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Submitted By Ravi Joshi (ravijo)


This is my updated iChat-like message view. It's more or less a fusion of ProtoScroll and iChat Clone.

For those who cannot change theirown bubble color: you must be using 0.8, then when typing in the message view, press cmd+T and set the color... it will stay that color until you change it

Note: for some reason, many people are having issues with this. However, many others have NO issues with this, and I think this relates to webkit's cache. Close down Adium, go to safari, empty safary's cache (cmd+opt+E) and try adium. If that still doesn't work than email me. But I hope that you otherwise love my message view.

New in 1.2:
- Re-included some incoming bubble color variants (most other clients don't set that stuff)
- Added an "Incoming Shuffle" bubble colour which randomly selects a new bubble color for every new chat! (this is awesome)
- more colours: purple, graphite, and clear

New in 1.1:
- most features only work with 0.8
- Time stamp
- iChat-like header
- all colours managed by font panel


You can reply to individual comments by clicking the "Reply" link next to each.

# by GCK on 04/28/05 at 11:36:20

I like it. 3 Ducks.

# by on 04/28/05 at 16:50:42

Cool with all the colors... I haven't used Adium for very long (I was an iChat guy for years), so maybe I'm missing something; but what is the difference between this and iChat Clone? How was ProtoScroll fused? Their colors?... I'd love to know if you figure out the "user is typing" clouds... I also got a 1px line in the middle on mine...

# by dajk on 04/28/05 at 18:05:20

This rocks.


# by budoink on 04/28/05 at 22:09:27

V. Nice ravijo...

smooth, i'll definitely be using it as my default!
i'd recommend this to anyone looking for an iChat style since it has more colour options than the original iChat style or iChat clone, and it's just as professional!

# by Anonymous on 04/29/05 at 00:07:39

this message style is awesome! too bad there isn't another way you can chang the bubbles (just in case you get sick of them) in regular ichat you can change it to regular text. ONe other thing, i just wanted to say thank you for not making the default icon a DUCK. it was so annoying getting Im's from friends who didn't have an icon,and having to stare at that abnoxciously huge icon of a duck. Kudos

# by STIAFL on 04/29/05 at 02:15:22

this is cool, could you add in a time stamp? :D

# by on 04/29/05 at 02:21:51

The only thing that is missing in this for me is 32-bit bubbles so I can set a Window BG with it.

# by ravijo on 04/29/05 at 03:27:27

version 1.1 (coming soon!) will have support by default for custom colours in 0.8. I'm still working on it... so there will be some more stuff too! Including a iChat like time stamp.

# by Dave on 04/29/05 at 03:59:54

Along with custom colors, how about allowing a random selection such as the one iChat gives you?

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/29/05 at 19:08:00

Text colors, or bubble colors? It would be cool to change bubble colors in the prefs!

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/29/05 at 19:09:29

If you mean bubble colors, I can't seem to specify a bubble color for myself or my buddy. :(

# by Dave on 04/29/05 at 21:29:39

Latest version isn't working correctly. Icons are huge, and no text bubbles, Text just appears right below the gigantic icons.

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/30/05 at 00:29:37

I don't see any of the Dave's issues? Does iChadium fail gracefully if someone uses .77?

# by laxstar2 on 04/30/05 at 03:55:13

AWESOME!! i love that changing the BG color sets the bubble color!

# by gottacoppafeel on 05/01/05 at 19:18:02

anyone having a problem with incoming bubble colours? i want them to be aqua, but it seems to be randomizing them no matter what colour i pick

# by Dave on 05/02/05 at 06:42:43

Shuffle isn't working for me. It's clear every time.

Also what happened to formatting the outgoing bubble color (your own)?

# by on 05/02/05 at 07:19:00

I can confirm what dave is saying. shuffle not working. using tiger and beta

# by ben on 05/03/05 at 17:43:49

i cannot for the life of me get my own bubble color to change w/o changing the entire background....any way around that? shuffle seems to work fine for me, however, nice view!!

# by Andrew Canepa on 05/03/05 at 21:31:30

I can't see any options for MY chat bubble...I can only choose incoming chat bubble colors. Other than that, seems nice!

# by on 05/03/05 at 23:08:54

Same people as others, I cannot change my own bubble color.
Other than that, the stlye is greeeeat.

# by Mark on 05/05/05 at 03:18:17

Anyway to differentiate between Away Status auto-responses? I can't really tell when an IM is an auto-response.

# by Totosan on 05/07/05 at 17:52:10

Is there any way you might be able to clone the other message style from iChat? I actually enjoyed it as much as the bubbles. :D

# by whiteangel on 05/08/05 at 10:39:56

I can only change the text color and the 'document' color which is the area where you type your text from the font (apple-T) window.

Can you point me in the right direction? I just emptied my safari cache as well.

