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Adium Message Styles in Pidgin
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USING ADIUM MESSAGE STYLES IN PIDGIN




OPERATING SYSTEMS Linux Mint, Ubuntu Jaunty/Karmic

PLUGIN pidgin-webkit

APPLICATION Pidgin Instant Messenger 2.6.2



Note

I've found that the pidgin-webkit plugin works better than empathy's support for webkit message styles. Even CSS transforms are possible, which means that fancy transitions are possible in pidgin-webkit (eg in the Noteboard theme).



Sources

Thanks to [link] and to [link] I finally figured out how to use Adium message styles in Pidgin. The following steps, which are based on the previously-mentioned instructions, are what worked for me.



Pre-installation

  1. Add the PPA for Webkit to your repository by either:

    • add the line deb [link] jaunty main to /etc/sources.list 

    • use Synaptic Package Manager to add the ppa line visually

  2. Open Terminal. Update your repository: sudo apt-get update

  3. Install the following packages: sudo apt-get install libnotify-bin pidgin-dev libpurple-dev libwebkit-dev bzr




Installing Pidgin-Webkit Plugin


  1. In Terminal use the following command to fetch the pidgin-webkit plugin source: bzr branch lp:~spoidar/pidgin-webkit/karmic-fixes

  2. Change to the karmic-fixes directory (probably under your home folder): cd ~/karmic-fixes

  3. Compile the package: make

  4. Install the package: make install




Using the Pidgin-Webkit Plugin

Enable the plugin


  1. Open Pidgin Instant Messenger. Under Tools > Plugins, look for WebKit Message Styles and make sure this is checked.



Installing and Using Themes


  1. You can find Adium message style themes at [link]

  2. Extract theme files to ~/.purple/message-styles. The folder of the style, when extracted, should look something like NameofStyle.AdiumMessageStyle.

  3. Open Tools > Plugins, select WebKit message styles and click on Configure Plugin. You will see a list of message style themes in this window. Select one, close the plugin window, and voila.






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evilserge's avatar
work on ubuntu 12??
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michaelgoldthriteart's avatar
michaelgoldthriteart|Hobbyist General Artist
what about windows pidgin-webkit???
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Self-Mao's avatar
Does someone know how to change the font size with webkit themes ?
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Jonacid's avatar
Jonacid|Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, cool! I want it for WinVista! :)
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Felipaoo's avatar
AWESOME !!!
Thanks for the guide, worked perfectly in Lucid ;)

No solution to font-size issue yet?
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Felipaoo's avatar
I've solved it!!
You have to add the line font-size: xxpx; (where xx is the size u want) to the .css that your style refers to, in my case, it was _default.css in the alternative folder of the style.

That in the incoming.message and the outcoming.message "part".
So it will look like this:

}
.incoming .message {
font-size: 10px;
margin-left: 38px;
}

}
.outcoming .message {
font-size: 10px;
margin-left: 38px;
}
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haran-hockey's avatar
wow looks great - took a while to get - 2nd link helps a lot

Also, how do I change the font size from the main.css file?
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Scarbo27's avatar
dude, I don't understand anything that you've written!
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deviantcoolspot's avatar
Does this skin work with windows pidgin? I don't know where to download pidgin-webkit.
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leoatelier's avatar
thanks for sharing! :)
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warenli's avatar
This is simply awesome. I didn't add the repo but the plugin is working as it is supposed to. The only little glitch is the font size is huge. Any suggestion?
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guiwhore's avatar
I'm really sorry for the very late response. I actually haven't figured the font sizing bit out myself. I tried to change the CSS file of the adium theme but it seemed not to have much of an effect.
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thales-img|Student General Artist
Does it work in amd64 systems?
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neil78b|Hobbyist Interface Designer
Why so late, been using adium style messages in carrier and pidgin on linux for about 2 years now, where have you been bro????

Arialis111: just use fedora and all your worries will go away.
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thales-img|Student General Artist
if it is late for you just do not comment
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neil78b's avatar
neil78b|Hobbyist Interface Designer
your response is fail

Please stay in school. :(
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arialis111's avatar
Nice tutorial. At least it works for you. Everytime I tried to launch plugin pidgin kill itself ;)
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