Ok, I’m on a Mac, that’s my first problem. When it comes to quality IM clients, my only real choice is Adium and the developers wouldn’t know a XMPP specification from their own face in the mirror.
The Spark client is pretty cool. It does XMPP well, IM gateways work fairly well, you can transfer files, the Asterisk plugin is nice and you can autojoin group chat on login. (You listening Adium devs?)
What’s not cool about Spark is the god-awful UI. It’s washed out, has tiny hard to read fonts and the leading and spacing between text is squashed and poorly designed. You can’t customize anything about a message or group chat window other than the font size. No colors, no background, nothing. If you have trouble reading pink over white, good luck, because you are stuck with it in Spark. Yes, you heard me right, my username in chat is PINK for god’s sake!
Spark seems to have it from the technical side, but why, oh why have the devs totally ignored one of the most important things about an application centered around nothing but text? You need to be able to change the colors and fonts to allow different people to comfortably read the text.
Did I mention my username in chat is PINK? Yes, PINK and I can’t change it. Nevermind that it’s near impossible to read pink on white, why am I pink?
IS THIS EASY TO READ FOR ANYONE?