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Submitted By mathuaerknedam


Pushpin currently requires Adium 1.4, and includes the following color variants: blue, brown, green, grey, purple, red, and tan. Each color is available in both the default and compact layouts.

Pushpin Vintage has been retired, and is no longer part of this download. If you're still interested in it, please let me know.

The screenshots below display:

Pushpin Brown

Pushpin Brown Compact

Pushpin Brown Compact with "show user icons" checkbox deselected (or in groupchat)

You may find the Stickie emoticons a particularly appropriate accompaniment. :)

You may also like the Notebook contact list style or status icons.


Pushpin 1.0.6 (13 Feb 2012)
Tweaked the mention indicator.
Added focus indicators.
Added support for Topic headers in groupchat.
Fixes miscellaneous minor bugs.

Pushpin 1.0.5 (9 Feb 2012)
Enabled user icons in twitter timelines.
Fix extraneous newlines in Twitter actions.
Removed support for buzz/nudge notification, used that in-message notification for mentions.
Miscellaneous modernization/cleanup.


You can reply to individual comments by clicking the "Reply" link next to each.

# by on 05/25/04 at 18:33:38

Very neat design. Very innovative.

# by Scottish on 05/25/04 at 22:31:43

Pretty cool, but seems like too much padding above the screen name, and not enough below the text of the message. (I'm referring to how much of the paper is there.)

# by hum on 05/26/04 at 01:52:38

Nice, but some fixes are in order:

-Icons behind the "picture" that's paperclipped, when transparent, have the blue lines of the paper show through.
-The restored messages aren't too pleasing...just strikethrough? Maybe something better could be in use...

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 13:00:19

The icons are fixed.

# by Fungus on 05/26/04 at 11:40:16

Would have been nice if you actually asked me before porting my theme.

# by Fungus on 05/26/04 at 11:48:47

Otherwise nice work on the port. Just wished it wouldn't have been ported so early since I'm not really done with the tweaking.

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 14:17:55

I don't suppose you have any tweaks to contribute? :)

# by on 05/26/04 at 17:38:25

its doing this weird thing where it is like one message behind, anyone know how to fix it?

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 14:19:27

Still seeing any problems with PushPin v.8?

# by on 05/26/04 at 18:48:58

Hey Fungus, I sent you an email a week ago through the Proteus forums. Sorry, I thought you had just ignored it (being in finals and all) but maybe it didn't get sent Please respond to this so we can discuss it. I'll also remove the extra if you desire and share any possibly beneficial changes I made.

# by Fungus on 05/27/04 at 11:15:21

Nah, don't remove it. You did a great job on the port. I especially like the strikethrough for past messages and the different background choices (which I can't do in Proteus yet because of the lack of flexibility with message views.)

# by poocat on 05/28/04 at 02:55:10

this is an awesome theme. i'm also glad to see some proteus sharing going on (even if it's unofficial, but i'd rather it worked out well) and hope to see more of it. great work (both icee and fungus).

# by on 05/29/04 at 17:51:06

Hey .. I was messing around w/ this theme and realized that when the font size is too small, you get some funky indenting of subsequent messages sent by yourself (until your other buddy cuts you off)

I was messing around w/ the css ... it's not that easy to fix! specially since this seems relies pretty heavy on font sizes .. anyway .. if you like to keep your font sizes small, you can add this to the bottom of the basestyle.css file in there:

background: url(../images/background_pane.png) top repeat;

.left {
clear: left;

looks a bit quirky .. but this is the beset of many other evils I came up w/ .. and the easiest to just slap at the bottom of on css file.

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/04/08 at 03:12:18

Still seeing any problems with PushPin v.8.1?

# by on 05/29/04 at 18:32:05

oops ... add .msg2 to that css rule above, so in the css, it's: .msg1,.msg2 { background: url(../images/background_pane.png) top repeat; } .left { clear: left; } It's still going to mess w/ your newspaper title, but how long are you gonna stare at that anyway? :-)

# by on 05/30/04 at 13:41:03

Pretty clever theme, I like it, but the gigantic "Adium Times" thing at the top is a bit extaneous. Also, needs more space on the bottom of IMs.

# by on 05/31/04 at 02:09:05

yeah.. I changed my font size and noticed the indentation...

I don't care for the strikethrough. Sometimes I need to read what the last lines were. As a personal preference, I like having the previous conversation's text a little lighter than the normal text.

Otherwise it's gorgeous.

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/04/08 at 03:13:16

Still seeing any problems with PushPin v.8.1?

