February 7, 2008 at 7:15 am #28275
Digsby is a new, multi-network IM client that connects to all the big IM networks — AIM, ICQ, WLM, Yahoo, Google Talk and Jabber — and can integrate with your email, Facebook and Myspace accounts. Digsby’s goal is to give you one place to manage your online contacts.
Digsby has just been released in a private beta, and tonight I had a chance to play around with it. If you’re the type of person who loves living on the bleeding edge of technology, leave a reply and I’ll send you an invite.
What follows are my very early impressions; look for a more detailed review in a few days.
The Install went very smoothly, although by default, Digsby wants to launch automatically when I start my computer, and change my homepage. These are two things I absolutly hate, but I unchecked them (in spite of what you see below).
Once installed, you configure it to connect to your various IM, email and social network accounts. Digsby supports the AIM, ICQ, Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger (WLM), Google Talk, and Jabber IM networks. I was able to easily connect to all with one exception.
I got authentication errors when trying to connect to Yahoo! Messenger. This surprised me, especially since Digsby was able to connect to my Yahoo! Mail.The Yahoo errors have been corrected! Build 12111 has resolved the problem. I can now properly login to Yahoo Messenger via Digsby!
For email, Digsby supports Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail, AOL/AIM Mail, GMail, IMAP and POP3 accounts — pretty much covering all the bases. For each email account you add you’ll see an icon on the status bar with the number of unread emails. Hover over the account name in your buddy list and you’ll see a preview of them, with quick links to common tasks (reply, delete, etc.).
Digsby also connects to social networks, giving you access to the latest status of your friends and other activity. Currently, Digsby supports both Facebook and Myspace. The integration with Facebook is best, and their is even a Digsby widget for your Facebook profile. With Myspace, you get the status and updates, but to take an action, Digsby launches a browser and takes you to the full Myspace website. It might be nice if they used a mini-browser and the mobile version of the site, but only as an option.
Chats appear neatly tabbed, buddy icons (display pics, avatars, or whatever your IM network calls them) work great. File transfers mostly worked. I tested with my friend Dave, and we were able to get transfers working on the WLM network, but while Dave could send me files via the AIM network, my attempt to send a file was never received. I chalk it up to beta software.
You can easily change the appearance of the buddy list and chat windows, and Digsby also allows for different skins or themes — or you can create your own.
Voice and Webcam Support
Digsby does not include voice or video support at this time, but that’s no big surprise. This product is clean, fast and well-integrated. I like the concept, and it appears to be well thought out.
If you want to try it out, use the invite code bigblue.
Check back this weekend for our a complete review.February 7, 2008 at 7:34 am #166793February 7, 2008 at 7:42 am #166788
Thanks for the digg, fanatic! The invite code (for all who are interested) is bigblue, and it’s good for the first 5,000 people who use it.February 7, 2008 at 3:22 pm #166799
Has anyone been able to get this working with Yahoo? I’d like to try it, but Yahoo is a necessity for me.February 7, 2008 at 4:00 pm #166803
Looks great, someone finally took the initiative to properly mesh social networking with IMing – invite please!February 7, 2008 at 4:12 pm #166802
This would be great if they fixed yahooFebruary 7, 2008 at 4:26 pm #166804
I look forward to seeing what Digsby can do with all the unique platforms.
I’d love to evaluate it for myselfFebruary 7, 2008 at 4:33 pm #166801
Great application. Some glitches and improvements are needed.
1. Proxy/firewall support
2. Disconnections in email and IM accounts
3. Ability to change status on each IM service separately
4. Three levels of grouping for IM contacts can be useful (as an ex. first level for the service and the other two by status and by group)
5. I couldn’t get pop3 to work. Need to do more testing
6. Ability to see the email/Facebook in the Digsby bar rather than another barFebruary 7, 2008 at 5:09 pm #166806
Invitation would be appreciated. ThanksFebruary 7, 2008 at 5:38 pm #166805
This is a compelling and interesting advance. Please include me.February 7, 2008 at 6:07 pm #166800
Hey can you send me an invite please! 🙂February 7, 2008 at 7:50 pm #166807
please include me!February 7, 2008 at 9:03 pm #166808
Please include me in this. I’d love to try this program.February 8, 2008 at 12:27 am #166810
Looks good. I’d love an invite too.February 8, 2008 at 1:02 am #166796
Simply, the best instant messenger I have ever used; Windows or Mac.
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