ICQ is one of the most widely used chat "buddy" systems on the Net today, and this is a long-awaited port of the software to the Macintosh. ICQ informs you who's on-line at any time and enables you to contact them at will, alerting you in real time when they log on. ICQ, allows you to chat, send messages, files and URLs, play games, or just hang out with your fellow 'Netters' while still surfing the Net. Unfortunately, Mirabilis pays much less attention to its Mac development than its Windows development, so there are woeful differences in the capabilities of the two versions. Because of this, Gerry's ICQ, a privately-written alternative available above, has become quite popular. Version 3.4.23 - the latest non-beta release for Mac OS 9 & Mac OS X - adds/changes the following from version 3.2:
"Somehow, Mirabilis has managed to make a complete pig's ear of version 2.5. Problems include: common crashes, an astoundingly annoying tendency for it to turn on balloon help while in the background, incompatibility with many other clients (e.g., many clients get no acknowledgement when sending messages to me, file transfers often don't work, multi-person chats cause it to give in and quit), and many many other annoying "features". I know it's supposed to be a beta, but this is ridiculous. Stick to the previous version if you have it, and avoid this one like the plague."
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