One of the most common question I get is what are we doing with operating systems other than Windows. Most people know that the AIM core platform that my team writes is cross platform, in other words it works on Mac, Linux, and Windows Mobile operating system, and of course Windows. Even better from a cross-platform point-of-view are the Web AIM APIs, which will work everywhere.
With this in mind here are two Apple related releases to check out. The first one, TinyBuddy, is not new, but definitely a helpful little application for iPhone and iPodTouch to send quick IMs to people without incurring the SMS charges. The latest TinyBuddy version 3.20, has the following improvements:
- Better performance for large buddy lists.
- One less prompt on sign-in and first IM sent.
- Better status message display (previously it did not show status messages, just away messages).
- Better information if you are signed off because Mobile Safari suspended the page for too long (happens if you switch to another application or web page).
You can check out TinyBuddy here: http://x.aim.com/ty/
Last week there was an article written by John Fronckowiak, about how he built a Mac OS X Dashboard Widget for AIM Fight. Using the AIM Fight interface John built a very slick widget that not only allows you to easily fight other SNs but also shows fighting history. Check it out here: http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/justforfun/aimfight.html
You know, one thing I never understood is why you guys don’t branch out into the mobile market a bit more. I understand there’s a lot of third party apps (I use OZ messenger with AT&T), but an official AIM mobile application would really rock. I’d prefer it to use an SMS system instead of battery killing data, but either would be cool to see.
cool widget. thanks for the link. also found some info here: http://www.aimfights.com