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*~*~*INTRODUCTION*~*~* Well seems that I use all messengers out there, well at least the well known ones, like MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, and IRC, the only one I don?t use is AOL. I have found a nice little program that compacts all of those messengers into one program this program being know as Trillian. This helps with the desktop clutter from having all the messengers all over the desktop and open, now your desktop can look cleaner and tidier and still beable to talk to all your buddies. Let me tell you more about it and what it does. *~*~*DOWNLOADING / INSTALLING*~*~* The download is free and doesn?t take long at all, if you have a fast connection it will take few seconds to download. Choose a destination and then download the file. Then once downloaded click on the trillian setup icon, to install it this will also only take a few minutes to install, choose the appropriate destination and click OK, this will install to your destination. *~*~*STARTING TRILLIAN*~*~* The starting process of trillian is easy this requires you to add all your login and password to the appropriate messenger you are signed up to. This is easy process to complete and will only take a few minutes to do, then you are away and using the program. *~*~*WHAT IS TRILLIAN?*~*~* Trillian is a program to let you have a clean and uncluttered desktop when chatting to your friends and family on those famous chat messengers, MSN, ICQ, AOL, Yahoo, IRC. This program will let you add all your messenger login and passwords to it, which then you can chat away and not have a desktop full of messengers. Trillian is also skinable and very easy to use too, it is like any other messenger you will use, just double click on your contacts to speak to them. There is many options again with this messenger but more to do with the setting up of the program. You will see the messenger icons clearly on the messenger and like any other messenger you still hav
e the basics like the status, the change of names, font, blocking, sounds, and also the searching and adding of contacts. You can edit any away message to what you want, which acts like a automated response. You don?t have to have the messengers setup on your computer in order to use trillian, unless you want your contacts imported, but I think they get imported anyway and will confirm all the ones that you want in there and the ones you don?t. You can also have a buddy icon for each of your buddies, which is a small picture in the corner of the message box of your contacts. Each message window is the same as the ones you will see in any chat messenger, you will have a number of features at the bottom of the window. These will include things like background colour, block, foreground colour, bold, italic, underline, and of course the famous emotions. The emotions will change depending on what skin you choose and there are many to choose from too. You can download more skins for trillian but you can only use the ones for the version you have downloaded not for pro. These don?t take long to download and are easy to setup and add too. Once downloaded them, you then have to unzip them in to the program folder where trillian is set to and put them into the skins folder. These will then be visible in the preferences / skins then choose from the list, in order to use the skin though you will have to shut down and reopen trillian for the skin to be visible. *~*~*FILE / PREFERENCES*~*~* Here is where you can setup trillian to how you want it, how you want it to look. Here is a low down of what you will find in the preferences Contact list, Events, basic options, message history, file transfers, buddy icon, proxy, profiles, skins, buy now, about, and also the chat messengers that you have signed up to. There are many options there to help with the setting up, and all is easy to toggle with and understand. Th
ere is also help so if there is something your not sure about then go to help button inside the File option at the top of your trillian. Also you will notice next door to the file button there is the tools button in here you will find the connection manager. The connection manger is where you can see your messages and your details, and also the connect button if you are not already connected. Here is where you can also add an account too. In tools also you can see there is global disconnect and reconnect, this is for any messengers you have running or not, to be all connected or disconnected all in one go instead of going through them all in disconnecting/reconnecting. *~*~*AVAILABILITY / PRICE*~*~* You can download this software from http://www.ceruleanstudios.com/trillian/index.html and here is where you can also download the skins too but remember y0u can only use the skins for that version. The .74 is the free download, and the pro cost you $25 which is around £15, with this you will get plugins availability. *~*~*LAST THOUGHTS*~*~* Well like I said I use every messenger out there apart from one, this has become very handy to me, it enables me to keep all my messenger under one program, which saves space on your computer and keeps it clean and tidy. Also the fact you can download skins too, makes it worth the while as you know I hate anything plain and always try and look for things that can be skinned. All in all a good reliable program, and well worth the free download. Thank you all for reading, Take care Lisa xxx
