Messenger for WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook, Slack & Hipchat

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Stefan Malzner@smalzner · Product Designer
In case you have any questions about Franz, feel free to ask. I am more than happy to answer all of them.
Steve Weiner@steve_wein · ceo @spot
@smalzner have you built keyboard shortcuts yet? specifically toggling btwn different chat windows
Steve Weiner@steve_wein · ceo @spot
@smalzner never mind! find them and love them
Michael Batko@batkom · Business Analyst at Expert360
@smalzner love it but theres 3 things which i hate 1) i cant receive pictures (skype - shows up as not authorized) 2) cant audio/video call straight from franz i always have to log back into skype 3) it keeps logging me out of skype and hipchat and i need to relogin
Nadia Yun@nadia_yun · The StartUP CMO: Marketing I PR I Social
@smalzner What is the brand story behind the name Franz?
Stefan Malzner@smalzner · Product Designer
@batkom we are working on a fix for sending attachments in skype and it will come with one of the next updates. Skype calls is a bit trickier but we are working on that one too. About logging you out of Skype and HipChat... can you please head over to franz.zendesk.com and open a ticket, would love to get more information.
Stefan Malzner@smalzner · Product Designer
@nadia_yun from our website :) Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria had a rough time following the downfall of the Austrian Empire. Why not give someone with the presumably exceptional communication skills of an emperor a second chance?
Raphaël Chabaud@raphchabaud · Growth Marketer
@smalzner Hi Stefan. Did you stop to maintain Franz ? What is the future for this app ?
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@__tosh · Co-founder & CEO, Blossom
You might know the problem: You might prefer Whatsapp and Telegram but a handful of other people you know are mainly using Facebook Messenger or Hangouts or Skype. Same with team messaging platforms like Slack and Hipchat. So you run a combination of open tabs and native applications but it feels a bit like the days before Adium and Trillian. Franz is a quite elegant take on this. One Mac app that unifies them all. The nice thing about Franz is that unlike in other cross-platform messengers like Adium where some features of some platforms only work some of the time Franz is actually using the web based messengers underneath so whenever there is a new sticker pack or a new way to share gifs Franz supports it immediately.
Stefan Malzner
@smalzner · Product Designer
@__tosh Thank you so much for hunting Franz. <3
Ben@benmarten · Software Engineer @ Infuse.us
@__tosh Please open-source this!!!
Alok Jariwala@aaspire · Product Manager, Mobile
@__tosh it might be great to have a mobile app for it which could be challenging but worth it. I think if you make it paid $2 to $5 orpeople will pay for it 😄 may be more .
Abinash Mohanty@abinashmohanty · UX Lead @ii5 Global - 1Group
@__tosh Bravo! Awesome creation! Also, are you planning to make this cross platform?
levelsio@levelsio · Founder of Nomad List
@__tosh Love this! So useful. And such a smart implementation by making it all web! One thing, could you add auto focus of text field when I cmd-tab into the app?
@__tosh Thank you for putting this together. SO handy when you have people on all the networks.
Romil Mittal@romilmittal
This is great, thanks for the hunt.
Christian Torres@cftorres92 · Yambuu
@__tosh For work is excellent!
Arun Sathiya@arunsathiya · Product Hunter.
@aaspire @__tosh I second this. Please make an Android app!
Matt Sephton@gingerbeardman · Former Apple Technology Evangelist
@smalzner @__tosh is Franz abandoned?
Josef Trauner@josef_trauner · CPO, Usersnap
This is really just a great product! One small feature request! "Mute all button"
Stefan Malzner
@smalzner · Product Designer
@josef_trauner thank you for your feedback. "Mute all" is something that crosses my mind for quite a while now and I hope I'm able to add a nice solution for that soon.
Inês Silva@isss111 · Head of Operations & Growth @ RIPE
@josef_trauner Completely agree!
Maxime Pico@maximepico · Conversion optimisation consultant
@smalzner @josef_trauner Up Stefan, this would be super awesome for distracted people like me :D And thank you so much for this (already) amazing product
Pedro Wunderlich@pddro · Designer of oddball apps. Guatemala.
Installed and hooked up Slack, Messenger and Whatsapp. Great experience, straight to the point. Got up and running in no time. Not sure about the icon design. Is it a hipster mustache passing as a bridge? Why not just the mustache and lose the two pillars that look like walrus fangs?
Paul Stoellberger@pstoellberger · chief data guy
@pddro +1 for that. much cleaner icon
Clayton Brand@clay_to_n · Head of Software @ Stasis Labs
@pddro Agreed. After much discerning, I think the "fang" looking things are supposed to be mutton chops.
Michael Ramirez@shoeboxdnb · LabelGrid / Promo.ly / DNBRadio
@pddro quick question.. are you still using Franz for all these? I tried it for a while but switched back to the native apps except for Gmail and Whatsapp
Pedro Wunderlich@pddro · Designer of oddball apps. Guatemala.
@shoeboxdnb I'm not using Franz anymore. Using native Whatsapp.
Michael Ramirez@shoeboxdnb · LabelGrid / Promo.ly / DNBRadio
@pddro what made you switch? do you use Franz for anything at all?
@pddro I do agree that the logo is not ideal, but it resembles the beard that Franz Joseph I of Austria was known for. The app's name "Franz" is derived from him, as well.
Guney Can Gokoglu@gcg · CTO, Poltio
If you guys could add more screen shots of the app to your site that would be very good.
Miguel Amador@themiguelamador
Tested the memory footprint is less than using the apps for each in separate. Getting 1gb with Skype, Slack, Hangouts, Whatsapp and Messenger on! Usually the individual apps used 400mb each.
Stefan Malzner
@smalzner · Product Designer
@themiguelamador haha nice! thanks for testing that 🦄