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Submitted By Torrey Rice (iTorrey)


Renkoo 2.0
Custom Background Support!

Renkoo and Renkoo Naked have custom background support!!!! Dreams do come true!!

I've also added EVERY possible color scheme and a new way to view the name/time stamp and new to 2.2, the ability to view any color scheme without the name (just the time stamp)!

What is Renkoo Naked?
Renkoo has a cool fading effect with each incoming message. It also includes smooth scrolling. This however is slow on a lot of Macs out there. So Renkoo Naked was born to bring the beautiful message style some needed speed. It has all of the color combos and everything you like about Renkoo, minus the fading and smooth scroll features.

If you are upgrading to the latest version of this message style, please remember to close adium, clear your safari cache and then install the latest version. If you don't do this, the world quite possibly will explode!

So what is Renkoo?
The message style was born of the awesome web application by the same name. Check out for a really great web 2.0 event planning webapp.

Open Source
The graphical assets of Renkoo are now open source under the BSD and AFL license. See LICENSE.txt in the zip file for more details!


Version 2.5
Fixed scrolling issue with long strings (like URLs) only tested on Leopard. Let me know if you encounter any bugs with that.

Fixed some color issues such as the yellow bubble's stripe being the wrong color in some variants.

Upped the contrast of the people's names and timestamp!

Added title attrs to the avatars so that you can hover over them and get the person's name. Useful in group chats when you are using the no-names variant.

Version 2.4
Fixed display of multiple status messages in a row (evands)

Version 2.3
Fixed a bug which makes the timestampe font too thin on some macs.



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# by 61Tipo61 on 10/26/05 at 18:26:41

whoa. That's cool!

# by Dylan1077 on 10/26/05 at 18:47:03

Holy crap this is like the coolest message theme...I've ever seen...

If there was a 10 duck option I'd give it, but 5 is the highest they go ;)

# by Brutal on 10/26/05 at 19:29:59

WOW! This is by far the coolest message-theme I've seen!!

+5 here

# by gottacoppafeel on 10/26/05 at 19:44:08

wow amazing!!!
any way you could alternate the contacts: one on the right, one on the left? i'd use this to replace ichadium mod for sure :$ lol

# by iTorrey on 10/26/05 at 19:53:53

re: gottacoppafeel

I'll look into doing that. It shouldn't be too hard. I could package the normal and the left vs right one together and let the users decide what one they want.

# by AgentPhoenix on 10/26/05 at 21:29:06

I really love this message style. The only suggestions I have is that, first, maybe lighten the gray used in the header. Second, if you have the header turned on and start a new chat with someone, the first bubble appears at the top of the window, behind the header. It'd be nice if it started at the bottom, like the other styles, and scrolled up. Just a thought.

# by iTorrey on 10/27/05 at 02:58:53

1.6 has a new header that should solve this and it looks pretty! :)

I actually never used the header before so everything was just as it was in iChadiumMod. I think you'll like the new header.

# by da_baum on 10/26/05 at 21:32:58

Another thing, there's a little white boxish border around the bubbles when you have any background other than white. Any chance you could get that fixed? Other than that, awesome message theme.

# by iTorrey on 10/26/05 at 21:34:12

Re: AgentPhoenix

I'm going to do a better header soon. I used the same header that iChadiumMod uses but I have another couple of ideas I will explore. Thanks for the comments!

Re: da_baum

Read my note in my description above.

# by AgentPhoenix on 10/26/05 at 21:49:41

I've noticed that there's an indent on the first line, but the successive lines aren't lined up. I know, small detail, but I'm anal like that. ;-)

# by Akurin on 10/26/05 at 22:22:24

also do u think u can have a variant that has some bubbles comin from the right and add timestamps please?

# by twalichiewicz on 10/26/05 at 23:40:15

I love it! 5/5 ^_^

# by Dell-Killa on 10/27/05 at 04:01:46

pretty dang sweet. hope other message styles start implenting the fade in also.

# by iambatman on 10/27/05 at 04:33:48

awesome work, 5 ducks! just my computers a bit stuffed up or something maybe coz it doesn scrool down automatically when someone types in a new message :( :( , is this just my comp or has anyone else had this problem?

# by AgentPhoenix on 10/27/05 at 05:42:00

I grabbed the new version of this message style but the header is HUGE. Is anyone else seeing this?

# by iTorrey on 10/27/05 at 12:18:30

This is probably a caching issue.

Can you try closing adium and going into safari and clearing the cache and let me know if that fixes it?

# by AgentPhoenix on 10/27/05 at 13:28:52

Worked perfectly! Thanks!

# by on 10/27/05 at 06:28:51

hhh... looks really nice but the fading doesn't work on my computer. I'm on a iMac G3 500mhz... does it require core image or something? I'm using tiger but my graphics card is of course way too ancient to display core image stuff. Also, like iambatman, the scrolling doesn't seem to work... half the time anyway. Like, it won't work, then I'll manually scroll down, then it will work from then on (or sometimes not). So, is it my computer being so old, or do I need to install some kind of plug in?

# by iambatman on 10/27/05 at 07:25:35

im running a G4 emac, and also the fading doesnt work just like stated, running panther, might get tiger soon

# by iTorrey on 10/27/05 at 12:25:16

This might be something to do with WebKit. I know that Safari/WebKit were updated a lot in the Tiger release.

The fade effect uses the Dojo Toolkit's fade effect since we don't appear to have access to core image inside Adium.

I'll also look into the scrolling thing. I didn't do a ton of testing on this before releasing it so I might have missed something.. or again it could be WebKit. I am just using smoothscroll which was written by some one else.

# by dcentity2000 on 10/27/05 at 12:02:20

Very cool, reminds me of Permafrost

# by ~Niko on 10/27/05 at 14:06:30

M i n e w o n ' t f a d e !


Do I need something to make this work? Mine's not fading at all, and it's not even scrolling up. I have to manually scroll down to read each message as they come. :-(



# by iTorrey on 10/27/05 at 14:10:15

Can you give me a little more info about your setup?

What version of OS X are you running?

# by ~Niko on 10/28/05 at 02:38:50

New iMac - 2005 - OS X Tiger

:-/ ?



# by computerdude33 on 10/27/05 at 18:42:09

This is the best message list style ever. I don't care about the fading, personally; I just love the actual look.

# by kirk on 10/27/05 at 20:40:10

Wow man, nice job!

# by neop on 10/27/05 at 22:01:05

I'm on Tiger and mine is also not scrolling/fading.

# by iTorrey on 10/28/05 at 02:28:36

Is it the latest version of tiger?

What does your safari version say? Mine says Version 2.0.1 (412.5)
I'm not sure where this bug might be coming from but I'm all for trying to track it down and fix it. Out of curiosity, does the iChadiumMod style scroll for you?

BTW neop, I love the Elisha dock icon you made. :)

# by ~Niko on 10/28/05 at 02:40:11

I'm also on Safari V. 2.0.1 (412.5)

...if that helps.



# by neop on 10/28/05 at 20:33:06

Thanks :)

I'm also using Version 2.0.1 (412.5) and have all Tiger updates. I just tried iChatadiumMod and it seems to work fine. Also, I tested Renkoo in my brother's computer and it worked perfectly there, it's a very weird problem.

Also, the website you mention in your following post works fine in my Safari.

It seems to be a very weird problem.

