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AIM/mac.com
Authored by: Maran on Jul 03, '02 12:52:44PM

I suspect, that like most 3rd party AIM clients, Proteus uses the TOC protocol which is what AOL developed for their Java web client. It is my understanding (and I could be wrong), that using the mac.com username/password is restricted to the OSCAR protocol which the official AIM client uses, and is additionally only made possible by changes to the newest version of the official AIM client.

I guess that AOL makes it very difficult (near impossible) for third party developers to use OSCAR, in order to retain advantages for their client. This is why no 3rd party AIM client (that I have seen) supports file transfer. iChat will be a different story, because it has AOL's official blessing.

I'm just trying to shed some light - there is a chance that one or more of the things I have said aren't totally accurate. I welcome corrections.



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