AIM for Mac

This morning we just pushed live a new beta AIM client for the Mac.  You can check out all the details here, but needless to say we are excited to share this application with you.  This builds on our commitment to developing software for Apple hardware, whether it be AOL on Desktop, AOL Radio or the AIM iPhone app.  Here are some of the features for client:

  • AIM Experience: Users can customize their AIM for Mac experience with AIM Expressions – Change your AIM sounds, wallpaper, emoticon set or Buddy Icon.
  • Favorite AIM Features: AIM File Transfer, Tabbed IM conversations, friendly names, AIM Groups, AIM Blast groups are supported.
  • Easy Access to Mail: With a single click, you can view your mail in AOL or AIM webmail.
  • Speed: Download, install and launch AIM for Mac in seconds.

AIM for Mac is built on top of the Open AIM platform, using the Mac SDK.

Download AIM for Mac here.

As always we appreciate feedback.

AIM Express 7…It’s Flashing Awesome!

I have been getting tons of feedback on the new AIM Express we launched last month.  The new application is really a great step forward for AIM.  Built on top of Adobe Flash and our ActionScript3 library, AIM Express gives you a rich messaging experience without having to download any software.  Since it is web base, you can use it on any supported browser (IE 6.0+, Firefox 2.0+, Safari 3.0+) with Flash 9.0.  The best part is when we want to upgrade the application, we can do it without popping annoying upgrade dialogs, etc.

If you are a developer, you can see the ActionScript library we used to build the application here.

If you just want to check out the client, it is here.

Cisco + Jabber = Enterprise Fun?

Today Cisco bought Jabber, Inc., which is an open source messaging and presence protocol that is supported by Google Talk and is the backbone to services such as Twitter.  For Cisco this is the second major acquisition of a communications company, with WebEx being that company.

Cisco seems very intent on going after the enterprise communication space and eat into Microsoft’s Office Communication Server (OCS).  As the enterprise space becomes a more diverse land of Macs mixed with Windows boxes and LINUX boxes, this move may help Cisco accomplish those goals.  In the enterprise space, Jabber is used by some investment banks on Wall Street as well as an internal messaging service at companies like AT&T.

Open ICQ Xtraz

Back in August, ICQ launched a new developer program called ICQ Open Xtraz.  Xtraz have been a part of the ICQ client for many years but have been limited to partners and internal customers.  Xtraz are web applications that extend and embrace part of the functionality of the ICQ client.  ICQ Xtraz can easily be shared between buddies (similar to the AIM Modules we released in June) and can be uploaded to the ICQ Xtraz gallery.

Making an ICQ Xtraz is really simple thanks to a developer tool and template creator.  These tools make it easy to develop and test your Xtra before uploading it to the gallery.  We have tons of documentation and samples.  Also, make sure you have the latest ICQ 6.5 client, available here.

Check out the development site here.

Check out the gallery here.

Amazing Satellite Photos of Storms

There was a great series that the Boston Globe ran yesterday of very cool photos from satellites, the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle over the past few years showing the hurricanes and tropical storms.  The first thing that caught my attention was how large these storms are and the second is the amazing clarity of the storm details.  Pay particularly close attention to the eye of the storm, you can actually see the ocean below.