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Proteus 4.11

5 Star Pick
License:Shareware OS:Mac OS X 10.2+
Rating: Rated 5 Stars. Submitted:3 May 2005
File Size:7.25 MB Price: $15.00 USD (approx.)

Offering an elegant interface, an open-sourced backend, and a customizeable user experience, Proteus lets you easily manage your multiple instant messaging accounts in an environment that bleeds OS X.

Proteus was built to be rebuilt by you. Written in Cocoa, Apple's object-oriented development environment, Proteus offers you a single package, but never locks you down into using it.

Features include:

  • Proteus provides support for AIM, ICQ, IRC, MSN and Yahoo! messaging services.
  • Drag and drop addition of new services via 'Service Plug-ins'.
  • Host chats for multiple people on different services via Proteus's Broadcasting.
  • Allows multiple accounts on the same services at the same time.
  • Includes User Profiles, allowing one-click change of all accounts ( for those people who never log out ).
  • Supports custom away messages - So you can tell people exactly why you're ignoring them!
  • Have a single-window for all your incoming messages, or just some of them.
  • Integrates with Apple's Address Book on a per contact basis.
  • Includes a Dock Menu and a System Menu Item, allowing one-click access to the most common controls.
  • Includes gorgeus Aqua eye candy like animations window transparency.
  • An icon you won't mind having in your dock.
  • Utilizes Apple's text-to-speech engine, giving your messages a voice.
  • Execute shell commands for incoming messages.
  • Customize your emoticons, your sounds, your colors, your fonts, and your status images.
  • Share your favorite customizations with your friends through Proteus Packs.

This download is the free trial version of Proteus. The full version can be purchased directly from the author for around $15.00 USD. See program documentation for details.