Apr 27 2009
On the Wires with IRC
The Internet Relay Chat networks can be a scary place, especially to the newcomer. But, equipped with the right software, you can master this unique chat medium.
The Newbie: MChat
This is a sleek, brushed metal client for the #macintosh channel on the Freenode Network. The interface is no polished it could pass for an iApp. It is a great way to start with IRC, but as you get the hang of it you’ll want a client that can work in different channels (think of these as “rooms”) and networks.
The Average User: Colloquy
This client has a nice Aqua interface and supports some powerful functions like multiple server connections yet remains manageable to the average user. Colloquy also has a handy connections manager and (file) transfer manager.
The Power User: X-Chat Aqua
This bad boy has a mIRC inspired interface. It uses tabs to organize multiple open channels and servers. It is very, very scriptable and supports a plugin structure. While complex, this is the most powerful IRC client I’ve ever used on a Mac.
The Retro User: Shadow IRC
This OS 9 client lacks a little in interface, but makes up for it in power. It has discreet floating windows and handy command executing shortcuts. The interface is a little sparse, but there don’t seem to be any free alternatives.
That does it for another Freeloader Friday. Got an idea for me? Drop me a line and join me next week for more or the best in free software.
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