Leave the mouse on a buddy for a couple of seconds
to get “buddy-tips”. (click to see bigger version)
I don’t remember how or why, but I ended up posting
Command-Shift-3 Flickr group
recently (command-shift-3 is the key combination for generating screen shots on the Mac).
I was browsing the entries and noticed people running
which is the other main open source IM app for the Mac that I haven’t looked at for a couple of years.
It seems that development on it has progressed much further than with
the open source IM app I’ve been using and off-and-on contributing to over the last few years. I have to admit that my main reason for changing over to Adium is its looks.
Right now for instance, my buddy list looks like it’s part of my desktop.
I have a lot of black in the top-left corner, and my buddy list is just grey text that sits there,
and thanks to Adium’s “keep under all windows” feature, it behaves like it’s part of the desktop, too.
As you can see below, even when another app is on top of it, moving your mouse over buddies pops up a translucent info bubble,
which moves smoothly with your mouse.
There’s about a 2 second delay before it shows up, so it’s not annoying or anything. Adium also has many optional
plug-ins and themes
I downloaded the
theme for my buddy list and tweaked it a bit.
The theming seems to be flexible enough to make Adium look like any other IM system, inclugin iChat, AIM and MSN. Now I’m off to check out some of the
they have available.