# by iTorrey on 10/28/05 at 13:26:01

If you are having issues with the fading please check out this page

Click on the thing that says "Fade In" and "Fade Out"

Does the "Element to fade" box fade in and out like it should?

If it does not please let me know and if you're willing to help I can contact you with a couple of things you can try to help track down the failure point. :)

# by iTorrey on 10/28/05 at 14:19:55

I should note that you should view that page in Safari not FireFox as safari uses WebKit which is what Adium uses.

# by AgentPhoenix on 10/28/05 at 16:39:35

I've just recently started having the issue of not scrolling, but mine does in fact fade in. I'm not sure what's going on with it. Any ideas?

# by iTorrey on 10/28/05 at 18:19:47

I'm looking into it. Is there any more specific info about what exactly happens and what you were doing when it started happening?

So does this happen after prolonged use?
Does it still not work when you close and re-open adium (not a solution to the problem but it might help me track down the bug)

Does it happen when you have many tabs open or many other windows or just one (or with both).

Any info would be great. You can e-mail me too if you'd like or IM me @ iTorreyR (AIM) or iTorreyRice (Y!)

Thanks for your help everyone. I wanna get these issues resolved and add in some new features for a new release early next week! :)

# by neop on 10/28/05 at 20:37:48

I was just playing around a bit with this and I noticed that it does not scroll with the first message, but if you send/recive two or more consecutive messages it works fine.

If I ever get this to work this'll probably be my favorite message style, great work :)

# by iTorrey on 10/28/05 at 21:21:36

Thanks neop for trying this stuff out. This does seem to be an odd problem. You probably also have the latest version of Adium so this is really odd.

I really want this to work for you! :)

As for the scrolling. When you send the first message it should start at the top of the viewport so it shouldn't need to scroll.. however it does seem that if you manually move the scroll bar to the top of a long chat and then type something in it doesn't scroll.. although I am not sure that that is such a bad thing.

# by on 10/29/05 at 09:49:25

"it does seem that if you manually move the scroll bar to the top of a long chat and then type something in it doesn't scroll"

# by on 10/29/05 at 09:53:03

My reply after that was cut off? odd. Anyway, I'm pretty sure that is normal behavior for a message style...
In regards to the page you linked to, the fading in and out does work for me while it doesn't in the message style.

# by on 10/29/05 at 10:58:56

Interestingly enough, It seems both the fading in and the automatic scrolling now work for me. I guess it was updating to v0.86 that did it...

# by AgentPhoenix on 10/29/05 at 21:04:21

It seems that things will start scolling after two consecutive messages by the same person. Also, it looks like if the first message is more than one line, it'll scroll without problems. Just what I've noticed. Anyone else seeing this?

# by AgentPhoenix on 10/31/05 at 01:30:08

New observation ... if I have a message that goes onto a second line, it scrolls, but even if the other user has a message that goes onto a second line, it doesn't scroll.

# by iTorrey on 11/02/05 at 18:14:19

The good news is, I finally made this happen on my machine!

The bad news.. I don't really know how. :)

I have found that by restarting it fixes my fading and scrolling issue so my guess is that at some point there is an error in the javascript which is causing all javascript to stop working although I'm not sure on that fully. Investigating now :)

# by violet on 10/30/05 at 18:40:05

Awesome. There's really nothing else to say. Thank you!

# by djahughes on 11/03/05 at 19:46:59


Could you add a version without user icons?


# by iTorrey on 11/03/05 at 19:55:46

If I did what would I put in place of the icon? Would I just put the user's name or nothing at all?

# by djahughes on 11/04/05 at 07:54:46

I'd just like the speech bubbles with no user icons but appearing from alternate sides. I appear from the left the other person from the right.

Many thanks!

# by mathuaerknedam on 11/17/05 at 14:32:24

If you want to use the "show user icons" effect to toggle showing user/isons and no icons, feel free to grab the functionality from aNon.

# by stephen on 11/04/05 at 06:34:57

Can you implement the alternating icons on the next release? That would make it a lot cooler (at least for me).


# by violet on 11/04/05 at 15:22:48

I'm having the scrolling problem too now. It started a few days ago so I stopped using it, and saw that it was updated today so I tried it again. Still has the scrolling issue. I didn't change anything so I don't know what caused it?

# by iTorrey on 11/04/05 at 15:27:48

I'm going to release (probably tonight or tomorrow) a version that doesn't use the smooth scroll script.. just the same basic hard scroll that a lot of other themes use. So if you're having scroll issues you can still use it just without some of the candy while I try to figure out what the deal is.

It's hard because when using JS in a browser there is a javascript console so you can see what's going on when there is an error.

# by miroku on 11/04/05 at 19:02:37

But the scroll script is like the glue that holds this beautiful Message View together!

# by iTorrey on 11/04/05 at 19:06:31

That is so true. I would just make it an option but the default would be the smooth scroll. I should contact the author of that and see if they have any insight into what is happening and why it stops working. :)

# by zaudragon on 11/04/05 at 20:49:07

Well then, make a mockup of the style. And try things out with the JavaScript; it might need a little modification…

# by iTorrey on 11/04/05 at 20:57:46

The problem with that is that I'd then have to create a script that actually creates nodes just as Adium does and then I'd have to use it over and over to try and reproduce the bug that my self I've only seen once or twice. That's a lot of work and I'm kinda lazy but I may consider it.

I wish there was a javascript console in Adium that developers could use but that's a bit beyond the scope of adium so. We'll see.

# by iTorrey on 11/04/05 at 23:26:17

I just realized that I can use dojos debugging and just override the window.onerror function to print out errors there. So since I've finally had the bug hit me off and on I will do that and hopefully be able to know the error soon :) assuming it's a JS error as I suspect.

# by Cruciarius on 11/06/05 at 17:50:45

though not a msg style i'd use, the fading in of msgs, is amazing. i'd love to see that used with other msg styles. since this is the first, i've seen, that use it, i give it a 4. nice job.

# by grzesieq on 11/09/05 at 14:27:53

Looks great! One of my favorites. :)

# by michael on 11/13/05 at 12:01:37

well ____ me this is fantastic. Utterly gorgeous. Congratulations.

# by TheoW593 on 11/13/05 at 14:46:51

My only criticism now is l would like to see the icons be 36 x 36 instead of 25.

# by danielgrenell on 11/13/05 at 18:17:37

i really do like what you've done here, it's very good looking. but i would like a compact version so that it did not take up so much room. i would also like a few different versions with different speeds. personally i would like it to move faster. even as it is it's great though, good job.

# by Daveecee on 11/14/05 at 15:36:17

Awesome! The problems I was having are definitely fixed, and I love the alternating style... The only thing I can really see left is maybe to fit the bubble length to the size of messages?

# by mattisme on 11/15/05 at 00:21:34

I've tried all the suggestions to get this thing to work, even downloaded xupport to clean every bit of cache possible.. restarted, and still nothing, at best it scrolls, and even that is temperamental. I get the scrolling only after typing in a couple messages, all the rest i have to manually scroll down.

When i saw the demo to this message theme i was really excited, and I'd still love to use it. If there are any suggestsions to making this work, i'll try anything.

PowerBook G4 1GHz
768 MB
Adium 8.6
Renkoo 1.8
Safari 2.0.2 (416.12) with Saft 8.1.7 (398)

# by iTorrey on 11/15/05 at 20:07:29

Yeah so it looks like the problem might be that it's a lot of code to load and for some reason Adium gives up. I'm not really clear on this and need to investigate more.