While Trillian is the outcome of the development of a great idea, interoperability (to a certain extent), Trillian Pro 1.0 seems to be Cerulean Studios' cash cow... With very few new major features that are visible to this end user Trillian Pro 1.0 offers a broken yahoo webcam feature and pretty much non existent member benefits in the way of their advertised "years worth of frequent updates and insider scoops" In the face of accusations of false advertisement and many dissatisfied customers (as is demonstrated in the members forum for paid customers only) Cerulean Studios has remained quiet. The severly limited inconsequential "updates" that emerged only after the persistance of some vocal members (It is not known if the forth coming announcements had anything to do with the members persistance or if Cerulean Studios just needed months to prepare them) conveyed little of importance unless you consider being informed that the broken webcam issue will hopefully be fixed in the next release, date unknown... and that the beta may be released in 2-3 weeks (3 weeks being 12 days ago) which has failed to materialize and which they have not ammended with an apology or an update. The good news is the pricey $25 pricetag that is paying for a years access to tech support and frequent updates and insider scoops (the actual program is yours to use forever including free bug fixes) WON'T need to be paid again as long as they release Pro 1.1 before your year runs out (assuming that you'd want 1.1)... For a lot of us that year up date is September 10th... So if released before that date we can enjoy (hopefully) Pro 1.1 which we've already paid for and skip the so called members benefits and not be bothered with updates that rarely come if at all... using Pro 1.1 for another year (or more) without paying anything more will effectively cut our initial purchase price in half and if at that time there is another version r
eleased we can then decide if it's worth what Cerulean Studios is asking for it based on what it actually does and how their customer relations policies have improved or not... Experience has shown that the program may or may not do what it claims it will do and that staying true to it's absolute no refund policy, Cerulean Studios doesn't feel the need to fix or update the software regardless of the problem (in all fairness, there were two patches released soon after the original release of Pro 1.0 but it ended there and with the Yahoo webcam still useless to many users just days after the inital release)... and regardless of repeated acknowledgement of the problems by many dissatisfied paying customers... I prefer to deal with people and companies that keep their word and will be watching to see if Cerulean Studios can honor theirs the next time round... Note: the above is just my honest opinion as a past user and as a witness to others frustrations with pro 1.0. I am not able to utilize 1.0 at present as it does NOT support yahoos webcam, still has issues with file transfers/routers and to date has no audio... I am thoroughly frustrated by the whole experience and by it's member forum representatives' lack of professionalism... Again, just my opinion...
If like you used to have Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger and a few other chatroom software applications then Trillian is for you. It combines all the chat messengers into one. WHAT TRILLIAN CAN DO FOR YOU? It will save you hard drive space as you only have to download this software. Yes, you can uninstall your Yahoo and MSN Messengers or your ICQ programme. Your computer will be faster and you will have less icons on your screen. This will mean your computer will crash less often and your computer will hopefully be a bit more efficient. Trillian combines the following five applications: MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, AIM and IRC All in one. So if you are a member of more than one then sign up. You can have multiple accounts and still use Trillian. You can then access five chat software?s using one application-Trillian. You get all the extra?s like emotions, sounds as all the other messengers just less hassle.You do however need to be sign up with Yahoo messenger to talk to people on Yahoo messenger so ID is still required. Trillian is free to downloads and it downloads really fast. It only takes a few minutes to download and it can be downloaded from: www.download.com or www.trillian. cc It?s got good security features and if you do experience a problem they do have a good helpline that you can contact. Trillian is reliable and easy to use. It has all the features of Yahoo and MSN Messengers and will save you a lot of hard drive space. It?s definitely worth checking out!
I have been useing Trillian for several months, and have found it to have major problems. A little background on myself and my system first. I am an IT professional with over 15 years experience. My system was 1.4 GHz when I first installed the program, and is not a 1.8 GHz. I first ran it on Windows 98SE, then moved to Windows 2000. Both in 98 and 2000, I noticed occasional lock-ups of my system. But it was after I upgraded that I discovered that the problem was with Trillian. I would watch the CPU useage on my task bar, and would see it suddenly jump from 2% to 100%. After bringing up Task Manager, I would see that Trillian was grabbing 98% of the processor. I saw this happen over and over again. I filed a bug report with the programmers, but never had any kind of reply from them. Also I noticed that the program would loose connection with the various message services, most notably MSN and Yahoo. I would try to manually reconnect and had no success. However, after closing and opening Trillian, they would frequently come back on-line. I most revently have been useing 0.72, and then suddenly I lost all connections. It appeard that somehow my user databases were lost or corrupted. I tried to put the information back in, and had no luck. So I uninstalled then reinstalled with 0.74, and am still unable to get connected to any of the servers. What bothers me most is that I have now lost my ICQ users. This is because unlike MSN and Yahoo, your friends list in ICQ is saved on your local machine. During this upgrade, I noticed that Trillian is trying to sell version 1.0. This distresses me, because it makes me realize that I was nothing but a test subject in a Beta test. And I never did get any response when I wrote to them about the problems that I had when I used the program. So while I give Trillian an A for concept, the way that the program performs I rate at a D-. If you want to try this and use e
ither Windows NT 4.1 or 2000, I encourage you to run your Task Manager in the task bar, and monitor the CPU useage. If it suddenly jumps to 100%, use Task Manager to close it. I have talked to other people that have seen this exact same problem in their systems.
