The official blog on Trillian development.

Trillian Astra!

Today we’re happy to announce the marking of Build 117 as a gold version of Trillian Astra. Thousands of Trillian users are already relying on Astra as their day-to-day communications tool, many major bugs and crashes have been resolved, and we’re very pleased with the overall stability and functionality of the product! Trillian Astra is available as a free download, and our Pro version sells for $25, or $10 for upgrading customers. Our new store is online, and we’re also proud to stand behind our 30-day refund policy for any dissatisfied customer.

We want to thank all of our beta testers and customers for their support over the past few years. It’s been a long road for us all and we couldn’t have built Trillian without your support and passion for the product. We hope you continue to enjoy Trillian as much as we continue to enjoy building it, and look forward to getting back to work on exciting improvements and feature requests for Trillian 4.1 and beyond! If you haven’t tried Trillian Astra yet, please give it a spin and let us know what you think. If you’re already a customer, please help us spread the word about the product and get your friends chatting on Astra! :)

So what’s next for Cerulean Studios and Trillian? Read on for details…

DEVELOPMENT

During our 3.x cycle, we were often criticized for a lack of development transparency and slow builds. For over two years now, we’ve been steadily updating our blog and releasing builds on a semi-weekly basis! We’re very happy with the new development process and we hope you are too. Look for this to continue moving forward – although Trillian is stable enough to be used daily, we’ll keep fixing bugs and releasing new builds of the 4.0 branch whenever we deem it necessary. We will be slowing the 4.0 builds down a little bit – noone likes software that updates itself every other day – but when batches of bugs are found and fixed we will push out updates! Our current goal is to ensure the launch goes smoothly, fix anything major that crops up, and then aim for regular maintenance builds on a monthly basis. Don’t worry if you think we missed a bug or two – while we’re confident in the overall stability of the product, we’re aware that nothing is perfect and will continue to improve Trillian.

TRILLIAN 4.1

Trillian 4.1 is already being worked on. We have an exciting batch of new features in store for you and have been closely following feature requests filed against the 4.0 product. Once certain internal milestones are reached, we’ll be putting 4.1 out for beta testing in the same way we’ve done with 4.0. Stay tuned to our blog for more details as they become available.

CROSS-PLATFORM, MOBILE DEVICES

We’re also continuing our work on all of the new versions of Trillian we’ve announced for other platforms. The iPhone version is nearly ready for submission to the App Store, the Web version will continue to get upgrades inside the 4.1 development cycle, and we’ll be talking in more depth about the long-awaited Trillian for OS X as well.

Again, thank you to everyone who has supported us and we do hope you enjoy Trillian Astra. We’re off to work on 4.1!

65 Responses to “Trillian Astra!”
  1. PeerBr Says:

    CONGRATS! You deserve it. Respect!

  2. musicphreke Says:

    Congrats guys! Love it and been using the beta for months and months. :) So is there any new download to get the “final” version instead of it saying Build 117, or just using that build works fine?

  3. Elessar Says:

    It’s about damn time :)

  4. a9l8e7n Says:

    yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Scream81 Says:

    good job CS!! all of you ..
    also great looking homepage, only Skin and Plugin download pages doesn’t fit in :)

  6. y0himba Says:

    I see that the payment model changed a bit, for the better in my opinion. 3.x $25 a year gave access to minor updates and new versions (3.x to 4.x), now $25 gives access to minor updates within the same version.

    I am happy to see this change and will proudly pay for new versions in the future. (5.0 here we come!)

    This has been a long tome coming. Congratulations Astra for going Gold, and thank you to Cerulean studios for the intense development and work it to to get here.

  7. agnostic-stigmata Says:

    This is some great news and i’m very pleased with 4.0 and would love to test 4.1 once it is ready. Thanks C.S. and keep up the fantastic work.

  8. Toff Says:

    Cheers, guys! :)

  9. ajm Says:

    Looking for skins? Find Astra-compatible skins posted by Trillian Community Forum members:

    http://bit.ly/TcQ5F

    (also: Works in progress, Custom Windows, Chat Views, Emoticon Sets, Icon Packs, Messaging Protocols, Sound Packs, Theme Packs, etc))

  10. y0himba Says:

    If you are using Twitter and love Astra make sure you announce this good news! Use hash tag #trillianastra

  11. DiamondNRG Says:

    @musicphreke … all versions have a build number, even final ones, so there is nothing you need to do, 117 IS the *first* final build… there will come a 118 and 119 and so forth eventually anyways.

    @y0himba, they announced that pricing months ago… but yes, it should keep people much happier.

  12. splork Says:

    It’s been a long time coming! Hoorah for Gold!

  13. Flyer00 Says:

    Congrats and nice work! Hands-down best social/IM app out there! Will be spreading the word!

