Trillian beta for Blackberry announced, new screenshots emerge

Cerulean Studios on Thursday announced a private beta test for their upcoming Trillian for Blackberry instant messaging software. While a small group of testers are putting the final touches on the app, regular Blackberry users for now can feast their eyes on several new screenshots and information on features to expect at launch.

In addition to the Storm, Trillian for Blackberry was designed to work on as many Blackberry devices as possible. No specifics have been announced so far.

Cerulean Studios’ blog has outlined the main features that will be available at release:

  • Connect to Facebook, Windows Live, Yahoo!, AIM, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber/XMPP, and MySpaceIM
  • Synchronize with Trillian for Windows, Mac, iPhone, Web and BlackBerry for contact list, avatars, accounts, etc
  • Support for many BlackBerry phones, including BlackBerry Bold, Storm, Curve, and Pearl
  • Two beautiful themes – black and white – designed to smoothly integrate into the BlackBerry environment
  • Handy and thoughtful keyboard shortcuts throughout
  • Various notification options – sounds, vibration, LED control, email push, home screen icons
  • Contact list sorting, grouping, MetaContacts, privacy, and organization
  • Set status, avatar, and display name from within the app
  • Message window bubble view, copy/paste, send photo, send buzzes, emoticons
  • Supports BIS, BES, WiFi, and direct TCP connections
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This looks cool, although I had to laugh at this: "Two beautiful themes - black and white - designed to smoothly integrate into the BlackBerry environment." Long live Monochrome!

Heh, Tricia Mcmillan. Now where have I heard that name before?

....Ya know, I just now got the Hitchhikers reference.

Trillian Astra has been rather disappointing in terms of performance. Receiving a new message and going between tabs can be very slow for unexpected reasons. I may have been spoiled with my time using Adium.


My disappointment is especially noteworthy when I use remote desktop, at which point the contact list becomes black with very dark, gray text. To be fair, this is probably a failure due to switching themes (at work, I run the default, blue Windows XP theme, and remote desktop sets it to the Classic theme), but it's a pretty nasty failure. This is represented in their bug tracker here: http://bugs.ceruleanstudios.com/show_bug.cgi?id=8715 . Note: Username is "beta" and password is "beta" .

pickypg said,
DO NOT USE THE ABOVE LINK WITH GOOGLE CHROME.


It will consistently lock up Chrome (the complete browser, and not just the individual tab/process).

Working fine here. Google chrome 5.w/e

/- Razorfold said,
Working fine here. Google chrome 5.w/e
I am running the latest official release: 4.1.249.1064 (Official Build 45376).

/- Razorfold said,
Working fine here. Google chrome 5.w/e
It only locks up Chrome for me when I use the context (right click) menu and click "Open link in new tab." Clicking on it, and even CTRL+Click (new tab) does not cause any problem.

pickypg said,
DO NOT USE THE ABOVE LINK WITH GOOGLE CHROME.


It will consistently lock up Chrome (the complete browser, and not just the individual tab/process).

Oh no, look at that. Chrome is crashing, isn't it not supposed to do that?

LiquidSolstice said,

Oh no, look at that. Chrome is crashing, isn't it not supposed to do that?

Who cares if it crashes every now and then--have you seen its ACID3 score???

/actual fanboy mentality

Joshie said,

Who cares if it crashes every now and then--have you seen its ACID3 score???

/actual fanboy mentality

OMFG ACID3 MAN!!!!! 100 vs 94. GRAWWWRRR FIREFOX SUCKS LOLOLOLOLOL

Works fine for me. Right-click open new tab and everything. Entered username and password, no problemo. Using v5.x dev version.

LiquidSolstice said,

Oh no, look at that. Chrome is crashing, isn't it not supposed to do that?

Despite what you may think, Chrome is a pretty good browser. Now that I've said that, do we really need to turn an article about Trillian for BlackBerry, into a 'Chrome sucks' one?

If only it supported IRC. BlackBerry is missing an IRC client that works (the ones that are out there don't accept server passwords longer than 10 characters).

It looks very very nice. Does it also support video chat for those models that have a front facing camera? That was always the plus side of Trillian.

This will (nearly) complete my BB experience! I hate having every single IM app on my phone, thus why I never sign in on my phone. I tried other third-party apps, but didn't like them. I use Trillian Pro, so hopefully this will prove to be a great app on the BB as well!

excalpius said,
Yes, they did that just to **** you off. 8)

lol, well I wouldn't know. I just remember their attitude about their PC version and declaring that they had no intention of ever even offering the option of 'going native'. It would amuse me if they carried the attitude over to mobile.