Trillian chat client goes OS X

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Cerulean Studios has announced plans to support Mac OS X with its new 4.x version, currently in development.

Trillian is a popular chat client that enables users to work with AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), ICQ, MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger and ICQ chat systems. The software supports contact importing, typing notification, direct connection, proxy support, encryption and more. But what sets Trillian apart from other multiservice chat clients is that it’s “skinnable:” Users can extensively modify the user interface. (Hence, the slogan: “One messenger, a Trillian possibilities.”)

The news comes after repeated denials from the developers that they would ever port Trillian to Mac OS X. Instead, what they’ve done is to engineer a completely new architecture for the forthcoming release that separates Trillian’s core functionality from its user interface.

The user interface layer has been written from scratch for Mac OS X in Objective-C using Cocoa, but the underlying code is the same between Mac OS X, Windows, Flash and iPhone versions, according to the developers.

The announcement comes on the heels of the first alpha development version of Trillian for Mac OS X, so it’s still at a relatively early stage of development. Still, Cerulean is soliciting interested Mac users to get in touch with them if they’re interested in testing the new release.

This story, "Trillian chat client goes OS X" was originally published by PCWorld.

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