I've received a lot of emails asking about Chax on Snow Leopard, and I've been promising information about Chax as soon as Snow Leopard is released. So here's that information, along with the first build of Chax for Snow Leopard.
As many people have already found out, Input Managers do not load into 64-bit applications. They still function in 32-bit mode, but forcing everyone into 32-bit is obviously a subpar solution. Instead of using a passive system such as Input Managers, I've switched to using an application loader. This change has its pros and cons, but I believe this is the best solution for now.
You'll immediately notice after downloading the Snow Leopard version of Chax that Chax is no longer an Input Manager, but a full-fledged application. To use Chax, simply quit iChat and launch Chax instead. You can treat Chax as if it were iChat, you don't need to keep iChat in the Dock anymore. If you'd like to switch back to running iChat without Chax (who would ever want to do that?), just launch iChat as usual. One nice benefit of being a full application is Chax now uses Sparkle for updating, making updates much less annoying.
So what's in this first build? Growl, the unified contact list, the log viewer, dock icon notifications, warn-before-quit, camera snapshot, always on top, auto-removal of successful file transfers, contact list auto-resizing, and custom contact list fonts are included. What isn't in this build? Everything else, unfortunately. More features will be making a reappearance as time allows, but I feel that the most important features have been included
The reincorporated features have some minor changes also. There is no longer a preference to enable or disable Growl notifications â€” they are always on. You can use the Growl preference pane to enable and disable individual Growl notifications as you see fit. The log viewer is currently functionally identical, but it has been completely rewritten using blocks in an attempt to make it faster and more responsive.
Feel free to leave a comment saying which features you'd like to see come back the most. Chax is strictly a free-time enterprise for me, so it may take some time for some features to reappear, if ever. However, knowing which portions of Chax people actually use day-to-day is helpful in prioritizing.
Please keep in mind that this is an alpha and not yet feature complete. Depending on feedback and time, some more features may make it in before I release a final version of 3.0.