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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warwagon said,
Who knew Cerulean Studios could make a UI that didn't want to make you vomit in your mouth.

Yeah, I use Trillian and anything but their Cobalt style is really ugly. I think they just picked random colors.

Edited by kjordan2001, May 7 2010, 4:51pm :

necrosis said,
But it is prolly just like the iPhone version where you have to have a 'Trillian' account to even use the thing which completely blew me off the iPhone app.

What's wrong with having an account with Trillian to use their software? You have to have an account with other messaging service providers to be able to use their apps.

necrosis said,
Wow. This looks 1000x better than those horrible, bloated as hell interface screenshots of the version for the iPhone.

But it is prolly just like the iPhone version where you have to have a 'Trillian' account to even use the thing which completely blew me off the iPhone app.

The reason to have the account is that you sync all your accounts with your trillian login. Login to the web, you get all your IM's. Login to someone elses comptuer that has it installed, you get your IM's. Its a great feature.

necrosis said,
Wow. This looks 1000x better than those horrible, bloated as hell interface screenshots of the version for the iPhone.

But it is prolly just like the iPhone version where you have to have a 'Trillian' account to even use the thing which completely blew me off the iPhone app.

I think you need to look what the phrase "bloated" means when referring to computers, because I'm pretty sure it doesn't mean what you think it means.

KaneHusky said,

What's wrong with having an account with Trillian to use their software? You have to have an account with other messaging service providers to be able to use their apps.
Because I am ****ing sick of logins. Login for this, login for that, LOGIN FOR LOGINS!

I also do not like people having access to info that is completely unnecessary. How freaking hard is it to just add accounts one by one? Who the hell would use their stupid web interface crap? I have pidgin/adium on my computers for crap like that.

No one has released an 'all-in-one' IM client yet for any mobile device that is not a flaming piece of crap.

necrosis said,
Because I am ****ing sick of logins. Login for this, login for that, LOGIN FOR LOGINS!

I also do not like people having access to info that is completely unnecessary. How freaking hard is it to just add accounts one by one? Who the hell would use their stupid web interface crap? I have pidgin/adium on my computers for crap like that.

No one has released an 'all-in-one' IM client yet for any mobile device that is not a flaming piece of crap.


All I have to do is login to Trillian and I'm automatically logged into my IM accounts. That information is stored locally, not on their servers, so it's as secure as any other login method. Hopefully Trillian for BB won't be a "flaming piece of crap."

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.

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).

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?

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

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

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!

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