With so many instant messaging tools to choose from - from AIM and Yahoo Messenger to Facebook chat and Google Talk - it is likely that you have friends on a number of different networks. Rather than installing a large number of chat clients, Adium is a multi-protocol instant messenger that can be used to chat with contacts using a range of different services.
The program benefits from a tabbed chat interface that makes it easy to move between individual chat windows and support for themes allows for extreme customisation. With the ability to communication with users of AIM, ICQ, Jabber, MobileMe, MSN Messenger, Google Talk, Live Journal, MySpace IM, Facebook Chat and more, the opportunities for communication with friends are almost unlimited.
When chatting with friends, file transfer is supported so it is possible to share files such as photos and contacts can be organised into groups for easy access. Multi-user chat can be used to converse with two or more contacts at the same time in a group conversation and chat logs can be automatically created so you can keep a record of what has been said.
Adium can make use of the information stored in your Mac OS X address book to display additional information about contacts and friends who have multiple usernames can be combined into a single contact for ease of management. This is an adept tool which eliminates the need for multiple chat tools while retaining the functionality of the original clients.