Anyone who lives online even half as much as I do will probably have a need for several Instant Messaging (IM from now on) programs. It starts innocently enough... your friend uses Yahoo Messenger so you download that, then you meet some online friends who use Microsofts? MSN Messenger and you install that... your colleagues use ICQ so that goes on too, then you find a friendly online community such as OpCom (see my profile if you don?t know about The Opinionated Community) and start using IRC. The final straw comes when someone asks you to put AOL Instant Messenger on as well. That is NOT touching my hard drive! Each IM program has it?s own special features - ICQ Plus for example is very good looking once skinned, MSN has some nice features such as the shared whiteboard, and Yahoo has ?IMVironments? - basically pretty message windows you can send to people, but basically, the main purpose of most IM programs is just to chat to people. Running five IM programs at any time can be annoying. Each one takes up hard disk space (Not a huge factor these days, but those extra few MB can be annoying if space is tight, and a large windows\system directory can cause problems anyway.) and takes time to load if you have it in your startup folder. they also take up space in your systray and in your system memory. My computer is quite a beast, with 512Mb RAM, but even so, the more programs you have running, the greater the chance that something will crash. From a more ?userish? point of view, having to fiddle around with the five difference user interfaces, and having five programs running on the screen at any one time can be a pain. Even if you know what you?re doing, simple things like the enter key being a line break in one program and ?send message? in another can get irritating, and embarrassing, if you?re switching between program and get annoying at times. Trillian negates some of these problems. I
t?s 5 chat & IM clients in one. One program, one user interface allows you to connect to five networks. You still need accounts and user IDs on all of them, but this is mostly due to the fact that AOL doesn't allow people to chat to people on other networks, neither do some of the other programs. Trillian is skin-able, using some strange XML based coding. None of the skins are that good looking, but with a bit knowledge and time, you can completely remold the user interface. If you have Windows ME or XP, it has some nice features such as transparency. Fun, but hardly functional. You can have multiple accounts on each network with Trillian, but the current version doesn?t have very good profile support, so the contact lists end up merging. Trillian has it?s own set of emoticons and sounds, which you can change if you like. It?s sometimes confusing though if you?re using Trillian and your friend has, say MSN - the emoticons come out differently, and some things, such as the IRC standard emote ? /me ?, which Trillian interprets correctly, aren?t translated by the other clients. Trillian only has the basic features of each client. You can set away messages and set your states to invisible, away, brb, etc. You can appear invisible to certain users, always visible to others.. and it supports the MSN feature that tells you when the person you are talking to is typing a message. It can handle file transfers, although this sometimes seems a bit finicky. It supports connections through proxies and firewalls, although I have found this flaky at times - ICQ can auto-detect open ports for connection with much greater reliability, and I have found MSN and Y!M both thinking they?re connected using Trillian when actually they?re not. This gets annoying - you send someone a message, wait ages for a reply, not knowing that they didn?t actually get it. There are some decent logging features - you can
time stamp logs and choose what you want to save, be it all status windows, chats, or just message windows. The security in it is basic - you can select passwords to tie to profiles, and you can choose wether or not to show your IP address. There?s also 128bit encryption for secure IM sessions to other Trillian users. Trillian is free, and, even better, ad-free. They do ask you to donate if you can afford it - $5 will ensure that you always get free, ad-free copies and give you access to a secure, donators only area of their site. The mIRC options on it are very basic - you can add mIRC users to your contact list, but you can?t set alerts for when mIRC users come online the way you can for users of ICQ, MSN, AIM, etc. The right-click menus in Trillian do allow you to perform most mIRC related actions - private message, op, kick, ban, etc. I haven?t found an ice-breaker option though :-( Trillian is pretty stable, and some of the skins are cute. It?s nice to be able to globally connect / disconnect to all your programs in one go, and has reduced the screen clutter I used to suffer. It does have it?s own foibles and problems though, and sometimes I find myself going back to ICQ or mIRC. I much prefer it to MSN and Y!M though! It might not be for you if you only use a couple of the programs day to day, or have a strong attachment to one program, but it is worth a shot. You don?t have to uninstall your other programs to use it, and they can run alongside each other, just you can?t be logged into a network on both programs at once. Try it - It?s free, it?s a small download, what have you got to loose?
