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A few things
Authored by: swgs on Jul 03, '02 10:11:28AM

I have a few things to say about Proteus 2.0. First off, let me say, i am not out to bash this program, it seems it would be very good, if i could ever figure out how to use it. When you launch Proteus, it gives you a setup assisstant, i liked this, since chat clients with many features can be quite difficult and overwhelming. Well the setup assisstant stops before it sets up any of our IM accounts. It just gives you a screen that says "go to prefrences to finish setting up your IM accounts". WTF!? Then when i do it prefrences, i never seem able to connect, it shows my buddies as offline.

Anyways, i dont mean to drag on, but my point is that its not a very good interface, the prefrences were just confusing. I think this is a great lesson that even if you use EVERY technology OS X has to offer in it's APIs, doesnt mean it will be a good interface.


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My (very good) take on Proteus
Authored by: Graphite on Jul 03, '02 11:38:30AM

I really wanted to like Fire.

When OS X PB was out, the thought of having one IM client for all my accounts was amazing to me, and I immediately downloaded Fire. I got rid of it quickly, mainly because I disliked the interface and it refused to stay connected for me.

But this is going to be about Proteus. :)

I found Proteus about 3-4 months ago, and fell in love with it. Now, when I first used it, it had a much more confusing preferences pane (something that's been specifically revised for ease-of-use in 2.0 PP). I have a technical bent, so I plodded through setting up my accounts (although it's not even that bad if you're somewhat familiar with the options), and it never gave me a whit of trouble with connecting.

The flexibility of the main interface was what drew me in. The developer had gone to great pains to add options for just about everything people requested on his forums. While it resulted in quite a bit of preferences to choose from, this means that you can set up Proteus to look the way you want it, from the contact list down to the dock menu, floater window, or menuling (it's your choice!)

The latest releases continue to improve on everything I liked Proteus for in the first place, adding some things I'd never used before (but saw in other programs). For example, there's a new "Message Conter" window, useful for saving screen space on multiple conversation, that is a new take on Adium's tabbed windows. File transfer is now included, although only on the MSN and Yahoo networks. A lot of the connection problems I had in previous releases (related to MSN and Yahoo, mostly) are history now, and I have an AIM, Yahoo, MSN, and two ICQ accounts all connected, all the time, without problems. I understand form the developer's forums that many people are indeed having difficulty, but I know from past experience the developer sees the posts, replies to the problems, and fixes them. Besides which, this is a preview version, released JUST SO we can find the kinks. :)

Anyway, if you use one IM service or another, give Proteus a shot, I think you'll find the interface a lot easier on the eyes. If you use more than one, and/or use Fire, DEFINITELY give Proteus a try, heck try them both (Proteus _and_ Fire). I know which one I prefer. :)

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My (very good) take on Proteus
Authored by: Zimphire on Jul 06, '02 05:44:43PM

Too bad the latest beta still has the same lame problems as the first version.

What is with all the lame proteus drones? Really, this app SUCKS!

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