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!
See http://www.codeux.com/ for more information.
What's New in Version 4.1.3
• Clicking a nickname in the centered channel view will now highlight all messages created by that user. Another click will then reverse the process. This feature is limited to the styles distributed with Textual. It does not automatically apply to custom, 3rd party styles.
• Added support for identifying to UserServ instead of NickServ. See the results of the commands "/defaults help" and "/defaults features" for information on enabling this feature.
• The IP address of the server being connected to is now shown when connecting to an IRC network so that the end user can know if they are trying to connect to more than one server when downtime occurs for an IRC network.
• When automatic reconnect on disconnect is enabled for a server, Textual will no longer make reconnect attempts until the local network is actually available.
This update includes fixes to try and improve the stability of the application under certain conditions. These fixes include:
• Fixed an issue that resulted in channels not updating when new messages are received.
• Fixed an issue related to unexpected behavior when waking from sleep.
• Fixed a hang due to certain text being entered into the main text field.
• Fixed the channel list dialog not closing when deleting a server resulting in a crash.
• Fixed an issue that may have resulted in some users not seeing inline images when enabled.
• Fixed duplicate entries appearing in the channel list when sharing with iCloud.
• Fixed a few user interface elements when changing preferences using iCloud sharing.
Very solid app… clean and full-featured
I recently began using Textual in my search for a modern IRC client for the Mac (Yes, some of us still need IRC on a regular basis). I also use Colloquy, but it isn’t in the App Store and the desktop version is not updated very often anymore.
I am happy to report that Textual is very solid app… easy enough for the relative newcomer to IRC, but also contains loads of features under-the-hood for power IRC users. I haven’t found any bugs so far, and consider this is when using 15-20 IRC channels simultaneously, over SSL/SASL, with authenticated connections. I am impressed. The app is well-integrated into the Mac OSX desktop environment, and even includes iCloud integration to sync your settings across OSX instances.
I forsee using this as my primary IRC client from this point forward. Thanks to the devs— I can tell much work has gone into making this a clean and polished app.
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.
Very Beautiful IRC Client
Please add option for display between Dock and Menu Bar icon
Thanks for Retina support!