LeafChat

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LeafChat
LeafChat Screenshot.PNG
LeafChat 2.41 connected to Freenode. (modified)
Original author(s) Samuel Marshall
Developer(s) leafdigital
Stable release 2.5 / July 29, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-07-29)
Development status Active
Written in Java[1]
Operating system Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux
Platform Cross-platform
Size 5.5 MB
Available in English
Japanese
Type IRC client
License GNU General Public License
Alexa rank 2,502,796 (November 2012)
Website leafdigital.com (English)
leafdigital.com (Japanese)

LeafChat is a free IRC client for Microsoft Windows and Unix-like operating systems, licensed under the GNU GPL. A donation is requested.[2]

Features[edit]

Each channel is inside a tab which can be easily selected between while chatting. Most networks' servers are supported for connection; multiple networks can be connected to simultaneously.[3] Users can add their own scripts and command shortcuts, and the software detects net splits.[2]

Reception[edit]

TUCOWS circa 2004 showed LeafChat with a popularity of about 1/4, but a rating of four (of five) stars.[4] Beginning in 2004, IRCReviews gave the software five stars (of five), as an Editors's Choice, describing it as "powerful, good looking, and scriptable."[2][5] In a 2010 review of version 2, LeafChat was described as "very well done", with a "killer" scripting API which was "convenient and easy", though the reviewer found some user-interface defaults "annoying", and ruled out using LeafChat due to perceived variable count limitations.[1] In a 2011 summary of four popular IRC clients, Techbuzz India described LeafChat as "one of the best" open-source clients with a "clean and simple" interface, and noted its ability to connect to multiple servers simultaneously.[6] The Simple Genetic Algorithm project at SourceForge suggested LeafChat (due to its zero cost) for its online IRC live developer support, and thoroughly outlined its setup.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ottinger, Joe (April 5, 2010). "LeafChat 2: excellent IRC client, but it’s still only a start". Enigmastation.com. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  2. ^ a b c Quin, Liam. "IRC Clients: Microsoft Windows: leafchat". Ircreviews.org. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  3. ^ "Download leafChat Free". Mac.softpedia.com. January 21, 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  4. ^ Marangoni, Robert; Cucca, Alessandro; Marangoni, Roberto (2004). Motori di ricerca: come cercare e farsi trovare sul web. Hoepli Informatica. p. 236.
  5. ^ Quin, Liam. "IRC Clients: Microsoft Windows: leafchat". Ircreviews.org. Archived from the original on 2004-03-02. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  6. ^ "IRC – The Most Popular Internet Chat". techbuzz.in. October 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  7. ^ "Support » sga IRC Chat Setup Guide (For Windows)". The Simple Genetic Algorithm project. SourceForge.net. Retrieved 2012-11-19.

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