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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. shabz_de_don's Avatar
      shabz_de_don -
      even if you dont get it... try me buy it!!!! its worth the money!
    1. sk_anti35's Avatar
      sk_anti35 -
      Just freakin awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1. SpookyET's Avatar
      SpookyET -
      It looks really nice, but will it beat Colloquy? Time will tell.
    1. dtn's Avatar
      dtn -

      Looking forward to use it

      *crosses fingers to win*
    1. chaingang54's Avatar
      chaingang54 -
      Nice app! Looks pretty good and better then the ones out there.
    1. wtfisanIphone's Avatar
      wtfisanIphone -
      wow an IRC app that finally does what its supposed to! I HOPE I WIN!
    1. soto806's Avatar
      soto806 -
      whoo! irc chat!
    1. c.e.p's Avatar
      c.e.p -
      If i don't get a free one, ill be buying it anyway!!!
    1. PCeasar's Avatar
      PCeasar -
      Looks cool.....sure wish I could win the freebie I've been buying alot of apps recently appstore and cydia.
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      I'd read about this elsewhere and was hoping to give it a try. Perhaps this will be my chance! :-)
    1. thu6's Avatar
      thu6 -
      excellent app. i purchased mine @ rls. highly recommend.
    1. AKay724's Avatar
      AKay724 -
      This app looks really good.
    1. andypropaganda's Avatar
      andypropaganda -
      flowchat looks saweeeeetttt....i love chatting it up when I'm bored and I am definitely looking forward to this app. What could make it even better? If I win the giveaway lol
    1. Jonny202003's Avatar
      Jonny202003 -
      This app looks like it belongs on the iPhone, props to the devs on this awesome looking app.
    1. mikey21's Avatar
      mikey21 -
      Cool cool
    1. noop's Avatar
      noop -
      pretty cool to have IRC on the go.
    1. riffola's Avatar
      riffola -
      I like IRC.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Buy this app and come to #modmyi on moofspeak tonight!
    1. DrDeo's Avatar
      DrDeo -
      By Jove! A top notch iRC app.
      Hip hip hooray!
      Hip hip hooray!
      Hip hip hooray!
    1. BuggyG's Avatar
      BuggyG -
      wow, an excellent looking irc client. looks extremely clean and well presented, can't wait to try it out