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Trillian Astra

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If it isn't enough to chat with friends from Google, MySpace IM, Skype, and Facebook, as well as AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, and IRC on Trillian't multinetwork IM app, you can comfortably count the app's deep hooks into Twitter and Facebook alerts and checking e-mail (both POP3 and IMAP varieties) as reasons for switching from your current messenger.

Among its best social networking traits, Trillian will automatically shorten URLs in your tweets, and handle 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 in-box 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.

In addition, there's support for drag-and-drop file transferring, skins, notifications, and all sorts of tweaking in the preference menu. Trillian earns a thumbs-up for previewing a Web site when you hover the cursor over a URL in the conversation window, but the same feature is less effective and less accurate when applied to looking up definitions of terms found within the chat window (luckily, you can turn the helpers off.)

Legacy users will be pleased to know that Trillian Astra (code for version 4.0 and up) runs lighter than previous versions, and you're less likely to notice system slowdowns because of memory leaks. Video chat gets basic support. The paid upgrade gives you browser-based IM from Trillian.im, full-screen video and filters, many more visual customizations, 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 with the changes, though those using the free version clearly won't get the full effect of Trillian's more-advanced features.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.9 stars

    out of 1,839 votes

    • 5 star: 853
    • 4 star: 494
    • 3 star: 176
    • 2 star: 98
    • 1 star: 218
  • Current version:

    4.3 stars

    out of 15 votes

    • 5 star: 9
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Solid and smooth"

    June 23, 2010  |   By dkloke

    Version: Trillian Astra 4.2

    Pros

    Handles all major IM services
    Many options to customize interface and experience
    Stable, mature product
    Good tech support

    Cons

    Lots of options to set, a central index of them would help
    Theme heavy

    Summary

    Just upgraded from v3, glad to see this version is mature and stable (because it wasn't when it debuted). A colleague had an issue with a secure proxy, support responded to his forum post w/in 30 minutes and had a fix module for him within the hour.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "it sure beats ms messenger and yahoo messenger"

    June 17, 2010  |   By sharwy

    Version: Trillian Astra 4.2

    Pros

    easy to work with, clean no freezing, no crashing,Connections to AIM, ICQ, IRC, WLM, Yahoo, Google, FaceBook, MySpace, Skype, Bonjour and Twitter all in one. Expandable plugins and customizable skins.

    Cons

    Not all clients have AV chat enabled, yet. MySpace plugin does not aggregate status updates yet.

    Summary

    its a great tool who has more then one IM account and I highly recommend you try it for yourself to see, remember you have to pay to get help

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  • 4.0 stars

    "very intuitive"

    June 8, 2010  |   By clarmr

    Version: Trillian Astra 4.2

    Pros

    seems to gather information about people e-mailing you rather well and displays there photos and other online information etc

    Cons

    my outlook seem to have slowed down a bit so i deleted it

    Summary

    it is great if they can work out the speed with out look...the im feature appeared to very kool and i may prefer it to the rest bc it can log you into multiple accounts at once including your work e-mail accounts if u use Google mail at work

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Not to shabby."

    June 3, 2010  |   By dougp3104

    Version: Trillian Astra 4.2

    Pros

    It loaded all of my messengers and they work well. Nice skins for it. Definitely not drab. Very customizable and can be used anytime.

    Cons

    Can't think of any.

    Summary

    Pretty cool really. I use it instead of all of my other messengers. Nice to hear the chime when someone comes on.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "As advertised"

    June 3, 2010  |   By punkinguts

    Version: Trillian Astra 4.2

    Pros

    It works as advertised, all messages in one place is a great time saver. Beautiful interface.

    Cons

    I haven't found a way to receive MSN alerts, though IM works perfectly.

    Summary

    I've been able to log into every messenger application I've tried. AIM works perfectly as does Yahoo, Twitter, MSN, etc. I can even retrieve email from lesser known services. The interface is nice and the program hasn't crashed once on my Windows 7 64 bit machine. I liked it so much I bought the two copies of the Pro version while it's on sale for my daughter and me.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simply superb! Great job guys! Keep it up!"

    June 3, 2010  |   By anand.khandewale

    Version: Trillian Astra 4.2

    Pros

    Smoothly integrates with all my accounts and superb features, including smilies! Excellent interface as well.

    Cons

    Nothing to my knowledge!

    Summary

    I liked it very much and would not hesitate recommending it to all my friends!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "great product"

    June 2, 2010  |   By master_mind413

    Version: Trillian Astra 4.2

    Pros

    it did exactly what I was looking for it combined all my IM accounts into one easy to handle box and it did it well with some extras also

    Cons

    the webcam feature was harder to handle on Astra then that of msn of yim

    Summary

    its a great tool for some one who has more then one IM account and I highly recommend you try it for yourself to see

    Updated on Jun 2, 2010

    it must be your computer man because ive been using it for a while now with no issues at all

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome Multi-IM client and Social Aggregator."

    June 2, 2010  |   By deloreancowboy

    Version: Trillian Astra 4.2

    Pros

    Connections to AIM, ICQ, IRC, WLM, Yahoo, Google, FaceBook, MySpace, Skype, Bonjour and Twitter all in one. Expandable via plugins and customizable via skins (themes for pro). Community quickly responds to questions and devs quickly resolve issues.

    Cons

    Not all clients have AV chat enabled, yet. MySpace plugin does not aggregate status updates yet. No bigs as most products out there don't have MySpace status updates and the site is almost dead.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "users u NEED use the forum for help"

    June 1, 2010  |  

    Version: Trillian Astra 4.2

    Pros

    EXCELLENT program

    users if you need help please use the forum
    we will gladly help you -
    regarding FB please go to forum to check setup

    im running the pro

    Cons

    none WORKS WELL

    Summary

    Great version
    again the ney sayer either go to forum for help or pay pro for support

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Doesn't connect to facebook chat."

    June 1, 2010  |   By nnee197333

    Version: Trillian Astra 4.2

    Pros

    Good... bu

    Cons

    Does not connect to facebook. Which is a big minus point for me, can anyone please tell me what might be the prob. It connects to every other account except facebook.

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