For instance. I took all of the code from dojo.js and just stuck into the Template.html file so that I would know for sure that dojo loads... however doing this causes adium to crash and burn. In safari this works just fine. I think now that I've found the exact cause I should contact the developers of Adium and see if they have any ideas on why this might be happening.

# by MBHockey on 11/15/05 at 22:01:04

Beautiful message style. I have been searching for something this elegant for some time, and I've finally found it.

Thanks again

# by luischo on 11/17/05 at 06:44:22

I have a problem when i speak: the message does not go to the last line.

How can i solucione it?? Thanks :)

# by iTorrey on 11/19/05 at 22:08:56

This should be fixed in the latest release. :)

# by thesmallelder on 11/20/05 at 00:01:38

Awesome, fading and scrolling down works perfectly for me now! :)

# by mathuaerknedam on 11/22/05 at 16:36:44

You may not need it any more, but perhaps "Safari Guides" could help with future debugging?

# by diskopo on 11/23/05 at 23:47:51

I don't know if this is a new bug, but I just upgraded to 1.9 from an earlier version and noticed that font smoothing is not quite working like the old version. Does anyone happen to know anything about that? Or can anyone point me in the direction of an older version?

# by CMNeir on 11/25/05 at 03:36:25

This is the best ever. Thanks for making it.

# by ~Niko on 11/25/05 at 16:01:26

Glad to have helped! Leave it to me to find the errors... good lord!



# by Spartan on 11/26/05 at 23:20:03

Will there ever be an option to have the name/alias displayed instead of the icon/no icon? I love this style, but I like to have the names displayed instead of icons.

# by iTorrey on 11/27/05 at 05:15:09

I thought this would be a pain. I thought I'd have to do another release just for that but I just looked and it seems that if I do it right (and borrow some code possibly from aNon) I can make it where it'll show the name and not the icon when it's deselected in the prefs. I'll play with it and if it doesn't break anything that I currently have I'll add that into version 2.0.

# by Spartan on 11/28/05 at 20:36:50

That would be great. I have a friend who is doing a hacked version of this for me that only displays the name and not the icon. I do think however that making this option selectable would be a great addition to this awesome style.

# by R031E5 on 11/27/05 at 22:46:47

Extremely cool!!! 5 ducks!! Only a little detail, can you enable the custom background feature please??? Thanks

# by iTorrey on 11/27/05 at 23:07:50

Eventually but right now the graphics have a white background and the code would have to be updated to support transparent graphics.

# by KingRyu on 11/29/05 at 09:47:23

damn that is sexy ;)....can we get it wiv a bit more colour as well tho and maybe larger buddy icons :D ;)

# by rodomontade on 11/29/05 at 17:03:47

Yeah, can we get a custom background reenabled? The message view looks really nice, but would benefit a lot from a nice abstract background or something. Until then, 4 ducks :-)

# by SamGwilym on 12/01/05 at 07:20:51

5000 downloads. Congrats. :)

And yeah, we're all hanging on for when you put in custom backgrounds...

# by iTorrey on 12/02/05 at 04:44:38

Wow the response to this has been overwhelming. I can't thank you all enough. :)

I was shocked when Niko alerted me to the fact that I was on the front page of as the Featured Xtra. Just wow.

So good news for all of you waiting for the custom background.. I believe I have the graphics in order to do this now. It's going to take some refactoring of the message style. It'll basically be a whole new code base. It took me a good 2 hours to get everything working (transparency is fun but using it in CSS is a pain) but it looks like I have it working now at least in a demo html page with a big ugly pink background just to make sure it works seamlessly.

I hope to get this out before Christmas but as I said it is a rewrite of almost everything. And with all those variants... wow it'll take a few hours of work. I'll even see if I can squeeze in the option to turn off avatars for those who want just names. :)

Thanks again everyone.

# by Shark on 12/03/05 at 16:43:12

Great message view :) and i can't wait for the custom background version it's gonna be awesome.
I have a small request(I know you have lots to do = ) could you make a blue and green variant? that would be totally awesome.


# by iTorrey on 12/10/05 at 22:50:44

Still working off and on on the transparent bubbles (for custom background support).

I've been really busy with work.. trying to catch up before the holidays. I've also run into the problem that WebKit doesn't correctly support PNGs. It messes up color correction on PNGs so all of my pngs are looking washed out which really makes the theme terrible. I have to find a way around or else the style will look terrible :(

# by Wengero on 12/14/05 at 14:01:47

Renkoo seams to break clicking on emoticons to bring up there text representation... it works on every other message theme but not on renkoo or renkoo naked

# by iTorrey on 12/14/05 at 15:15:23

Thanks. I'll look into it

# by vip on 12/14/05 at 23:25:21

THis is by far the best message style ever! :P THank you for your hard work

# by Lion on 12/17/05 at 16:02:52

Great style. I like it.
I recently got the problem with the scrolling too. I just reinstalled it and it was fixed.
But now I have another problem: when I choose alternating the icons, the bottom-right corner of my bubble looks as if the bottom line just goes on, instead of the smooth corner. Is there any way I can fix this?

# by iTorrey on 12/17/05 at 16:05:30

Can you e-mail me a screenshot? I'll see if I can figure out what the problem is from that. I haven't had any problems personally but maybe there is something I can spot in a screenshot.

# by Moldarin on 12/21/05 at 17:17:02

I'm just waiting for the matching contactlist style... :)

# by allyx on 12/27/05 at 12:35:19

hey, where did you get the font to use for your little display icon on this page? (the one at the very top of this page, next to "Renkoo".. that says "Hi!", "Hey!") i LOVE that font! but i can't find it.

# by allyx on 12/28/05 at 09:56:57

This would be my number one message style if you had the status displayed inside the message (like, to show what the person's away message is)...and also, is there any way i can change my timestamps to read "hour:minutes"? My timestamps read "11:25:40" (as in, mine read with seconds, while yours does not).

# by MeDiCiNe on 12/29/05 at 12:04:55

any updates on the custom backgrounds?

# by iTorrey on 01/06/06 at 00:36:18

Well it's a sad state of affairs as far as PNG and WebKit go. I can't make pngs render without looking washed out in WebKit so for the moment this is on hold. I'll come back to it next month when I have a little more time. Work is really crazy right now.

# by vip on 01/27/06 at 20:56:27

Thanks for this great message style, I love it!

# by sphereboy on 01/27/06 at 22:23:43

I love this theme. One question? How do I remove my name and the buddy name from the text bubble. I see you did it in your example images, but for the life of me, i cannot find how to do it. I'm sure it's something right under my nose, but I can't find it. Thanks!

# by iTorrey on 01/28/06 at 01:37:32

It didn't used to show names that is why the old screenshots are like that... however I'll make a variant that doesn't show the names and release that within a few days. Thanks for the patience. :)

# by benjamindaines on 01/28/06 at 20:50:02

Very nice, but the messages that my contacts send me the font is soooooo small I have to strain my eyes to read it. Although my font size is fine.

# by iTorrey on 01/28/06 at 20:58:25

Hey thanks. Send me a screenshot and I'll take a look at it.

# by benjamindaines on 01/28/06 at 21:04:44

# by iTorrey on 01/28/06 at 21:14:43

It looks like it has to do with you setting a custom font. Have you tried changing the font size in the preferences?

# by iTorrey on 01/28/06 at 21:35:24

Actually i see what you're saying now. The fonts are different sizes. hmm...

