When comparing Adium vs Disa, the Slant community recommends Adium for most people. In the question“What are the best unified messenger apps?” Adium is ranked 2nd while Disa is ranked 7th.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Supports file transfers
Pro Open source
Pro Easy-to-use interface
Pro OTR encryption
Pro Easy to use
Disa is very easy to use and has an open source API, so many new services will be added soon.
Pro Unified conversations
Ability to merge conversations from the same contact on different services.
Pro Customizable notifications
Ability to set different notification sound/vibration/led based on the plugin.
Pro Many requested features
The developer team does actually listen to the community and adds requested features.
Pro Does what it's supposed to do, without bloatware
Pro Open source plugin API
Everyone can develop their own plug-ins.
Pro Disa takes privacy much more serious
Currently, the Disa team knows less about you than the website you're currently visiting.
Pro Pushbullet support
Disa works great with Pushbullet, allowing you to answer from your PC.
Pro Friendly developers and generally good G+ community
Fast, decent replies to questions, even if they've been asked before.
Pro Great material design
With color-changing design with custom colors for each service.
Pro Many languages
Help and support in many languages.
Con Appears to be abandoned
Not Gatekeeper-compatible, SSL cert expired, social media presence is ancient.
Con Lack of OMEMO encryption
the de facto standard for Jabber Texting [xmpp]
Con Release version has old OTR
The current release, version 22.214.171.124 only does OTR version 2, and version 3 has been out for a long time.
Con Lack of multi-resource message capability
No carbon copy, for example.
Con No antispam (built-in or by plugin)
It has no challenge-like antispam (such as seen on github.com/jesobreira/box-sentry plugin for pidgin).
Con Disa doesn't follow the Google Design Guidelines
Hamburger Menu/Navigation Drawer (Side Menu):
Maybe a Launch screen?:
Con Closed source
Disa is closed source, so the development speed is capped of their team, no external developer can help or add features that are not on the route of the team.
Con Doesn't support WhatsApp at the moment
Con Does not support Google SMS
Con Smaller development team leading somewhat slow implementation of requested features
Though the main development (framework, etc) is moving along fine, things like quick reply and sending multiple images at once should've been in quicker.