View Full Version : App for Mac <-> Windows messaging ?

13th February 2008, 12:06 AM
Does anyone know of an app that will allow sending small mesages (ideally something like sticky notes) between a mac and a windows pc across a network?

I've been running a small freeware app called Stickies on our Windows PCs. It's a sticky notes app (reminders and stuff like that) but lets me exchange quick short little notes across the network, like maybe sending my daughter a URL or quick cut-and- pasted excerpt from a page, etc. it's got a small footprint and is quick and nimble. just what i want - not the extravaganza of messnger or skype or those chat progs. Now that she is on a mac, I need cross-cultural capability :-)

Been searching around and cannot find anything that allows Mac/PC short messaging.
Does anyone here use (or know of) anything like that??


13th February 2008, 01:28 AM
there was an article I found a while ago about using growl (http://growl.info)as a way of displaying "net send" messages from Windows machines. Here is the link (http://bdash.net.nz/blog/2004/10/19/display-samba-net-send-messages-on-os-x-via-growl/).

For all the effort, it may be easier to go down the Adium (on the mac side) and MSN messenger on the PC side....

If you are wanting to keep off the internet with your messaging you could try the bonjour plugin for Miranda messenger (http://xurble.org/projects/), and use iChat on the mac. I have never used it before, so I can't really comment on how well it works
- Berwyck

EDIT: you may find this list comparing LAN messaging clients (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_LAN_messengers) useful

13th February 2008, 01:28 AM
Why not use IM?

13th February 2008, 07:00 AM
Because using an IM service relies on an internet service -- things like Stickies (which I've used, and think is pretty good) will work on a LAN without needing to rely on a WAN service as an intermediary. Faster, more secure.

13th February 2008, 07:22 AM
Just did some searching. You could use Bonjour-based IM clients if you don't want to rely on an Internet-based IM service.

Your daughter can use iChat on her Mac and for the Windows PCs I found this: Rendezvous Protocol for Miranda (http://xurble.org/projects/2005/04/rendezvous-protocol-for-miranda.html).

However, if using Internet-based IM services isn't a problem, you might want to check out Google Talk (http://www.google.com/talk/). There is a Google Talk client for Windows which is pretty low-key (low footprint) compared to apps like Skype, and again your daughter can use iChat for her end. Google Talk also has the advantage of a web interface from Gmail if one of you is ever away and using someone else's computer.