SHAPE Service’s IM+ Pro app (TMA Review), easily one of the best instant messaging apps for the iDevice, has just received an update (v4.3) and it now has retina support, ensuring that all your chat sessions will look nice and crisp on the iPhone 4. Here’s what’s new in this version:
- New themes and wallpapers
- Hi-res graphics for iPhone 4
- Full VoiceOver support
- Setting own display picture from iPhone 4 front camera
- Improved contact search
Aside from supporting a slew of messaging services out there (MSN, gChat, ICQ, AIM, Skype etc), IM+ Pro is also a universal app, meaning that it’ll work on both your iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad after a single purchase. If you’re still looking for a robust and feature filled IM app, IM+ Pro is as good a choice as any on the App Store (you can also try out their free IM+ Lite).
Also new from SHAPE Services is their just released IM+ for the web. That’s right, you can access all your IM accounts via your favorite browser. Much like the popular service Meebo, IM+ Web allows you to log into services like MSN, Facebook or Yahoo and chat with friends/family on your computer. Users can either login individually to each IM account or simply sign up for an account with IM (or sign in with an existing one) and save all future logins under one username.
While the system is still in the beta stages, IM+ Web is definitely coming along nicely. The interface is clean and easy to use and it really is nice to have all your different IMs under one roof. It’s also free to use; anyone on a web browser can hop on and give it a whirl. We’ve been told that SHAPE’s development team is working hard at bringing even more improvements and features to IM+ Web, so expect more good things to come.
IM+ Pro App Description
All-in-One app for GTalk, Yahoo, MSN/Live Messenger, AIM/iChat, ICQ, MySpace, Twitter, Facebook, Jabber and Skype chat.
Universal iPad / iPhone / iPod app with full iOS 4 multitasking support!
NO COST PER MESSAGE! Send photos, voice msgs, and IM for FREE and save on MMS/SMS!
No pre-registration required. Just enter your account in the IM network and start the chat right away.
Stay connected even after closing IM+: you’ll be notified about new IM in all supported networks via Apple Push Notifications.
IM+ has the widest selection of unique features that you won’t find in any other IM client:
NEW EMAIL PUSH NOTIFICATIONS
Get notified instantly when a new email arrives in your mailbox. Supports Hotmail, Yahoo, and GMail.
SPEECH RECOGNITION (as in-app purchase)
The very FIRST and the ONLY speech recognition service for instant messaging on iPhone! Easy as 1-2-3. Dictate messages instead of typing them in! Offered on a monthly basis. English only.
SEND PHOTO / VOICE MSGS / VIDEO and IM for FREE
IM+ uses your existing data plan or Wi-Fi connection. Voice messages are sent as MP3 files and can be played back on any Mac, PC, or mobile.
Chat with your Skype buddies! Incoming Skype call can be recorded and played back instantly as a voice message.
View friends’ timeline, favorites, direct messages and replies. Update your Twitter with voice, photo or geo-location messages. ReTweet, Geo Timeline, and Search!
CUSTOM STATUS and GEO-LOCATION
Use your own status messages and let your friends easily find you on a map by setting geo-location as a dynamic status message.
Multi-task with a built-in browser! Surf the web and open links from conversations without leaving IM+.
APPLE PUSH NOTIFICATIONS
Stay connected even after closing IM+! You’ll be notified when you receive a new IM or when certain contact comes online (customizable) in all supported networks up to 7 days after closing the application! (Note: Due to technical reasons IM+ keeps Skype connected up to 2 hours only. Time allowed for Skype Push may be increased soon)
IM+ is the only application in AppStore with cool looking animated emoticons! Emoticons can be turned on or off.
Emoji smileys/emoticons on your iPhone and iPod Touch! No more spending money on a special app for that!
Use different sounds for different events in IM+: incoming message, contact coming online, push alert, etc.
With IM+ you are guaranteed that new and revolutionary features will arrive every month!
- Customized IM+ look with wallpapers from your Photo library or from IM+
- Animated emoticons
- Avatar support
- Multiple accounts per network
- Multi-lingual support. Chat in any language supported by your iPhone/iPod Touch
- Landscape mode. Convenient typing
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