Trillian is, in essence, one of the finest and most useful pieces of freeware currently in existence, in my opinion. Trillian has been designed to allow the fan of Instant Messaging programs such as ICQ, AOL messenger, MSN messenger, Yahoo! and even the IRC chat networks to connect to any one or all of these at once. In short - a multi-network chat client! For the past three years I have always used ICQ, and thus encouraged anyone new online that I knew to go with ICQ also. I even managed to persuade the odd person to use ICQ even though they were already set up with MSN IM! The problems of running more than one of these IM programs at once are that unless your PC is loaded with well over 128mb of RAM then you are likely to be slowing your PC down significantly whilst running it. Even something like ICQ on its own can be rather clunky, although it has slimmed down of late. By downloading Trillian from www.trillian.cc you can now connect to any one or all of these chat networks, and communicate fully between ALL your friends! As long as you have an account with whichever network you want to use then you're ok. For instance with MSN if you have a hotmail address, then this is all you need! The file size for the Trillian download is just 2.2mb so this'll not take too long to download, and is indeed smaller than your average MP3 file. Also it is actually 1mb smaller in size than the 2002 version of ICQ! The software is designed to run on all examples of Windows i.e. 95, 98, Me, NT, 2000 and XP. Trillian installs painlessly and quickly, and does set itself to auto-run at start-up. Personally I don't like many things to run at start-up, so I go into msconfig mode (get in touch if you need to know how!) and remove the program from the start-up list. The Trillian icon is placed on your desktop, and is two blue-green globes connected together. On the first run of the software you need to do a little configuration.
Essentially the program will import your existing IM programs contacts, it will know where they will be on you PC, unless you have hidden them somewhere! For any programs you don't currently run, then obviously you don't need to copy any contacts over, although you can do so in the future if you need to use a new IM system. When you're up and running you can immediately see all your contacts on the different networks, and they're easily donated by the standard icons, such as the flower for ICQ, and the Y of the Yahoo! System. Following on from this you can then see who?s connected and who's not. Simple. To add a future user is easy, and involves the addition symbol at the top of the Trillian main window. Other features include the away messages. You can set different away messages for each program, you can disconnect from just one program if you like, and at the click of a mouse it's possible to globally disconnect or reconnect to all the different networks! The whole operation of chatting needs no explanation I feel, suffice to say the window that you chat in is very flexible, in nice shades of blue and with a whole host of text and icon possibilities. Problems. Whilst I have no issues at all with the program in itself, I have had a couple of problems, only small, but I should point these out to you. Sounds have been a problem, and it was only after visiting the technical forums at Trillian that I was able to solve this. Oddly the sounds aren't enabled upon installation, and you have to go deep into the advanced properties of Trillian and add sounds for each individual operation! Luckily this wasn't too stressful, as I just wanted a sound when a message came in to me! The 2nd problem relates to something I've not touched upon yet, and they are skins. From the producer's website are a whole host of skins that can change the complete look and feel of Trillian and some
of them do look really cool. The only problem is they don't tell you what to do with them. Again, by digging around in the technical forums I have found some pointers as to what to do with my downloaded skin file, but I cannot get it be recognised from the skin selector menu from within the program! Overall, this is a quality piece of freeware and does come highly recommended by myself, for being a most innovative and complete package. Currently only AOL seem to be doing things to try and block Trillian users i.e. by only allowing folk using the proprietary AOL software to log on, however Trillian fight back with a fix each and every time. In fact AOL seem to have stopped blocking Trillian users, as the fixes have stopped for a while. All the other networks do not seem to have any issues with the software, otherwise they would have implemented blocks. In any case I think the other networks can learn a lot from Trillian! Whilst being freeware, the writer's do request donations, but it is not shareware as such. I anticipate future versions may go the full shareware route. As I say, certainly recommended, if you chat on more than one IM platform, and also you find any other IM program to be clunky and intrusive. Alflavor.
