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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. iChopPryde's Avatar
      iChopPryde -
      Finally a great looking IRC client that is feature rich as well. I hope to see this app grow and bring popularity back to IRC I know I would definitely start using irc more often if I had it on my iphone.
    1. Doppler's Avatar
      Doppler -
      Looks good from the pictures. I actually stumbled on it in the App store looking for an IRC chat app. I hope i win one. Now if only there was BBS's still around in my area. I miss those days
    1. Hondamaker's Avatar
      Hondamaker -
      I love IRC apps! The ones I have kinda suck, so this would be a better one for sure.
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      I'm on IRC all the time. I'm suprised I dont use it on the iPhone yet.
    1. coolie's Avatar
      coolie -
      Looks nice
      /me wants
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      IRC??? Don't know what it is and don't care!!
      Ok I checked on Wikipedia, what's wrong with using MSN or any other IM?
    1. TDD's Avatar
      TDD -
      Looks much better then what I'm currently using - Colloquy

    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by A.T View Post
      IRC??? Don't know what it is and don't care!!
      Ok I checked on Wikipedia, what's wrong with using MSN or any other IM?
      Theyre completely different things

      MSN AIM, Skype and others are typically 1 on 1 chat, usually limited to people in your contact list.
      IRC involves a variety of networks in which hundreds of people can join a channel and discuss with each other pretty much anything- IRC is what the dev-team use to successfully discuss with each other their hacks

      IRC doesn't require you to make an account to access the network, nor does it require you to add people to your contact list to talk to them.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Eye Are See?
      Looks like a great app
    1. ddlong478's Avatar
      ddlong478 -
      I had IRC in the past, now I don't think I'd have IRC. Now you mentioned that it will be free giveaway. I'd give it a try.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      I'm a paid user of Colloquy for iPhone. I'd love to compare this to the official App Store and unofficial Jailbreak versions of Colloquy, but I can't afford to pay for something that duplicates functionality I've already paid for.

      Here's hoping you'll pick me.
    1. sandstorm77's Avatar
      sandstorm77 -
      I would love to have this app. Hopefully i win!
    1. 24trepid's Avatar
      24trepid -
      I have this app. It's Awesome !!!!
    1. jabij1's Avatar
      jabij1 -
      Awesome app..would definately like to have it
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      never really used an irc b4 except the one here at MMi, it looks like fun and i would use the shizzle out of it like i do with beejive...pick me so i can make a Flowchart tattoo next to my stealthbravo tattoo and my cycorder portrait
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      App looks great. They really did a good gob on this one. I am dying for a new IRC client, the older app I am using is crap (and will remain nameless) Hook me up Kyle...afterall, we are south tampa neighbors
    1. Jarlath's Avatar
      Jarlath -
      Nice-looking client there. It also looks as feature-packed as some of the desktop clients I use. It'd be nice to have with an iPhone for mobile IRC users.
    1. SmoothiPhone's Avatar
      SmoothiPhone -
    1. Magnum's Avatar
      Magnum -
      that....is....AWESOME!!! *Peter Griffin voice*
    1. gojohnnyboi's Avatar
      gojohnnyboi -
      Ever since I bought this application it has been my absolute favorite! Completely smooth animations and brilliant graphics. 5/5 stars. A MUST have.