What font are you using? I'll install it and give it a shot myself.

# by Dylan1077 on 02/05/06 at 16:28:22

Is there any way you could make the name-displaying option a variant, rather than the default? So at least the person has the option of removing it? Great work.

# by Dylan1077 on 02/09/06 at 23:37:15

Thanks for the update!

# by dancriel on 02/12/06 at 21:02:18

I love this message style, but I have one small gripe. I like having the timestamp with each message, but the text in the body of the message overlaps with the timestamp and, although the timestamp text is a light color, it makes the message hard to read.

I have a screenshot at if you want to see what I mean.

It's not a huge deal, but if you could just bump down the message a tiny bit so it doesn't overlap the timestamp I would probably never try another message style again :]

# by iTorrey on 02/12/06 at 21:08:17

Oh I've never seen the date stamp be that long. On my system it's just the time and nothing else so I padded it for so it wouldn't overlap the time. Hmm... I'll have to figure out how to make my timestamp like that and then try to come up with a fix.

Thanks for the info

# by dancriel on 02/12/06 at 21:14:57

I think it takes the format from your OS X clock, which can be changed from the International preferene pane.
Mine is longer because I used a trick from ( to make it that way.

# by tiagobugarin on 02/13/06 at 13:02:08

I liked very much the style and looking but i was having two problems with its flavors.
My favorite flavor is Renkoo Naked but it shows the sender's name in every messagem sent.
I don't know how peoble bahaves at your places but here in Brazil it is very common to set the very long names.
So I went to modify the Renkoo Naked to be more like Renkoo Naked Without Names. Its only one style added to the main.css

.messageFrom {display:none;}

I would use the full Renkoo with all it JavaScript flavour but it plays very slowly in my "old" iMac G4 700Mhz with only 768MB.
Well, that's it. Love Renkoo Naked Without Names! :)

# by outbreak on 02/18/06 at 17:08:22

awesome style, by far my favorite, but is there any reason why my text is show at 2pts larger than the person i'm chatting with?

# by outbreak on 02/18/06 at 17:14:01

i'm sorry, i forgot to include a screenshot:

it appears to be the same problem that benjamindainesis having. ^

i use this style on my work computer and its fine, it only happens at home. they're both new G5s too.

# by iTorrey on 02/18/06 at 17:29:07

This is an odd one indeed. I've looked through the CSS and don't see anything that would be causing it there. Are you setting a custom font (it doesn't look like it but I figured I'd ask anyways just in case) and have you changed any of the items in Messages > Text Display?

Thanks for your help on this! :)

# by outbreak on 02/18/06 at 17:51:48

i fixed it. i went into the main.css file of the renkoo style and changed the font size of 0.8em in the response class to 1em! hope this helps!

# by Zhinjio on 02/23/06 at 07:23:19

So I'd use this but for one thing. I'm completely addicted to having all my screen elements be light fonts on dark backgrounds. Any possibility of a 'dark' variant?

- ZJ

# by galbis on 02/26/06 at 18:21:24

i love the theme, but something is bugging me. normally I'm used to the person speaking (that would be me), their icon would actually be on the left hand side instead of the right. On other themes there is an option for either left or right. It's a small suggestion, it doesn't need to be made but it would be nice to have :).

Besides that, LOVE the theme!

# by Félix on 02/28/06 at 21:16:14

REAL nice, 5 ducks :D

# by Wabin on 03/01/06 at 20:13:35

very nice, but why does the renkoo naked now include names? I want it super-naked! why stop at three variants?

# by krysia322 on 03/19/06 at 13:00:46

[quote]by Wabin on 03/01/06 at 16:13:35
very nice, but why does the renkoo naked now include names? I want it super-naked! why stop at three variants?[/quote]
LOL -- It could be called *Buck-Naked*.


# by dcentity2000 on 03/20/06 at 18:57:30

Version 2 wins a small prize - custom backgrounds ahoy!

# by iTorrey on 03/20/06 at 19:00:33

Yay! :)

I hope everyone enjoys it and we can work out any bugs it has. It really was a TON of work to do this. I spent probably like 15 hours during SXSW doing this. Makes boring panels go faster for sure ;)

# by joshl24 on 03/21/06 at 03:37:31

I love the new Renkoo 2.0 with the ability to have custom backgrounds. However, my Renkoo Naked behaves like the previous Renkoo, with the slow scrolling. I don't know whether this is just me or not. Hope you can sort it out.

# by iTorrey on 03/21/06 at 17:37:24

should be fixed now

# by Flounder on 03/21/06 at 17:38:38

Hey where did you get that background from the girl next door? Is there a place to get that wall. Thanks!

Oh and awesome theme

# by Dylan1077 on 03/21/06 at 20:30:08

Background support!!!! Hallelujah! :D

*Bows down to iTorrey* ;)

# by nanovivid on 03/21/06 at 20:32:33

Backgrounds! Yay!

# by Shark on 03/21/06 at 21:31:34

Plain AWESOME message style!

Great Job.

# by Daveecee on 03/22/06 at 00:26:28

I wonder, would it be possible to have the bubbles fit horizontally to the messages (like in iChat)? Maybe in a future update?

Awesome job so far!

# by iTorrey on 03/22/06 at 02:21:39

Thanks! :)

It is possible however I don't personally care for that style and am not sure if it'd be worth it to make yet another variant. If you wanted to do it yourself you can edit the stylesheet and remove the width:100% from the chat bubble table.

The reason I'm not fond of it is because I love alignment and predictability. If someone types a really long message it'll start in one spot (if the bubbles alternate) but if they type a short message it starts in another spot. It's hard to read this and it's hard to quickly skim what's being said. I'm actually surprised that iChat does this as I think it doesn't look as clean.

if enough people ask for this I will consider making a variant. :)

# by Daveecee on 03/22/06 at 02:23:45

Thanks for telling me how to do it myself! I'll try removing that line from the table. If I can't get it to work, I'll probably be back ;P

# by iTorrey on 03/22/06 at 02:35:59

No problem.

It's in main.css on line 86

.tableBubble {

However I just tried it and you'll also want to tweak (or remove) the name or date/time stamp.

It also doesn't work with alternating styles (because the way the little chat connector graphic and avatar are placed).

It wouldn't be a hard fix but it wont be a quick fix for alternating bubbles.

# by Daveecee on 03/22/06 at 02:41:37

Yeah, I just noticed the alternating bubbles problem, but it works nicely for the main style (which I'd probably use over alternating). Thanks for the quick response!

# by iTorrey on 03/22/06 at 02:36:38

Also be sure you clear your safari cache and have quit adium before you install your modified version or else it might not pick up the change.

# by dancriel on 03/22/06 at 17:46:58

so awesome!! the issue with having a longer date and time is all fixed now that it's moved to the bottom of the window. 5 ducks

# by GauntletWizard on 03/22/06 at 19:44:24

This is very pretty, however I really miss having bubbles merge when I say two/three/four things in a row. I do like the new name/timestamp, but I still kinda prefer the old version.

# by iTorrey on 03/22/06 at 20:14:05

Here's the thing.

I have this ability built in right now. You can enable it in the info.plist file however there is a bug and I have to file it but I'm not sure if it's a bug on my end.

Basically the time stamp on subsequent messages is SUPER thing and grainy and not anti-aliased at all. It's really weird and I tried to fix it for hours when I was in the airport in Austin but no matter what I did, the bug was there. So I decided to release it this way until I could find a fix.

