I came across this feature a few weeks ago and have come to like it a lot. This post will describe how to have incoming instant messages spoken if the Adium window is not in focus. A window in focus is a window that is selected and usually in front. This feature comes into play is when Adium is not the window you’re working it. I like it because if I’m busy doing something else in another application I can hear messages that come in.
Open Adium and select Adium –> Preferences
Find in the list, [Message received (Background Chat)] and click on it
Click the + icon at the bottom left of the window, this will drop down an actions menu
In the, Action: drop down list select, “Speak Selected Text”
In the, Text to Speak: area type “%m”, without the quotes.
That’s it, %m tells Adium to speak the “message”