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  • FlowChat - IRC on the iPhone [ GIVEAWAY INSIDE ]

    IRC is not dead. While its popularity has waned with the advent of the instant messenger and social site's chat apps like Facebook and MySpace, IRC remains an easy way to join groups of people and chat. And tons of news happens in IRC! There's hundred of thousands of chat rooms ranging from hunting to hacking, and yet a VERY few iPhone apps to get to these rooms. Enter FlowChat.

    The guys at Brancipater (yah, you know these guys... mbranes, francis, and pater) have put together a real nice looking app for reaching all your IRC friends and enemies. And yes, it does landscape.

    Functionally, its smooth and makes sense. Once you open the app, it automatically logs you into their IRC room, and you can easily add whichever servers you'd like by hitting the familiar plus sign in the top right corner. Adding a server has a LOT of info (more than I ever seem to need), but good stuff for you real IRC addicts I suppose.

    The app is separated into 4 main screens - Servers (which shows you the servers you have set up and whether you're connected or not to them), Chats (the actual rooms/PM's you are in), Logs (yup, every chat is logged automatically, although you could turn it off if you wanted), and Settings (obvious, and packed with features).

    Chats brings up a list at the top of the screen of all the rooms/PM's you are in at the moment, and has a nice badging system for number of messages in that chat you haven't seen. To navigate between the chats you simply tap them, and for multiple rooms/PM's FlowChat displays a bar at top which you can slide back and forth to see the various chats. It works well, and one cool feature is that PM's actually pop up in a notification bubble when you're in a room.

    Logs are easy to browse - organized by server, then date, then room. They display in the same view an actual chat would, and are easily searchable.

    Settings are also full featured, including a much-needed and appreciated "Lock in Portrait Mode" (why doesn't the iPhone have this stock?!?!??!?!!?), and a variety of IRC related settings. Themes are even included for the app look and feel.

    This is a great app, worth the $4.99 if you are an IRC fan... I use it often when I'm out and about and need to get ahold of folks, or am just bored. And guess what? We got ahold of francis, one of the FlowChat developers, who agreed to give out 5 freebies on this one - all you've got to do is comment on the app here in this thread. Winners will be chosen at random and announced Tuesday evening (my time... GMT-5).

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: FlowChat - IRC on the iPhone [ GIVEAWAY INSIDE ] started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 221 Comments
    1. Beastlee's Avatar
      Beastlee -
      This is exactly the IRC app I've been waiting for. Sad as it sounds I have been on IRC almost permanently for the past 12 years. Only times I haven't been on an IRC server is when I moved home and had no connection!

      With this I may actually get to chat rather than just lurk LOL
    1. hoz's Avatar
      hoz -
      Who doesn't still irc? Good looking app....solid 4 starts on itunes too.
    1. mixi92's Avatar
      mixi92 -
      Good to know people want use IRC on their iPhones...nice app...
    1. GuThanDuDe's Avatar
      GuThanDuDe -
      That's Great Finally IRC in the iPhone. I use IRC farely often. This app sounds pretty great!
    1. sayam's Avatar
      sayam -
      I use colloquy for iPhone but that seem to be nothing in front of this! The BEST IRC client for the iPhone I've seen so far... I WANTZZZ
    1. hydroabiscuit's Avatar
      hydroabiscuit -
      i remember when i would use bitchx for linux, then mirc for win32....oh memories!!!
    1. Blaqkie's Avatar
      Blaqkie -
      I would like a FlowChat app. I'm a 24/7 IRC user. Hope to win.
    1. Napoleon_PhoneApart's Avatar
      Napoleon_PhoneApart -
      It looks good, though functionality will be the key criterion for me. I like Colloquy, but I'd be more than willing to give FlowChat a try.
    1. eleazar123's Avatar
      eleazar123 -
      I've been holding out on this app hoping they would put it on sale. Maybe i'll win this so I won't have to wait! It looks like an incredible app. I had no idea they are Brancipator.
    1. lil red wagon's Avatar
      lil red wagon -
      wow, was just on irc a little bit ago. Would be great to give this a try.
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      still use IRC every day, personally. been using Colloqy and that's efficient enough, but this sure looks sweet.
    1. 2Jaze's Avatar
      2Jaze -
      I've long awaited ircPhone
    1. iPhoneMuscle's Avatar
      iPhoneMuscle -
      I need this app.... Please o Please just give me one more hit>>>>>
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      I doubt I'll win but here goes anyway.
    1. win1fight2's Avatar
      win1fight2 -
      How do you set this thing up? NE guides out to use?
    1. GregTheWang's Avatar
      GregTheWang -
      Hmmm... pretty sexy... sure better than the other IRC apps on Installer back in 1.1.x days, even though they worked just fine.
    1. jcrod73's Avatar
      jcrod73 -
      COOL!!! Good to see that irc peeps are not forgotten
    1. pickeledpeter's Avatar
      pickeledpeter -
      i want it!
    1. avnyc11's Avatar
      avnyc11 -
      nice app i just wish my name started with a c so i could say i r c
    1. LittleJob's Avatar
      LittleJob -
      i really want to buy this app, but sadly cannot afford to pay for it. My grandmother has became really ill and i cannot afford to spend any money outside of her medical bills.

      This looks like a really nice app, and i hope i can buy this in the future

      keep up the good work.