# by GauntletWizard on 03/22/06 at 20:29:05

Hrmm. I do have the same problem. I don't really mind having the grainy text, so I think i'll leave it with merged bubbles, but I may also try and poke around to find the cause.

# by Victonight on 03/24/06 at 10:42:26

This is awesome! Is their anyway to get a random color scheme with every new window?

# by dcentity2000 on 03/24/06 at 14:16:21

Can anyone suggest a reason why this theme should NOT be the default in Adium 1.x? I mean, it's just superb. Love the new preview images too, btw

# by quaff on 03/26/06 at 03:35:43

nice update... what happened to consecutive messaging tho?

was consecutive messages supposed to be removed in this release? O.o
if so... can i have permission to edit your style and add it back in? :D or perhaps u still have a link to the older renkoo versions like 1.xx which has consecutive messages.

i don't really like what you did with the usernames.. but it still looks good..

other than that, looks good.. very unique style.. the whole fading effect is really neat :)

# by iTorrey on 03/26/06 at 03:50:30


A fix for all of these things is in the works. Stay tuned. Should be posted tomorrow.

# by quaff on 03/26/06 at 03:53:16

sweeet :)

i thought you were gonna turn back to non-consecutive messages.. its a relief you're not.. this renkoo style is AWESOME haha
i use it for Gizmo Project too :)

# by iTorrey on 03/26/06 at 03:56:43

Awesome! Thanks for the support.

I am actually working on this right now so good timing on your part :)

The thing is, there was a bug with consecutive messages so I had to release without that but I was always unhappy about that. It's working now and I've moved the name/time stamp to the top of the bubble again but this time it doesn't ever interfere with the text if the name is really long.

I also fixed the URL breaking problem where the bubble would stretch too far if something like a long url was typed in.

Posting in a bit and I think it should be approved by tomorrow. :)

# by quaff on 03/26/06 at 04:01:17

ahah awesome! i'm going to be refreshing this page a lot when i check back tomorrow hahaha

awesome work :)

# by wes2225 on 03/28/06 at 02:40:21

great job and i'm loving the background one gripe is that i wish the chat bubbles were transparent (somewhat) so that more of the background can be seen. does that make any sense? but, yeah, other than that, awesome message style!!!

# by iTorrey on 03/28/06 at 02:42:34

They are..somewhat.. however it's very subtle. The reason is that when you make things transparent, on light backgrounds they become washed out.. and on dark they become much darker and I think it really takes away from the look of the bubbles.

You can tweak this in Renkoo Naked by modifying the opacity rule in the main.css file. In Renkoo you'll have to edit the fading effect in Template.html

Thanks for the support :)

# by wes2225 on 03/28/06 at 07:28:19

wow, how crazy is it that you've put up a new version this evening (morning?). i understand what you mean about the transparency issues so it makes sense how you have things set up as they are. in case i do want to tinker, how would i go abouts editing the Template.html file and what might i change in there?

thanks in advance and much respect for all your continued work on this most excellent message style!

# by Conlan on 03/28/06 at 04:23:31

I love this style. It's beautiful. My only gripe (you knew there had to be one) is with the new name placement. I don't like how it scrunches the text to the left side. I'd prefer the old placement, underneath, where it didn't affect the actual text of the message. Either way, thanks for all your work on this, the best message style there is.

# by iTorrey on 03/28/06 at 04:27:42

Thanks Conlan for the support! :)

To tell the truth, I don't like the name placement either. I'm mulling over the options at the moment. Thinking, bottom might be best. When I tested this, everyone I talked to had a short name so it didn't reall affect anything. Then I started using it more and talking to other people with LONG names and all of a sudden I was like "oh crap.. this just doesn't work".

Look for a new release later this week/weekend. :)

# by iTorrey on 03/28/06 at 05:23:00

Well I just couldn't help myself.

I've uploaded a new version that allows for people to turn off names and I've moved the names back to the bottom so that things don't get all crazy on us.

What else do I have to do at 1 in the morning if not code? ;)

# by mancabbage on 03/28/06 at 10:59:51

hi i cant get this to install or download, i get nothing by clicking on install and when clicking dl i get :

"Unable to Download

An error occurred: Only the submitter, mods and admins are allowed to download Xtras before they are approved."]


# by iTorrey on 03/28/06 at 13:42:18

The newest version hasn't been approved yet so no one can download it.

# by mancabbage on 03/29/06 at 21:20:29

if u could get the background to support .swf or .mov's ude have something quite amazing

# by mancabbage on 03/29/06 at 21:20:50

wink wink :P

# by iTorrey on 03/29/06 at 21:42:26

That's a pretty hot idea.

I don't see why it couldn't be done. One of these weekends I'll give it a shot.

# by mancabbage on 03/30/06 at 13:16:45

haha great :D - who wants to animate a looping fishtank then ? :P

if you can pull this off, wow... major props to u

# by noxie on 03/31/06 at 07:34:29

First off great job on this it is my favorite message style. I am still getting the scrollbars though with the long messages is that still broken? Thanks

# by charged2885 on 04/01/06 at 02:19:48

anyway to make it not fade, but still smooth scroll? fading with a custom background is not that smooth.

# by mancabbage on 04/01/06 at 10:57:30

smooth like butter on mine

# by hanajo on 04/02/06 at 23:24:23

hi, can someone explain the difference between renkoo and renkoo naked? I downloaded it and I can't figure it out. Thanks.

# by iTorrey on 04/02/06 at 23:47:31

Added a blurb in the description to answer this :)

# by basmets on 04/06/06 at 20:00:42

Thanx A lot!

# by rearden on 04/07/06 at 10:11:54

Love this style - I am however having a problem that keeps a nitpicky guy like me from using it. I may have missed the answer in all the messages above, but I'm getting a weird display problem where the left and right sides of each newbubble appears jammed into the text. As each new message shows up, the problem moves to the latest bubble. Sound familiar to anyone? I can send you a screen shot if you'd like. Thanks in advance and great work!

# by iTorrey on 04/07/06 at 12:28:51

Haven't seen that one. Please send me a screenshot and I'll track down the bug :)

# by rearden on 04/07/06 at 12:49:14

e-mail is on its way - thanks for the response!

# by tamashii on 04/11/06 at 15:05:27

I noticed the same thing. Also keeps me from using it, though the fade feature is nice.

I also think the timestamps are too hard to read - not enough contrast.

Very thorough design.

# by iTorrey on 04/11/06 at 15:07:33

Are you using Panther? It appears to be a panther bug but I haven't been able to confirm this.

# by tamashii on 04/11/06 at 15:20:30

Using 10.3.9

# by shadowtech on 04/10/06 at 10:45:08

Hey, I HEART this theme, but I was wondering...was that URL parsing bug ever fixed?
Everytime I send a url it makes the window all deformed. :
Keep up the good work!

# by iTorrey on 04/11/06 at 15:07:11

I had thought I fixed it but it appears to work selectively.. so I have to find another way to fix it so it always works.

# by iTorrey on 04/27/06 at 02:17:43

Update: A fix is coming next week-ish. I have a preliminary fix that I have to test some more but it basically changes links from http://www.whatever to [link] in the chat. I mean is there really a reason you need to see the full link when you can just as easily click on a link that says [link]?

# by jms1223 on 04/12/06 at 19:41:08

is there a way to add a "..." bubble for when you or the other user is typing, like how ichat does it? also, it may have been requested already, but what about bubbles that fit the length of the text, so the bubble doesnt just run the full length of the line? love it otherwise...

