Archive for January, 2008

Adium chatlog importer for DEVONthink Pro

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Those of you who use the DEVONthink Pro organizational software may be happy to know that the developer has released several scripts for importing chat logs from other applications.

Specifically, he has released an Adium importer, an iChat importer, and a Second Life importer on his blog. Now you can organize your transcripts from those applications as well as your other documents.

The Adium importer is made possible by our XML log format, which makes writing importers and converters easier by being an open format. This means that, if you’re a programmer, you can write an importer or converter too.

Adium 1.2.1

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Hot on the duck feet of Adium 1.2 comes a new version just in time for the weekend!

Adium 1.2.1 fixes a number of bugs accidentally introduced in 1.2, significantly reduces Adium’s memory footprint (both by fixing a couple leaks and by optimizing memory usage), improves the new Applescript dictionary, and corrects a gaggle of other issues. Group chats will now automatically reconnect when your instant messaging account reconnects, too!

We’ve expanded the horizons for use: Adium 1.2.1 is the most accessible version yet, with major improvements to support for VoiceOver and other assistive devices, and this release also brings a new translation into Slovenian.

See the version history for all 44 noteworthy changes.

Please don’t forget to contribute however you can; we’re always looking for patch writers and new developers, in particular. Also, please take a look at our site host NetworkRedux and our download host CacheFly if you’re in need of network services.

Enjoy =)

Apple updates Mac Pro Performance page for Adium 1.2

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Apple maintains a page in the Mac Pro section of its website titled Performance, comparing the time that the Mac Pro needs to complete various tasks to the time needed by previous Macs Pro and the G5.

Previously, this page used the time required to build Adium 0.89 using Xcode. As I’ve said privately before, this benchmark didn’t really show off the Mac Pro well, because Adium’s build process at that time was very linear—it did not take good advantage of multiple processors. This was one of a great many things we fixed for Adium 1.0.

For the release of their new Mac Pro, they’ve updated it to use the build time for Adium 1.2. Now, the numbers are not only more current, but better express the parallel power of the Mac Pro.

Thanks to Jesper for the heads-up.

Adium 1.2!

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

The Adium team is proud to announce the availability of Adium 1.2. This is a major feature release with a ton of fantastic improvements as well as a a ridiculous number of bug fixes. We’ve discussed many (but not all) of the new features themselves previously on the blog, including the improved Adium menu item and account management features, various and sundry improvements to Jabber support (including SSL certification authentication, server-supplied action support, and discovery services browsing), fixed Bonjour local area network messaging with file transfers, better group chat (conferencing), a completely rewritten Applescript dictionary which should lead to all sorts of powerful new interactions with other programs, and detachable groups. (One ‘advertised’ feature which did not make it into Adium 1.2 was MSN personal messages; development efforts for these are still in progress by the libpurple team. A future version of Adium will have this enhancement once it’s ready.)

That’s not all! Massive improvements have been made to the localization of Adium; if your native language is Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), English (including Australian English), Finnish, French, French Canadian, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish, Russian, or Turkish, you’ll find Adium 1.2 to be your most natural instant messaging experience ever. 188 tickets were closed by Adium 1.2; each ticket represents a feature request or bug, most filed by users. As always, see the version history for all the noteworthy changes.

A lot goes into every Adium release, from testing to coding to support. We’re a friendly and active development and user community, but we always want for more hands, eyes, and minds. That means you! Remember, Adium is free, open source software, coded entirely by volunteers. See Contributing to Adium for how you can submit patches and code, help hunt down bugs, and donate!

We greatly appreciate the donated resources of our excellent site and code host NetworkRedux (who most recently added donated rack space and connectivity for our Mac Mini build and testing machine, smew, to the array of services they provide us) and our download host CacheFly!