S-
06 February 2009
Chax is terrific, albeit a bit less relevant in Leopard than it was in Tiger. Nonetheless, it's one of the first things I install on a new Mac and I absolutely love the new Send Camera Snapshot feature—what a great idea! But please give us the option of having a 3-2-1 countdown timer for the snapshot like Photo Booth, so you won't need to keep a hand on the mouse button to take the shot...
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Version 2.2
Savetherain4est
30 July 2008
Everytime I try to run iChat with chax, it crashes at random times. There is no real pattern as to when it crashes. Has anyone had this problem? I am using Mac OSX 10.5.4 with Chax 2.1.2
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Version 2.2b1
Jteam
12 July 2008
While I really like Chax (the sender icon in the dock is great), I can't for the life of me get growl to notify me of incoming messages. It works fine for user online/offline but not for incoming messages. I'd hope the new beta would fix this but, alas, no such luck.
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Version 2.2b1
Mr-Burns
24 June 2008
Sadly this version of Chax for Leopard is very buggy. I really like Chax and the options it gives however I would not recommend downloading it until the issues have been cleared up.
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Version 2.2b1
Jobby
26 February 2008
Would love to see Chax have the ability to replace all occurrences of "Buddy" with "Contact". It really grates, and is one of the reasons I use Adium instead of iChat... (This is what happens when you let AOL near a program :)
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Version 2.1.1
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Walruscp
Walruscp
14 May 2008
This is a feature I would LOVE to see Chax add. I love this add-on, and it is the reason why I have switched from Adium to iChat.
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Version 2.1.2
Darkgreystar
03 January 2008
I can't seem to get this to work with Leopard, though it says that it works with Leopard. I've installed a few times, restarted iChat, the chax option shows up in preferences, but it's not tabbing my chats.
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Version 2.1.1b1
Bumspinach
13 December 2007
Hi, as I can't seem to find an email addy for the dev I'll post this here in the hope that he sees it!! Firstly this is uber ace I love it and I thoroughly recommend that people donate to this guy. Secondly, the resize to contact window isn't working for me in this new version where it has before and yes, I've checked that it is checked in the box in the prefs!! Any clues? Running 10.5.1.
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Version 2.1
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MacUpdate-Lon
MacUpdate-Lon
13 December 2007
The developer has a weblog that may be useful, you can post comments/questions: http://www.ksuther.com/weblog/?p=49#comments
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Version 2.1
Bumspinach
Bumspinach
13 December 2007
That's great thanks
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Version 2.1
Pissnaround
06 December 2007
having a small issue with Chax 2.0 & 2.1b1. I have multiple accts but only use one at a time. but at times, when I set one to offline, then close it using the Accounts setting in the menu, iChat crashes. Its fine without Chax installed. it also doesn't do it every time. any thoughts?
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Version 2.1b1
Kris-Browne
06 December 2007
Chax has now become my hero.... With the various Jabber servers I use doing server gateways, I don't need wide protocol support, mainly just XMPP, and with the advent of the intelligent Unified Contacts... iChat has become my default IM again!
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Version 2.1b1
Sguitton
19 November 2007
installer doesn't work :/
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Version 2.0
Mindre-Panda
15 November 2007
I've installed, reinstalled, rebooted and generally fiddled around but just cannot convince Chax to work with my 10.5.0 iMac. It just doesn't appear. With Tiger I used Chax so I should know how to do this.
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Version 2.0b2
Jobby
15 November 2007
One option I'd like to see is the ability to replace every occurrence of "Buddy" with "Contact". The whole "Buddy" thing just seems to irritate me for some reason (possibly it's just down to being British :)
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Version 2.0b2
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Satyrica
Satyrica
18 November 2007
It's not just you (or being British). I'm American and find people that use "Buddy" to be gay, or generally balmy in the crumpet. I second the motion...
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Version 2.0
Damacguy
15 November 2007
Installer's OS version check doesn't work with 10.5.1 (developer release).
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Version 2.0b2
Ron-Hamelin
15 November 2007
Much better! Kudos to the developer for quick responses. I noticed that "Always on Top" isn't an option in this version. Will it be an option again at some point? Thanks again!
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Version 2.0b2
Flash1296
15 November 2007
Will NOT install on my MacBookPro because I am running OS X 10.5.1, (as opposed to 10.5) Dumb installer.
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Version 2.0b2
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Olydawg
Olydawg
15 November 2007
you are SO cool!
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Version 2.0b2
Gregjsmith
12 November 2007
It also installs SIMBL, maybe you need to reboot for that to load?
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Version 2.0b1
Ron-Hamelin
10 November 2007
I love this app! But it's not active in Leopard, even after the installer does its job. When I reopen iChat, Chax isn't available.
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Version 2.0b1
Anoylla
06 November 2007
It is the most addictive add-on devil in Mac OS X history! I love it.
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Version 1.5
Eaglelouk
14 August 2007
Nice one. However, i really want to have the hability to put Aqua tabs (PSMTabBar) and to change the position of them (like Adium v1.1)
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Version 1.5b1
Khsuther
10 February 2007
AIM only supports sending SMS message to US phones, so I have to abide by the limitations of AIM itself. Kent Sutherland
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Version 1.4.8b1
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Smokeonit
Smokeonit
17 February 2007
ok, sorry for naggin'... i tohught the the SMS feature is not based on the AIM undercarriage... thnx and keep up the good work;-)
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Version 1.4.8b1
Smokeonit
10 February 2007
why is the send SMS only +1 north america centric??? european numbers are a must... why this attitude towards america only features???
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Version 1.4.8b1
mariowagner-1
10 February 2007
that was still missing on ichat...
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Version 1.4.8b1