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Program that works with multiple IM services?

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  1. jebfour

    jebfour Turbo Monkey

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    I haven’t used an IM program for a LONG time, but at one point in time, I used a program that worked with multiple IM services (AIM, MSN, etc). It’s been a while and I couldn’t remember the name of this program so I did a Google search – and lots of different programs came up.

    Which program do you guys prefer? It would be a big plus if it worked with Google IM. It would be an even bigger plus if it was a portable program of some kind and I didn’t need to install anything (soI could use it on the computer at the office). I have no idea if this is even possible.

    Suggestions?
     

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  2. McGRP01

    McGRP01 beer and bikes

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    Trillian
     
  3. Arkayne

    Arkayne I come bearing GIFs

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    Trillian

    "Trillian is the ultimate Instant Messenger! It unifies your IM experience. With Trillian you can chat with users on ICQ, AIM, Yahoo Messenger, MSN, and IRC. All in one program, completely skinnable."

    http://www.trillian-messenger.net/
     
  4. jebfour

    jebfour Turbo Monkey

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    Damn, that was fast. Thanks!
     
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    H8R Cranky Pants

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  6. binary visions

    binary visions The voice of reason

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    I don't like Trillian as much as Pidgin.

    Trillian is a bit heavier on system resources and the interface is a little more overwrought. All I need is a very simple interface - a list of people online, and the ability to talk to them.

    I've also tried to make a concerted effort to move towards open source/truly free programs.
     
  7. pinkshirtphotos

    pinkshirtphotos site moron

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    ichat?
     
  8. syadasti

    syadasti i heart mac

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    Another vote for Pidgin.
     
  9. syadasti

    syadasti i heart mac

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    jebfour Turbo Monkey

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    FWIW

    Went with pidgin for both the home computer and portable apps. It rocks.

    Thanks!
     
  11. Transcend

    Transcend My Nuts Are Flat

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    Ichat doesn't do what the OP wants unfortunately.

    Adium will, however it is a crashy piece of crap that can't properly do file transfers.

    trillian is coming to os x shortly and has been rewritten with libpurple as the base code. I look forward to this.