Before other IM clients hit the scene, Trillian was the choice for multi-protocol support and is now often overlooked. They recently launched their new Astra beta to the public and here we will show you what to expect.
During installation be sure to uncheck both boxes wanting you to make Ask your default search provider and toolbar. Of course if you use Ask or want to try it out leave them checked.
Astra has added a cool new Aero type user interface, when you sign in you will start to see the differences right away.
If you don’t have an account yet the wizard will guide your through the registration.
When your all signed up and logged in, the welcome wizard will guide you through the set up.
There are a number of different skins to choose from and more you can download from their skins gallery.
If you are familiar with previous versions of Trillian you will still be able to access the many options they offer.
They offer several plugins to help you keep up with all of your social networking from Twitter to Facebook or even IRC.
Cool new Widgets that you can create in Trillian like a Business Card and send to your contacts.
You can also move the Widgets to your desktop.
You can all of the functions by right clicking on the tray icon.
When you sign up for this beta build you get Trillian Pro for 30 days which is $25 or only $10 for existing customers. After the 30 days you lose the premium features like Full Screen video chat mode, signing in from multiple locations, and personal tech support. There is really some interesting and fun things going on with this version of Trillian. If you’re looking to upgrade the old version or try something new, you might want to give Astra a shot.
- Published 07/1/09