Adium chat software is out of beta

Adium offers one-stop access for Mac users who want to connect to AOL Instant Messenger, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, and other instant messaging networks. It is designed from the outset to work with Mac OS X and the list of features includes the use of messages and custom list styles, ability to drag tabs between different conversations, support for Growl notifications, message history with support for searches, emoticon support and message formatting among many other features.

The lead developer of the project, Evan Schoenberg, has stated “With more than 600 improvements and bug fixes, Adium 1.0 is the culmination of a year and a half of development.” Schoenberg has outlined several of the new features, including the new default look, installation wizard, improved account management, privacy management, “iTunes now playing …” status, optional hiding of the list of contacts in the Dock, and the ability to group the status of recorded messages among others.

Adium 1.0 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.