Trillian is an instant messaging application that was named after the famous character created by author Douglas Adams. The same team of developers has been working on this software for over 10 years and the first version was released in July, 2000. Unlike other chat clients, this application can integrate with many IM services to allow users to connect with people across various platforms. This application comes in two editions – free and Pro (paid commercial version). This application is compatible with many PC and mobile operating systems including Windows, Mac OS X, Blackberry, Android and iOS. It can also be used on the internet. The current version for Windows is Trillian 5.2 (Build 13). The latest versions for other platforms are numbered differently.
Range of features
Trillian can be found in online mobile app marketplaces and on various tech websites. Installation is extremely simple. Once the application has been downloaded, users need to run the executable file and follow the step-by-step wizard to complete installation. Users can set various preferences during the installation process itself. Users can then create their Trillian accounts, which is necessary to use this application. The user interface is different for every platform that it supports but the core elements are the same. It looks like most other IM applications, where the status message can be set at the top of the application. Contacts from different sources can be placed in separate sections in the main pane. There is a variety of skins and plug-ins to change the look of the application.
Trillian allows users to chat with people using other chat clients like GTalk, AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo!, etc. Users can also post updates on Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and LinkedIn via this application. It is very light on system resources and also supports video chat. The Pro or Paid version has added customization, video chat and security features.
The free and paid versions are extremely popular and have been downloaded millions of times. It has also been rated as one of the top IM applications by a variety of critics. For only a few dollars, this application is jam-packed with features.
Trillian has almost no disadvantages, except that video chat support of the free version is pretty basic. It is compatible with almost all devices, chat clients and social media websites. This application is a must-have for PC and mobile device users who want to stay connected with their friends and loved ones from wherever they are. The great user reviews and download numbers clearly show that this is a highly recommended software.
- + Installation is extremely simple
- + Supports video chat
- - Video chat support of the free version is pretty basic
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