  14. DiamondNRG Says:

    Want something for 4.1? http://www.ceruleanstudios.com/forums/showthread.php?t=96743

  15. Skawtnyc Says:

    A little bit disappointed that this long-time bug hasn’t been resolved for 4.0 yet:

    http://bugs.ceruleanstudios.com/show_bug.cgi?id=9778

  16. Alan Morgan Says:

    Any word on a Linux port? I know it’s been mentioned a few times as an ‘eventually’ type thing after Astra hits final, and thought I’d raise the subject again.

    Pidgin is nice, but I want my Trillian. And I can’t get it to run stably under Wine, so that’s not an option, either.

  17. Rachel Blackman Says:

    The core now runs under Linux (Octopus uses a Linux port of the core to power the iPhone and web versions, after all), but a true Linux port would require an entire new UI layer. (Which, of course, means picking whether it’s Gnome or KDE or whatever, in addition to doing the design and writing.)

    It’s not an impossible thing, but the market for Trillian on Linux is pretty darn small, unfortunately. OSX, Android, Windows Mobile… all of those actually have more potential to grow the Astra userbase than Linux does.

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  19. a9l8e7n Says:

    @DiamondNRG: You said it would be a weird coincident that the final release would be on build 121 because the final build on 3.0 was on build 121, then you said it would probably not come out that early, i guess things turned out differently than you expected. lol

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  28. Raqib12 Says:

    I can’t wait for the iPhone release :D
    Is there a set price-range for it yet?

  29. muzicman82 Says:

    Congrats! Astra has sure come a long way since my first download in June of 2007. Now, my wish would be a Windows Mobile version! Seriously… there’s nothing GREAT for Windows Mobile 6. BeeJiveIM was good, but is no longer being developed.

  30. Irontiger Says:

    That’s a great news, congrats!

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  33. tricke Says:

    congratualtions! let’s go Mac version! :)

  34. ZeusII Says:

    at last. great work, using the alpha for a long time withouth any major problem at all. loving it. can’t wait to try the iphone application on my Ipod touch :)

    and yeah, please do a version for Windows Mobile as that’s what my phone has ^^!

  35. Erzeal Says:

    Congrats guys! Its fantastic!
    This is going to be huge! Look forward to everything to come.

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    I have to congratulate you guys for the best IM client ever. Thank you so much… :)

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  51. mdoo Says:

    Where is the Mac version? I’ve been waiting since day 1 for it. I’m beginning to think it is vaporware. . .

  52. agnostic-stigmata Says:

    It is not vaporware. There are only a handful of developers at C.S. and they can only do so much at a time. Right now its astra for windows, Web version and iphone that is being worked on. My guess is the mac version will be after the ones i mentioned. :)

  53. trigger Says:

    наконец то всё работает

  54. kstew21 Says:

    is there an option to create a group chat? if so, is it possible to invite users from various platforms to join?

  55. kstew21 Says:

    disregard previous post. i found it!

  56. kstew21 Says:

    alright…one more time. the “conference” option for a group chat was right in front of my face. but…is the cross platform option available?

  57. DiamondNRG Says:

    @kstew21 … no that is not possible at all.

  58. kstew21 Says:

    @DiamondNRG – thanks as always!

  59. diam0nd Says:

    In many ICQ-related aspects Astra is a huge step back. Just one recent example: a window pops up asking if I allow a user to add me to his contact list. I see 3 buttons: Ignore, allow, block. Hmmmm… It seems pretty logical that I want to have a look at who that user is (user’s info), but there is no such button there. It WAS there in v3.
    Also, when I want to see the user contact details, it opens a browser window sending me to icq.com: a completely inadequate and spam/crap-filled site. Why isn’t all the info displayed in within Trillian, as it was in v3?
    Anyhow, icq-wise it’s quite a disappointment.

  60. Scream81 Says:

    why adding a users info button if there is allready one in the chatwindow?? and opening the icq website for info is not in every skin, no?

  61. DrBuzz0 Says:

    Just a question: How far along is version 4.1 and do you have any idea when it will be avaliable?

    I know that the “when will it be ready” question is one that everyone hates and the answer is generally “when it’s done.” But is this something that would be expected in, for example, months or years? Is it something to expect in the near future or something that is going to be very distant?

  62. agnostic-stigmata Says:

    Only the Devs could answer that and i know they won’t. Last i knew they we’re on build 4.1.0.3.

  63. DiamondNRG Says:

    @DrBuzz0

    The original “projected” “estimated” “guess” of a timeframe was 3 to 6 months for 4.1 to go public (assuming that means to public beta, not final)… And they have been working on it a few weeks. Obviously it may or may not stick to that timeframe, but that should give you a very rough “idea” of what the goal was originally.

  64. Eric Marcus Says:

    I love Astra! It’s a great communications portal. All my possible connections in one easy to use place. Great! Thanks.

  65. Phoenix42 Says:

    Just bought the HTC Incredible. Hoping for Trillian on Android.