Instant Messaging is one of the shooting stars of the Net, and it is estimated that 60% of Net users will be using Instant Messaging by 2004, with it becoming a tool for business and leisure alike, such are its potential applications. Of course though, just as often as not as with the case of everyone having a mobile phone but aren't all on the same network, with Instant Messaging the same is true. However there is no interconnection with Trillian, but it offers the next best solution, namely supporting various Instant Messaging clients in one. Before using Trillian, I usually had three/four IM programs on the system tray, which clutters up the place, and also ate away at my connection speed (not a problem with a 256kbps connection, but for users on dial-up it can be. Trillian offers the opportunity to be logged in on ICQ, MSN IM, AIM, IRC and Y! instant messaging services simultaneously. This caters for all of the big players (there are others e.g. Excite Pal) and all is one window. The download process is exceptionally simple, with a download of 2.3Mb from the Trillian website (www.trillian.cc), or otherwise you can download the software from cnet.com (download.com), tucows.com or any other largescale download portal. The installation process then involves you setting up your respective accounts - e.g. for MSN messenger, ICQ etc. to be logged into by default and then you are away. As all of these systems have your contact lists stored in a central server, your contact lists are then automatically loaded into Trillian, and to make it easier, Trillian marks whether they are MSN IM contacts, ICQ contacts etc. You can of course then choose which services to be logged onto e.g. MSN Messenger but being offline on ICQ (or vice versa!). The basic functions that Trillian offers are as follows: Add contacts: Add more users to your buddy lists Autoaway message: Customise this so people know why they can't get hold of you.
Global connection: Allows you to connect/disconnect from all instant messaging clients at once (you can individually set your status on each of the IM systems too i.e. be out to lunch on MSN Messenger, offline on ICQ, but there on Y! IM). Pending events: Not an option I've used ? will fill you in on this one in an update! Additionally most of the common services of the respective IM tools is supported, e.g. on ICQ you can search for a chat partner, on MSN Messenger and Yahoo! You can check your mail, etc... Add ons: There are a wide variety of skins available, so have no fear if Trillian clashes in the style stakes with winamp - a Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen style disaster can be avoided by getting coordinating skins, although there is no lime green MDF skin yet! Smileys (emoticons) are catered for, and there are also audio emoticons (eg: *LOL* will create a sardonic laugh - ok once but bloody annoying after a while!). So it sounds perfect, is it? Well other than the fact that occasionally there are problems reconnecting using trillian if your connection times out (e.g. dial-up users) I have not experienced any problems that can be viewed as being Trillian's fault - most of the time you can't get on to MSN because there is something wrong with MSN. Being freeware, although a voluntary $5 donation is appreciated, this one won't break the piggy bank either. All in all I would have to recommend it - being not such a great white elephant as I had initially thought it might be - infinitely most usuable and elegant than a pencil pot on your desktop! In the words of Delboy, "This time next year, we're going to be trillianaires! (sic)"
I'll tell you how I have seen the world from an Instant Messenging perspective: First I had MSN, used it to chat to one mate, then I forgot all about it. Later I got ICQ. Great application, used that for a very long time. It became very bloated indeed however, and was very slow to load. Also my friends started using MSN Messenger. It sucked to have two apps open. So I got Miranda ICQ. A very good program, for nobody who has used it, it is a very slim client for ICQ only, good, but not multi-medium like Trillian. Then I went back to ICQ & MSN for a bit. Until I found Trillian.cc. It blew everything away. It rocked. It gets better with every new release, and supports IRC, ICQ, MSN, AIM, and Yahoo. For a start, it was pretty easy to install, and found and converted my ICQ address database. Alas it did not keep my groups, which was an extreme annoyance, and caused me to have to re organise them all by hand. However, overlook this, for it is the best instant messenger that exsists. I am running Windows XP, and it runs fine. It also runs fine on 98. Apparently it does not on 2000, but it's still worth a try. For a start, it is much smaller to download than all the other clients. You can also skin it in a variety of ways, and because it's skins are XML format, you can even make your own detailed skins! It loads quickly, and is very simple to use in the basic mode. In advanced it provides a console window, with more complicated stuff. However I recommend the basic mode, believe me you won't feel the need to switch to advanced. Conclusion: You want a multi-medium messenger that has everything (almost)? You just found it. http://www.trillian.cc for the goods. Disadvantages are that it doesn't support File transfer in anything but IRC yet, of course the groups not being kept from ICQ. Also it has less "features" than ICQ, such as the waste of space calender, etc etc. You won't miss them unless you d
id honestly use them.
