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Trillian

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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 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:

    4.1 stars

    out of 7 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Other app makers TAKE NOTE!"

    July 24, 2011  |  

    Version: Trillian 5.0.0.34

    Pros

    Highly customizable and intuitive

    Cons

    Zero......

    Summary

    This is what all apps should strive to be.

    The options allow the popups to be highly configurable to what I'm actually interested in seeing.

    The settings allow you to customize the program with almost every option you could think of, WITHOUT being too confusing.

    20 years of using computers, this has got to be one of, if not the best designed app I've come across.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A True Must-Have App"

    July 16, 2011  |   By NYC-HDL

    Version: Trillian 5.0.0.34

    Pros

    One-stop shopping for all your key accounts (eMail, Twitter, Facebook, IM, and MORE!)

    Cons

    Would like to integrate texts to my mobile (or Google Voice) account -- maybe they have that & I missed it???

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good overall IM client"

    July 16, 2011  |   By willgia

    Version: Trillian 5.0.0.34

    Pros

    I previously used Pidgin, which had problems with Yahoo. Trillian does not seem to have those problems. The program itself is not a resource hog, so its not going to eat up my battery life on its own. And it made connecting to all my srvcs very easy.

    Cons

    I don't like the idea of it trying to sell me something, but that's the way life goes. The developers need to make a living too.
    Also, this gives me yet ANOTHER account and ANOTHER password to remember.

    Summary

    Good program. I don't need it all the time, but its still good to have.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great IM, does all it says it will do."

    July 11, 2011  |   By MissDCM

    Version: Trillian 5.0.0.34

    Pros

    Lets you see and talk to anyone on Yahoo IM, MSN Messenger or any other IM all in one.

    Cons

    None right now

    Summary

    Great. I love it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Useful and light program"

    July 11, 2011  |   By armorjan

    Version: Trillian 5.0.0.34

    Pros

    Supports the most used agents
    light weight
    simple interface

    Cons

    Unlike Digsby, it doesn't allow you to write more than one quick reply per time. But I prefer it to Digsby

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Not quite up to par, but mostly works"

    July 1, 2011  |   By Anysia

    Version: Trillian 5.0.0.34

    Pros

    Good interface, small memory footprint, easy to use.

    Cons

    Not all services connect. Changing skins a big backward step, Pro Version is yearly subscription

    Summary

    I have been a Trillian Pro user since v3. I really liked Astra v4x and I was really looking forward to Astra V5. I was disappointed.

    Bad Change: in version 4, if you wanted to change the skin, you could do so on the fly. Now, with v5 it has to shut down to apply it. This is annoying as you have to restart it over and over when trying to find what you want. To me, this was a backward step.

    Not all Jabber Connections connect: I (and several others) had reported to the developers when v5 came out that some XMPP/Jabber connections weren't. Everything but the program was blamed for it. Funnily enough v4 with the exact same settings connects without a problem. Even with the latest update, it still won't connect.
    There is the free version, ad supported, and there is the pro version which if you weren't an early adopter or renewed your v4 you have to pay a yearly subscription.

    If you don't have XMPP connection problems or use the default skin, I think you will really love this program, but for me, after all the hype this version didn't live up to what was promised.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I am using the pro version."

    June 30, 2011  |   By almaplana

    Version: Trillian 5.0.0.34

    Pros

    Works great with all messaging applications. There is no spam, ads or anything that will annoy you. I have tried a few but this one has it all. I can use on any cpu, android, I own. Works fine for me.

    Cons

    You need to spend a couple of dollar for it.

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