# by freeze on 06/06/04 at 21:57:17

i get this werid thing where when I IM someone or they IM me, i can't see their message...i have to grab the lower right hand corner and resize it all to hell in order to see the message.

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 14:26:36

Do you still see this in the new version?

# by on 07/13/04 at 21:21:18

Along with freeze's problem, I am also getting text coming up BEHIND the emoticons, so when there is an emoticon, the next part of the message sort of gets intertwined with it.

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 14:27:22

Do you still see this in the new version?

# by lifesaver383 on 07/15/04 at 21:39:18

I love this! But I hate it when it take five "hi's" or "sup's?" to acctually see the text...

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 14:27:36

Do you still see this in the new version?

# by on 10/08/04 at 12:37:36

Yep. There's a rendering problem here that doesn't separate emoticons from text that immediately follows them. Would VanillaIcee like to update it? I'll check.

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 14:27:48

Do you still see this in the new version?

# by BlueRevolution on 10/23/04 at 16:34:00

I love this theme - it's totally different from all the other themes and the icons are actually big enough that you can sort of see what's going on. nice work fungus, and great port vanillaicee! :)

# by Gryphon on 10/29/04 at 01:56:32

I seem to have fixed the problem posted by freeze. If you look in the "template.html" code, there's a function called "alignChat". In that function, there's a nested "if" statement. Look at the "if ( windowHeight - contentHeight > 0 )" block. In the " = 'static';" line, change the "relative" keyword to "static". This seems to work.

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 15:16:21

This and other issues should be fixed in .8.

# by on 11/17/04 at 04:09:17

This is genius! To whomever made this: keep making themes with this kind of creativity, artistic eye, and pure practical realism and you may every well become the best of the bunch!

# by on 11/17/04 at 04:10:12

*very (doh!!)

# by Arodweb on 01/01/05 at 23:42:53

[quote]I seem to have fixed the problem posted by freeze. If you look in the "template.html" code, there's a function called "alignChat". In that function, there's a nested "if" statement. Look at the "if ( windowHeight - contentHeight > 0 )" block. In the " = 'static';" line, change the "relative" keyword to "static". This seems to work.[/quote]

I'm a newbie here, so could you please tell me where to find those files, i already lookied and couldn't find them

thanx :)

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 15:16:53

This and other issues should be fixed in .8.

# by Arodweb on 01/03/05 at 16:07:13

never mind, someone helped already :)

# by on 01/05/05 at 01:59:08

I love this theme...but I have the same problem with Freeze...any solution for this issue so far??

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 15:17:35

This and other issues should be fixed in the latest version.

# by on 01/07/05 at 02:28:41

Did anyone fix "freeze" ? Can someone mail to me the fixed files? thx

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 15:17:48

This and other issues should be fixed in the latest version.

# by on 01/20/05 at 01:24:31

Oh no~~ my Adium freezes... any solutions?? can someone email me the fixed files?

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 15:18:26

Do you still see this in the latest version (.8)?

# by on 01/21/05 at 07:52:49

This is a great design/port, but still have bugs to fix... haven't been updated for a long time... Please update this and fix these bugs! emotion icon being together/on top of words is what bugs me...

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 14:28:43

Do you still see this in the new version?

# by on 02/05/05 at 20:26:54

I cannot manage to get this into my preferences. I've installed it, but it doesn't show up for some reason. Any ideas?

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 14:28:59

Do you still see this in the new version?

# by on 02/06/05 at 01:06:00

Could someone help me? I tried to fix the freeze problem, but it is still crushed. Could someone email me the fixed one.
Thanks so much

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 15:18:44

This and other issues should be fixed in the latest version.

# by on 04/02/05 at 10:16:22

really liked the style, but i came across a problem as soon as i installed it, probably because i changed the font...

when i resize the window, any text sent or received appears off screen, and i can't scroll down to it??

now i can't remember the font that was originaly used.....


# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 14:29:24

Do you still see this in the new version?

# by Allesmallachen on 05/12/05 at 13:21:15

Quote from Gryphon: I seem to have fixed the problem posted by freeze. If you look in the "template.html" code, there's a function called "alignChat". In that function, there's a nested "if" statement. Look at the "if ( windowHeight - contentHeight > 0 )" block. In the " = 'static';" line, change the "relative" keyword to "static". This seems to work.
To find the template.html do the following:
1. search for "Pushpin.adiumMessageStyle". on my system this file is located in: /Users/Username/Library/Application Support/Adium 2.0/Message Styles/

2. right click on the file and select "Show Package Contents"
3. template.html is located in the contents folder
4. open it with a text editor and search for ""
5. change relativ to static and save the file
the it should work and you can enjoy this woderfull message style :-D

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 15:19:13

This and other issues should be fixed in the latest version.