# by Plentyofpaper654 on 04/30/06 at 14:32:31

Wow. That's really nice. I was using iChadium mod up until now, and was getting annoyed at how the background image wasn't fully supported because of the white outline around the chat bubble. The only thing I would recommend is for the chat bubbles to not go all the way across unless there is enough text to do so (Then you could see more of the background image, like iChat.) If you can get that in there as an option, then this will be even better than the authentic iChat bubbles.

# by aragost on 05/06/06 at 09:25:00

Great work, it's been my favourite message style since... well since I decided that i didn't like the default one :)
I would like, if I may, suggest to include variants with bigger user icons: I have made a mod w/this feature, and now it's really PERFECT :)

# by charged2885 on 05/10/06 at 18:30:00

Anyone thought about porting this to colloquy?

# by iTorrey on 05/10/06 at 19:09:23

Interestingly enough. I'm using Colloquy for the dojo toolkit meeting as we speak and was thinking "god I wish I had the renkoo theme in this"... so yes.. at some point within the next month or so I'll give it a shot.

# by Catfish_Man on 05/26/06 at 14:54:15

If anyone reading this is using 1.0svn, it'd be helpful to test incoming file transfers with Renkoo. It works fine for me, but I have one report of them not showing up, so I'd like to confirm that it's ok.

# by quaff on 05/31/06 at 13:29:13

any updates lately? :D hows things with the horizontal bar? ever figure that out? Lol :D

# by iTorrey on 06/04/06 at 02:31:52

Hey, thanks for inquiring.

At this point I'm waiting on a few things to happen so I can update things.

Firstly, the Dojo Toolkit has released a new FX library called Light FX (lfx) which I want to use to speed up and make the fade better. I also want to give a few options that are going to be really cool. There seems to be some issues with it right now that I'm trying to work out but once I get it working I can do a lot of cool stuff!

On the issue of the horizontal bar, it seems to be an issue with WebKit and not with my code. There isn't much I can do other than say "wait for leopard" as it will be fixed by then.

Sorry for the lack of updates. I've just been super busy with the day job.

# by Corny on 06/05/06 at 07:03:41

Very cute :) Proud to be the 30000. Downloader :D

# by missyseepy on 06/05/06 at 17:17:03

Wow, that's the best message style I've ever seen. It's adorable!
But I really want to disable adiumy ducks next to the bubbles and have no idea how to do that. I can obviously disble "user icons" but the ducks will still be there. I'd love to have the bubbles only. Any suggestions?

# by iTorrey on 06/05/06 at 17:22:12

Short answer is that you can open the .AdiumMessageStyle file and navigate to

/Contents/Resources and delete (or change) buddy_icon.png

Let me know if that works for ya :)

# by missyseepy on 06/05/06 at 17:31:55

Gee, it was hard to find the file!
But I can't rename/remove the file - no permissions. Tried to change them but I think it doesn't work :(

# by iTorrey on 06/05/06 at 17:36:22

That shouldn't happen. Is Adium currently open? Make sure it's closed first so that the app isn't using that file

# by missyseepy on 06/05/06 at 17:41:20

Adium was closed.

# by ispytonyv on 06/14/06 at 13:23:31

really nice work!

# by gottacoppafeel on 06/15/06 at 00:26:17

could you add that feature that supersonic has that increases the size of the user pic when you click on it?
that would be swell...this message theme is fantabulous btw :D

# by thid on 06/17/06 at 20:20:19

it would be awesome if you could make it so that the icon disappears completely when you turn off buddy icons, instead of switching to the duck. it would also be awesome if you added a color scheme that was plain steel on steel

# by noizfx on 07/08/06 at 07:11:06

Awesome job!

I don't know if anyone else has noticed this but word wrap doesn't work when there is a long message without any spaces in it (like URLs). However I looked into the CSS there is break-word word wrap so I don't know what's wrong.

Also it'd be really cool if the pictures in the header can increase once clicked just like gottacoppafeel suggested which is also in the Plastic message style that comes with the application.

# by dancriel on 04/02/07 at 21:04:11

That is the only thing bugging me still...

Maybe it could have the one message with the long link scroll in a fixed-width box?

That might sound better in theory than in practice, but I'm picturing the link spilling over outside the viewable area with any text above or below it staying within the viewable window.

Just a suggestion! :]

# by slyydrr on 08/13/06 at 14:24:30

I love this message style. Unfortunately, I think I may have encountered a bug. I figured out a work-around, but I'm not great with CSS and it's not a permanent fix.

If type multiple lines of text, and then end with an emoticon, it displays two lines of the timestamp.

Here is a screenshot to show what I mean:

If I change the following snippet in the main.css file, it doesn't happen with these smileys, but the larger ones, it's still an issue (which is why I see this as a temporary fix, or a little work around as opposed to a solution to the real problem):

.tableBubble .timeStamp {

By default, the margin is 2px instead of 3. I had a friend test this too, and he had the same issue.

Think you could look into it iTorrey?

Thanks for a great theme! Just trying to help work out the only bug I can find! :)

# by slyydrr on 08/13/06 at 14:26:14

Btw, for anyone that tries this fix, keep in mind that changes to main.css require a full restart of Adium (at least to my knowledge) in order to see the change.

# by iTorrey on 08/13/06 at 14:34:12

Awesome! Thanks for the fix. I'll try it out soon and update the message style! Rock on!

# by slyydrr on 08/13/06 at 14:37:15

If you want some help testing it out, let me know, you can IM me on slyydrr on AIM. My only concern is that the 3px only works for mid-sized smileys... the larger the smileys get, the larger the margin needs to be, and then all this does is make each individual line of text wider. I don't know much CSS but I was trying some no-wraps and whatnot, but I didn't really know what I was doing, but I'm sure there's a better fix to this than changing the margin :P

# by strider72 on 08/20/06 at 14:24:40

Renkoo seems to be broken in the newest Adium beta. Rankoo Naked still works.

The messages simply aren't there. I'm guessing the fade-in effect is failing, leaving the messages invisible?

# by slyydrr on 08/20/06 at 15:41:35

I think Renkoo Naked is broken too... as soon as someone goes away and a status window pops up, you can't see anything else beyond that...

# by slyydrr on 08/23/06 at 10:19:48

Just an update for everyone who might be wondering: If you are using Adium X 1.0b9 (the most recent Beta of Adium X 1.0) and are experiencing issues with Renkoo, good news! It isn't Renkoo that is the problem. Something was accidentally broken in the process of updating something else, and will be fixed most likely in the next beta, and for SURE before 1.0 is release.

Here is a page to track the bug if you would like:

# by slyydrr on 08/25/06 at 22:21:31

Just so anyone curious knows, they fixed this bug in the latest SVN build. It wasn't specific to just Renkoo, but nevertheless, it is now fixed! :)

# by seenoos on 09/11/06 at 11:46:06

Hi there, I have the same problem benjamindaines has/had with font. The incoming font is much smaller, then outgoing one. The default font is set to lucida grande 12 but it works only with outgoing text. Any idea? :/

# by ecable on 10/06/06 at 00:15:26

Un check 'Show incoming message fonts' and '"""colors'. That work?

# by Mxwllsmrt4 on 09/11/06 at 15:42:02

make and alternating version

# by Mxwllsmrt4 on 09/11/06 at 15:43:21


# by enkuturi-akrias on 09/16/06 at 00:03:21

i have a 400mhz mac and the normal renkoo dont run...

