Adium 1.4 arrives with Twitter & IRC support
Following two years of development and several beta releases, the Adium development team has announced the arrival of version 1.4 of its open source instant messaging (IM) client for Mac OS X. Like other open source IM applications, such as Pidgin and Meebo, Adium uses the libpurple library and supports a wide range of services, including AIM, MSN, Yahoo!, Jabber, ICQ, MySpace IM and Facebook chat.
The major update to the stable branch of Adium introduces a number of new features, including the addition of full support for Twitter and Internet Relay Chat (IRC). Version 1.4 now launches even faster and uses less memory than previous versions, resulting in overall performance improvements. The message styles have received updates and new customisation options have been added. Other changes include authorisation window improvements, an updated version (2.6.6) of the libpurple library and a variety of fixes for bugs found in previous versions.
The developers also note that, to celebrate the release of Adium 1.4, they have introduced official Adium apparel. Fans of the IM app can purchase several different colour t-shirts, including long sleeve shits and hoodies in the new Merchandise Store. The revenue from the purchases will go to directly support the Adium project.
More information about the release, including a full list of new features, can be found in the official release announcement and on the version history page. Adium 1.4 is available to download (direct download) for Mac OS X 10.5.8 Leopard or higher and documentation is provided. Adium source code is licensed under version 2 of the GNU General Public License (GPLv2).
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