Much to my chagrin, I get people sending me messages through many different messaging services, including:
- Facebook Messenger
- Twitter DM
- Skype (very occasionally)
- Message (iMessages & Text Messages)
I’ve been looking for ways to make this as convenient and efficient to manage as possible. To that end, I’ve been actively researching options that allow me to access at least some of the above platforms from a single app.
Here’s what I’ve tried so far:
IM+ —This is the first one I tried. It’s been around for a while and is included with my Setapp Subscription. I didn’t end up sticking with it for very long. I’m not a fan of the UI and I found it was too CPU heavy.
Station — This is an app that strives to be “A single place for all of your web applications.” It supports a large (and growing) number of apps, including many of the messenger apps on my list and has quite a slick UI. But it has some annoying UI quirks (e.g. there’s no title bar, which makes moving the window around tedious) and some equally annoying bugs (e.g. Quit doesn’t work reliably). I’m going to keep an eye on this one, but it doesn’t quite fit the bill just yet.
Franz — This is the best option I’ve found so far. The UI is nice and clean and I haven’t seen any CPU or stability issues so far. The app is free, but there are Support Licenses available. I’ll probably become a paid subscriber if I’m still using this app a few weeks from now, mainly to support their ongoing development.
I’m curious what other people are using. Are there any other apps that are worth checking out?
Thanks for any advice you have to pass along.