# by Pinky_von_Pout on 09/26/06 at 20:29:07

Ohhhhh, love it :D

# by benjamindaines on 10/02/06 at 00:14:29

Can you make it scroll faster & smoother a la iChat? If it had that I would be totally in love with it =]

Keep up the good work!

# by ecable on 10/06/06 at 00:12:42

Hmm. I'm on a Powermac G5 Dual 2.5 GHz with more ram than I know wtf to do with; so it's certainly not my computer's problem. With a (partially or fully) transparent or picture background, the theme scrolls/fades so abominably slow and jerky that it's nigh impossible to use. Any idea what's up? #adium said it was a problem with the theme and not adium, so I'm leavin my comment here.


# by iTorrey on 01/24/07 at 20:42:06

Some people have an issue with the fading going really slow. I don't know the cause which is why I made the much faster Renkoo naked which doesn't use the fading. Give it a shot :)

# by Flea on 10/25/06 at 00:24:20

Just wondering for more colorfull balloons!

# by thure on 10/27/06 at 03:03:52


?? [????] skills acquired through hard training, feats of practice
?? [????] taking (a suspect to the police)
?? [????] Japanese Confederation of Labor lateral league of six states (in Chinese history)
?? [????] extending in a row
?? [????] wrought steel

# by terragirl952 on 01/17/07 at 01:19:38

Very Very awesome. Simple and unotrusive, yet very fun. I found that even on my really slow computer the fading effect was a bit delayed but seemed to work pretty much fine.

# by yan.kun0567 on 01/29/07 at 18:49:47


This is a realy fantastic style, but I have the problem that my text in the bos is allways bigger, than the text I have recieved. I tried to change it, but somehow it does not work...

# by akiko on 02/02/07 at 15:24:28

Can you add an option to make the message box background transparent? I like to be able to see my desktop. ^_^
I don't even know if it's possible, but I figure anything's worth a shot on a Mac, right?

# by aragost on 02/07/07 at 08:37:51

My message style of choice since day one :D
The "bigger font" isssue it's easy to correct: you have to edit main.css, finding that nasty "0.8em" and changing to a more reasonable "1em".
Right now I'm investigating why very long words or links don't get "word-break"ed as they should. I really HATE that pesky horizontal scroll bar, and I just want to make it go away...

# by BlackandWhitePenguin on 02/17/07 at 21:33:35

I think this style is totally overrated. Its nice but there are TONS of styles that are better then this.

# by iTorrey on 02/17/07 at 21:41:32

Cool. Use them.

# by lolamione on 02/24/07 at 01:16:17

I've installed almost every message style to decide what I like best and Renkoo is inevitably the best one available.

# by jasoncuriano on 02/25/07 at 19:31:33

Ok, so, on my MacBook (Core Duo, 512 MB RAM) the scrolling is really slow ONLY if the header is turned on.

When the header is off, scrolling goes really fast. :( and i want to use the header

# by jasoncuriano on 02/25/07 at 19:35:23

also, where can i get that icon and background

# by Krafty on 02/25/07 at 21:46:59

I think you should have custom message balloon colors

# by Krafty on 02/25/07 at 21:46:59

I think you should have custom message balloon colors

# by zyxpink on 03/06/07 at 23:37:52

pretty SWEET

# by stillpissed on 03/14/07 at 20:47:31

When I use a custom background color with any amount of transparency the fading and scrolling becomes very slow.

I'm using this on a 2.33GHz MacBook Pro, and that's about as fast as it gets now, so I don't think this should be happening. The CPU utilization goes up to 32% max when repeatedly sending messages, so it's not even close to using all of the CPU. Any ideas?

# by stillpissed on 03/14/07 at 20:51:17

Also I forgot to mention this...

Sometimes it DOES run fast with the transparent background color. So even with the exact same settings it will sometimes run silky smooth and sometimes very slow and choppy. With the same applications running in the background.

# by therearenorules on 04/10/07 at 04:52:25

Can you make "Show Incoming Colors" work? Pleeease? :)

# by whenders0n on 06/06/07 at 19:05:37

Awesome job! I agree, a Renkoo contact list style needs to happen!

# by tasmanian_devil on 06/14/07 at 02:40:59

Renkoo is awesome! I just would like the colors to be brighter. THE colors are very pale. :D I luv it though.

# by tasmanian_devil on 06/14/07 at 02:41:01

Renkoo is awesome! I just would like the colors to be brighter. THE colors are very pale. :D I luv it though.

# by iTorrey on 09/27/07 at 20:00:16

Thanks, I plan to soon do a quick revamp of the colors to make them brighter and to make the time stamp easier to read. Just gotta get a few hours... hopefully before the end of October.

# by oronare on 07/28/07 at 04:26:57

How do i make the background transparent in the message box? it isnt working even when i move the opacity slider.

# by carrot on 08/14/07 at 17:52:35

I have only one little problem with this theme... it doesn't visually distinguish between text pulled from logs (chat history). If you dulled the text and the lightened the colors of the bubbles for history text, it'd be perfect.

# by jivy on 11/09/08 at 05:47:08

Agreed. Please gray out the old chats, or something to that effect.

# by simplebeep on 09/09/07 at 21:53:30

I have explored around a lot in the AdiumXtras section, tried many different themes. But this one has been MY FAVOURITE for a LONG TIME!

# by Brighid on 11/08/07 at 01:05:45

This is very pretty. But why don't you have a style in purple? I was very disappointed that purple was excluded.

# by virtualmatt on 11/29/07 at 02:31:43

For some reason, only Renkoo Naked works for me. When I select Renkoo, the icons get really big and there are no speech bubbles. I'm on a 17" Powerbook G4 1.33GHz running the lastest version of Adium and Leopard (10.5.1). I've attached a picture to show you what's happening:

I have no idea what's causing this :(

By the way, from what I've seen, you've done a great job on this style!

# by Marshall on 01/09/08 at 20:50:26

One big big fault I can find is that if you post a long worded message, it stretches the window horizontally. I.e. "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa" doesn't break onto two lines. :( Anyway to hyphenate or line-break it? :)

Love the skin though!


# by iTorrey on 01/22/08 at 23:34:23

It was a bug in Webkit. The bug is unfortunately still there however there are some new things in webkit that will allow me to fix that. I hope to spend some time on that soon and get a new version out in March.

# by illjazz on 01/22/08 at 23:28:35

I love it in every way, but not one single variation of it seems good enough. All the colors are simply too "light". Where's the contrast? I don't have any sight problems in general (I don't wear glasses or anything), but I find the colors that come with this to simply bee too light to easily read. The time stamps and user names are of such low contrast that it's really quite hard to look at. Any way some high contrast or at least highER contrast colors could be introduced?

I also played with setting the background to white, then transparency down to 50%, same with black, and it can look pretty stunning. A transparent background, the alternating bubbles and the fading animation.. it's like IMing--Pixar style. Heh

# by iTorrey on 01/22/08 at 23:33:29

You're quite right. There is room for some improvements in color of the bubbles. Hopefully soon I'll be able to take a day and work out some new things. Webkit allows me to do a lot more than it did before when I originally created this.

As for the contrast on the names and timestamp, I did that on purpose. I think this information being in the speechbubble is generally useless. In the case of 1 on 1 chats that is. You already know who you're chatting with (it's in the title of the window and the tab) but others really wanted this to be in the bubble so that was my compromise. I'll look at possibly changing it to give it some more contrast.

