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Textual IRC Client

By Michael Morris

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Textual is an IRC client created specifically for Mac OS X. It was designed with simplicity in mind. Textual has taken the best of IRC and built it into a single client.

Textual provides many great features to make IRC more enjoyable:

• iCloud sharing across all your devices.
• Native fullscreen support.
• Multi-encoding support.
• Rich array of keyboard shortcuts.
• Elegantly designed optional dark user interface.
• Customizable with community created styles.
• Growl and native Notification Center support.
• Bold, color, italic, and underline text formatting.
• Auto-Completion for nicknames, commands, and channels.
• Address Book for tracking when friends are online & offline.
• Powerful, customizable, rule-based ignore matching.
• Inline media embedding. (Show images inline with chat.)
• Inline nickname colorization.

For advanced users, Textual also provides support for many
exciting features of IRC:

• Support for new IRCv3 standards.
• Full, native support for IPv6 users.
• SSL support with certificate validation.
• Client-side certificate authentication.
• Deep ZNC integration for power users.
• Direct Client-to-Client (DCC) file transfer support.
• Simple Authentication and Security Layer (SASL) support.
• SOCK4 and SOCK5 proxy support (with or without SSL)
• Blowfish based encryption with automatic key exchange.
• Expandable using scripts written in AppleScript, Ruby, Python, Perl, PHP, and Objective-C.

… and much, much more!

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What's New in Version 4.1.4

This update is recommended for all customers as it contains several critical fixes.

Beyond fixes, Textual 4.1.4 includes the following changes:

• An SSL certificate is now considered untrusted upon connection if the configured server address does not match the name of the assigned certificate.
• The option to speak notifications will now wait for other applications to finish speaking before Textual speaks a notification. This logic change was made to stop Textual from interrupting other applications when reading aloud.
• Alert sounds now honor the configured volume and output device in System Preferences.
• The ignore and unignore commands no longer accept any type of input. Instead, they open the Address Book user interface for the purposes of adding and removing ignores. This change has been made so that Textual can provide realtime validation for the ignore mask so that they can be properly formatted.
• Empty encrypted (e.g. "+OK ") lines are now replaced with a single whitespace.
• When both the primary and fallback configured encoding on a server fails, ASCII is now used as the only alternative.
• Textual will now check whether system SOCKS are actually enabled before trying to use whatever is configured. The old behavior was to check whether a proxy was configured at all. Now, the checkbox that enables the proxy in System Preferences is honored.

The full list of additions, changes, and fixes can be viewed here:


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Customer Reviews

Stable, powerful, no-nonsense IRC client

I’ve been using Textual for a couple months now after grabbing it from the app store. it has a nice, compact, high information density interface, was easy to configure (including multiple servers and multiple channels) and doesn’t have any distracting shiny nonsense in the UI. Hasn’t crashed or hung on me once while I’ve been using it, and it’s easy to find console info when I need it for debugging connection issues. In particular, Textual is good at using thoughtful, inline text and text styling to show information, instead of introducing additional GUI widgets. I think this keeps the interface well arranged and easy to read.

I’m pretty new to IRC, but a long time software developer and sysadmin. I think Textual would be good for both beginning and advanced users. This is a good piece of software that seems to be written with both developers and normal users in mind as audiences.

Well worth the $4.99 price I paid.

Great and still supported

This seems to be the only native IRC app that is still supported. In fact, it receives regular updates. Great and Mac-like user-interface.

Textual IRC Client
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  • $4.99
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Updated: Apr 04, 2014
  • Version: 4.1.4
  • Size: 4.7 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Michael Morris

Compatibility: OS X 10.7.3 or later, 64-bit processor

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