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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. bdawg923's Avatar
      bdawg923 -
      This app looks awesome! I'd like to win a code. Sign me up.
    1. mackmgg's Avatar
      mackmgg -
      Looks nice! Although my luck with these random winners isn't that good
    1. zoogderrick2's Avatar
      zoogderrick2 -
      app sounds very cool =)
    1. DarkLoki's Avatar
      DarkLoki -
      This app looks better then all the other irc apps. this one looks like it flows nicely. Good Job Developer
    1. ALL DAY's Avatar
      ALL DAY -
      That looks like the most complete and total IRC app I've ever seen; awesome!

      Definitely will be giving this a try soon.
    1. PhrequenC's Avatar
      PhrequenC -
      i never win but its worth a shot.
    1. amperisk's Avatar
      amperisk -
      Sweet this app looks great and functional.
    1. shabz_de_don's Avatar
      shabz_de_don -
      i need some channels!!!!
    1. KelvinalF's Avatar
      KelvinalF -
      Looks great, $10 says I WONT be picked haha
    1. mick1155's Avatar
      mick1155 -
      Hmm it looks good although. does it have support for downloading files
    1. shabz_de_don's Avatar
      shabz_de_don -
      lol found the modmyi channel lol
    1. TsukiakariUsagi's Avatar
      TsukiakariUsagi -
      So I can finally stop using my terminal to do IRC? FINALLY! I've been wondering when someone was going to release an irc app that was actually worth something. There's several out there but they've all been duds in my opinion and not very good functionality. Congrats to the devs for knowing their stuff and releasing another awesome product to us for the iPhone.
    1. Chatperdu's Avatar
      Chatperdu -
      IRC is what got me on internet 1989. Way before the WWW Good to see that it is still kicking strong.
    1. DesignObscura's Avatar
      DesignObscura -
      Looks very nice
    1. ensigma's Avatar
      ensigma -
      This app would be very useful. +1 for landscape
    1. timbo's Avatar
      timbo -
      Sign me up too. Great work
    1. pyrotek's Avatar
      pyrotek -
      I've heard a lot of talk about this in #iphone over the past couple months. A couple of lifers there were testing it out and had alot of good things to say. I haven't taken the plunge yet myself, but this is hands down the best IRC app available today on the iPhone platform.
    1. Deljonw's Avatar
      Deljonw -
      app looks awesome and would be cool to have! irc irc!
    1. wolk72's Avatar
      wolk72 -
      looks like hard hacker style
    1. wannagotopopeyes's Avatar
      wannagotopopeyes -
      This looks amazing and well done! I WANTZ IT NAO lol