Chax – Tabs and other improvements to iChat

Feb 8, 2007 - 1 Comment

iChat is a great instant messaging client, but Chax makes iChat even better with a slew of feature improvements that add to the functionality. My personal favorite is the ability to use tabbed chat, I frequently have several instant message windows going at once, and on a relatively small MacBook screen it sure is nice to be able to have them all in one window, this feature alone makes Chax worth installing. Another interesting option with Chax is the ability to auto-accept video conferences, allowing you to setup a remote spycam of sorts where ever your iSight equipped Mac is placed.

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Here is the complete feature list via the Chax homepage:

User list:

  • Toggle text status visibility of users
  • Automatically resize the contact list to fit the number of visible users
  • Set font of names, status messages, and group separators
  • Show animated user icons
  • Ability to hide iTunes music store links in text statuses
  • Idle time included in tooltips
  • Display Address Book nicknames instead of full names
  • Option to show a warning before messaging mobile users
  • Hide the audio/video status icon at the top of the user list
  • Message a specific screen name for people with multiple screen names

Message window:

  • Tabbed chats, allowing you to keep all of your chats together in one window
  • Option to auto-accept text chats, skipping new message notification window
  • Show status changes directly in the message window
  • Disable the smiley button in text input lines
  • Option to open images sent through direct connect directly in Preview
  • Send away auto-reply only once per conversation
  • Save and restore window positions for individual screen names


  • Unread message notification in the dock
  • Growl notifications for new messages and users changing status
  • Properly use ICQ accounts without sending text formatting in messages
  • Automatically set status to away when screensaver is activated
  • Option to auto-accept file transfers
  • Hide all iChat windows when iChat is inactive
  • Always on top option for user lists, text chats, and audio or video chats
  • Set a custom away auto-reply that is different from the away message
  • Change the delay of or disable auto-away
  • New message windows cascade properly instead of always appearing on top of each other
  • Built-in log viewer
  • Activity window shows history of user status changes
  • Warn before quitting while there are active chats
  • Option to disable pausing of AV chats while there are active file transfers
  • Disable picture-in-picture in video chats
  • Automatically reconnect when disconnected
  • Disable alert sounds when away, idle, or available


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