Atlantis is an attempt to create a Mac OS X native equivalent to the Windows 'SimpleMU' client. It supports features such as user-defined spawns, an advanced (but fairly easy-to-use) event system, SSL encryption, MCCP compression, and more. It is built around a reusable toolkit called 'Lemuria,' which provides for dynamic control of window layout and UI, and which was created for Atlantis.
Atlantis is presently in a freely available public beta for people interested in trying it out and providing bug reports; when it reaches 1.0.0, there will continue to be a free version but a $10 shareware version with certain premium features enabled will also be available.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. I've been trying to find an MU* client for quite some time now that meets all my needs - proper use of OS X's inbuilt dictionary, auto-logging, excellent scripting capabilities, keybinding, an attractive interface, etc..
I met them in Atlantis. I've tried the gauntlet of other OS X clients, some not even built specifically for my operating system - Trebuchet, for instance, works well, but is system-resource heavy, does not work with spellchecking, and it's key-binding system is confusing. I couldn't use it for my mudding.
Cantrip, otherwise the best Mud client out there for OS X, Had several quirks that were unfreindly to Mucking. Logs had to be started manually, several keyboard shortcuts were unavaliable to be altered, and the interface was awkward because of the cursor being black if the input window background was set to black.
Atlantis, being still in development, is updated very frequently by it's coder, and it is extremely customizeable with an easy-to-understand highlights, events, window spawns and variables system, and a world-system that inherits settings from the parent world to character-children.
The interface of Atlantis melds seamlessly with OSX - while it is relatively bare, the windows have clear margins so that the black of a window does not dissappear upon an application it overlaps, and the toolbar can be customized as you see fit with user-defined buttons.
For anyone wishing to enjoy a Muck, Mud, Mush, Moo or similar text-based game on a Macintosh, Atlantis is the client to choose.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. Atlantis is most definitely the best GUI MU* client available for the OSX platform today. Having been with the system since the closed beta, I am still impressed every day with the software. It's super stable, full of nearly every feature you could wish for(and if it doesn't have what you're looking for, drop Sparks, the developer a line at the forums, she's awesome about trying to add features people would find useful), and has a small army of people available to help out new users to the system. It's fairly intuitive to use, neat and clean. And my favourite feature: Growl-Compatible.
Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
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*** This has one significant bugfix, and as such will still work on Panther and Tiger. ***
GENERAL: There was a second string input lockup bug, where a server that sent Latin1-encoded text when UTF8 had been negotiated would cause the input stream to lock up. Now, if a data blob is unparseable, Atlantis will try to use a previous encoding to generate a string. This primarily affected certain MUX2 setups.