Compact, simple, and clean. Only display the data you want. Anytime a column isn't visible, the message column expands to use the space. Also, columns are only as wide as necessary for the actual content.
• Everything scales to whatever size makes you happy.
• If you go to Adium's "Messages" prefpane and deselect "show user icons" the icon column will disappear.
• Direct-connect images default to thumbnail, but on click will resize to max width of column (or full width, whichever is smaller).
• The XtraColor variants display a small per-user color block between the sender and the message.
• There's no header in normal buddychat, but if the "show header" checkbox is selected then groupchats will show the topic in a header (in Adium 1.4).
Undersized graphical emoticons. If you know of a way to get emoticons to "float" vertically on the appropriate line without altering the line's height, I'd love to hear about it.
Please report any other bugs/limitations you find.
Misc minor tweaks.
Displays red message background when mentioned in groupchat
Made emoticons in message history a little less faint.
Switched all colors to from rgba to hsla.
Tweaked display of /me actions so that if the sender column is not displayed, the sender will be included in the message text.
Replaced "+" variants with XtraColor variants, which assigns a (probably) unique color to each person. Also, consecutive messages from the same person still display the sendername.
Misc minor tweaks.
Fixed issue with dropshadow constantly appearing on message mark triangle incorrectly.
Removed spiffy fade from background hover states. A webkit bug caused Adium to hold on to cpu (sometimes at 100%) until you closed the chat window!
Misc minor tweaks.
Disabled buddy icons in groupchat since you'd only see your own.
Changed mention highlights to color message column only.
Updated to messageview 4.
Fixed problem with long lines not wrapping
Added dark variants and renamed all variants as either Mercurial (light) or Saturnine (dark).
Added a couple of pixels of margin at the top of graphical emoticons.
Made the hover highlight background slightly darker in mercurial variants.
Made hovered status text slightly darker in mercurial variants.
Tweaked margins around icon, sender, and time.
Tweaked mention and buzz/nudge highlights.
Added window background color so that the white window doesn't show when the chat text doesn't fill the whole thing.
Fixed a bug that caused status messages at the bottom of the window to not have the few pixels of breathing room that incoming/outgoing messages received.
Added support for groupchat topics.
Improved scaling for direct-connect images.
Re-enabled buddy icons in groupchat, disabled them in IRC.
Really re-enabled buddy icons in groupchat.
Enabled tooltip sender prefix indicators for privileged groupchat users.
Temporarily disabled CPU hogging animation.
Enabled date in timestamp tooltip.
Prettified focus mark for Adium 1.4.
Switched to more efficient all-by-sender code.
Changed all-by-sender to only activate on click, but allow clicking anywhere.
Fixed bug where historical mentions wouldn't be properly highlighted.
Tweaked appearance of focus mark.
Fixed bug where focus mark would (invisibly) obstruct hover highlighting.
Replaced sender with up-arrow in consecutive messages for all variants.
Made empty topic editable anywhere via double-click.
Stopped disabling all-by-sender in buddychat.
Made all-by-sender highlighting match highlighting under cursor.
Shrunk icons slightly to avoid weird bug where Safari 4 would cause them to shift.
Removed grey border at top and bottom.
Stopped highlighting empty space at top and bottom of chat, and at threshold of message history and current content.
In Xtracolor variants, removed extra color from status and event messages.
In Xtracolor variants, added 1 pixel space between color bar for each user.
Added tooltip for sender with privileges (+, @, etc) and screenname (which may be different from the display name).
Changed icon hiding to apply only to IRC rather than all groupchats.
Reformatted actions (/me) to be more like standard IRC behavior.
Increased contrast of highlighted status and event messages.
Removed ability to temporarily enlarge icons by clicking on them.
Fixed problem with text jumping up a pixel when using some font families/sizes and icons disabled. (Thanks to for reporting it!)
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Visually influenced by Colloquy's "Bland" style.