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Trillian 5 Released; Nearly All Premium Features Now Free

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Trillian, the IM Swiss Army knife from Cerulean Studios, just updated and every premium feature (except for cloud-based logging) is free.

Trillian will still rock a Free/Pro arrangement but the Free side of things just got a whole lot more awesome. All the great but previously premium features like themes, activity history viewer (a super charged chat log viewer that includes bookmarking), and multi-location sign-in with seamless switching between chat clients (no more messages getting lost when you move between your phone and desktop, for example). Right now the shift-to-free only affects the Windows edition but the Mac and mobile editions will receive the same feature shift in their next update rotation.

The premium version has shifted to a subscription model. For $12 a year you get the same feature bundle with no advertisements and cloud-based chat log storage and syncing. You can read more on the Trillian blog here or hit up the link below to download a copy.

Trillian for Windows

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 05/10/11

Comments (7)

  1. Sean Killeen

    Thanks for the update!

    I’d love to see a comparison post sometime to duke it out between Trillian and Digsby.

  2. John

    I used Trillian for awhile, but it seemed to really eat away at my RAM. Does anyone know if it maybe has / had a memory leak?

  3. Nathan

    What is Trillion and why should I use it :S?

  4. dima

    it’s a chat client that allows you to connect to all major IM networks at once (Yahoo messenger, AIM, MSN, Skype, ICQ, etc). So you don’t have to keep a bunch of IM programs on your computer

  5. Nathan

    Ahhh I get it, I assumed it would be something like this, but just wanted to clarify.

    Thanks :)

  6. KV

    Trilian 5. I used it since beta and it’s awesome.
    Not a memory eater unlike windows live messenger. Light, speed, multi network!

  7. flink

    I’ve been using trillian since 2.0.

    I dropped it for a few years after an employer’s network admin banned it and moved to google talk. When I recently went back to a 4.x version, I discovered that Trillian does not cleanly exit when I close it, leaving a zombie process behind that effectively blocks me from starting the again. I’m forced to use Task Manager or Process Explorer to find the process and manually kill it before I can re-launch trillian.

    Unfortunately, this still happens to me in V5.

    I like the program, though, so don’t get the wrong idea.

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