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Mercury Messenger 1.9.4 for Mac OS X

Mercury is a Java-based MSN client (and upcoming Jabber client).

Older Mac OS
Freeware
10.7 MB
10,563
4.84.8 25 votes
With Mercury you can do the same things as with your normal MSN messenger.
Basic IM functions

* Talk to friends
* Change your nickname and status
* Add a display picture (also know as avatar)
* Send files through the msn server (for people with a firewall etc..) and direct
* Away messages, auto away using idle check on Windows, auto away using screensaver check on Mac OS X

MSN specific functions

* Play games, current games: Tic Tac Toe (MSN default game), Connect4 (Mess.be game)
* Watch the webcam of your friends (Mercury auto-saves these sessions on the disk and can convert them to Quicktime movies, click here for more info)
* Allow other people to watch your webcam (= video only)
* Audio and Video conference is implemented (both sending and receiving) but still a beta feature.

MSN7 specific functions

* Send and receive winks (sending custom winks doesn't work yet due to new security restrictions in MSN7.x)
* Personal messages
* Showing your current song, directly using winamp on Windows, ITunes on Mac OS X and a shell command on every OS
* Send and receive nudges
* Receive voice clips (sending is not yet supported, the audio codec is probably Windows only so I don't feel doing research on it at the moment)

Extended IM functions

* Partial UPNP support (Port forwarding), this should make the file transfers for some users faster...

* Searching in the contact list (CTRL + F)
But Mercury has some extra features that your normal messenger doesn't have, for example:

OS independent

* Support for multiple operating systems, you can run the same Mercury version on Mac OS X, FreeBSD, Linux and Windows.

Extended MSN functions

* Be online with several MSN addresses at the same time (without starting a new program for every account)
* Login with your status on 'Invisible' or any other status you want.
* Have a different MSN name in every conversation (Personal name)
* Send screen shots to your contacts
* Add more then 12 users in one conversation (MSN messenger limit)
* Special codes in your name.
* Nick scroller, change your name every 30 seconds into something complety different (allows the usage of the special codes)
* Avatar scroller, automaticly change your avatar every 5 minutes
* Background image scroller, automaticly change backgrounds every x minutes
* Send larger avatars then normal
* Override someones avatar
* Enter notes while in a conversation you might need later (date of birth, last name, phone numbers)

Plugin support

* Use and create your own plugins
* Custom games:
o Chess
o Risk
o you can also create them yourself

Improved events

* See when someone starts a conversation with you before he says something (this has been removed from MSN7, Mercury will now show when someone starts typing, this is the closest I could get to the old function)
* See when someone closes the chat conversation window.
* See who added you into a conversation with multiple people
* See when someone deletes you from their contactlist.
* See what MSN client version someone is using (or emulating, Mercury currently emulates 7.5)
* See if someone in your list is using Mercury
* See if someone in your list has a webcam (if he/she allows you to see it)
* See your fake, faked and ghost friends


* Specific triggers for each person (trigger = action after event)
* Supported actions for a trigger include sound, a popup window, a windows balloon (balloon=Windows only), shaking a window
* Support for Growl

Access to resources

* All avatars downloaded are stored on your computer in PNG format (96x96)
* All webcam streams are stored on your computer, you can convert them to a Quicktime movie if you want or watch them internally using the webcam stream player
* All personal emoticons downloaded are stored on your computer

Extended IM functions

* Text recall.
* Auto log chat conversations, always log your chats so you can read back everything that is said between you and your contacts.
* Auto login multiple accounts on startup.
* Auto away, change your status to away (or anything else) after x seconds of idle time (Windows only)
* Auto update when a new version is available (Mercury asks if you wish to update when new version is available)
* XML and text based chat logs

Extended customizing

* Customise all menu bars.
* Customise your contact list:
o Hide offline contacts
o Show emoticons in the list
o Sort contacts by group, status or both
o Show contacts by email, MSN name, alias or a combination of the above, supports multiple lines (List view)
o Change the status icons
o See the difference between contacts using Mercury, contacts having a webcam, fake friends and more
o Show display pictures in the list
* Customise your conversation area: (1710 Beta and up)
o By using HTML you can make your conversation looking the way you want it to
o By downloading views other people made, you can find the view you like the most without making it yourself

* Show contacts in the program by email, MSN name, alias or a combination of the above (General view)
* Add new status icons
* Mercury has 10 custom skins and 3 java skins
* XML based setting files.

What's New:

- Webcam / Video Conference Support: In this version of Mercury, both webcam sending and receiving are available.
- Growl Support: Mercury supports Growl (http://growl.info) event notification.
- iTunes Support: With Mercury you can control iTunes by typing commands in any chatwindow.The commands are as follows: /isong (show song details); /iplay; /inext; /iprev; /ipause. You may also display your current song in your Display Name, using these codes: %ITunesSong% (show iTunes current song); %ITunesStatus% (show iTunes status).