Mac Tip: Make Adium Talk!

Published by stelabouras in Internet, Software, Tech


 Do you use Adium for your IM client in MacOSX? Then you will probably notice how frustrating it is (in Adium and in any other IM client) to be away from the keyboard (e.g. sitting in sofa at the living room with the Adium opened in your Mac at bedroom) and someone important talks to you or signs on.

There is a neat option in Adium that can transform it to a voice notification system, whenever someone signs on or talks to you. All you have to do is follow the instructions given below:

  1. (With the Adium opened) From “Adium” menu select “Preferences”
  2. In “Events” tab double click the Event “Contact signs on” if you want to be notified whenever someone signs on or “Message received (Initial)” if you want to be notified only whenever someone begins chatting with you.
  3. Select the action “Speak Specific Text” and in the field “Text To Speak” add the “%n is online!” or the “%n talks to you!” depending on the event you chose in the previous step.
  4. Press OK and you are done!

Simple huh? Now you will never miss a conversation while you are in the room nearby! You can do some further changes in this, by changing the voice for every event or the pitch / volume!

You can also use the wildcard %a instead of %n in step 3 in order to hear the user alias that you have entered for each user instead of the user nickname!

For the Greek version of this tutorial you can go here.

Comments (20)

July 11th, 2007 at 1:57 pm

Where can I find a listing of all the possible macros/variables like %n and %a?

July 11th, 2007 at 2:09 pm

When you double click the event “Contact signs on” or “Message received (Initial)” or any other message, you can see in the new pop-up window a little table at the right which is called “Substitutions” which has all the macros:

%n – Username
%a – User alias
%m – message
%t – time

July 11th, 2007 at 2:59 pm

Oh… I must have been soooo blind. Thank you very much! I have been looking for these several times now, but haven’t found them… looking in the settings-option itself didn’t even come to my mind :)

Thank you again, great little HowTo by the way!

July 11th, 2007 at 3:03 pm

Glad I could help Seggi, thanks a lot! :)

July 16th, 2007 at 6:56 pm

Great tutorial :)

Thanks a bunch

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December 13th, 2008 at 5:56 pm


December 20th, 2008 at 10:42 pm

thank you so much. this is the only thing ichat pwned adium on.

May 21st, 2009 at 6:17 am

haha, this was good till I told someone I was using it and they pasted the rick roll lyrics in the convo. :D just killed it.

September 21st, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Yeah… word of advice if you live with someone and you have %m on and your volume turned up… don’t tell your friends that you use this.

I just did and got a lot of homoerotic messages from a friend who was screwing with me… my roommate is probably a little freaked out right now.

Jon Chui
November 27th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Hey, just wanted to say thanks for the tip! I think I’ll post a link to it on my blog!

I think it’s genius because that means I can work on my stuff and still hear what people are saying… now if anyone knows how to get speech-to-text to reply to the individuals, that would be even better!!!

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