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Instantbird for Mac

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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Aug 22, 2013

With Instantbird for Mac, users can easily enter log-in information for a number of popular messaging accounts, which allows them to track conversations, feeds, and programs quickly, all in an interface that is not overly complicated.

After installing, the program's first menu allows the user to select the messaging program. Options are available for the popular applications, including Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo, and AIM. Once one is chosen, Instantbird for Mac allows the user to enter and save log-in information for instant connections. After signing in, a screen lists all accounts that have been set up, and each is laid out clearly with an accompanying graphic. An additional button along the bottom allows the user to enter new accounts, as needed. Once signed in, the program places a window on the right side of the screen that takes up almost all of the vertical length. This lists all of the user's available connections for chatting, and allows the user to change their chat status. It is easy to distinguish accounts because the program allows them to be labeled by clear aliases. The chat windows also display well, and are easy to use for those familiar with native chat screens.

Instantbird for Mac keeps all of your IM services available in one place, making it a suitable download for those who have a number of chat accounts and want to easily manage and use them from one easy-to-use app.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.5

  • Creating a new conversation tab has been made easier.
    • Clicking the '+' button in a conversation window shows a list of conversations that can be started with a single click.
    • The list is sorted with a frecency algorithm, taking into account how often and how recently you've talked to each contact.
    • This list also automatically includes the channels advertised by the IRC servers you are connected to.
  • New tooltips that better fit the style of Instantbird
  • Improved Multi-user chats user interface:
    • Participants now have context menus that allow you to open private conversations or add them as buddies.
    • Highlighted nicks in chat rooms now have tooltips and context menus.
  • Auto-joined chat rooms that have been put on hold will stay on hold after a restart.
  • A list of alternate nicks for IRC can be configured, in case your preferred nick is taken when you connect.
  • about: pages (e.g. about:config) can now easily be opened with the /about command (e.g. /about config).
  • Retina display support on Mac OS X.
  • Google Talk and Hangouts Android users are now shown as mobile.
  • Google Hangouts users will no longer appear as always typing.
  • Better support for displaying RTL languages in conversations.
  • The vKontakte protocol was removed as the vKontakte service dropped support for connecting with an XMPP client.
  • New for developers: New API to add tab panels with arbitrary content to conversation windows: in-code documentation.
  • Updated to Mozilla 25.
  • Various minor bugs and a few crashers fixed.
  • And more... read the full ChangeLog for details of all code changes since Instantbird 1.4.

General

Release December 20, 2013
Date Added December 20, 2013
Version 1.5

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.8
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 206
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Instantbird is a instant messaging client with multiprotocol support and a clean interface. AIM, Yahoo, MSN, Google Talk, Facebook and even Twitter are supported. Instantbird has been designed with stability and simplicity in mind. You will enjoy its clean clutter-free user interface: nothing will distract you from your conversations. No ads, you won't be annoyed by unwanted content. Conversations are grouped in Tabs, ensuring you never feel swamped by conversations windows poping up everywhere. The tabs are easy to use: you can drag them to reorder them, or move a conversation into a new window. With a few carefully designed message themes available by default and hundreds more available as add-ons, there's all you need to make your conversations feel personal.