New Multiple Service Instant Messaging Client

MantraGroup has released Causerie Messenger, a new Palm OS instant messaging client. Causerie supports many popular IM networks, and also offers a secure enterprise edition with encryption.

Causerie connects to multiple Instant Messaging networks including: SameTime, MSN, AOL, Yahoo, Jabber, ICQ and IRC. The program supports presence & Status settings, Emoticons , Buddy lists and maintenance, blocking features, fonts and colors, quick text, e-mail and call tagging and multiple login accounts. The program has been optimized for the Treo 600 and supports five-way navigation/sound/vibrate/LED options. The Dynamic Input Area (DIA) is supported on compatible palmOne and Sony devices.

Causerie for Consumers is available in 2 editions - Standard and Deluxe. The Deluxe edition allows access to powerful buddy agents (bots) which retrieve real time information like stock, weather, news, California traffic, gmail unread emails, Fedex tracking etc. Additionally, it also facilitates multiple account logins to all popular IM networks. The Standard and Deluxe editions are available for purchase for $24.95 and $34.95 USD for a one year subscription.

Causerie for Enterprise includes all the CC features along with Data encryption (AES/Blowfish), Message Archive support with precise timestamps and is firewall friendly.

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No IRC!!!

Texonite @ 10/6/2004 11:22:38 PM #
If i got it right, there is no IRC-support. Too Baaaaad ;-((((

Future Online!
Sorry for my bad english :(
RE: No IRC!!!
JDub @ 10/7/2004 1:46:13 AM #
Nope, it says IRC at the end of the other formats!


ComputerBob @ 10/7/2004 6:19:15 AM #
Well, It's there now

RE: No IRC!!!
causerie @ 10/7/2004 11:14:08 AM #
Hello IRC folks,

Causerie 0.9.9a supported IRC and we removed the support from 1.0 as IRC is mostly useful for conferencing abilities according to some beta testers.

Causerie IRC will show you a list of buddies in that channel and you can chat with each user. However, you cannot participate in the main chat room. We are currently adding support for main room chat functionality. If anyone is interested in only chatting with buddies, please email us at [support at] and we will gladly send you out a version with limited IRC support.


Very intriguing idea

a_nonamiss @ 10/7/2004 11:40:04 AM #
This is a very interesting idea, and I'd be interested in using it more, but it seemed a little... unfinished... for the hefty price tag. I had all sorts of problems disconnecting, reconnecting, and it crashed my T3 four times within the first 20 minutes of playing with it. When I finally got it (sort of) working, the network connection would time out often and it couldn't reconnect. If I tried to exit and restart the program, it would hang, causing a crash. Overall, the software seemed like it wasn't quite finished cooking, and I think that's the mistake some of these companies make when they are developing software. I work for a software company myself (not as a programmer) and I know first hand that there's no quicker way to turn people off from your product than to release a version that clearly has not passed a high level of quality control, especially with a price so near to the right side of the bell-curve.

If I'm going to pay $35 for a piece of software (Assuming I opt for the full version of Causerie) I'd expect something with the stability and development level of, say, Adgendus ($40) which is rock solid and highly polished. Even Trillian (Windows Multi IM software) only costs $25 for the professional version, and that program is pretty rock-solid.

This isn't meant as an attack on the company that wrote the software, but hopefully incidents like this will discourage companies from doing this kind of thing in the future.


Palm Pilot 1000 > Palm Pilot Professional > Palm III > Palm M100 > Sony Clié PEG-T415 > Palm T|T3

RE: Very intriguing idea
causerie @ 10/7/2004 12:09:46 PM #

This is first time I am hearing about ANY crash. We did a LOT of testing for this software and I am still unable to make out why it wouldn't work for you.

Are there other apps which use your Network connection on T3? Probably, they are interfering with Causerie.

Network connection are automatically closed by Palm if the connection is idle. You might want to change the preferences in Network Preferences. We have also provided an option in Misc preferences to ping the server so that Palm doesn't disconnect automatically.

This isn't meant as an attack on the company that wrote the software, but hopefully incidents like this will discourage companies from doing this kind of thing in the future.
>> I appreciate your comments. If you can just send us an email, I can just check with you about the problems that you are getting on T3.


RE: Very intriguing idea
a_nonamiss @ 10/7/2004 12:44:30 PM #
Sorry, didn't mean to come out there with my guns blazing like that. I was at a heightened state of frustration at the time I posted the original message. At any rate, after playing with it some more, I'm pretty sure that the conflict has something to do with BT Toggle Pro, which tries very hard to turn off my Bluetooth radio whenever it can. Even though I have my network timeout set at 3 minutes, BT Toggle tries to turn off Bluetooth before that, and I think that's what it contributing to the problem here. Web Pro and Versamail (my only two other Internet apps) seem to handle this OK, and they just assume that the connection has dropped and reconnect. Causerie did not handle this problem so gracefully, hence the crashing. I will contact support and see if I can't get this resolved. Like I said in the original post, I am very intrigued by this concept. I use IM almost exclusively for communication within my company, and such a product could prove to be useful.


Palm Pilot 1000 > Palm Pilot Professional > Palm III > Palm M100 > Sony Clié PEG-T415 > Palm T|T3



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