# by Gary on 06/09/05 at 20:08:05

Great job, this message view is awesome!

# by VanillaIcee on 06/10/05 at 14:19:35

I will be updating this shortly. Any suggestions or fixes please forward my way. I will also be making a smaller version like Fungus did.

# by PowerMac on 06/15/05 at 00:55:53

Can't wait for the update!

# by on 07/04/05 at 00:06:55

It won't work with my Adium, how can I get rid of it?

# by on 07/05/05 at 19:27:51

Nice, but takes too much place- and the latest message is always hidden under the bottom bar and can't be seen

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 14:29:58

Do you still see this in the new version?

# by ylon on 07/30/05 at 13:32:36

I have been using this for over a year now. I really like it. It could use some refinements such as the first conversations that you have you must resize the window a few times as it does not show the message. If you could refine this some more that would be tremendous!

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 14:30:10

Do you still see this in the new version?

# by Jona on 08/11/05 at 22:38:12

Wonderful. Very inventine. Thanks!

# by michelebugliaro on 09/10/05 at 07:47:21

Very very good, well done.

# by benjamindaines on 10/23/05 at 00:00:05

Does this version insert spaces between the smilies and text or is that bug still in there?

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 14:30:37

It should be fixed. Do you still see this in the new version?

# by Dell-Killa on 10/27/05 at 04:06:20

You should make this into a growl style. now that would be awesome!

# by chris88 on 11/11/05 at 04:29:38

veryvery nice man i lke it alot ;)

# by Cadet13576 on 11/27/05 at 13:33:03

How do you get a icon like a AIM buddy icon?

# by torissecret818 on 11/30/05 at 12:42:39

is there any way to fix the status contents so that the messages update correctly? i've been having a problem with it.. it doesn't display the right message most of the time, and it doesn't display any message sometimes. the updating seems to work fine in some of the basic styles like smooth operator. does anyone know how to fix this? thanks!

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 14:31:04

Do you still see this in the new version?

# by tokega on 12/06/05 at 15:09:49

very nice design... 5 ducks from me...


# by Gabrian on 12/18/05 at 07:52:42


# by simplebeep on 03/27/06 at 20:43:53

Cool! But, doesn't support turning off user pics well.

I give it 4 ducks.

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 14:31:25

This should work a little better in the new version.

# by lmcoolclicks1 on 05/02/06 at 20:53:56

My absolute favorite!! Thanks a lot!

# by Gimp on 06/25/06 at 03:38:45

nice message style!
ill be sure to try it out!

# by tish on 09/01/06 at 15:25:56

i love this but u should make a matching contact list style for it ,it would really go well

# by ddamato on 10/08/06 at 16:41:08

Heyy, I really like this. I'm kinda picky when it comes to styles, but I like the look and feel of it. Good job! :]

x damato

# by tsel on 11/23/06 at 00:18:31

I love this style! It looks great with the MacThemes Stickies smiley set! Nice work.

# by groemel on 01/14/07 at 16:59:56

Its an awesome style, very nice! But i have a problem with it in addition to the "icq-smileys", the letters are hiding behind them, so its a bit difficult to read...Maybe in a second version...;)

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 14:31:58

Do you still see this in the new version?

# by encrypted on 02/18/07 at 03:40:21

This is THE MOST creative message style I have come across, and it's extremely well-done. Thank you!

If you get around to updating it sometime, I'd suggest making it so that when a buddy changes his/her away message, it shows up in the message style. (Don't know if that makes sense... when a buddy changes his away message in other styles, it tells me what it is within the window, but it's not doing it for me with the Pushpin style.)


# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 14:32:28

Do you still see this problem in the new version?

# by alexjustalex on 02/19/07 at 15:12:24

id use it but my screen is to small to multi task if the window is that big but if you could make a simpler version that takes up less space

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 14:25:31

It coming, eventually.

# by mathuaerknedam on 08/19/08 at 14:17:22

Pushpin 1.0 takes less space than the previous version. A more compact variant is also in the works.

# by mathuaerknedam on 08/24/08 at 17:37:31

The compact variant is now available.

# by RaeOfAvarice on 02/19/07 at 17:14:35

It's funny how much this resembles how I take notes in class. -downloads- Very wonderful, thank you. =)

# by Johnnos on 03/24/07 at 11:24:28

Very nicely done! :)

# by kookoo2052 on 04/01/07 at 15:44:51

makes for very long chats but other than that very very nice

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 14:33:15

A more compact version will be coming, eventually.

