Trillian 3.1.13.0

Trillian is a fully featured, stand-alone, skinnable chat client that supports AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo Messenger, and IRC. It provides capabilities not possible with original network clients, while supporting standard features such as audio chat, file transfers, group chats, chat rooms, buddy icons, multiple simultaneous connections to the same network, server-side contact importing, typing notification, direct connection (AIM), proxy support, encrypted messaging (AIM/ICQ), SMS support, and privacy settings.
Without stealing your home page and with no other included software, pop-ups, or spyware, Trillian provides unique functionality such as:

  • contact message history,
  • a powerful skinning language,
  • tabbed messaging,
  • global status changes (set all networks away at once),
  • Instant Lookup (automatic Wikipedia integration),
  • contact alerts,
  • an advanced automation system to trigger events based on anything happening in the client,
  • docking,
  • hundreds of emoticons,
  • emotisounds,
  • shell extensions for file transfers, and
  • systray notifications.

Website: Cerulean Studios - 8.76MB (Freeware)
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webcam integration works for yahoo and astra, not for msn. they claim msn will come in a later version, but I seriously doubt it'll ever happen. it's never been broken, as it's never been integrated.

Astra public beta is out and working well so far, I've been using it for about 3 months now.

The problem with the original Trillian 3.x for me was it ran too slow when you have over a certain number of contacts with full chat logs. It would take 30 seconds to a minute to launch. I switched to Pidgin, Miranda IM, and Digsby. Of all of them, I like Pidgin the best as it works like it should, although it could use some good looking skins like it's sibling OSX version, Adium. Digsby has nothing new to offer, and I hate that it auto updates and you can't turn it off, at least the last time I tried it. Miranda IM is just too simple and takes too much work to customize it to your liking. Currently, I use Astra on the PC and Adium on the Mac.

Astra also has a web version like meebo, and it looks pretty good. They are working on an OSX and iPhone version. I doubt I would use Astra over Adium though. Adium is just perfect and the best IM client I've ever used since I started with ICQ back in the days. I like to see what they are doing with the iPhone version, as I haven't found an IM client I like on the iPhone yet, currently using IM+.

Digsby just pushed a new alpha version, and I think it's better than the others. One thing I liked about Trillian was the plugins, but they got outdated, and I also think that's where some of the problems came in to play. I am still sort of interested in Trillian Astra, but I have no idea what happened to it. I never got accepted for the beta, so I have since forgotten about it. Might not be for everyone, but I'm really happy with Digsby.

DanCADMan said,
Digsby just pushed a new alpha version, and I think it's better than the others. One thing I liked about Trillian was the plugins, but they got outdated, and I also think that's where some of the problems came in to play. I am still sort of interested in Trillian Astra, but I have no idea what happened to it. I never got accepted for the beta, so I have since forgotten about it. Might not be for everyone, but I'm really happy with Digsby.

Astra is in open beta now, you don't need an invite as far as I know. Been running it for a while though and I like it. Check out the Astra website if you want to try it

Trillian used to mis messages out when I would talk to MSN contacts ... eventually I realised ... multi clients are just a stupid waste of time ... at any second, one of the protocols could be changed and that client screwed for a few days. Just not worth the risk. I use Skype, MSN, AIM for business. One or two hours of non contact could ruin a deal for me.

I used to use Trillian a couple of years ago, I switched to Pidgin (gAIM) when it started to get bloated. I wonder if they have made their product respectable again, maybe I'll give it a shot.

I used to use Trillian a couple of years ago, I switched to Pidgin (gAIM) when it started to get bloated.

that's exactly my thoughts! ;)

Trillian basically got a little bloated after Version2 the last i checked.

xploit1030 said,
I used to use Trillian a couple of years ago, I switched to Pidgin (gAIM) when it started to get bloated. I wonder if they have made their product respectable again, maybe I'll give it a shot.

I must say i consider Pidgin bloated due to the requirement of GTK for it's interface. I heard they were considering to make native GUI for Windows, and should this happen im gonna use it right away!

For now though, Live Messenger with A-patch for me

ThaCrip said,
that's exactly my thoughts! ;)

Trillian basically got a little bloated after Version2 the last i checked.

They only released the 0.x beta and the 3.x version as free (as far as I know), so many users didn't get to try 2.x.

That being said, I switched to Pidgin some time back, and I've been pretty happy with it.