updated 10:40 am EST, Tue December 16, 2008
AIM 1.0 for Mac launched
AOL has released AIM for Mac 1.0, adding features from the PC version of its instant messaging service, as well as new abilities. AIM 1.0 also forms a part of the just-released AOL Desktop for Mac 1.5 update, which features improved parental controls. Available as a stand-alone application, AIM now includes expressions and one-click e-mail support, plus the previously PC-only file transfers, friendly names and tabbed IM conversations. Users can select buddy sounds, wallpapers and animated buddy icons, and finally take advantage of Apple's VoiceOver feature.
AIM requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 on Tiger systems, and v10.5.3 on Leopard systems. It is now available via download, and is free of charge. AOL Desktop for Mac -- which includes mail, web-browsing, toolbars and the new version of AIM -- is also available for free.