I know I can't actually get Adium on Windows. Are there any Windows IM clients that at least support Adium styles, specifically Contact List Styles and Message Styles?

Pidgin is heart-breakingly close, but as far as I can tell, it's not there yet:

  • Pidgin-WebKit would be perfect, except it doesn't seem to compile on Windows.
  • adium2pidgin-themes converts Adium Xtras into Pidgin themes, but only supports sound, status, and emoticon theme types:

    -t TYPE, --type=TYPE  type of theme, may be: auto, sound, status or
                          emoticon, default: auto
  • The Pidgin project is considering merging Pidgin-WebKit into Pidgin itself, but that sounds like a long way off:

    Most notably, we've been talking about merging the webkit integration branch into what will become 3.0.0. Eventually, this would allow the support of Adium's message styles, although it may not happen right away.

So, are there any Windows IM clients that support Adium styles today?

  • 2
    +1 for well done research. Too bad pidgin doesn't work, that's what I would have proposed.
    – Jens Erat
    Commented Oct 24, 2011 at 0:03
  • Have you tried Trillian ?
    – harrymc
    Commented Nov 8, 2011 at 14:38

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I haven't had the time to test it out at all, but emescene supports windows, and apparently supports adium themes

from the changelogs on their site... for version 2.11.7

  • Plugins and themes can be loaded from ~/.config/emesene2/[plugins|themes]
  • Avatars for Google talk and Facebook
  • Mail access in Google talk
  • A new Windows installer
  • Unity launcher support
  • Fully supported Adium theme set. All the themes are now Adium style
  • Conversations don't close when the user is disconnected
  • Updated translations

Installing a adium theme seems to work with message styles, but i've not quite worked out how to use contact list styles yet.

Apparently instandbird appears to use adium style styles as well, but they may need to be repackaged.

  • Thank you! I've gotten emescene to use an Adium message style by copying it to themes\conversations. As far as I can tell, it doesn't support contact list styles, but I'd love to be proved wrong on this. :)
    – daxelrod
    Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 2:08
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    yeah, that bit works. I can't seem to get contact list styles working yet, but it seems to use the same formats.
    – Journeyman Geek
    Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 2:09

If Pidgen isn't doing it for you, try Miranda or Trillian.

If you need assistance in using any of the software listed above, just post a comment, and I'll include all the information you need to know.

  • Are you saying Miranda and/or Trillian support Adium styles?
    – daxelrod
    Commented Nov 13, 2011 at 22:20
  • That is exactly what I'm saying. (Try one, if it doesn't work the way you want, try the other.)
    – wizlog
    Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 1:54
  • Ok, I'm giving Miranda a try and now I'm in a maze of twisty plugins, all alike. :) Which of the SRMMs supports Adium Message Styles? Which of the contact list plugins will load Adium Contact List styles? (I'm guessing the answer is not Modern Contact List, since the Miranda addons site has several ports of select Adium Contact List styles, none of which are the ones I want.)
    – daxelrod
    Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 2:30

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