# by mathuaerknedam on 08/19/08 at 14:17:51

Pushpin 1.0 takes less space than the previous version. A more compact variant is also in the works.

# by mathuaerknedam on 08/24/08 at 17:38:02

The compact variant is now available.

# by ean05 on 04/30/07 at 01:00:28

thanks stavros for the fix. it really wasnt that hard to find. here is the location if anyone doesnt want to search for it:
/Users/Your User Name/Library/Application Support/Adium2.0/Message Styles/Pushpin.adiumMessageSytle/Contents/Resources/Styles
Use any text editor to open the .css file and edit it as starvos shows in his second post.

# by dgirl2009 on 08/13/07 at 03:03:00

I love this Xtra but my one thing is that when i type the bullets keep going to the right side and they start is an examplewell hey just incase if u do get this
11:06 call me tomorrow
11:06 so we can see each other
11:06 at the orientation thing

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 14:33:42

Do you still see this in the new version?

# by Reita-sama on 08/17/07 at 22:23:10

Any plans for updating this?

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 14:34:25

Absolutely! A new version was released today. What updates would you like to see?

# by vlbrown on 09/21/07 at 19:47:52

I'm seeing odd behaviour. Subsequent incoming messages from my buddy are indented, so they "step" down to the right. See Outgoing messages are shown as expected. I peeked at the resources html files and they seem to be identical. Confused...

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 14:34:49

Do you still see this in the new version?

# by Yannoux on 11/04/07 at 17:09:37

WOW !!! Really nice !!! Good job!

But a thing : why the paper message (discussion) is not same the big header (Adium Times)? It will be good ! And a Contact list with this style will be amazing !

PS: Humm....little bug with the Big Blacy smileys to...

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 14:35:20

Do you still see the smilies problem in the new version?

# by tm_347 on 11/08/07 at 16:50:06

good artistic

# by lahj1408 on 01/05/08 at 01:02:14

REALLY ,REALLY COOL .........and a contact sytle would so cool as well

# by boss9192 on 01/08/08 at 04:35:53

What cursive font is used on this theme? It won't show up for me when I use it.

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 14:36:28

Lucida Handwriting. MS Comic Sans also works well. Both fonts need to be 12 pt for the line spacing to work properly.

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/04/08 at 04:15:20

As of v.8.1, linespacing is no longer dependent on the font used, so you should be able to use whatever you want (unlike what I said in my previous comment).

# by W0utR on 01/26/08 at 23:52:39

realy cool, this is one of the most beautefull styles i've ever seen

# by mathuaerknedam on 03/14/08 at 14:23:11

Is this still being maintained? There's a bug in noted in However, there's a better fix than the one given there. Just change "IMG {position: absolute}" to "IMG:not(.emoticon) {position: absolute}".

Also, deselecting the checkbox for "show user icons" resulted in a question mark placeholder where default user icons would go.

If this isn't still being maintained, I'd be happy to make the fixes.

# by VanillaIcee on 03/14/08 at 22:27:14

If you want to maintain this and make the changes, by all means do. I will try to transfer the xtra to you if you can continue to maintain it. I can't find a way to send you a message so either post it on rapidshare and link back here or post an email and I'll email you back.

# by mathuaerknedam on 03/14/08 at 23:32:52

I'd be happy to continue to maintain it. I was on IRC when the site admin showed up, so I went ahead and asked him to transfer it. So that should be in progress when he has a chance to update the database. You can email me at "us dot ei8ht at xtras01" if you reverse the word order. :)

# by harrymargo on 03/30/08 at 23:10:42

I have a problem which is so weird. When I wrote more than one message and not get replied yet, my next messages are making this zig zag structure, not right below the last one. I got a screenshot and here is it.

how to fix it? Thanks.

# by harrymargo on 03/30/08 at 23:11:12

i mean diagonal, not zig zag. sorry.

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 14:21:54

Hey, that is weird! Do you still see that with the new version?

# by harrymargo on 04/02/08 at 21:42:35

That's actually occurred when I install the new version. I have never got it before until I re-install it.

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 23:11:32

Oops, sorry about that. I've not seem this happen before, I'll look into it. Does this happen anytime you send consecutive messages? Did you restart Adium or change messagestyles after installing the new version. Sometimes Adium can get confused by changes in a messagestyle that is already installed, and toggling between messagestyles can sometimes help.

# by harrymargo on 04/02/08 at 23:31:19

it's still like that. I tried to restart adiumx, change the message style and then go back, it still looks like that. I tried to re-install again and no improvements..

