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Some people like to use software just the way it comes. Others like to alter it so it works the way they want it to. Adium ...
gives you plenty of options you can change to customize and tweak Adium so it works the way you like to work. From the way it responds in your absence to the colors of messages, Adium lets you decide.
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Hi! This is Mike Callahan Dr. File Finder. Welcome to part four of our special butterscotch.com 10 part series on Adium. On this segment I’m going to look at customization, some of the preferences that you can set to make Adium behave the way you want.
So, under Adium, select preferences, when this dialogue comes up, first one is your account shows the accounts that you have set up under Adium. You can add or subtract. Under general, you can log messages to show five recent messages in your chats. Save open chat when quitting. You can switch tabs. You can determine what causes messages to be sent and how Adium behaves. Personal you can have your picture, your name, you can put information in about yourself. Your appearance, you can change the different icons, status icons, menu bar, emoticons. You can use the Yahoo default icons or MSN’s, whichever ones you like best. The dock icon, don’t like it green, you could make it red. I personally like it green. On the contact list, you can change the color theme, the list layout, the windows style. Under messages, you can change the way they look. You can use a different message style and there’s several available, you can show user icons, you can set your text display right from here rather than from inside of an instant message. You can even customize the background.
Your status, you can determine that other people see that you are idle after so many minutes. So you can change this to 15 minutes after 12 minutes of inactivity set that you’re away or that you’re invisible or that you’re available, whatever you want it to be. You can add all kinds of customized messages. I have one that says I’m recording tutorials. Events, you can have events that determine how Adium acts, set those and you can save them so it’s a preset.
File transfers, you can determine hoe file transfers behave, for example, if I wanted to automatically accept files and images, I could also say, only from contacts on my contact list. I never automatically accept files from anyone. I can show the file transfer window automatically. And in the advance options, I have things that pertain to the address book, the contact lists, I can animate changes, encryption, messages, how they’re displayed, some special things on MSN and then the status window.
So, Adium gives you lots of configurable options you could make it look and act exactly the way you want and that concludes part four.