Build 103 Brings New Functionality to Trillian for Mac 1.0 Alpha
Article by George Norman
On 08 Feb 2010
For the Windows user there’s Trillian 4.1 (or Trillian Astra). For the Mac OS X user, there is Trillian for Mac 1.0 which has just recently been released by Cerulean Studios as an Alpha. The Alpha tag means that Trillian for Mac is still in its infancy, it is still in the early stages of its development process. Still, it has plenty to offer.

When Trillian for Mac 1.0 Alpha was released, Cerulean Studios highlighted what the multi-protocol instant-messaging application can do:
  • Networks: Astra, Windows Live, Yahoo!, Facebook Chat, AIM, ICQ, XMPP, Google Talk, Bonjour, MySpaceIM.
  • Contact list: identities, groups, MetaContacts, searching, drag-and-drop, inline renaming, avatars, service icons.
  • Quick ‘click-to-type’ nickname and status changes, including iTunes tracking.
  • Standard Trillian iconholder and avatar display.
  • Smart tabbed conversation windows (tabs on demand) with typing indicators, bubble view, emoticons, links.
  • Login screen and support for multiple accounts.
  • Basic preferences screen, connection manager, full suite of per-connection preferences.
  • File transfers and a file transfer manager.
  • Activity history framework – logs are being written to disk in standard Trillian format (XML, LOG).
  • Support for most standard Mac hotkeys for flipping through windows, opening preferences, etc.
  • Basic dock integration and badging.
  • Auto update

That’s what the first Alpha release had to offer (as a little side note, that first release was Build 102). Ceruleans Studios has now released Trillian for Mac 1.0 Alpha Build 103. This new build comes with these additional features:
  • Basic Growl Support: A handful of many common events can now be sent directly to Growl.
  • Sound Preferences: You can disable or enable different sounds individually, or mute all sounds if you so choose.
  • Debug Logs: Standard Trillian debug logs will improve our ability to diagnose bugs!


Trillian for Mac 1.0 Alpha Build 102 users will receive an automatic update notification when they launch the application. There may be a few bugs though as this is the “first ‘in the wild’ test of the auto-update code”. If you do not receive an update notification, or if you’re not currently using (ahm, testing) Trillian for Mac 1.0 Alpha, you can download the software here.

“Thanks to everyone for taking a look at our Mac alpha release! In a future build, we’ll be adding a fully-featured events system into Trillian for Mac, similar to the Windows product. This system will include the ability to bind an arbitrary number actions to program-generated events and more,” said Cerulean Studios.

Tags: Cerulean Studios, Trillian, Trillian for Mac 1.0 Alpha, Apple, Mac OS X
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