Conceited Software’s Linkinus is the be-all end-all for Mac IRC clients. I realize that's a fairly strong statement to make, but it's well deserved. Linkinus is easy enough for new-IRC users to grasp, and powerful enough for veteran IRC users to maximize. A common trend of the apps I like to review, Linkinus has an extremely clean and un-cluttered user interface; an accomplishment for an IRC client. Linkinus also boasts some pretty powerful features including:
- Smart Highlighting
- Embedable Media
- Applescript Support
- Ident Manager
- Custom Themes
- Custom Channel and Server settings
Another note of praise is the fact that you can customize server and channel settings just by clicking on the name (in the sidebar). You can add things like custom join commands, ident switching, and specific word highlighting for traffic monitoring.
I don't say this often, but I have to admit that Conceited Software has really thought of everything on this one. I can't think of a single feature I would add. With that being said, if you plan on using IRC on your Mac, look no further than Linkinus. At $9.99, it's a steal.
Ease of Use: 10
Look and Feel: 10
Overall Rating: 10