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Submitted By Tim Steinbach (NeQuissimus)


Trillian2Adium - Convert Trillian logs
to Adium transcripts

by Tim Steinbach aka NeQuissimus

1. Purpose
2. How-To
3. Credits

1. What is its purpose?

A lot of people have recently bought Macs after having had PCs for years.
Trillian is one of the most popular messengers for Windows.
Wouldn't you like to have all your older logs on your new computer?
With Trillian2Adium you can convert all your Trillian logs into Adium transcripts!

2. How to use?

Place all the .xml files Trillian has created into a separate folder.
Copy this .app into the same folder and run the .app.
There should be one folder for each .xml file.
This folder will contain the proper Adium transcripts which will have to be copied to ~/Library/Application Support/Adium 2.0/Users/default/Logs/XXX
XXX has to be replaced by the account you have used to create the logs files in Trillian (e.g. ICQ.12345678)
After that all transcripts can be found in Adium's Transcript Viewer.

Finally, delete the folder ~/Library/Caches/Adium for Adium to create a new search index for all the newly added transcripts.

3. Credits

KT ftw!


Trillian2Adium now creates a report.log file that will allow better error reporting.
Fixed two typos

Adium bugfix made changes in some replacement rules necessary

JRE Libraries from 1.4.2 to 1.5.0
Code optimization
Fixed a minor bug (only occurred for large Trillian logs)


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# by chimerical on 03/31/10 at 07:04:25

Will there be support for .log files in the future?

# by NeQuissimus on 03/31/10 at 07:26:11

Aren't the contents of the .xml and .log files identical?
So far, I have not planned the support for .log files since I found it to be pointless.
Is there a scenario that you only have .log and no .xml?

# by chimerical on 03/31/10 at 07:54:41

Well, for Trillian Mac Alpha, the .log files are plaintext like this:

Session Start (user1:user2): Tue Feb 23 14:51:19 2010
user1: hi there
user2: bye
Session Close (user2): Tue Feb 23 17:22:36 2010

The .xml files are in XML format, like this:


I also have Trillian Windows .log files only (no .xml files) from the year 2003. That was a while ago, so I can't remember if that version of Trillian output in XML format in parallel.

# by chimerical on 03/31/10 at 07:56:01

I just replaced the angle brackets with parenthesis since they weren't showing up in the previous post.

XML format:

(session type="start" time="1266965479" medium="YAHOO" to="user2" from="user1"/)
(message type="outgoing_privateMessage" time="1266965491" medium="YAHOO" to="user2" from="user1" from_display="gordeon" text="hi%20there"/)

# by NeQuissimus on 03/31/10 at 08:10:30

But the alpha XML files should contain the same exact conversations, only with more information.
I did not know about the old log files, though... I will look into it...

# by JustinG87 on 07/06/14 at 06:44:23

Any chance this project is still active? I tried using the App but it didn't work.

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178.51kb (2035 downloads)

4.40 / 20 votes
Current Version: 1.3
Last Updated: 10/10/09
Tim Steinbach aka NeQuissimus