Snak

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Snak
Original author(s) Kent Sorensen
Initial release March 3, 1997 (1997-03-03)
Stable release 5.3.4 (March 11, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-03-11)[1]) [±]
Development status Active
Operating system Mac OS, Mac OS X
Platform x86
Type IRC client
License Proprietary
Website www.snak.com

Snak (Danish for "chat") is a popular shareware Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client written by Kent Sorensen for the Macintosh platform.[2][3][4] Snak is distributed as shareware and can be freely used and evaluated for 30 days at no charge.[3] After the 30-day evaluation period has ended, the program will quit after 15 minutes of use, and a registration key must be purchased. Versions up to 4.12 runs on both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X while version 5 and newer only supports Mac OS X. The program is Intel Only as of version 5.3.4.

Features[edit]

Snak supports an unlimited number of connections and channels,[5] private chats, as well as full DCC support for file transfers and chat. It can be scripted with AppleScript and the ircII scripting language.[6] Snak features an Actions list which makes it easy to automate responses to many common events on IRC.[7]

Snak includes the ability for multiple panels to share the windows. A panel can contain a channel, a dialog with another user, a list, or information about a DCC file transfer. This results in an effective use of the screen space and improves the ability to follow multiple channels. A panel can be moved from one window to another by dragging the title bar or the panel tab.

As of 25th January 2010, full UTF-8 support is still lacking, although announced in previous upgrade version history.

Critical reception[edit]

Jason Parker, Assistant editor for Download.com, wrote for CNET Reviews on May 26, 2005:

"If you want a great IRC chat client for Mac, Snak is hands-down the best in the category."[8]

It has also briefly been mentioned at MacWorld UK[9] and is listed at MacObserver.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Snak - IRC for Mac". Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  2. ^ Charalabidis, Alex (1999-12-15). "IRCing On The Macintosh: Snak". The Book of IRC: The Ultimate Guide to Internet Relay Chat (1st ed.). San Francisco, California: No Starch Press. pp. 64 – 66. ISBN 1-886411-29-8. "Snak is another very new Mac client that has rapidly become one of the leading choices, especially for people who find Ircle's four or more windows cluttered or confusing." 
  3. ^ a b Mutton, Paul (2004-07-27). "IRC from Mac OS X: Snak". IRC Hacks (1st ed.). Sebastopol, California: O'Reilly Media. pp. 13 – 14. ISBN 0-596-00687-X. "One of the friendliest and three of the more popular, and more powerful, IRC clients available for OS X are presented here: Conversation, X-Chat Aqua, Snak, and IRCle. (p. 11)" 
  4. ^ Steinberg, Gene (2000-03-21). Mac OS 9: The Complete Reference. Osborne Complete Reference Series. New York, New York: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media. pp. 856 – 857. ISBN 0-07-212506-3. "Two IRC clients stand out on the Mac: ircle 3.0.4 and Snak 3.1." 
  5. ^ "Snak: Description". Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  6. ^ "Snak: Manual: Scripting". Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  7. ^ "Snak: Manual: Actions". Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  8. ^ Parker, Jason. "Instant messengers for PC and Mac". Killer Downloads. CNET.com. Retrieved 2009-10-14. "If you want a great IRC chat client for Mac, Snak is hands-down the best in the category." 
  9. ^ Evans, Jonny (2007-11-16). "Third party apps - further Leopard updates". Macworld UK. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  10. ^ D'Addario, Kyle (2001-03-27). "Snak On This: IRC Client Updated". The Mac Observer. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 

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