I have been a user of MSN Messenger service since Version 1.something and it has been one of those programs that I always install on peoples PC's when I work on them, the ability to instantly chat and then the bonus of voice chat for free is awesome. I tried Trillian for the first time on Wednesday 14th November after reading about it on DooYoo and all I can say is wow. The ability to connect to all of the IM's at once is fantastic, I have friends who use all of the more well known clients and I have been trying to get them to use one system for ages as I was having to run 4 or 5 IM's at once, a system drain and an age to boot. Now they can use what they want and I can chat to them all its great. The current version is still only a Beta release, so it doesn’t contain the file transfer option and the multiple users in one chat window, but i'm sure that is to come. As soon as Trillian is able to do these things and maybe allow voice chat too, I believe this will become one of the most downloaded programs of all time. All I want from a chat program is to be able to chat, key or voice, send & receive files, and maybe get into a net meeting the quick way without having to input IP addresses, MSN does all this, so as soon as Trillian can do what MSN has been doing for ages it will be perfect, programs like ICQ have gone too far in my opinion as they have too much in them, it's a chat program for gods sake. The only things I can see being a problem for this software is: 1. The name, it sounds a bit hmmmm odd, childish I don’t know but it sounds strange, it may not get taken seriously. 2. The possibility of the server i.e. MSN OAL etc trying to block the use of it, that would be a bad thing. I think AOL or MSN should have done this a long time ago, their chat client would be the most popular by now, imagine the advertising revenue from a client with so m
any users. Well done the Trillian team I look forward to your next release.
There are many ways of chatting in real time over the 'net. The most popular method is using an instant messenger (such as ICQ). The less well-known but much older option is IRC (internet relay chat). But what are you to do if you have friends using different IM networks and also want to chat on IRC? Running several clients at once is not only a drain on system resources but is also difficult to manage. Here's where Trillian comes in. It is a single program that integrates the four big IM networks (ICQ, AIM, Yahoo and MSN) and IRC into one interface. I was more than a little sceptical about this, having previously tried Jabber (which does a similar thing) and having experienced numerous problems with the network operators trying to block Jabber's connections to their networks. AOL is particularly notorious for not allowing third-party clients to operate. Happily, I experienced none of these problems with Trillian. How it avoids them I don't know, I just hope that it continues to do so. Having five different mediums to manage, Trillian does an admirable job of making them feel seamless, especially IRC which is rather different to the others. For instance, all your IM contacts are combined into a single list. That is easy enough, and to be expected. What I didn't expect was that this list can also include IRC contacts. The idea of an IRC contact list has not existed before, and is something that Trillian has added itself, and is pretty handy. Another feature that promotes the single feel are the status settings. Setting your status to 'away' for example sets your status as such on all the IM networks AND IRC. This integration comes with a price, however. The more advanced features of the various IM networks are unavailable in Trillian, such as ICQ's SMS paging and MSN's Net2Phone. I never used these features anyway, although I know that some people do. The IRC client is actually pretty well featured, altho
ugh mIRC junkies will find its lack of configuration options limiting. It does have some features that mIRC does not, such as visual representation of many things that would normally be typed at the command line. If, for instance, you operate a channel yourself, you can set all its options (such as topic, password etc) in a nice dialogue box. The other main attraction of Trillian is that it is skinable. The default skin is very attractive (although rather clunky) and there are many more to download from the site. You are sure to get it looking how you want (even if you want it ?skinless?, check out the ?Windows Standard? skin). Trillian is still in beta, and as such there are still a number of problems. It crashes occasionally, although normally only when closing so it isn?t too much of an issue. It also has a tendency to forget some of your IRC settings, particularly the last server you connected to. This is especially annoying if you always connect to the same server. Other than that, though, there really aren?t that many niggles to be found, which is pretty impressive. I have been using Trillian for over a month now, and it has simplified my communications no end. If you are like me and need to work on more than one of the supported networks at once, you should definitely give it a try. If, however, you only use one then will be missing out on a lot of Trillian?s best features, so you might be better off sticking with the official client unless you really hate how it looks. One thing is for sure, though. It has earned itself a permanent place in my system tray, and not many apps have gained that honour!
