By Indragie Karunaratne
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Flamingo is a beautiful, native instant messaging client for OS X that supports Hangouts/Gtalk, Facebook, and XMPP.
• All-in-One design. Buddies, conversations, and chats in a single window.
• Multiple, detachable chats in a single window.
• Inline previews for images, videos, and tweets. Supports CloudApp, Droplr, Instagram, and YouTube.
• File transfer via direct connection (compatible with Messages, Adium, and other clients), CloudApp, and Droplr.
• Reply to messages right from the notification bubble in OS X 10.9.
• Full conversation history browser with fast message search and many filtering options.
NOTE: Due to service limitations, Flamingo does not support group, video, and audio chats in Facebook or Hangouts/Gtalk, and MUC (Multi User Chat) for XMPP is not supported.
More information can be found at flamingo.im.
What's New in Version 1.1.1
• Fixed a UI bug in the unread messages popover on non-Retina displays
• Menu bar icon that shows typing status
• Unread messages popover when menu bar icon is clicked
• Setting to hide/show dock and menu bar icons
• Crash reporting
• Automatic reconnection
• Faster startup time
• Much better buddy list performance
• Lots of crash fixes
• Fix font changing when emoji text is pasted.
• Fix broken handling of Twitter photo URLs
• Fix names not being truncated properly in title bar
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If you go in with the right exspectations, you’ll love it
Flamingo is an XMPP chat client. XMPP is a communications protocol used by Facebook and Google Talk to send text chat messages, so the developer includes an easy way to hook into those services using offically supported methods. However, they cannot reach deep into those services to grab things like message history or connect to video and audio chat. They also aren’t able to do group chats on fb and google, so they just don’t put group chat functionally in the program.
It’s kind of cool how Flamingo works within those limitations. It offers a bunch of ways to make one to one chat cool, like inline photos and videos. One thing I really like is unified contacts: if you have a friend who uses multiple services, Flamingo will automatically choose the one where they’re currently online. If they are online multiple services, you can switch services in the chat window pretty easily. And it all fits in one window that you don’t have to think about too much.
I don’t blame the developers for talking about hangouts and facebook before mentioning XMPP. I also think they did as good a job as they could of marketing it to people who don’t know about XMPP while still handling exspectations, but they obviously didn’t get to everyone. I do understand that it isn’t what everyone wants out of chat client. However, I was looking for an XMPP client, so I’m super happy with it, and I think a lot of people could be too.
Good start, not worth $10
I think the developers are off to a good start, however Flamingo still has a few issues:
- Switching in and out of full screen and opening chat windows causes some weird issues
- There’s a lack of keyboard shortcuts (close conversation)
- I’d love to see pinning a conversation to the top added
I don’t think it’s right to be charging $10 for this just yet.
looks great and sophisiticated and is probably one of the only nice looking apps that has both facebook and gtalk integration,
would be great if there was a chat history sync option tho and if the contacts were organized by recently contacted