Description : Meebone is an Adobe Air render of the much loved web based multiprotocol (multi client) messaging website. Handy if your using the Meebo me widget on your site.
Meebo is rapidly becoming the webs most popular web based messaging client. To be honest, I cant say I’m surprised either! Its freakin brilliant. It supports Yahoo Messenger, MSN / WLM (.net messenger), Google Talk, AIM, ICQ and Jabber. That’s quite an extensive list for a web based client. Bringing that to your desktop, with a smarter design, and having the same function from any browser, is just nice. Very Nice.
True, pidgin supports more messaging protocols, but it isn’t as beautiful, or has as many easy to use skins as meebo, and there is no web version either. Pidgen has a portable version, but with meebo, all you need is a browser. Both Pidgin and Meebo both have an open API , so plugin are simple to develop (relatively speaking if you can do those sort of things. Meebo has file transfer built in, along with web cams. How’s about that.
Meebo rooms are one of the unique features about Meebo. People can create rooms and put them into categories. The rooms can be public or private, and even embedded on a website if you have one. I’m considering adding one to AppAholic actually. Anyone can join a room, either as a guest or a Meebo user.
If you happen to use firefox, which alot of people do, there is a firefox extension (or addon). It includes a smart toolbar which sits on the side with a smart buddy list. Any recent messages is moved to the top of the buddy list. Also if someone sends you a message, an alert box will display in the bottom right hand corner of the firefox window. Clicking on this alert will bring up the Meebo
Another unique feature of Meebo is the Meebo me widget. Placing one on your blog or website means that anyone visiting the page can easily and quickly begin a conversation with you and ask any questions they might have. I have the Meebo me widget on the toolbar to the right. Before, It wasn’t practical to stay signed on in the web browser. This was fine when I was using different machines, however at home I want it out of the browser and on the desktop. This is where Meebone comes into play. Only one snag, It will not move onto a second screen! (Grrr!) Meebone runs on Adobe Air, which in all honesty, is rather exciting!
For those of you who don’t know, Adobe Air is a new run time environment developed by (your guessed it) Adobe. Its cross platform, and essentially creates a link between the web and desktop applications. As you can see from the very first screen shoot, it created the Meebo windows on my desktop rather than in browser. However, before I head off into a completely different review, suffice to say, Adobe Air is the first of many web desktop bridges (mark my words).
Just a note, there are a few other windowed versions of Meebo, however they do not allow for the illusion of a true desktop application. (I.E, whole website in a window, just not the browser.)
Conclusion : Meebo is growing in popularity for on the go web based messaging clients, and now it’s hit the desktop too, with Meebone. True, its only a render, and its still in beta 5, but it DOES work rather well. If you have a Meebo Me widget on your blog or website, then Meebone is for you! If you like trying different multi protocol messaging clients, and your bored of Trillian or Pidgen, give Meebo a try (You won’t be disappointed)