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/03/08 at 00:11:27

Hm, and it happens everytime? I just sent eight consecutive messages and they all lined up properly for me. I'm stumped.

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/03/08 at 00:14:52

If it happens every time you send consecutive messages, do you also see the zigzag pattern in the sample chat located in the messages prefpane? There are two instances of consecutive messages there where it could show up. (Though I still have no idea why it would...)

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/03/08 at 00:50:42

Looking at your screenshot I can see that each consecutive message is starting where the previous timestamp stopsm, plus the 15px left padding that is part of time stamp. Not only can I find no reason for it to be doing this, the fact that it's not doing the same thing to your buddy is even more puzzling. :)

# by harrymargo on 04/03/08 at 01:13:52

it happens everytime. It's normal in the preview though (message prefpane). Hmm.. it's totally weird and oh, it happens to my buddy too (that one in the screen shot is coincident, i don't even know why but from now on, that happens to my buddy too.

# by harrymargo on 04/03/08 at 01:16:52

here is the newest preview if you want it for reference..

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/03/08 at 03:34:26


# by mathuaerknedam on 04/03/08 at 18:47:54

I still haven't isolated the precise cause, but it's related to fonts. Lucida Handwriting or Comic Sans MS at 12pt are fine, as is 13pt Lucida Grande or 14pt Helvetica. This bug was actually pointed out in the comments above (initially by stavros, mentioned again by elorg, and pointed out to me by greatcaffeine). Somehow I hadn't been able to duplicate it before, but now I can, so I'll be working on it.

# by harrymargo on 04/04/08 at 01:28:57

yes it works! I use helvetica 14pt and now everything's fine. Thanks! :D

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/04/08 at 03:14:01

This should be fixed with PushPin v.8.1.

# by b4chr1st on 04/02/08 at 09:38:28

In order to fix the smiley and text overlap problem

open the
1. search for "Pushpin.adiumMessageStyle". on my system this file is located in: /Users/Username/Library/Application Support/Adium 2.0/Message Styles/

2. right click on the file and select "Show Package Contents"
open basestyle.css
then under the last field IMG
change the "absolute" to "relative"

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 14:23:35

This and other issues have been fixed.

# by harrymargo on 04/02/08 at 21:43:12

I tried to change it to relative. still not working.. :S

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 22:58:11

You're still seeing emoticons overlapping text in the .8 version released today? Can you tell me what steps to take to reproduce it? if I send a chat with either ":) hello" or "hello :)" it loos fine to me. You shouldn't need to change anything.

# by harrymargo on 04/02/08 at 23:29:58

oops sorry, I thought you were giving the solution for my problem, up there.. my bad.

# by Bigstomper on 04/02/08 at 16:47:16

Can you in the next update, do so that the emoticons don't scale but the text field resize to the emoticons.
That is the missing feature in your xtra

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 18:01:27

I don't think it will be in the next update, but I hope to eventually have an option for this. The difficulty is that increasing the height of the line of text will throw off the linespacing of the text. The "paper lines" can't be adjusted according to the text linespacing, so I'm trying to do what I can to maintain the physical illusion. Ideally, there would be a way to allow the emoticons to "float" outside of the linespacing, but I haven't figured out how to do that.

If anyone know how to adjust background according to rendered linespacing (which is different from text block boundaries) or how to allow emoticons to vertically float outside of the linespacing, I'd love to know.

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/02/08 at 18:20:25

The easy workaround would be to simply use unlined paper. I hadn't considered it before, but that could make it into the next version. :)

# by mathuaerknedam on 08/19/08 at 14:20:06

This should be resolved.

# by greatcaffeine on 04/03/08 at 06:55:17

Cool style, but I think it can get a little hard to follow with multiple consecutive messages. Just my 2. :)

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/03/08 at 13:07:59

Thanks! (I'll follow up in IRC... :)

# by exilekng on 04/17/08 at 07:07:26

I have a question for you. I recently found out that Digsby can use some of the Adium themes seeing how this is my favorite theme I was wondering if I can either have permission to modify the theme to be used in Digsby or would you be interested in creating one for Digsby. Either way please contact me at so we can discuss this.

# by necro1234 on 06/27/08 at 20:01:09

Ye I second that, I'd love to see this on Digsby, please please please :P

Thanks, hope to get my hands on this soon.


# by mathuaerknedam on 08/19/08 at 14:21:25

I emailed exilekng about it, but I didn't get a reply.

