updated 10:15 am EDT, Tue September 30, 2008
AIM for Mac public beta
AOL has released the first public beta of a new AIM for Mac client, the first major update since February of 2004. In the new software, users have access to AIM Expressions, allowing them to customize their AIM sounds, wallpaper, emoticon set and Buddy Icon. AOL is also looking to implement some of the more popular features from other versions of AIM, such as file transfers, tabbed conversations, AIM Groups, and AIM Blast.
The beta can be downloaded through AOL's website, where users can also comment on messageboards or report any bugs. Currently there are only two known issues, which include long status messages getting cut off, and a problem in which sending an offline IM causes the recipient to get multiple copies.