Trillian Astra

Trillian Astra

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 1839 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.1.0.24
  • Total Downloads:
    41,139,865
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 17, 2010
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    15.44MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    279
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #26 in Chat

Editors' Review

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More than three years in the making, Trillian is back with a slight name change and a slew of new features. It's keeping the beta code-name Astra as part of its official title, but more importantly it's been updated for the modern IM world. Skinnable but not modular, the chat client now supports Google, MySpace IM, Skype, and Facebook, as well as AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, and IRC. Both POP3 and IMAP e-mail checking see some love here, too.

Trillian now has deep hooks into Facebook and Twitter. It will automatically shorten URLs in your tweets, as well as allow direct messages, re-tweets, and replies. Twitter Trends can show up in your contact list, and you can get tweets to appear in tooltip form. Facebook features include news feed integration, Facebook Inbox checking, and synchronized message updating in addition to Facebook IM. Just on these features alone, Trillian Astra offers a bit more than its IM competitors.

Trillian Astra runs lighter than the previous version, too, and you're less likely to notice system slowdowns because of Trillian memory leaks. Video chat gets basic support, as does universal drag-and-drop file transfer. The paid upgrade gives you browser-based IM from Trillian.im, full-screen video and filters to colorize your vids, multiple simultaneous file transfer, and themes, as well as tech support. These features are available for the first 30 days you use the free version, then they deactivate. The biggest changes, besides the reskinned interface, are the long-needed performance improvements and support for a broad range of IM protocols. Longtime fans won't be disappointed.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.7

    out of 19 votes

    • 5 star 9
    • 4 star 5
    • 3 star 0
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    • 1 star 4
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    out of 1839 votes

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1 stars

"Updated Crapware"

May 22, 2010  |  By KewlKat007

 |  Version: Trillian Astra 4.1.0.24

Pros

None that I can think of.

Cons

Now requires you to create an Astra account.

Summary

It's been a while since I've used Trillian. Previously all you did was install the software then manually setup the username/password for each of your IM accounts. Now it's yet ANOTHER password to remember.

The first time you start it up you have to login with your Astra username/password. Astra seems to be some crap that Trillian came up with. Why couldn't they just keep things simple? Why can't I just run trillian and select which IM servers I want to connect to without having to create yet ANOTHER account? I'm immediately uninstalling this software.

I was looking for an alternative to Yahoo! IM because it seems with each new version YIM has become more and more unstable.

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1 stars

"Caused no end of problems - avoid."

May 18, 2010  |  By provisioning

 |  Version: Trillian Astra 4.1.0.24

Pros

Nice looking interface.

Cons

Beware the extra unsolicited s/w. I wasn't expecting the Ask Toolbar to be installed on my browser and definitely not the Xobni add-in to MS Outlook. This caused me no end of problems, it completely messed up my system.

Summary

The basic Trillian interface looks quite nice, intuitive and easy to use. However, the unsolicited installation of Xobni and the Ask toolbar was really annoying. Xobni in particular caused me major problems in Outlook and even seemed to affect Sharepoint and all of my corportate network connectivity. I tried de-installing the software which didn't help. In the end I had to own up to our IT people and they restored the sytem from an earlier date in order to completely get rid of the the Trillian/Xobni/Ask software, much to their annoyance.

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1 stars

"Loaded Ask.com toolbar = BAD"

May 16, 2010  |  By mun1son

 |  Version: Trillian Astra 4.1.0.24

Pros

none because i cannot get past the underhanded actions

Cons

installed the ask.com toolbar against my consent

Summary

untrustworthy company installed the ask.com toolbar even though I expressly chose NOT to install it during installation. TERRIBLE. AVOID.

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5 stars

"Good but not Great"

April 30, 2010  |  By cnetuser1997

 |  Version: Trillian Astra 4.1.0.24

Pros

Simple UI, puts all your IM services in one place, great notification system, handles multiple accounts well, nice interface, and a lot of different cool themes

Cons

Still in beta; a lot of crashes and bugs, some options available in the official IM are missing or hidden.

Summary

Would Really recommend for advanced computer users because of the neat interface and the large number of options, but I advice beginners to wait till the beta label is removed and a stable version is available.

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2 stars

"I didn't like it at all!"

April 30, 2010  |  By 7amoody12

 |  Version: Trillian Astra 4.1.0.24

Pros

A very fast and powerful version. The way of notifications is also amazing

Cons

It kept not responding and it closed. I also couldn't know how to make the camera or atleast microphone work.

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5 stars

"Excellent !!!"

April 25, 2010  |  By unpadh

 |  Version: Trillian Astra 4.1.0.24

Pros

All messengers in one.

Cons

Not noticed.

Summary

Easy to use.

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5 stars

"Fast, simple, and just plain nifty."

April 24, 2010  |  By xCUTTINGEDGEx

 |  Version: Trillian Astra 4.1.0.24

Pros

I can save memory space on my computer by uninstalling all the other IM programs, and having just this Juggernaut of a program to use.

Cons

Setup could be a bit more smooth, and the IM pictures could be bigger.

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4 stars

"Really like using 1 program for all IM accounts."

April 22, 2010  |  By glyndahall

 |  Version: Trillian Astra 4.1.0.24

Pros

Can quickly see Facebook and MySpace posts as well as ability to message friends from all IM programs I use regularly.

Cons

Sometimes for unknown reasons it will not connect to AIM accounts. It could be on the AOL side but I am not sure.

Summary

Excellent program.

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4 stars

"The ability to access multiple messengers together."

April 08, 2010  |  By brothertuck

 |  Version: Trillian Astra 4.1.0.24

Pros

I have friends on many networks and like a product that covers all of the networks I use.

Cons

I am too new to it to comment about cons but any programs can be improved upon.

Summary

I have used Trillian for years, since moving from AOL to MSN as my main messenger. With various excursions into other networks such as Skype and Yahoo groups I have accumulated many accounts and many messengers.
Earlier versions of Trillian had a more limited usage of video, and I had trouble with file transfers. So far I am able to connect with video, although jerky (but that may be my computer as I have too many programs running at once), and have been able to transfer files successfully.
I have only used it for a week now so I am still learning it, but I feel that I will grow to like it's various upgrades from what I've seen so far.

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5 stars

"Go out and get it!"

April 03, 2010  |  By Pablo Diego

 |  Version: Trillian Astra 4.1.0.24

Pros

Love having all my services grouped into one program that uses less RAM. On the contrary to rsloan60's review there is no spyware nor security risks. I've used Trillian for years and have been super satisfied. I recommend it to everyone.

Cons

I've experienced problems with voice and data transfers, but they usually resolve themselves. Some people may want more features and not want to pay the license fee for the pro version.

Summary

Their product does what it says. Try to free version and if you want splurge on the paid version :-D

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.1.0.24
Version 4.1.0.24 fixes some crashes and works with Facebook XMPP.
General
Publisher Cerulean Studios
Publisher web site http://www.ceruleanstudios.com/
Release Date February 11, 2010
Date Added February 17, 2010
Version 4.1.0.24
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Chat
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Me, Windows 2003, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 15.44MB
File Name trillian-v5.5.0.15.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 41,139,865
Downloads Last Week 279
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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