Do you use instant messaging (IM) but have friends who use a different program to you? Are you tired of having MSN, ICQ, Yahoo! and IRC running all at the same time just in-case one of your friends logon? Well, the answer to all your problems is Trillian! In case you're not familiar with IM - it's similar to a real time, online text chat. You have a list of friends (or buddies as some systems call them), which you can type to in a text window. The list indicates if your friends are online (or not) and allows you to easily communicate with them. Most systems also allow you to set your own status e.g. online or unavailable. I'd never really been a big fan of IM until a friend of mine suggested I join ICQ (the most popular). I was a bit sceptical at the time and didn't bother. Then one day I did. Firstly, I thought the ICQ program was one of the worst applications I'd seen. The only word I can think of to describe it is "clunky". There were buttons all over the place, too many options to choose from and, the worst part, I didn't find it at all easy to add my friends to the list - which was the whole point of using it! So I decided to try the alternatives. Microsoft was next on my (short) list. I've had a Hotmail account for ages - but since Microsoft have invented the "passport" I'd never made use of this facility. Downloading MSN messenger was simple enough and once it was working looked much simpler than ICQ. Adding friends was simple and the whole thing seemed much nicer. The added bonus was that it worked in conjunction with Outlook Express. So now I had 2 applications running - just in case either group of friends were online. Then I read about Trillian. As I described earlier, this free program replaces all your other IM programs. Which not only saves having multiple icons next to your clock, but is also more efficient on memory. In addition, it's much
easier to use one application for all your messaging. Download & Installation ----------------------- The program is a reasonable download of only 1.74Mb - which was straightforward. After starting the setup you simply select its destination, then configure the various options. Initially I thought it was compulsory to fill in all fields - which meant I actually entered details of an IRC account, which doesn't actually exist. For systems you are not a member of, simply leave these "pages" blank. After IRC you are the given the opportunity to setup your other accounts (MSN, ICQ etc). This was simple, and all your friends are added to your "contact list". An icon then appeared in the system tray. Configuration ------------- The simple view is what I have stuck with, although a more advanced view is available. Currently this is beyond me and I haven't looked at it in any great detail. In a sentence, it's a bigger window, and seems to allow you to connect to specific servers or have advanced chats with multiple people - but don't quote me on that! Adding contacts --------------- This is so simple. You click on the "Add" button, select a group to add the contact to (e.g. Friends, Family), select the contact type (e.g. ICQ, MSN), type in the name (e.g. 123456789 or firstname.lastname@example.org) and after clicking on the "Done" button, that's it. The person will be in your list with an icon corresponding to the contact type (ICQ, MSN). This is not only useful to know but also makes the interface seem a bit friendlier. Online/Offline contacts ----------------------- Contacts are stored in the "Offline Buddies" section until they logon. Then they'll jump to the folder you added them. This is similar to other IM applications. If you wish to, you can be notified by a popup window each time someone connects - although this can b
e a little annoying if someone is on and offline all the time. Sending messages ---------------- By simply right clicking on the online contact's name and selecting "send instant message", brings up a text window where you can type. That's it! Enjoy. Conclusion ---------- There are a few other options to allow you to change how the program displays your contacts, or interacts with your system (such as "always on top") but these are fairly standard features. I love this program and would recommend it to anyone who even uses IM infrequently. The interface is attractive to look at, the tools are self explanatory and above all it's completely free. Give it a go, and you'll soon decide to uninstall the rest!!
