Curated by: Luigi Canali De Rossi

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Instant Messaging Graduates To Full Real-Time Collaboration: Trillian 3 Shows The Way

According to a sneak preview page on Cerulean Studios' Trillian website, the soon to be released Version 3 of the Trillian instant messaging application will incorporate a wide range of new features, including integration with the Wikipedia online encyclopedia, as well as real-time video and audio chat many truly innovative features.


Cerulean Studios designed Trillian to provide a single, unified interface between all the many chat, or Instant Messenger (IM), products available. With so many different chat mediums, such as Yahoo! Messenger, MSN Messenger, AIM and ICQ, Cerulean worked out that if they could design a product which was able to consolidate in a single interface all the buddies, or contact lists, for a user who chatted with friends using a variety of different IM tools, they might have a killer application.

There are now estimated to be over a million users of Trillian Basic (free) and Trillian Pro ($25).



The sneak preview provides a glimpse of a whole raft of new features and functionality.


Instant Lookup to Wikipedia
As you chat with your contacts, Trillian scans each of your messages in realtime to determine which words or phrases have interesting information associated with them. You may then choose to click these highlighted words to take further action, or can simply move your mouse over the words for a brief pop-up summary.


If you hover your cursor over a highlighted word or phrase, a pop-up window provides a brief summary of it, and clicking on it gives further options. Trillian 3 also supports launching a web search for a word or phrase by right-clicking on it directly from the chat window.

Cerulean Studios has no access whatsoever to your messages.

Other interesting new or enhanced features included with Trillian 3 include:

- Real-time Video Chat
- Video Filter Effects
- Image Capture
- Video Capture
- Emotiblipsâ„¢ (the audio/video equivalent of emoticons)
- Picture In Picture
- Side By Side
- Full Screen Video

Users will be able to make audio calls to users on different networks as well as use new or enhanced features such as:
- a volume control interface, including a mute button
- audio recording and playback
- support for Yahoo Chatrooms for audio conferencing


Time Travel
"Rewatch what you just missed!"
- Pause Live Video And Audio
- Rewind
- Fast Forward
- Record Live Video And Audio Clips
- Capture Video Into Image Files

Activity History
- Automated Message Logging
- History Viewer
- Timeline View
- Summary View
- Bookmarks
- History Search
- Assets (collects all transferred files from and to a contact in one location)

From the sneak preview, it looks as though Trillian 3 is setting the reference for collaborative instant messaging and for intelligently extending the development horizon of consumer online collaboration tools by a great deal.

Well done guys!

Consumers, independent professionals, SOHO businesses and not-for-profit enterprises will all benefit.

Go check it out and let me now what you think.

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Readers' Comments    
2004-11-19 09:08:30

Robin Good

Dear Philip,

from what I can see Trillian is running circles around GAIM and its feature set. Check the official description on the GAIM site. It says:

"Gaim supports many features of the various networks, such as file transfer, away messages, typing notification, and MSN window closing notification. It also goes beyond that and provides many unique features. A few popular features are Buddy Pounces, which give the ability to notify you, send a message, play a sound, or run a program when a specific buddy goes away, signs online, or returns from idle; and plugins, consisting of text replacement, a buddy ticker, extended message notification, iconify on away, spell checking, tabbed conversations, and more."

Is that what you are referring to?

Where is in GAIM support for RSS, video and audio chat, Time Travel, Wikipedia integration, Alerts and all the rest?

Please point me to the URLs where these features are documented.

As I am running a copy of GAIM too, I have nothing against this little gem, but I honestly see no comparison in the number of features and abilities between the two.

As a matter of fact I have chosen Trillian after having run side by side, GAIM, Jabber and Convoq ASAP. Though at the time (about a year ago or less) Trillian didn't still have as many features as it has now, I had no doubts that this would have been my program of choice.

2004-11-19 07:29:57


Umm, trillian didn't figure out anything. They just copied concepts first developed by opensource clients like gaim and everybuddy

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