From the AOL Instant Messenger home page: "AOL Instant Messenger combines AOL's popular "Buddy List" and "Instant Message" features. The "Instant Message" feature lets users send and respond to messages immediately while the "Buddy List" feature lets users know instantly when friends are online. Previously only available to [AOL] members, AOL is now delivering these features to Internet users worldwide." Another nice feature of the AIM service is that it's accessible via a web browser no matter where you are. Versions 4.6 and later feature ICQ integration, "Mobile IM" and other new features. Version 4.7 adds "friendly name support," allowing you to view people's actual names rather than cryptic IM addresses, and "multi-point file sharing" that allows you to share the contents of more than one folder.
"AIM for Mac" is a modern rewrite of the AIM client for Mac OS X (version 1.0, released in 2008, was the first major update in nearly 5 years). This version was built from the ground up "by Mac users for Mac users." Highlights of the new software include:
Version 2.1.296 changed the following issues from version 2.0:
"The Instant Messenger is a must have for all non AOL users. It is very easy to set up and quick to send and receive messages. If you don't like waiting for replies with E-Mail, this is the best solution. It doesn't take up much memory or hard drive space, both of which are scarce on my Performa 550. So for low memory, and high expectations, I definitely suggest that you download this now."
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Version 2.1.299 beta (July 22, 2010) is available for Mac OS X (Cocoa / Universal), making the following enhancements:
See the release notes for more information.
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Also, if you have an older Mac, be sure to check out the "Classic" applications page for more options.
Finally, take a look at ALEMIA if you think you know that name of an application, but aren't quite sure.
These are applications that are newer and of potential interest, but which I haven't yet selected for permanent inclusion. Have a look, and let me know if you think they deserve to be part of the permanent collection!