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Trillian Messenger Coming to Mac OS X

Trillian Messenger Coming to Mac OS X

Posted October 9, 2007 at 5:45pm by iClarified
An alpha build of Trillian for Mac has been completed. Trillian is a chat client that supports AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo Messenger, and IRC.

On the Cerulean Studio Blog this entry was posted:

Well, we always said that we would never "port" Trillian to OS X. And now we're excited to announce that we haven't! Instead, after many support/feature-request tickets asking for an OS X port - we wrote a new Trillian UI from scratch.

To clarify, with Trillian's new architecture (v4.x) the core functionality is separated from the UI. This is how the Flash-based web version and the Ajax-driven iPhone version can use the same code as the native Windows client. The UI layers are all entirely different, but the underlying code is the same. This is how the new Mac OS X port functions; the UI layer is entirely written from scratch in Objective-C and using Cocoa, but the underlying "guts" of the program - the mediums, the contact list management and so on - are the same Trillian code as on Windows, Flash and the iPhone! :-D

Though this first alpha build of the OS X version of Trillian is still very preliminary and minimal - the functionality pulled through is about the same as the Flash-based web version - the code for every single feature on the Windows version is there in the underlying mediums. As the UI is expanded, those features will become available. The OS X version will be playing catch-up to the Windows one for a while yet, however.

Right now, this initial build will only work for those who have already set up their Astra accounts and contact lists under the Windows version; brave souls with a Mac running Tiger can download the build to experiment with, and log quirks into Bugzilla under the new "Mac OS X" platform option; this being build 1, there will no doubt be quite a few!"

Click here to read more and to sign up to be a beta tester.

Trillian Messenger Coming to Mac OS X

Trillian Messenger Coming to Mac OS X
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