Nettalk

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Description

NetTalk is an open source IRC client, boosting powerful features and at the same time it is very easy to use. As it is a windows application, its UI is based on windows standards. It has been even localized to languages which include English, Spanish, Dutch, Russian, Chinese, Hungarian and German.

Features

NetTalk has a lot of functions and the most important are Nickname tab completion, Command completion, Logging, Encryption and UTF-8 support. The Nickname tab completion will autocomplete partially written username in the channel by pressing TAB button on the keyboard. Automatic command completion helps to enter commands more productively. When the user types a command partially a drop down menu shows all the possible commands related to what has been typed.

NetTalk provides a commodious way of logging into both private and public chat/conversation. It also has a log file which stores all the data about their login sessions. There is an option available in NetTalk to set the maximum size of the log file. If the maximum file limit is reached, the data will be overwritten. Log file can be viewed anytime by using the command “/logview #channelname” or “#logview ‘nick’ ”.

The Encryption mode, when enabled, sends all the text encrypted whether it is a private or public chat but there is a major drawback to using encryption mode. If another chat user is using a different IRC chat client which does not support, encryption will be able to receive the text, but would look gibberish. The other best feature of NetTalk is shortcuts. Not the desktop shortcuts but the user-defined keyboard (command) shortcuts. The user cans create/edit/add shortcuts (commands) by going to Options ->Shortcuts. There is also a UTF-8 support due to which user can use languages like Greek, Cyrillic, etc.

Other features include automatic syntax completion, spelling check, script support (with basic-syntax), plug-in support, on screen displaying of messages as well as displaying of the message when minimized, automatic storing of connections and their properties including opened channels, DDC chat and file transfer, sock proxy support, easy configurable colors and background picture.

Comparison

Though there are a lot of open source and closed sourced IRC clients, NetTalk tops them due to its interface which is based on windows OS guidelines while most of the other software have a feel of a Linux UI. The large and regularly updated wiki is another plus point.

Conclusion

NetTalk IRC client is a robust client which though targets at users new to IRC clients, can be used easily every day by pro users who are not new to using IRC clients. It can be easy for the user to switch from another client due to its shortcut feature. If you get confused by a lot of clients out there, this is definitely for you.

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