Flamingo: the IM client your Mac always craved for
I’ve always preferred native clients for web services. Be it calendar (iCal), email (Sparrow), Twitter (Tweetbot) or, in this case, Google Talk. For years I was using Adium, a great open source OS X client supporting all sorts of protocols. Simple, minimal, efficient. Adium, though, never seemed like a truly native OS X app.
Moreover Google never launched a native client for Hangouts (née Talk) on OS X. That was always a problem for me since Talk was my IM of preference. I never did a lot of chatting on Skype except with a few very close friends and iMessages is still quite broken (sorry, Apple—that’s the truth.) Although iMessages has been improved a lot since, say, a year ago I think it still isn’t in a place that’s suitable as a regular day to day IM platform. It’s ideal for texting, just not IM yet.
Hopefully Flamingo solved the IM conundrum on OS X for good. With a fully native OS X approach Christian Dalonzo and Indragie Karunaratne (the guys behind it) re-imagined the UI and UX with great attention to detail and produced a beautiful product. Flamingo stands amidst the IM clients maelstrom as the only solution a true Mac user would love to use day in day out.
In spite of its first version and limited (but extremely well-thought) feature list, Flamingo shows amazing potential. Its all-in-one design sporting buddies, conversations, and messages, all in a single unified window is fantastic. On top of that, Flamingo supports a unified contact management system with seamless transitions between accounts in the same window. There’s also automatic inline-media support from services like CloudApp, Droplr, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and your favorite GIFs. Just paste a supported URL and it’s instantly transformed. Other features include direct file transfer—or via CloudApp and Droplr, blazing fast search and also support for Facebook and XMPP accounts.
— Apostolos (@apas) November 1, 2013
At $9.99 it might seem really expensive and unnecessary for many—considering it’s an IM client—but personally I think it’s a very decent price for the software quality one gets. It totally transforms your OS X IM experience (we all know how horrible Google Hangouts Chrome extension is.) Flamingo is available on the Mac App Store.