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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).

    FlowChat.me iTunes Direct Link
    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. NeoNightmareX's Avatar
      NeoNightmareX -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      This app rules! If you don't have it on your phone already you are a chump =P
      Thanks man. I guess that means I'm a chump. I'm trying to get a copy of this at least.
    1. WaLLy3K's Avatar
      WaLLy3K -
      About time someone decided to make a good looking client, props to them!
    1. Ryaniswonka's Avatar
      Ryaniswonka -
      I would love to be able to have this app run with backgrounder. Seems well structured too!
    1. warisjain's Avatar
      warisjain -
      WOW! finally a decent app for irc. good job guys.
      ps- i want it!!!
    1. trialskid's Avatar
      trialskid -
      Looks sweet!
    1. madLyfe's Avatar
      madLyfe -
      cool app
    1. seungki's Avatar
      seungki -
      Definitely an IRC addict and as someone else said, I'm waiting for it to hit sale as well... or maybe I can win this. Sounds great

      Thanks for all the hard work mmi staff!
    1. TheALaMenthe's Avatar
      TheALaMenthe -
      i would love to use this app
    1. canadiancow's Avatar
      canadiancow -
      Finally a real IRC app for the iPhone. I've been waiting for one for a year.
    1. danielw719's Avatar
      danielw719 -
      I would like this pl0x
    1. Stealth1029's Avatar
      Stealth1029 -
      Very nice UI. Can I haz it?
    1. 3744111's Avatar
      3744111 -
      can i have it
    1. StevenB's Avatar
      StevenB -
      Looks pretty good. Hopefully it's better than some of those $20 IRC apps.
    1. apat55's Avatar
      apat55 -
      thats fresh.
    1. darkblitz's Avatar
      darkblitz -
      Sign me on! :P

    1. jasonmoe's Avatar
      jasonmoe -
      Sweet a must have
    1. z4kMKv's Avatar
      z4kMKv -
      Finally an IRC CLient for the iPhone. I would love to win a copy of FlowChat!
    1. danx73's Avatar
      danx73 -
      The app looks great!!!
    1. noggin123450's Avatar
      noggin123450 -
      I don't IRC that much and would really like to start with this app.
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Maybe people outside of the normal circle will join our IRC now and make it less of a graveyard :-X