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  • Trillian for iPhone Finally Released


    After a long wait in Apple-approval limbo, Trillian for iPhone is now available for purchase on the App Store. The makers of the slick multiservice IM client waited three months, with no word up or down from Apple, before the okay came through yesterday.

    While chat windows somewhat evoke the look and feel of Messages, the functionality far outstrips what comes in Apple's standard SMS client. The iPhone version, like the popular desktop program, allows for multiple IM connections to be managed and used in a single app. Unlike the desktop version, though, all connections are handled through Trillian's Astra network. Trillian for iPhone is always connected to the Astra server, which allows instant sync between different clients running on different platforms. If you change your avatar or display name on your iPhone, for example, the change is immediately propagated to your Windows client as well as your online Astra Profile. Adding a contact on the iPhone app, also adds a contact on the Mac program, conveniently allowing a consistent way to manage settings.

    Back in August, around the time of the notorious Google Voice non-rejection rejection, Cerulean submitted the Trillian for iPhone app to Apple. The developers noted that they hadn't gotten any rejection or objection from Apple in all that time.
    Despite sending a steady stream of emails to Apple requesting status updates, we continue to receive generic form letters in response -- frustrating, to say the least.
    Trillian's proprietary “Octopus” technology allows Trillian for iPhone sessions to be stored server-side, so that when you lose connection due to gaps in 3G or WiFi servce, messages and chats can be buffered on the network for delivery later on. You can even quit the app, and still find all your chat windows and messages when you log back in. Trillian for iPhone can be configured to automatically set your status to away when the application closes down.

    The app has a number of nice features that allow for smoother integration of multiple accounts. With tabbed chats, you can switch from one account to the other, while the Active Chats screen shows all your currently open chats at a glance. Trillian also supports push notifications, so you can be informed of new chats and messages via a pop-up dialog. Photos from the camera or Photo Library can be sent to contacts, and the app can receive images from the desktop client.

    The app is available for $4.99 on the App Store. The price is for existing Trillian Pro users as well as new customers, the company notes, because all of the new versions - iPhone, desktop, and Web ports - utilize the Astra service, which makes use of Cerulean servers and backhaul.

    image via Trillian
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Trillian for iPhone Finally Released started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. s4mb4's Avatar
      s4mb4 -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Sticking with Beejive
      +1

      Quote Originally Posted by rhekt View Post
      who instant messages on a phone? jeeseuss...send a text...
      many businesses use IM. that is the only reason i have beejive. to keep tabs on the companies i support.
      as a matter of fact, IM in business is actually taking over email as the prefered form of comm.
    1. jahkas's Avatar
      jahkas -
      Quote Originally Posted by Raptors View Post
      Beejive is still number one,
      im+ is still number 2

      Not impressed, bought it, deleted it couple hours later.
      Agree!
    1. automoglow's Avatar
      automoglow -
      I also dont like how you cant sort your different
      IM accounts
    1. bbillh77's Avatar
      bbillh77 -
      app store needs trial like rock although apps like this would not be helped by that I would have saved $4.99
    1. pins_iphone's Avatar
      pins_iphone -
      I will stick with IM+ I like that much better than Beejive (Beejive = nothing but problems)

      I dont want to try trillian
    1. smeltn's Avatar
      smeltn -
      I am still trying to decide on a good messenger app.. I guess I need to just purchase Beejive...
    1. usermike's Avatar
      usermike -
      Quote Originally Posted by smeltn View Post
      I am still trying to decide on a good messenger app.. I guess I need to just purchase Beejive...
      I am with ya. I was waiting for trillian because I assumed it would support facebook chat as well, but according to a post on their forums somewhere, the dev thinks that its pointless to add because "there is already a facebook app for that".

      Whatever happened to the meebo app that was demoed at the 3.0 conference?
    1. jamendoza82's Avatar
      jamendoza82 -
      tried this app myself and I would go the standard AIM compared to this