Franz – One application, endless possibilities (Quick Review)

Are you using different messaging platforms and do you end up with various applications and browser windows to keep communicating? If yes, Franz is a simple solution for you.

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Source: Meet Franz

Franz is quite new, it was first released in March 2016 with a mission to make communication easier. It is a communication hub allowing users to manage different chat/ messaging apps in just a single window. Currently, Franz supports to integrate 34 chat/ messaging services, which is an impressive number. Especially, users can even use many different accounts of each chat/ messaging service at once. In other words, Franz helps you to easier use 2 (or more) Facebook Messenger or Skype accounts, etc in the same time.

I have just installed and used this application for a day and this is a quick review of version 4.0.4 (4.0.4) running on macOS Sierra (10.12.1). If you are interested, please find the download link at the end of this post.

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Simple User Interface

Franz’ design is extremely simple, which makes users easily to learn how to use by themselves. There is a list of chat/ messaging services (section Add a new service), what you need to do is just select some items that are then showed in section Enabled services. Each service enabled is presented in its own tab, under the main window of Franz.

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The user interface in each tab looks like the design on the main application

Furthermore,  you need to manually enable desktop notifications in the messenger settings (it happens for some services such as Facebook Messenger); fortunately, you can simply make it as following.

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Turn on desktop notifications for Facebook Messenger

Currently I just use Facebook Messenger, Skype and WhatsApp with Franz and it works well till now. Unfortunately, Franz does not support Skype calls yet. Besides, I tried adding Gmail and experienced that it slowly refreshed Gmail service and number of unread mails sometimes were not properly updated. Another disappointed thing is that Viber is not offered in this version (it is still a beta version); so hopefully we can combine Viber soon in upcoming versions, which is surely great. Anyway, it is worth trying out.

You can find the download link here

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