HydraIRC

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Description

HydraIRC is an IRC client that is developed to make IRC easy to use for new users, while retaining advance settings for old users. IRC or ‘Internet Relay Chat’ is a collection of servers that are connected with each other. This app allows connectivity to any numbers of servers and channels as you are required to, additionally it also allows you to transfer files, monitor different channels, customize themes and much more.

Features

The software allows you to connect to an unlimited number of IRC servers, by logging to a single server only. It is written in C++ using Visual Studio 7, for superfast and efficient programs. Its interface is user friendly and easy to use, with features such as auto hide, docking and tabbed MDI client. Connection used is secured, uses encryption and is reliable, as it reconnects itself if disconnected due to network errors. It also supports private messaging between users; user identities can setup on per-server basis –i.e. – you can assign a name to people on your list. There are several other functionalities such as auto mute, which can be used when you are busy or can mute a group; command profiles, these are the set of commands which would be defined by user, once they are set will be executed one after the other; auto-connect, a set of servers defined by user will be connected automatically every time they connect to HydraIRC; toggleable user list, a list of all users in a channel is displayed when you are using that channel and it supports all text codes like italics, bold, colors, underline etc.

Comparison

When comparing HydraIRC with other IRC clients, major difference can be seen of pricing of the different software. HydraIRC is open source software whereas other IRC clients such as X-Chat offer a 30 day trial, on expiration one time registration of $19.99 is required. When compared on the basis of features, HydraIRC has many unique feature as scripting via DLL plugins, docked viewing, customization of the interface etc; which another software of the same area does not provide. Customization of user interface is an essential feature from user’s point of view, as after a certain period of time, interface might look sluggish and monotonous too, this special feature has been added in HydraIRC.

Conclusion

HydraIRC is an attractive IRC client which is open source and easy to use especially for beginners. A basic idea behind its development is to provide an interface which is more attractive and easy to understand while retaining all the advanced options of IRC. It has several features that will compel users to use it on a permanent basis as compared to other software existing in the same category of clients, but it lags in number of users it has.

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