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Textual 5

By Codeux Software, LLC

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Textual is the world's most popular application for interacting with Internet Relay Chat (IRC) chatrooms on OS X.

First appearing in 2010, Textual has since evolved and matured into the top IRC client for OS X; relied on and trusted by thousands of people.

Beautiful Interface
• Textual includes two elegantly designed light and dark variants of the user interface to match all tastes. The user interface itself has been refined all the way down to the very last pixel. Everything has a place and a purpose and nothing is in the way to create clutter.

Powerful, yet lightweight
• Textual supports very powerful modern technologies such as native IPv6, direct client-to-client file transfers, the latest IRCv3 specifications, client-side certificate authentication, and much, much more in a lightweight, easy to navigate, clutter free environment.

Privacy is valued
• Textual values your privacy. Sensitive information such as passwords are maintained within the OS X keychain which is encrypted. Additionally, text based encryption with automatic key-exchange using industry proven standards is available. Furthermore, all source code is publicly available for auditing at any time.

• Textual provides extensive theming support by leveraging technologies such as HTML 5, CSS 3, and JavaScript. Also included is the ability to create alias commands using scripts written in AppleScript, Ruby, Python, Perl, or PHP. For advanced users, it is possible to write plugins in Swift or Objective-C that have unlimited access to the entire codebase of Textual.

Textual also includes…

• Inline nickname colorization
• Rich array of keyboard shortcuts
• iCloud support for syncing connections and preferences
• Address Book for tracking when friends are online & offline
• Powerful, customizable, rule-based ignore matching
• Inline media embedding (Show images inline with chat)
• Auto-Completion for nicknames, commands, and channels
• Growl and native Notification Center support
• Bold, color, italic, and underline text formatting
• Built in support for converting text emoticons to emojis
• Powerful ZNC integration for power users
• Many community created addons & styles
• Simple Authentication and Security Layer (SASL)
• SOCKS4 and SOCKS5 proxy support (with or without SSL)
• Support for sending self-signed certificates for authentication
• Support for validating and specifying trust for untrusted certificates

…and much, much more!

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What's New in Version 5.0.3

Minor maintenance update to fix the most common issues affecting Textual.

Textual 5.0.3 is a noncritical update which can be skipped.


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Customer Reviews

Still great, but recently overly complicated...

I’ve been a big fan of Textual since it was first released on the App Store. I resisted upgrading to Textual 5 for quite a while but recently decided to just pull the trigger. The familiar app definitely looks nicer in Yosemite than previous versions. Unfortunately, the Preferences interface has been overly complicated and is no longer very “Mac-like”. It’s incredibly complicated and finding any relevant options I need has become laborous and non-intuitive. Bring back the OS X standard-style preferences menu, please. This complexity is very windows-like, and if I wanted to have to hunt for options I would just use a terminal window instead of a GUI client.

It’s Ok. Not terrible. Not great.

I’m used to mirc, and I haven’t found anything even close to it on OS X, but this client was an interesting diversion from xchat. Colors need to be changed by themes. The network list is too big, and I could not find a way to reduce the size. If there is a menu option, it wasn’t intuitive and I did not find it after about 20 minutes of poking through the menu. 20 minutes is too long. This client has promise since it enables users to make changes through several popular scripting methods. I’ll play with it some more and see if it can be scripted to do what I want with it. If not, it will probably end up in the trash bin with the $5 that was spent on it.

The Best IRC Client

I've been using IRC almost daily for about nine years, and this is hands down the best IRC client I've ever used. It has a clean, modern interface that doesn't sacrifice what makes IRC great. The included themes are good, but you can modify them or make your own using css, which is very nice.

Everything I want out of an IRC client is there, and more. This got me to switch over after using XChat for years. Definitely try the demo on their website if you're on the fence.

Textual 5
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  • $4.99
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Updated: Dec 11, 2014
  • Version: 5.0.3
  • Size: 6.0 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Codeux Software, LLC

Compatibility: OS X 10.8.3 or later, 64-bit processor

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