# by exilekng on 08/26/08 at 04:40:17

Sorry I haven't replied.. My life has been hell for the past few months.. I have no absolute Idea about skinning whatsoever. I am clueless on what i should do. Please contact me when you have a chance.

# by mathuaerknedam on 09/03/08 at 18:30:37

I'll state, for the record, that I have no interest in porting this to Digsby or any other IM program. Porting it yourself is a little more complicated since I am not the original author of what is now called "Pushpin Vintage". I'm not not at all convinced that it is really my permission that's needed. Pushpin started out as a message view for Proteus, and was written by Fungus. I don't have contact information for Fungus. It was ported to Adium by VanillaIcee, who contributed his own tweaks. I've only recently taken over for VanillaIcee, and have made some of my own tweaks. This is all somewhat documented in the various comments on this page.

However, Pushpin 1.0 and on has been rewritten from scratch, and now only uses some of the image files from Pushpin Vintage. It has many advantages over Pushpin Vintage and would make a better platform for porting to another IM client. Then again, I try pretty hard to take advantage of whatever features Adium provides, so 1.0 might not be portable if Digsby (Or Kopete, Skype, etc) doesn't keep up with Adium developments.

That said, when it comes to Pushpin 1.0 (and above), you have my permission, under the terms of the Creative Common license
"Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike 3.0 Unported" (

# by Boerworz on 05/02/08 at 16:04:28

Really nice style you got there. :) I've got one suggestion though. As it is now, the top part of the "post-it" note (That you see when a user changes his/hers name or status) is a bit darker than the bottom part. Just change the background: in basestyle.css to rgb(254,255,153); and it will be the same color. :)


# by mathuaerknedam on 05/02/08 at 16:36:14

Thanks for the comment. I agree it looks odd, but I *think* it's an attempt at simulating a difference in shading for the "curled" part of the post-it. There are big changes on the way, and the adjusted color will be part of it.

# by Boerworz on 05/02/08 at 16:45:47

Yeah, that's what I thought too. It didn't really look like a shadow though :P In my opinion the bottom part should be darker if it's supposed to look like a shadow. I would also suggest a kind of "fade" so that the difference between the two colors isn't as obvious. :)

Looking forward to the next release. :D


# by mathuaerknedam on 08/19/08 at 14:21:54

This is fixed.

# by cowboyepic on 08/05/08 at 21:08:43

i love this design, but encountered an issue when someone sends me an image through direct connect.
After i receive an image, whatever is typed next (me or them) will be hidden behind the image sent.
If there's some way to minimize or hide the image without closing the window, i couldn't find out how...

Though when i SEND image, i can just click on the image and it'll minimize as a file name instead of full image. But not when i receive..

# by cowboyepic on 08/05/08 at 21:10:32

eh, forgot to mention little thing: i use aim account. thanks.

# by mathuaerknedam on 08/19/08 at 14:12:54

As per our IM conversation, have you found a messagestyle that handles DC images correctly?

# by Chain on 09/05/08 at 09:49:06

According to there is a little problem with this message style. It would be nice to see it fixed :) (it triggers old messages being strike through when opening a window)

# by mathuaerknedam on 09/05/08 at 09:59:29

That particular problem is outside of the control of the message style. It provides templates for current and past messages, and Adium selects which one to use.

# by mathuaerknedam on 09/21/08 at 03:18:09

In our IRC conversation you mentioned that you were using Pushpin Vintage because new backgrounds in Pushpin are too dark. I just wanted to mention that you should still be able to use a custom background to decrease contrast in the current version. Also, the next update to Pushpin will include "clear" variants where you can set your own custom colorization for the cork background.

# by mathuaerknedam on 12/19/08 at 15:40:18

The latest release adds a "clear" variant that will allow you to use the same cork background image with whatever tint you specify.

# by kathleenaisha on 09/07/08 at 07:16:23

There are so many questions here, please tell me if this has already been asked.

I love this message style, but I've noticed that display pictures poke out of the bottom of the frame?
Is that just me, or does everyone get that?

Thanks (: x

# by mathuaerknedam on 09/07/08 at 10:46:48

Are you using the latest version? It was updated four days ago to fix a problem where this could happen where there isn't a vertical scrollbar. If you *are* using the latest version, could you post a screenshot somewhere? I don't see this problem, so a screenshot would really help me figure out what is happening.

# by Chibi on 09/29/08 at 00:17:15


# by paddster7 on 10/12/08 at 20:32:00

I am getting the same thing with the picture frame not being as big as the display pictures for the users. I have a screen shot of it, but this system will not let me post the screen shot. In any event, the message style looks great. Keep up the good work.

