Best IM program?

mwmorph

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Gaim? Trillian?

Its just for AIM, but i would like im logging and the ability to appear offline to buddies or at least a buddy while actually being online.

Otherwise, if that dosent work, whats the best overall client? Trillian? Gaim?
 

Schadenfroh

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Check out Miranda over on SourceForge, should have a plugin to do anything you want, but it is the smallest and least bloated IM out there.
 

f1sh3r

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im a fan of gaim. ive never used miranda though.

i am a multiprotocoler.. aim, msn, yahoo... international relations, you know :)
 

Thyme

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I've used the official client, gaim, trillian, and miranda. Gaim is my favorite, though they all lots of problems.
 

clamum

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Jesus this gets reposted enough.

For the 10,000th time, Miranda. ;)
 

Jetster

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For the 10,000th time, Miranda.

wow, i must have been living under a rock, this is frist time I heard such program, and cant believe i miss such a good one too. it's so small and light, and you dont have to deal with all the bloatted crap other im program have. trillian is getting just as bloat as aim, and gaim is getting there too, just look at its setup file, 7mb vs 1mb of Miranda.

Edit: google talk is also light and good, but no one is using that damn thing
 

BlueWeasel

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Originally posted by: Schadenfroh
Check out Miranda over on SourceForge, should have a plugin to do anything you want, but it is the smallest and least bloated IM out there.

:thumbsup:
 

duragezic

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Miranda

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I have to use GAIM here on the lab computers. Man what a hunk of crap that program is. Never liked Trillian either since I only need basic ICQ functionality, not a huge program.
 

clamum

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Originally posted by: Jetster
For the 10,000th time, Miranda.

wow, i must have been living under a rock, this is frist time I heard such program, and cant believe i miss such a good one too. it's so small and light, and you dont have to deal with all the bloatted crap other im program have. trillian is getting just as bloat as aim, and gaim is getting there too, just look at its setup file, 7mb vs 1mb of Miranda.

Edit: google talk is also light and good, but no one is using that damn thing

I don't remember where I originally came across it but I've been recommending it ever since. If you don't need a lot of functionality, it's fine right away (I think it can fit on a floppy disk) and if you do, there's a boatload of plugins available for it. :thumbsup:
 

brikis98

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just tried out Miranda after having used GAIM for a while... seems lighter, cleaner, more stable and much more customizable than GAIM... also supports all the protocols i use: aim, msn, icq and sametime (w/ plugin) just like GAIM did. i'm impressed.
 

mwmorph

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Thanks guys never heard of miranda before, just the official clients gaim and trillian. I wasnt too happy with gaim back the nand when I used trillian it was back in version 1.x or something but this miranda seems pretty good.
 

TheVrolok

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I'd really like to hear specific problems people have had with Gaim. I've been using it under both Windows and Linux for .. 4-5 years now and have never, ever, had any serious stability issues whatsoever. I'm only an AIM user though, so perhaps its issues with other protocols? I don't see how an AIM client could get much lighter than Gaim.
 

Aikouka

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I went from the standard multi-client setup to GAIM. I stopped using GAIM because the Windows port is quite buggy when it comes to the GUI library. I remember accidently resizing a window would cause GAIM to enter an infinite loop. After getting tired of this, I uninstalled it and looked for a new client... but I also needed one that supported the features that I've come to enjoy.

I tried Miranda, but it wasn't enough. It was too basic (as odd as that sounds).

I tried Trillian (and I had tried it before GAIM as well), and it was hard to get used to as it was a bit quirky, but after a good week or two, I was able to get used to it. It offered what I wanted such as logging with showing user history in a newly opened chat window. Unfortunately, I don't care for its way of organizing chat windows. I ended up having to set them to a single container with a blank name.

I'd say, if you just want a simple client, go with Miranda. There are plugins, but I try to avoid that hassle at times. If you want something that's fairly feature-rich, I'd say to look up Trillian.
 

So

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Originally posted by: Aikouka
I went from the standard multi-client setup to GAIM. I stopped using GAIM because the Windows port is quite buggy when it comes to the GUI library. I remember accidently resizing a window would cause GAIM to enter an infinite loop. After getting tired of this, I uninstalled it and looked for a new client... but I also needed one that supported the features that I've come to enjoy.

I tried Miranda, but it wasn't enough. It was too basic (as odd as that sounds).

I tried Trillian (and I had tried it before GAIM as well), and it was hard to get used to as it was a bit quirky, but after a good week or two, I was able to get used to it. It offered what I wanted such as logging with showing user history in a newly opened chat window. Unfortunately, I don't care for its way of organizing chat windows. I ended up having to set them to a single container with a blank name.

I'd say, if you just want a simple client, go with Miranda. There are plugins, but I try to avoid that hassle at times. If you want something that's fairly feature-rich, I'd say to look up Trillian.

Gaim has gotten progressively more stable. I'm extremely pleased w/ it now, and leave it open for weeks at a time w/o a problem.
 

Aikouka

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Originally posted by: So
Gaim has gotten progressively more stable. I'm extremely pleased w/ it now, and leave it open for weeks at a time w/o a problem.

Well, to be honest, even if it became more stable than Trillian (I have had Trillian crash, but it does so gracefully and it even tells me that there was an error and that Trillian needs to restart :p), I probably wouldn't switch. The main reason being the tough time I'd have porting log files over. I'm a big person for history/logging... so much that I used to have about 2-3gb of IRC logs that I unfortunately lost about two years ago. Although, I am interested to see what the new Trillian be like....