FreeChat for Facebook Messenger
By Rocky Sand Studio Ltd.
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FreeChat lets you access Facebook Messenger conveniently. You’ll never miss a message!
Just launch the app and start messaging without even opening your browser.
- Get all your messages without opening Facebook
- Smooth and responsive look and feel
- Always stay logged in and receive notifications
- Awesome looking Dark Theme
- Easily send stickers, photos and enjoy group conversations
- See who's using Messenger and who's active on Facebook.
- Never lose your conversation history or contacts.
Legal Note: FreeChat for Facebook Messenger is a 3rd party app and is not affiliated with Facebook.
What's New in Version 1.1.1
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[changed] application Icon: messenger logo removed due to legal issues
[fixed] bug for OS X 10.12 login
[fixed] minor bugs
It's free, and it runs the Facebook Messenger webpage in an app container that handles notifications, so this app functions just fine for that purpose. There are a few odd flaws, however. Lots of popups when opening and closing the app, which are annoying and can prevent my laptop from shutting down smoothly. It can't do video chat, likely due to it using the native WebKit framework since Facebook complains the feature isn't supported by Safari. The "Dark" theme just changes most backgrounds to a darker color and nothing else, which makes it look very strange and unnatural since the rest of the theme wasn't designed for dark backgrounds. And for some reason, this app requires the dedicated GPU, which drains the battery dramatically on my MacBook Pro. This last problem is what forced me to have to find alternatives. One good thing is that, unlike some paid apps, the left column can be resized to your liking.
I'd say this app is perfectly good for anyone who needs a free standalone Facebook Messenger app, but most of the above issues could easily be dealbreakers as they were for me.
Great app! But, what’s going on with the power usage?
On my computer, this chat program uses about four times as much power as everything else on the system combined. I’m running lots of tabs in Safari and lots of tabs in Chrome as well as multiple terminal emulators and KVM sessions and Remote Desktops all at the same time, and this is using 70 “Energy Impact” units whatever those are. Nothing else is ever using more than about 15 consistently, this is at 70 and it’s constant. It works great, but it’s just not efficient with its use of my computer and my use of your program will have to stop just due to bad taste in the programming, even if it is convenient for me.
Folks, check Energy use in Activity Monitor. If you’re on a desktop you probably don’t care, but I am on a laptop.
EDIT: This even happens when I restrict my computer to the low-power Intel GPU using gfxCardStatus. Also, I shouldn’t need my high power GPU for a chat program! Many inefficiencies here. Nice program visually, convenient, perfectly functional and no bugs that I’ve found, but it’s horribly inefficient. A few simple changes could make it a great program for everyone but it’s not suited to laptops right now.
Prefer Typing to Texting
I was texting via Messenger on my phone and thought…. there must be an app for the Mac to do this without having to text on a phone. There was!!! I love this Mac App. I type so much faster than I can text. I know some think texting is a degradation of communication. I disagree. How often are we caugt in oral conversations where we are only listneing and don’t get a word in edgewise? Texting puts both parties on an equal ground, makes us process the message (sometimes we need to clarify), and make a thoughtful response without blurting out an irrelevant utterance and changing the subject. This App makes it more easier to have a fluid text conversation without waiting for the thumbling response.
- Category: Social Networking
- Updated: Jan 30, 2017
- Version: 1.1.1
- Size: 2.7 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Rocky Sand Studio Ltd.
- © 2016 Rocky Sand Studio Ltd.
Compatibility: OS X 10.10 or later, 64-bit processor