# by paddster7 on 10/12/08 at 20:33:36

mathuaerknedam, if you can tell me where to send the screen shot, I will send it to you. Perhaps an email address...

# by paddster7 on 10/12/08 at 20:37:10

You can email me at if you want to contact me directly.

# by neko on 10/29/08 at 21:27:13

it's only taken a year or two, but i've finally linked back. thanks for hyping the stickies i threw together!

# by mathuaerknedam on 11/02/08 at 23:55:38

You're welcome. I submitted a mod over a week ago that added new anti-aliased edges and a drop shadow rendered over a transparent background, though I may redo them to make the drop shadow a bit lighter. I was already linking to those when you posted your comment. :)

I'm not a big fan of Xtra proliferation by way of mods of mods of mods and the like, so if you like my mod you're welcome to it.

# by djmurphix on 12/07/08 at 06:01:09

-First i would like to say great addon. I used it and been using it the min. I found this.
-But one thing or feature if I would say. Is if you can do a "pushpin vintage" for "alternative" meaning the photo icons can be on each side. Sometimes i get confuse because we sometimes have same icons. THANKS ANYWAYS!

# by mathuaerknedam on 12/07/08 at 12:25:51

Thanks, glad you like it.

Alternating icons is in the works, but only for the "normal" Pushpin.

# by kcrca on 05/16/09 at 18:37:14

I really like this style, I get lots of comments on how nice it looks, thanks!

But really don't like the way the user pic is shown -- the pushpin usually ends up right in the middle of my friends' foreheads. Some ideas: (*) move it to the very upper right corner of the icon; (*) drop it altogether, as if it's on there via sticky note glue; (*) make it look like it's stuck to the paper by a small wad of wall poster putty or something like that. It's just disturbing to see my friends repeatedly impaled on my message log.

(BTW, I use a handwriting font for it (Felt Tip Roman) and it looks amazingly nice.)

# by mathuaerknedam on 05/28/09 at 18:39:42

You're welcome.

I kinda enjoy the impaling, but I understand that not everyone would. :)

I don't want to have it attached to the board through some non-obvious method, as I'd like the style to look as realistic as possible.

I could put the pushpin in the corner, but then gravity would require the photo to hang at a sharp diagonal. Which is probably workable, but I suspect that most people are, in real life, more likely to stick the pin in somewhere close to the top-middle.

I'll see if I can come up with a happy compromise between realistic and disturbing. :)

# by kcrca on 05/28/09 at 22:05:40

Well, right now one could argue that gravity is being disobeyed -- if the pin is in the center, the pic should be straight. The thing holding at the current angle with a middle-stick is friction, after all. Friction might hold it even at the corner. Or you might figure out where the pin would be to naturally create the angle it is currently -- 80% of the way to the right, maybe?

Or, as I say, you can make it look like it's stuck on a wad of putty.

Then again, if you knew my friends, maybe you'd insist on the impaling look... ;-)

Thanks for listening...

# by mathuaerknedam on 05/29/09 at 00:37:37

It's not precisely in the center in the version I checked, though the point is for it to *look* realistic, considering friction as well as gravity. Though friction shouldn't be that great since the pushpin isn't pushed in all the way. The angle is 7.3 and the pushpin is 15% right of center. By my rough calculation (which doesn't include the effects of placing the pushpin below the top edge) the pushpin should be 16% right of center, but since I can't use partial pixels my next option is 21% off center. I'd say I came pretty close under the circumstances, especially considering that having the pushpin below the top edge will decrease the degree of rotation caused by gravity.

But none of that matters if it doesn't *look* realistic, which is why I always just eyeball it. :) The next version, which is in testing, has the pushpin in a slightly different (probably less realistic) location, though it still basically in the middle of the forehead because that seems like the place a person using a corkboard is most likely to stick the pin.

I guess I'm not sure what you mean the the wad of putty. What I'm envisioning would stuck to the back and not visible. Do you have an image you can point me to?

# by kcrca on 05/29/09 at 20:10:25

Can't put attachments here, so I've put a rough idea up at

I'm sure the putty could be made more attractive by someone with some skills, but that's the idea.

An alternate suggestion is to increase the border at the top -- make it like those old polaroids that had one fat border edge. (I know that it was usually at the bottom, but who's picky? ;-) Then push the pin into the border.

# by dcox on 05/22/09 at 18:46:22

I was wondering if the user icons could be made to work with the group chat. I am testing the beta 1.4 of Adium, and now that it supports IRC, I think this message style is a great match. I have seen some other styles that are able to use the user icon in the group chats in 1.4, so if the limitation was with Adium, it may be fixed now.

