11.22.06

Astra Planeta

Posted in Companies at 11:02 am by admin

My friends over at Cerulean Studios have announced some information on their upcoming Trillian Astra release, a truly exciting milestone in the world of instant messaging. These guys have been working on this update night and day for what seems like forever, and the effort is finally paying off!

Astra is pretty amazing stuff: Web IM integration, Google Talk, MySpace IM, handwriting recognition, web profiles, graphical widgets, etc — the list goes on and on.

For those of you worried about bloat, they’ve seriously reduced application load times (50% reduction), memory usage, and screen redraw times. This application is smoking fast compared to previous releases!

Astra seems to be getting some great initial coverage: TechCrunch has picked up the story, it has received over 1200 Diggs, and I’m even seeing some mention by local bloggers in the Colorado region.

Probably the most exciting thing about this release is that Trillian is no longer just a chat client. With the Astra release, the Cerulean team has quietly built its own chat network and web-based instant messaging platform, a serious shot across the bow to Meebo and a number of other related companies.

I’m repeating this because it’s so important:

Trillian isn’t just an instant messager client anymore. It’s a complete IM platform — client+chat_network+web_services

This is a big leap for Trillian and Cerulean as a company. I’m really excited for their entire team; an amazing amount of work has been put into this release!pills online usadiscount code 5%:_879981pharmacy online usa

4 Comments »

  1. Scott said,

    November 29, 2006 at 5:23 am

    I’m not quite sure the world needs another competing IM platform. I’ve always liked the trillian client, and used it regularly for quite a few years, and I’m very glad to see they’ve improved the speed, because the 3.1 client was seriously bloated and slow. I just hope things don’t get more fragmented, because now that we’re starting to see some of the competing systems work together, adding another system into the mix just seems like a wrong move. But I will definitely try it out when it’s available for download. Also, Meebo is really a different kind of service, and I don’t see that trillian is really going to influence them. Meebo is web based with no install, and I’ve yet to see anything that shows me trillian astra will be the same.

  2. elliot said,

    November 29, 2006 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks for the comment! Re: Meebo, check the Astra preview site and you’ll see that they’re integrating Web-based IM support (zero-install).

  3. Scott said,

    November 29, 2006 at 4:16 pm

    I saw that after re-visiting the website. Will be interesting, hope they open up the beta soon.

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