Digsby too Plain for You?

Jul 6, 2008
Updated • Feb 15, 2012

So some of disagreed with me when I introduced Digsby a couple days ago?

Dark Kosmos thinks “trillian is MUCH better (and looks better)” and I must admit the from the Trillian screenshot he showed it does look pretty good. I used Trillian for a while and wasn’t too taken with it, although that was a while ago now so maybe I should give it another try.

I’ve been using Digsby since it was in beta. I managed to procure a key somehow and I was really impressed by it. I’ve always been a fan of clean chats, like google talk and irc, and Digsby really does well. It used to have a problem a while ago where if you closed peoples chat windows too many times, Digsby just stopped letting you open new ones, but a quick bug report later, and within a few days the problem was fixed. Angelo said “It used to have a problem a while ago where if you closed peoples chat windows too many times, Digsby just stopped letting you open new ones, but a quick bug report later, and within a few days the problem was fixed.”

I would have to say this is something the Digsby developers have been impressing beta testers with, rapid responses and fixes to any reported problems and bugs, and consideration of all suggested features. It’s a great way to build a community up as you can see by Disbies.org which just recently started up.

Digsbies is a place for the Disby community to discuss the application and download new themes and find tools and tips. It’s only small but I’m sure with time and a official public release of Digsby version 1 it will grow.

A couple of my favourite themes are the Digsby Alive theme, designed to match Digsby in with the Windows Live products and the AeRoyale theme to better integrate Digsby with the official Windows Royale theme.

Also find more emoticons, a Wiki and a log converter for transferring all chat logs from all the major chat clients including Trillian to Digsby.


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  1. HEL said on July 7, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Tommy: Not if you want IRC.

    Without IRC support Disgby isn’t in the same league as the Pidge, Trillian or Miranda. Sorry.

  2. darkkosmos said on July 7, 2008 at 10:00 am

    Guys trillian astra is being updated every week or so, just check the blog. You don’t have to be a warez monkey to try it., just use google.. or email me

  3. Tommy said on July 7, 2008 at 5:36 am

    im currently using pidgin and really dont care for skin.
    will this be any good for me?

  4. Angelo R. said on July 6, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    I’ve always liked the mac look, so I went with the Leopard theme. It’s rather nice ,and apparently, the Adium themes are fully compatible with Digsby as well. So if you can’t find what you’re looking for on Digsbies, then most likely you can on Adium’s website.

  5. just me said on July 6, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Trillian 3.1 was great and cutting edge about 3 years ago. Cerulean Studios can’t even give us a simple AIM update with offline message support and “here” statuses. I ditched it.

  6. Tobey said on July 6, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    I’m a satisfied Trillian user myself too. It sure does look awesome but that’s a screenshot of the new Astra, which has been in alpha testing for ages :-\

  7. Luis R said on July 6, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    how could anyone compare digsby to trillian Astra? Astra is two year old vaporware. Trillian Astra just might be better than Disby. Unfortunately, nobody but alpha testers and warez monkeys will know that.

    Digsby in its own right has a great, solid community. Unfortunately, their plans for Mac and linux may not be as grand as they think. Adium dominates the Mac world and Pidgin for linux. Unless Digsby becomes open source, they can expect few people to adopt the linux version.

    Trillian was great for it’s time. Unfortunately their cheap hacks and workarounds are what cause the rampant instability. Their IM plugin system came too little too late, they continue to use their own non-standard methods to save contacts etc. File transfers have always been a problem. SecureIM is not as secure as most people think (OTR is far more secure).

    At the end of the day, everyone has their own IM preferences. I guess the main thing would just be IM interoperability.

  8. darkkosmos said on July 6, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    :/ The screenshot was from trillian astra, not the trillian default or pro. (astra is in beta right now). You can’t compare the trillian skin with any digsby skin available right now. Anyway try it yourself, if you can’t get in try the pirated versions..

  9. joshua said on July 6, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Crap… typo and misquoting in there… you’ll see it.. second paragraph

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