Trillian is a great idea and a great program. Instant messaging has really taken off in recent years with such systems as ICQ, MSN Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger and Yahoo being the main ones. However one problem this has cased for people who like talking (like me) is that it can damage your PC as you have so many things open. Trillian provides the answer. Trillian is a chat client that lets you combine all four when you simply enter your username and password for each system. It also offers you IRC chatroom capabilities which is very nice. It is a small file to download and the visual looks are stunning. One problem I often had however was that it often crashed, and as ICQ and AOL are owned by the same compnay problems sometimes arose when connecting to those accounts. Overall though, the program is great and well worth downloading
A few years ago, some bright spark came up with instant messaging. Welcome to the new generation. Trillian manages to combine your AOL, MSN, ICQ, Yahoo and even IRC instant messengers into one truly stunning program. This here is a program of WinAmp epic proprtions. You install the program, and then tell it about each of your accounts. You can even tell it to have multiple accounts on any service open - for example I use 2 MSN, 2 ICQ, 1 Yahoo and several IRC accounts at the same time. It will import all your Buddies/Contacts etc from ICQ, MSN etc adn put them all in one big Contact List. Each contact has an icon by their name that tells you which service you're using. Double click on their name and you can start your conversation in an MSN style chat box. If you have multiple accounts on that particular service, simply select from the list that pops up. The Contact List has folders for all your contacts, so as they come online they will turn up in the respective folders, ICQ style. Another brilliant thing to note about the Contact List is that it is DOCKABLE! So just stick it to the side of the screen at all your application windows will resize to fit next to it, very useful if you use instant messengers a lot. The Constact List also has a row of icons for your accounts at the bottom, so you can click them to set your status on each. Particularly useful is the IRC option. There is also a 'Trillian button' which allows you to access Trillian's main functions without resorting to the main window. The main program window minimizes to the system tray, ICQ style, and will flash when someone appears online or sends you a message, along with the respective sound effect. Within this window you can open chat windows. I know, I know, you love having the chat window floating around, separate, right? Then click the icon in the title bar and choose 'Detach'. You now have a floating chat box. Often with all these windows
, you want to clear them out the way without closing them. Simply do the reverse and choose 'Attach' instead, and the chat window will disappear off to the main window and take up residence there. From the main window you can Login(IRC), Enter a Channel (IRC), send a Private Message (IRC), File Transfer (IRC), DCC Chat (IRC), open the Contact List, List All the chatrooms on the server (IRC), Finger User, etc. As you can probably guess, the main window is mainly for IRC things, and replaced mIRC for quick chats with ease. I don't think it will do many of the mIRC specials, like colour, aliases, etc but since Trillian is an ongoing project, they'll turn up soon. If you are talking to another Trillian user using one of the instant messenger services then you can use IRC style /me actions, etc. Conversely, while in an IRC chat, smileys ( :) ) will be turned into the familiar MSN style icons. Of course, not all of them will work, but the most common ones do. This all give Trillian a continuity between the different chat types and services. Yet another great addition is the autocopy thing. Just select some text in the window and it's automatically copied to the clipboard, so no edit-copying here, thank you. Also attached to the main window is a Toolbox, which can be push into a tab at the side or expanded. This has two sections, My Stuff and Connections. These are resizeable, as is pretty much everything in Trillian. The My Stuff box contains folders, into which you can put URLs, links etc. V. useful alternative to Favourites in IE. The Connections box lists all your connections separately as folders, in which you have your current chat conversation windows listed, so mine has Dcc Folder, ICQ xxxxxxxxx, MSN ******, Yahoo! ******, MSN *****, ICQ xxxxxxxxxxx, and in each all of my chats. This is very useful for knowing who you are talking to, and remembering lost/idle windows. Trillian is also fully skinnable, although the defa
ult is a nice Windows XP stylee job, rounded corners, etc, etc. One thing you will notice when using Trillian is its sheer useability. Its the IE of the Netscape world, but with more Netscape6 looking. I wuold advise you to download this IM program now, even if you only have one account, as this program is smaller and lighter than running more than one IM program. Plus it works better and falls over a lot less often than an ICQ after 13 conversations. If you're a dedicated IRC addict, and mIRC is your customised weapon of choice, Trillian won't replace it. So just get it for its IM abilities, like just starting up one program instead of three or four. When it's caught up with mIRC though (current version of Trillian is 0.6 something) I think it'll give it a run for its money... Prepare to love your trillian. Go on, get it now, unless you have a chat addiction problem already. That'll just get worse. Off you go! It's free...