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I recently found that if you have installed Adium on your Mac, it automatically becomes the default application to handle all the IM protocols it supports. This is really bad. When you install Adium, it will register all the IM protocols, without asking. Bug or not, the developers are working on a new option to handle this more gracefully.

A simple preference to change this, just as Safari lets you switch the default browser, should be built into iChat. But alas, Apple doesn't think so. And thus, Adium's assumption that you will use it for everything is troublesome -- how do you return to using iChat (AIM protocoal) once Adium has been installed? Considering Adium doesn't support even basic audio chats and has trouble with file transfers, this is a valid question.

However, you can easily set iChat as the default for AIM urls with More Internet. It's a preference panel that let's you change default programs for certain internet protocols. Although we shouldn't need a third-party application to solve this problem, it looks like it's necessary until iChat and/or Adium are modified.

[robg adds: The anonymous author didn't provide a detailed explanation of what to do with More Internet. I believe you simply need to add 'aim' as a new protocol, select it in the list, then click Change and point it to iChat. If I'm wrong, I'm sure someone will correct me, and then I'll modify this note!]
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Another Third Party Solution
Authored by: Bartleby84 on Feb 27, '06 08:27:35AM

I would also recommend <a href="http://www.rubicode.com/Software/RCDefaultApp/">RCDefaultApp</a> from Rubicode software. Changing your AIM default there is as simple as going under the URLs tab and selecting aim from the list on the left. From there, you can choose which program you want to handle aim on the right. RCDefaultApp has the advantage that you can not only change protocol helpers, but also the default applications for UTIs, extensions, MIME types, and good old fashioned OS 9 file types. Overall, a really handy preferencepane to keep around.



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Set iChat back as the default application for AIM URLs
Authored by: JoolsG4 on Feb 27, '06 08:38:00AM

More Internet hasn't been updated for well over 2 years and according to the comments on MacUpdate (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/12849 ), isn't fully compatible with Tiger.

A more recently updated alternative is RCDefaultApp:

http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/14618

and this claims to work with Tiger (untested by me, however)

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Set iChat back as the default application for AIM URLs
Authored by: ryanmathus on Feb 27, '06 03:07:49PM

RCDefault App works with Tiger

I use it and would highly recommend it.

-Ryan



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Set iChat back as the default application for AIM URLs
Authored by: rolf on Feb 27, '06 09:27:14AM

I had this exact problem, and found I could fix it by using my old, unused copy of Internet Explorer. In IE, go into Preferences > Network > Protocol Helpers, and it lets you see which applications are assigned to which protocols, and change, delete, or add them as you wish.

So, Internet Explorer is good for something at last.



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Set iChat back as the default application for AIM URLs
Authored by: salazr on Feb 27, '06 10:28:02AM
Hey, that article was submitted by me. I didn't know the application hadn't been updated in such a long time, but it works perfectly in Tiger.

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RCDefaultApp vs. More Internet
Authored by: sjk on Feb 27, '06 07:40:56PM

At least for 10.4, I think RCDefaultApp is a better recommendation than More Internet.



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Set iChat back as the default application for AIM URLs
Authored by: Anonymous on Feb 27, '06 02:57:52PM

Worthwhile to note that neither app works on Intel Macs yet.



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