Thanks for the positive comments :)

# by illjazz on 01/23/08 at 05:03:13

I must say I'm very impressed by how quickly you got around to replying to my comment! Kudos for that! As for the importance issue.. frankly, you have a point. It really isn't that important. But then think about it this way: if it isn't that important, why show it at all? I mean, doing away with it completely would be preferable to making it visible, BUT hard to read, no?

Another idea: check out Modern Bubbling's (link: take on this problem: the look is clean, but little stuff like user names and time stamps show up when you mouse over certain areas. It may not be ideal, but it sure is a way to solve the problem :)

Thank you for getting back to my comment so soon, and keep up the excellent work. Even though I've only recently become an Adium user due to recently buying my first Mac (a black Macbook), I can already easily tell that this is one of the best chat themes--period.

# by Namida on 01/23/08 at 14:05:29


First of all, thanks for this great message style.

I have a font issue, as you may see on this screenshot:
I also have other similar problems with different message styles while it's perfect with few ones like GoneDark for example.

Any idea?

Thanks for reading.

# by liz7254204 on 02/21/08 at 23:36:34

is there anyway to get a glass-effect background for this msg style?

# by solly3 on 02/26/08 at 17:53:03

How do you change the background?

# by saikobee on 03/10/08 at 22:54:58

Very, very nice theme!
I'm using it on Kopete and it works like a charm.
The only thing I'd like to see is maybe a version without the avatars on the side.

The colors, bubbles, timestamps and header are PERFECT. Do not change them!

# by shinkiwink on 03/14/08 at 19:10:57

Can someone please explain to me why the fonts are different between me and the person I'm speaking with.

# by shinkiwink on 03/14/08 at 20:00:34

I figured it out never mind.

# by flamingt0fu on 03/20/08 at 03:36:15

i like it. thanks (:

# by dancriel on 03/20/08 at 23:56:58

THANK YOU for fixing the text wrapping issue with long URLs!

# by Karotte on 03/22/08 at 12:32:16

great message style!
But one question: Is there a way to change the size of the avatars/user pictures? They are too small in 1280x800 (in my opinion). In which File is the dimension of the pictures set?

# by iTorrey on 03/22/08 at 20:43:03

Check line 152 of main.css

# by satyam90 on 04/29/08 at 10:13:27

I am not knowing how to use this style?

# by ellykin on 05/10/08 at 02:30:20

I love this style and used it in previous versions, BUT i can't stand how small the type is now. I tried changing it under preferences, but it changed nothing. apparently, type size is determined in the CSS? this wasnt a problem in the old version, but i cant find that one anywhere. can anyone tell me how to access and change the CSS in question? i don't even know how to open it. i'll know how to change it once it's open though.

# by iGeng on 06/11/08 at 01:10:53

Does anyone know how I can change the time stamp font size? It doesn't look right with my current font, which is 9 pt. Lucida Grande.

# by syn on 08/26/08 at 14:10:34

It's possible to render old messages in chat with different colour, grey like date for example?


# by BlueDream on 12/28/08 at 04:07:27

it looks cool! tks!

# by LukeW on 01/17/09 at 19:01:00

Would it be possible to remove the persons display name on the right of the chat bubble? I dont see any point of it when the window says in big bold letters who im talking to. Thanks.

# by iTorrey on 01/17/09 at 19:03:28

Thanks for taking the time to give some feedback. The good news is that this is actually already in place! Just go to Preferences > Messages > Variant and choose the color theme you like with "No Names" next to it.

This used to be the default but the problem was that if you were talking in a group chat you didn't know right off who was talking.

# by LukeW on 01/17/09 at 19:08:24

Oh i see. Thanks! :D

# by LukeW on 01/20/09 at 17:18:37

Hey, is it possible for support for more than 2 contacts in in group convos? Adium has this problem of not loading everyones display pictures, and it can be a hassle switching on names on/off in the preference panel to see whos saying what. Thanks.

# by hdfk on 06/11/09 at 20:19:31

hello, the fading doesnt work for me, im using a mac book pro (just brought it new) so im sure it can handle it, i cleared the safari cache but im using the beta safari could that be the reason? thanks

# by graficus on 07/09/09 at 18:39:19

Fantastic theme. I just wish the margins were not so wide, they take up too much space. Love it otherwise!

# by kristanhoffman on 07/29/09 at 23:08:45

Hey, I love this theme, but is there a reason I can't change the font size of the messages? I've seen mention of changing the stylesheet, but where would I find that? I'm new to Adium. Thanks!

# by kristanhoffman on 07/29/09 at 23:21:00

Hmm, I "fixed" this by making my default font size (Preferences > Advanced > Messages) 12 instead of 9. But still it's strange that when I set fonts (Preferences > Messages) they only change font style not font size...

# by Dhawny on 07/30/09 at 04:50:36

Hi, I'd like to know if there's any way to enlarge users images on chat windows?
I installed others message styles and they are bigger but this style is the one I like most.
Thanks a lot.
Sorry for bad english

# by DeathscytheSephiroth on 08/12/09 at 20:28:34

Ummm I think this is very cool

but I think the display picture of the contact is so small >

# by lyw on 09/24/09 at 06:11:15

This is great! Looks awesome with a semi transparent background... However, could I mention, like kristan above I could not change the size and the font colour! going to advanced deals with the small font size,but we cant change the colour! would be amazing if we could.. minor prob but looks great nontheless... thanks! =)

# by togepi1982 on 09/24/09 at 20:08:27

I have a question... Sorry for being so dumb... Does this thingy refer to sms applications? Sorry... For being so blur...

I love the styles... Just wondering is the application for sms? If not, messages as in?

# by youpijoli on 10/31/09 at 01:37:40

My image doesn't appear… I see the adium's icon…

# by uncontrol on 10/31/09 at 07:07:55

I really wanted to use this, but my font never appears correctly when I send a message. My buddy's looks fine, and when I close the window and open it and it shows the previous few messages, my messages appear fine, but as I am sending them, they're the wrong font ...

# by emaba on 11/01/09 at 20:18:12

Just updated to version 1.4b13 but renkoo lost its animations.... :-(

# by gencynide on 01/02/10 at 08:20:17

Maybe this has already been addressed but The font, size for any incoming messages is too small and does not adjust when i unlick the show user fonts..? It never changes..> not sure but it seems like its staying at the default font.. ? maybe this has been addressed but I have not been able to find this or fix it at all..

# by niepan2010 on 01/27/10 at 20:56:48


# by drongo on 02/14/10 at 16:42:59

It didn't used to show names that is why the old screenshots are like that... however I'll make a variant that doesn't show the galleries and release that within a few days. Thanks for the patience. :)

# by dancriel on 03/21/10 at 22:33:59


# by dancriel on 06/17/10 at 05:59:15

Hi Torrey,

There is a bug in rendering introduced after installing Safari 5.0 (I think...)


Maybe this is due to a change in webkit?

# by mattprice on 06/18/10 at 01:48:19

I'll uploaded a fixed version of Renkoo and Renkoo Naked for Safari 5 to (Direct link to download: You'll probably want to uninstall it via the Xtras Manager before installing these just to make sure everything gets replaced correctly.

# by Pagemakers on 07/10/10 at 12:22:42

Where in main.css do I change to make the incoming message font larger. I’m using OSX

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