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I used Franz a long time back with version 4. It was very disappointing to see version 5 requiring to sign up for an account for whatever reason. It does not make sense so I decided to uninstall the app as version 4 is no longer being updated.

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The developer guy is not very talented programmer and constantly updating app with minor version which breaks the all loaded webapps so you need to login all of them again. You can just use random browser this app doesn't give huge benefits.

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At the moment it's the only one that do the job
It's not the best way and it's not perfect but is the only one I find

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The program itself is a bloated, laggy mess. If you're not familiar, basically it has a whole instance of chromium inside the program, just so it can render a webpage, where the buttons and chats are divs or whatever. You get a program hundreds of megabytes big, sucking up a bunch of memory, just to send some texts back and forth. Apparently this is how we develop GUI in 2019.

What's worse is the model. Initially it was free to use, but the author soon revealed that to be a classic bait and switch. A new update now requires you to make an account to use the program at all. To be clear: make an account means you give the owners of Franz all your chat account names and passwords and they record all of that data and probably sell it to God knows who. And, the author's main interest is to make people pay for that, hence naturally he forced everyone to use an account to cajole people into buying the subscription. He claims that this is because of the costs of infrastructure. Yes, I bet vacuuming up everyone's chats puts a big strain on the infrastructure! Meanwhile, the irony of demanding payment for something that is essentially a parasite sitting on top of another free chat service seems to be lost in translation.

I found it amusing to read the Github issues that followed the requirement for accounts, and the authors' disingenuous handwringing about "listening to the community". Shortly after, of course, he told the community to get lost, because he wants his money, see, and if you've been supporting the app from the beginning by using and giving feedback, but don't think it's fair to be cast by the wayside like this, then sucks to be you, buddy! Oh, he phrased it in a much more polite way, of course, as only a true slimeball could.

Don't fall for the bait and switch, don't waste your time with this crapware, and don't support evil developers who see their users as bags of money, not people. Let this awful client follow the fate of its namesake - an angry, vicious man at the helm of an oppressive, bureaucratic dictatorship that brought about one of the greatest tragedies in history.

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I was enjoying it except for one thing, which made me stop using it. In the free version, when you open the window after leaving it in the background for a while, it makes you wait 10 seconds before using it, with a nag that tells you to subscribe to the paid version. This got annoying fast, since I just wanted to use it for basic messaging on a few services.

I switched over to Rambox a couple weeks ago, which does everything that Franz does but without the nag. Much better

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More polished then most of the alternatives out there (Rambox, Station, Wavebox). One inexplicably missing feature and the primary reason I'm still using Wavebox is navigational shortcuts (e.g. alt+left arrow & alt+right arrow).

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Great except some of the services (Steam/Skype) require login everytime you start Franz whilst others (Whatsapp) don't.

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It's okay, but you can't tear out a tab and make put it into a new window.

So no grouping things logically.

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just works. I just cant said Skype doesnt work very well with external links

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I've been using this app over 1 year now. Both in win and mac os. It saves a lot of time from jumping between apps. It replaces other apps for me like Slack, Skype, Messenger, WhatsApp, Discord... Only problem is with voice calls because they do not work properly with every clients in Franz. So when I need to take voice, I need still to use separated apps :( But still this is one of the best and simplest app for messaging!

[Edited by Niittymaa, September 19]

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