February 16, 2012
Apple's OS X Mountain Lion brings a lot of new features to the table. It's the future of instant messaging, for one thing, and probably more than a few other things as well.
But with the update, Apple's also moving to push some of the apps you use—and love—to the wayside like so much rubbish. Here's what's at the top of the OS X Mountain Lion hit list.
Adium & AIM
Most folks probably ditched the plain old AIM client for iChat or Adium ages ago, but Messages obliterates any reason for hanging onto it. Adium's also under the gun, since its main selling points were its Growl compatibility and easy-to-navigate cross-platform logs. The new Messages has Notification Center banners and an embedded hub to nullify Adium's Growl integration. And if you're a log-fiend, then syncing from mobile devices to your desktop is a really nice addition.
Then there's the fact that if you want to loop in FaceTime and iMessages to your chat life, you've got no choice but Messages. That's huge because of just how good iMessage is; it's the richest and best IM protocol, and you'd be crazy to ditch it if you've got an iPhone or iPad. Messages also has the added benefit of being actively maintained by Apple; Adium's mostly left to rot. At this point, the only thing left for Adium, it seems, is skin and icon modding. Which is something, I guess?