# by on 05/12/05 at 08:41:15

I'm having the same problem as gottacoppafeel. No matter what I do, it won't stop randomizing the bubble colors! It's driving me nuts! It worked perfectly for a couple days and now it seems to just be... crazy. Help

# by on 05/12/05 at 21:29:31

I figured out what's causing the nonstop shuffle. If you have "show header" checked in the message style window it will shuffle whether you select shuffle or not. This is because the script to randomize the colors is in the header file.

# by MBHockey on 06/21/05 at 14:26:07

Will this be fixed???

I like the header, but i don't like my friends bubble's to change color every time a new message window is opened...

# by on 07/18/05 at 22:46:18

I can't seem to get the bubbles to show up in any color besides clear... could you help?

# by Lauren Richter on 08/02/05 at 22:52:53

For the most part, I like it, but I'm getting a line in the middle of one-lined messages-- somewhat bothering. I understand that this is an issue in the iClone style as well, but I was hoping it might be working in this one. Possibly a fix soon?

# by Daveecee on 08/11/05 at 02:35:59

Shuffling still only yields clear colors.

# by TheoW593 on 09/12/05 at 21:34:38

I want my own background, but it has these awful white bars around it, as shown here. l know l have to make something invisible, can you do something about this?

# by jms1223 on 03/13/06 at 12:21:50 there anyway to implement a bubble to appear with "..." for when you or the other person is typing? and maybe fix up the timestamps a little....ichat displays the time every 5 minutes or something

# by jms1223 on 03/13/06 at 12:25:09

also when there's a change in status, it just prints the time...maybe you could elaborate a little and display their whole away message if one is posted, or have it print out what the change in status was

# by jms1223 on 03/13/06 at 13:03:10

let me be a little more clear about the timestamps:
-if you open a window with someone and it displays lines from a previous conversation, the time will print for when that took place, and if you begin typing a new conversation, the time will not print again. maybe adding the date to the previous text would be good too...
-when an available user changes their status to away, idle, offline, etc. i'd like to see for it to print out the time (which it does already) followed by the change, for example "whoever has changed their status to 'Away' with the message 'I am away from my computer right now'"...or something along those lines...same for idle (user has gone idle) or user has disconnected.
-if i remember correctly ichat also displays the time every so often...this would be a nice enhancement, although not necessary
-One other nice enhancement would be for when either you or the other user is typing, a speech bubble to appear with "..." iChat does this and it's kinda nice.

Other than that awesome work, i love it..thanks!

# by S0YBABY on 04/06/06 at 16:59:16

just what I was looking for

# by Flea on 08/30/06 at 18:29:37

The skin is great, but I like to put sometimes a background image on my conversations, and it has some bugs with the balloons... Can't you take a look on that... That would be gorgeous!
BTW Nice Work!!

# by beanya on 09/18/06 at 06:43:44

the incoming bubbles won't shuffle their color... do you know why? otherwise great skin.

# by jmin on 11/04/06 at 20:47:51

I would love to see the messages for "This user has gone away" and "Away: I stepped out for a bit" in the IM windows, and if possible the "..." bubble for when the other person is typing, and the occasional timestamp is a cool feature in iChat.

Otherwise it's a great style, two thumbs up.

# by WeiXinkai on 08/24/07 at 10:08:24

I'm relatively new to using Adium, but am a longer time GAIM/Pidgin fan. When I switched to Mac, I used iChat at first but the functionality of Adium is clearly superiror - I did like the look of iChat however and that's why I love this theme. I also love that the default icon isn't the duck - the Mac networking icon and sillohette is much better for users without default icons - but I was wondering:

Does anyone knows if there's a a way to make Adium use the service icon (google talk, jabber, AIM, etc.) as the default user icon for users who don't supply their own ?

This would be replication of the way both iChat and Pidgin handle the default icon.

# by rantdepot on 11/09/07 at 20:25:01

I really like this theme, but it seems like urls are not trimmed/truncated/wrapped and this introduces a very annoying horizontal scroll bar in the chat window.

Other than that, great work! I hope you get to fix this as I can't wait to make this my default.

# by ntalect on 06/16/08 at 15:43:11

Thumbs up!

# by evillage21 on 11/07/08 at 06:05:54

I'm using adium v. 1.3.2 on a OSX v. 10.4.11, the shuffle color and time stamp doesn't seem to be working is there anything I can do or DL to fix this? also I was wondering if there was a way to use the service icon like WeiXinkai had suggested in an earlier comment.

# by Mimi on 05/10/09 at 22:31:36

Colors don't work with Adium 1.3.3 :(

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Current Version: 1.2
Last Updated: 04/30/05
Ravi Joshi. Based on 'iChat Clone' by Chris Brummel (et al.), and 'ProtoScroll' by Eoban Binder