Trillian Astra: Version 4.1 Hits Public Download Availability
Article by George Norman
On 30 Oct 2009
Version 4.0 of the popular multi-protocol instant messaging application Trillian reached the Beta milestone in is development process back in June. It’s been a while and Ceruleans Studios, the company behind Trillian, has been busy releasing Trillian 4.1 builds to early alpha testers. But since alpha builds tend to be unstable, and since they were only released to a select few, we did not focus on them. But today we do focus on Trillian Astra, because version 4.1 just became available for download as a public Beta.

“Trillian for Windows 4.1 Build 15 is now available for public beta testing. We’ve removed the authentication requirement from our download page and all interested customers are now free to participate in the beta. Moving forward, we’ll be continuing to work with beta testers to resolve reported issues as we push towards a final release. Remember, 4.1 is still beta and will contain bugs and crashes. Don’t upgrade unless you’re comfortable running pre-release software! Thanks for your support and we hope you enjoy the newest Trillian,” announced Cerulean Studios.

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Trillian 4.1 comes with the following changes and improvements

Windows 7 Support
Trillian 4.1 works with the user interface provided by the latest version of the Windows-based operating system, Windows 7.
Tanks to Windows 7 API’s Trillian 4.1 can provide these handy functions: set your status from the Jump Lists, see the progress of your file transfers in the taskbar, see your status in the taskbar, enhanced taskbar thumbnails.

Enhanced Status Control

You can change your status without changing your status message
You can tweet from the contact list; when you set your status, a character count will appear (the Twitter plugin must be set to match your Trillian status)
You can set a separate status for individual connections
The options to set a status message as “away” and auto-responses have been brought back
The option to activate a "hide button"; activate it from Preferences
Disable buzz locally
Screen capture supported for secondary monitors

Mail improvements
Display mail in compact mode, full mode, or show them like Gmail
More lines of text are displayed in the contact list
Right click context menu to easily mark mail as read, spam, archive or delete the message.
Improved email preview
Notification windows are grouped together
Next and back buttons for notifications
Place notifications in any corner of the monitor
Multiple monitors support for notifications

Twitter and Facebook Features
Follow and unfollow from within Trillian
Option to filter tweets
News Feeds has a new layout
The Contact List comes with several new Twitter features: Twitter searches, tweet from the contact list, Twitter “floater” windows
The tweet window comes with TwitPic integration, character count, shortened URL support (bit.ly and TinyURL), an edit window for retweets
Support for the new Facebook stream API

If you would like to get Windows 4.1 Beta for Windows, a download location is available here.




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