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    Spaceboy88
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    AIM for Mac


    I made the switch this week. I was sick and tired of my PC crashing and having problems. Got me a mini and am LOVING it.

    My question is on AOL Instant Messenger. It looks very similar to the one I'm use to on my WIndows Machine, but instead of the normal screen names that I'm used to (and prefer), I'm seeing real names for some users. How can I fix this to show just their screen names?

    Thanks for any help :p .

    -Tim

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    My suggestion is why don't you just use iChat instead of the crappy AIM client?
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    itsmeee
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    its getting the names out of your address book most likely. i believe in iChat you can right click on a name and click "get info". From the drop down list you can select address card and remove the first and last name. That should make it revert to the sn (just make sure it isn't doing that to the address cards).

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    Spaceboy88
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    is AIM better than iChat? If so, in what ways?

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    VictoryRose
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spaceboy88
    is AIM better than iChat? If so, in what ways?
    i prefer ichat, it has a cleaner interface imo.

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    Desolate One
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    Quote Originally Posted by VictoryRose
    i prefer ichat, it has a cleaner interface imo.
    Agreed.

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    sebeck
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    Quote Originally Posted by VictoryRose
    i prefer ichat, it has a cleaner interface imo.
    word.

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    I like iChat as well. The only problem with it is it doesn't support AIM profiles. That's a pretty big draw back for regular AIM users.
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    Spaceboy88
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    Is it possible to change the font of the buddy list?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spaceboy88
    I made the switch this week. I was sick and tired of my PC crashing and having problems. Got me a mini and am LOVING it.

    My question is on AOL Instant Messenger. It looks very similar to the one I'm use to on my WIndows Machine, but instead of the normal screen names that I'm used to (and prefer), I'm seeing real names for some users. How can I fix this to show just their screen names?

    Thanks for any help :p .

    -Tim
    my guess is address book.

    and yes u can change fonts, go to your preferences

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    One nice thing about AIM is the buddy list is on their servers. So switching to iChat is instantly done lien:

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    Spaceboy88
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    I only see options to change chat fonts...not buddy list font.

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    Use Adium. 20 times better than AIM, 15 times better than Trillian and 10 times better than iChat!
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    Or Proteus which I prefer all around...

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    Both Adium & Proteus are great if you have more than say an AIM account. I have friends on 4 services, Yahoo, AIM, MSN and ICQ so the multi clients are perfect for me. On the PC I used Trillian and loved it so when I went to OSX the first I found was Proteus. I really prefer Proteus to anything else but it costs $$$. For a Free multi chat client Adium is good as is Fire like someone above already mentioned.

    But, If I am just going to chat with my friends on AIM I prefer Ichat to all of them. Like a lot of Mac people say, "It just Works" and works well. I have had the best luck at sending pictures to my PC friends with IChat. None of the others including the real AOL AIM are as good behind all my firewalls here. IChat works everytime and with every buddy.

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