Instantbird
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Instantbird is a multi-protocol Instant Messaging client. Using it, you can connect to all your different IM accounts. It uses the Mozilla rendering engine to display IMs, and the Pidgin libpurple to connect to the different networks, and it is available in 14 languages.
What's New
Version 1.5:

New:

  • Creating a new conversation tab has been made easier.
  • Clicking the '+' button in a conversation window shows a list of conversations that can be started with a single click.
  • The list is sorted with a frecency algorithm, taking into account how often and how recently you've talked to each contact.
  • This list also automatically includes the channels advertised by the IRC servers you are connected to.
  • New tooltips that better fit the style of Instantbird
  • Improved Multi-user chats user interface:
  • Participants now have context menus that allow you to open private conversations or add them as buddies.
  • Highlighted nicks in chat rooms now have tooltips and context menus.
  • Auto-joined chat rooms that have been put on hold will stay on hold after a restart.
  • A list of alternate nicks for IRC can be configured, in case your preferred nick is taken when you connect.
  • about: pages (e.g., about:config) can now easily be opened with the /about command (e.g. /about config).
  • Retina display support on Mac OS X.
  • Google Talk and Hangouts Android users are now shown as mobile.
  • Google Hangouts users will no longer appear as always typing.
  • Better support for displaying RTL languages in conversations.
  • The vKontakte protocol was removed as the vKontakte service dropped support for connecting with an XMPP client.
  • New for developers: New API to add tab panels with arbitrary content to conversation windows: in-code documentation.
  • Updated to Mozilla 25.
  • Various minor bugs and a few crashers fixed.
Known Issues:
  • NVDA users should update to 2014.1 to work around a bug in the Mozilla platform that leads to "Unknown" being said when scrolling through the contact list.

Version 1.5:

New:

  • Creating a new conversation tab has been made easier.
  • Clicking the '+' button in a conversation window shows a list of conversations that can be started with a single click.
  • The list is sorted with a frecency algorithm, taking into account how often and how recently you've talked to each contact.
  • This list also more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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Instantbird User Discussion (Write a Review)
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JoshiSm reviewed on 14 Aug 2012
Ugly interfaces should be disallowed ;)
[Version 1.2]


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tcampbellut commented on 22 Apr 2008
Adium has no IRC support that I have found. This does. It's also a standard interface across multiple platforms.

Regarding people that claim that PPCs are dead (or dying), you obviously don't have a PPC. Don't make quick statements when they obviously don't involve you. I personally have two PPC based Macs and two Intel based Macs. I have no intentions of "trashing" my PPC Macs.

I was curious though if Instantbird will be supporting OTR Encryption at any point. If not, I won't be using it.
[Version 0.1.1]

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Robby.is.on replied on 21 Dec 2013
IRC support was added to Adium for version 1.4 which was released in October 2010.
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meego commented on 04 Mar 2008
Instantbird will have a hard time gathering users. There are already many free IM clients built around libpurple (hence with the same core features). Every major system has its native libpurple+GUI implementation.

Plus, as an implementation of libpurple, Adium is now nearing perfection.
[Version 0.1.1]


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Doc-Renaud commented on 04 Mar 2008
Face it guys: PPC is dying....
[Version 0.1.1]

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globetrotterdk replied on 05 Mar 2008
In general, Apple builds quality hardware that does not have to be thrown out every second year. Why shouldn't PPC continue to be supported as long as the hardware is rock solid? Mozilla's other products support PPC.
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Penguirl replied on 07 Aug 2011
I hate to have to tell you this but some people are still running Apple hardware that pre-dates PPC.

Just because it's not the latest & greatest doesn't mean it's useless. The very old macs can still be used for WP and the like, a child's first computer, etc… My PowerBook & iMac are still in use every day, the only place they stumble for me is at playing Flash. Heck they run at 100% 24/7 doing computation for BOINC.
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Mudflapper replied on 16 Nov 2012
PPC has been dead for years. Sorry, it's the truth. And this is coming from someone who had an INTEL OUTSIDE sticker on his G4 Quicksilver.
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Penguirl replied on 17 Nov 2012
If @TGBX and @Mudflapper want to throw their PPC machines in the dump, go right ahead. Or better yet, send them to me. But they are not useless by any means, I have two running alongside my Mac Pro and two Celeron D boxes.
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globetrotterdk commented on 04 Mar 2008
Where is the PPC version #%!?
[Version 0.1.1]

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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 04 Mar 2008
It does not exist. This is Intel-only.
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globetrotterdk replied on 05 Mar 2008
I received an e-mail from the developer:

"...There is currently no PPC version because we have no usable PPC hardware to build and test it (the only PPC machine I have is an old PowerBook G3 which is way too old to build or run Instantbird).

If someone wants to offer us a nice PPC machine, we may provide PPC builds."
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Peter da Silva commented on 24 Oct 2007
What's this planned to do that Adium doesn't?
[Version 0.1]

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Splunk23 replied on 04 Mar 2008
Run on Windows and Linux?
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Tuishimi replied on 05 Mar 2008
Not to be a jerk, but what is the advantage of that to me (mac user)? Is file sharing better? Compatibility in general better?
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Splunk23 replied on 09 Mar 2008
Sometimes it's not all about you. The developers decided to write a cross-platform IM client. It runs on Mac, so MacUpdate listed it.
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Tuishimi replied on 09 Mar 2008
Of course, and you realize I didn't mean "just me" I meant to users in general. And I was honestly interested in knowing if there were advantages because it is 100% possible that the implementation IS better than the backend used by Adium. I wanted to know if this was the case, and whether or not it triumphed over the mac-specific UI offered by Adium.
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xyz043 commented on 23 Oct 2007
No Universal version. Intel-only. Ludicrous.
[Version 0.1]

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Chas_m replied on 14 Jul 2010
Hardly "ludicrous." At best, you MIGHT call it short-sighted.

But let's face reality please: Apple hasn't sold a PPC machine in half a decade now. Yes I know lots of PPC machines are still out there and running. Great! BUT any new developer to the platform isn't going to be interested in them. Hello and welcome to the real world.

The majority of the working Macs -- and all new Macs forthcoming -- are Intel. The development tools devs use are aimed at Intel. Writing. Wall. On the.

It would be NICE if the developer made this Universal, and they might be persuaded to do so (if its actually feasible using the dev tools/libraries they're using) by PPC owners contacting them and giving them feedback.

Insulting them or demonstrating a weak grasp of the realities of the marketplace, however, isn't likely to get you very far.
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Fqueze replied on 16 Jul 2010
Instantbird has been released for Mac as a Universal version since 0.1.3.

The new Instantbird 0.2 binary is Universal.
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CareyB rated on 09 Aug 2012

[Version 1.1]



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Fabio Milocco rated on 07 Nov 2011

[Version 1.0]


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Date:20 Dec 2013
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Instantbird is a multi-protocol Instant Messaging client. Using it, you can connect to all your different IM accounts. It uses the Mozilla rendering engine to display IMs, and the Pidgin libpurple to connect to the different networks, and it is available in 14 languages.


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