As a possibly 'easier' alternative to making a version that puts the icons on different sides of the post (though I do want that), would it be possible to make "my paper" look different than other people's? A slight creme color or a choice of colors/bonds/textures might be useful to some.

At any rate, thanks for the great style.

# by mathuaerknedam on 05/28/09 at 18:44:14

I'll be re-adding the ability to display icons in group chat (in general), but they will remain disabled in IRC. Since IRC (in general and in Adium) doesn't support the transmission of icons, the only icons you'd see are custom icons you've assigned. Which some people would want, but many others (including myself) would not. I originally disabled the icons in groupchat because I got tired of only seeing my own (and Adium didn't support icons in *any* group chat).

# by dcox on 05/29/09 at 18:25:16

I guess I am one of the odd ones that would really like to use the custom icons that I have set for people with this style. I have all of my work contacts with images in my address book, and I have sort of just been waiting to use them in an IRC client. Colloquy does not support custom icons, so that has been a bust, and I was all pumped when Adium 1.4 started supporting IRC. I can certainly see why the use of large public IRC rooms would not work user icons (other than to make those you know in the room really pop out by having custom icons), but for self run IRC rooms, the custom icons work great. Maybe if others see this need as well, you would think about making it an optional style? As Adium 1.4 allows for a different message style for "Group Chats" vs "Regular Chats", the check box for using user icons might be more useful now than it was before.

# by AiRiniMartz on 05/22/09 at 23:57:55

I'm absolutely loving this skin. Thanks for it. :]

# by mathuaerknedam on 05/28/09 at 18:44:24

You're welcome.

# by AiRiniMartz on 05/23/09 at 00:05:33

Oh one thing though -- in the IM window, the status Post-Its that say "Screenname disconnected" etc. appear in dark blue. I've checked all the font settings, but I can't seem to pinpoint the problem; I would just like it black.

# by mathuaerknedam on 05/28/09 at 18:45:53

Status messages are drawn on a different kind of paper using a different kind of pen; the difference is intentional.

# by pafoster on 08/08/09 at 12:55:38

Brilliant! Only one minor aesthetic thing for me; in my opinion there just needs to be a single blank line after the last line of the message before the tear. Would just balance things off nicely. Other than that, pure brilliance. Well done, and thank you. :)

# by DareToBite on 08/10/09 at 01:30:53

I love this :) Its just right for me... :) Thanx

# by mathuaerknedam on 08/10/09 at 02:19:39

You're welcome!

# by kingbumby on 11/09/09 at 10:11:12

hi, i absolutely love this messaging theme, but I can't seem to make the font I want to display stay. The font that I end up seeing is ALWAYS Arial. The person who's responding to me though has the font I chose (that I want to see myself typing in). Is there something you can do about that? Thanks a lot for your time. :)

# by iKokoo on 07/31/10 at 14:01:35

Looks really cool, thank you very much! :)

# by mathuaerknedam on 07/31/10 at 23:19:48

Thanks, and you're welcome! :)

# by shalzers on 11/09/10 at 11:06:09

In Pushpin Vintage my avatar isn't showing up::

# by mathuaerknedam on 11/11/10 at 23:23:19

I'm not sure what the problem is, as my own icons show up just fine. Are the outgoing icons also missing in Adium's messages prefpane preview? Does your outgoing icons show up for this account if you use a different message style? Have you tried restarting Adium?

# by jhardin08 on 09/07/11 at 00:28:46

I really wish there was a matching contact list, but the closest I could get is notebook.

# by mathuaerknedam on 09/07/11 at 17:09:43

Notebook is probably as close as a contact list can get.

# by splashwater on 02/02/12 at 07:41:33

If you can enhance the pushpin, please correspond for twitter appearance. Basically, the appearance for twitter works fine, but user icon is not shown for it. It is clarify kind of group chat might be... I would like to see the user's icon on twitter window. Also, a person's comment is shown like below, and redundant new line is created.

RT, , @, ☆, #)

I love the Xtra, so if you can update the issue I would be very happy:-)

# by mathuaerknedam on 02/07/12 at 20:16:26

Yeah, I really need to update Pushpin to account for Twitter and many other new features in Adium. The next version will include (among other things) buddy icons for twitter and a fix for the twitter new line bug.

# by mathuaerknedam on 02/10/12 at 02:30:56

Please try the new update.

# by splashwater on 02/11/12 at 11:15:45

Thank you for the new version release!! It's perfect!!

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