Back around the first of the year when the new AOL AIM client for Mac OS X was released, I was impressed with the host of features it supported. That is, until I actually started using it full time. If you want to see something ugly, open the terminal window and check CPU usage with AIM running.
I know iChat is just around the bend, and I’ve certainly been impressed with what I’ve seen previewed. But for everyday use, Adium can’t be beat.
This lean, mean, Cocoa client looks great and my TiBook hardly knows it’s there. I particularly like the font rendering and the tabbed interface.
One of my coworkers commented that he had to turn off the sound on his iBook because the various bird noises emitting from the client drove him crazy. Funny thing, I was just about to say how cool I thought they were.