Popular Internet Chat Client Updated

Kent Sorensen has updated his popular IRC chat client, Snak, to version 4.5. Snak allows Mac users to participate in Internet Relay Chat rooms, and provides a host of features in an easy-to-use application. According to Mr. Sorensen:

The new version features extensive AppleScript support, improved MP3 download features, as well as usability improvements and bug fixes.

It might be helpful to your readers to include this short description of what an IRC client does:

What is an IRC client ?
An IRC Client is a program that will let you participate in discussions in Internet Relay Chat channels. IRC is a service that uses the Internet to connect a large number of servers all over the world. Individuals then connect to a nearby server with the help of a client program like Snak and join one or more of the thousands of channels that are available.

At any given time the largest of the IRC networks may have as many as 35.000 participants and almost anyone can find a channel that talks about a topic that is of interest to that particular person.

Some of Snaks main features are:

  • Connection files makes it very easy to start an IRC session
  • Much less window clutter than other IRC clients
  • A dedicated input field per channel
  • Multi connections and multi channels
  • Integrated /notify support
  • Address Book to store information snippets
  • Connection records can specify multiple servers, which allows the program to try each server until it finds one that will connect.
  • Customizable menus holds frequently used commands and shortcuts
  • Font and background color can be set for each individual channel
  • Manual and Automatic logging
  • International character sets are supported
  • Command-clicking URLs is supported
  • Fully searchable channel list and channel text
  • Guardian feature lets parents limit what channels a child can use
  • Fully customizable multi line aliases
  • Extensive scripting capabilities
  • Identd support
  • File transfer and chatting via DCC

Snak is available for US$20. You can find more information at the Snak web site.