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AIM Alternatives

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Twisted Metal, Jun 16, 2005.

  1. Twisted Metal

    Twisted Metal Anfractuous Aluminum

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    Some people have mentioned regular AIM having spyware so I have been using alternatives for a while now, specifically GAIM.

    But GAIM is filled with small problems and incompatibilities with regular AIM users. First off, I can never direct connect with friends on AIM, and when it does direct connect, I can no longer type or send pictures to friends... I start sending messages and my friends are like "HELLO??? ARE YOU THERE"... I have to close the direct connection and message them again in order for them to see my text.

    In summary, file sending doesn't work at all, I can never see pics in direct connections, and I become a ghost unable to send text during a direct connection.

    One other problem I have is that if someone on AIM is using a small font, it shows up microscopic in GAIM, small enough that I have to pretty much copy and paste what they write in notepad just to read it.

    And lastly, the GUI thing(GTK?) that it runs on sucks, when you move windows on top of it it completely erases the whole GUI until you release the mouse button and whatnot. Similarly, if you move the GAIM buddy list or message window off the edge of the screen, that also erases it. I'm sure it works good on Linux, but on Windows it sucks.

    So my question is, are there any other good alternatives that are spyware free and have all the features of regular AIM? And please, no Miranda, that program is so screwed up when trying to read away messages and buddy info, it takes like an hour to get someones information!

    Thanks guys.
     
  2. [UM]theswarm

    [UM]theswarm Spork of the Apocalypse!

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    Trillian wins. Also happens to connect to AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, and IRC. :D
     
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  3. Syri

    Syri Who are you calling short?

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    another vote for trillian. and trillian basic 3 really does rock...
     
  4. iolair

    iolair Mostly Harmless

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    Also just discovered Trillian recently ... another vote from me!
     
  5. Axionysus

    Axionysus Don't Call Us, We Won't Call You :)

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    trillian :2thumb:
     
  6. SanitysEdge

    SanitysEdge Aspiring Astrophysicist

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    I dont know if trillain supports direct connections, at least, the previous version didnt. Mabye 3 Does?
     
  7. Mredria

    Mredria Warning: Phatcat's sister

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    I can do direct connects on my trillian. o_o
     
  8. Istigkeit

    Istigkeit Denied the best ultrasex

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    *cough*

    I vote Trillian.

    (useless post #: . . . )
     
  9. Thrash123

    Thrash123 Obey Leash Laws

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    I have been using Trillian for a number of years now in Windows; It is indeed awesome :) However, the newer versions are a bit bloated (comparitively speaking). Still, the software is stable and mature.

    GTK for Windows does suck, but I find myself preffering apps that use it (GTK+) over KDE's libraries in Linux. Truthfully, I prefer good ole' console/ncurses based interfaces, but eh :)
     
  10. 0bside0

    0bside0 Transmogriphying...

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    Trillian - yup. Been on that wagon for a couple years now.
     
  11. phatcat

    phatcat akward cat

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    captainrad admiral spock!

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  13. Thrash123

    Thrash123 Obey Leash Laws

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    All of the IM programs mentioned are free, AFAIK. Trillian has a Pro version with extra features, but I've never used it before.
     
  14. [UM]theswarm

    [UM]theswarm Spork of the Apocalypse!

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    Well, phatcat and captainrad win today's "I didn't read the thread!" award. :p
     
  15. Evil_Cope

    Evil_Cope For the Win, motherfather!

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    good aim alternative? Msn messenger. :p


    (Or Trillian, if you must ;) )
     
  16. Jesus

    Jesus The _Real_ Jesus

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    Trillian Basic 3. like said before, AIM, MSN ,Y!, ICQ, and IRC. and multiple connections. i have like 10 Y! accounts, at least 15 AIM, 1 icq lol, but i dont really use trillian IRC.
     
  17. phatcat

    phatcat akward cat

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    yeah, well you **** cows in retrospect. :hmm:
     
  18. Clayeth

    Clayeth Classic

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    Trillian. I've been using it for a long time. I'm thinking about 4 or 5 years now? It's definately the way to go. Especially since I have friends on AIM, MSN, and Yahoo. Use to have some on ICQ but it just started sucking after aol took it over.
     
  19. madscientist327

    madscientist327 Pure Genius

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    Trillian Pro 3!!!!!
     
  20. SomewhatSuicidal

    SomewhatSuicidal Wasn't in exile

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    Trillian gets bonus points for the inspired name too.
     

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