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Thomas Schranz ⛄️Hunter@__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 MalznerMaker@smalzner · Product Designer
@__tosh Thank you so much for hunting Franz. <3
Ben@benmarten · Software Engineer @
@__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?
Pieter Levels@levelsio · 🇳🇱 Serial maker 🏝Nomad List + et al
@__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?
Josef Trauner@josef_trauner · CPO, Usersnap
This is really just a great product! One small feature request! "Mute all button"
Stefan MalznerMaker@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 · Entrepreneurship | Future of Work
@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 · Maker of oddball apps (3x ❤️ by Apple)
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 / / 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 · Maker of oddball apps (3x ❤️ by Apple)
@shoeboxdnb I'm not using Franz anymore. Using native Whatsapp.
Michael Ramirez@shoeboxdnb · LabelGrid / / DNBRadio
@pddro what made you switch? do you use Franz for anything at all?
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
There is a horrible thing with this kind of things. Probably not your fault but electrum. In the Mac, the close button should minimize by design, not close the app. I want it running in the background and giving me notifications. Not close... Slack manage to do it well on Mac. Any ideas about this? I do not use the Hangouts Chrome App for the same reason, as I end closing it by default and not receiving notifications.
Jake Smith@jakewillsmith · Cinch Financial
@themiguelamador Yes, this is annoying!
Stephan Duquesnoy@stephanduq · Founder, Well Dressed
@themiguelamador This is actually the reason why I stopped using Franz already. Just bad user experience
Miguel Amador@themiguelamador
@stephanduq This is a general problem with the framework behind this apps, rather than Franz only.
@themiguelamador You could use ⌘H in the meantime.
Rajarshi Nigam@rajington
@themiguelamador This is actually a relatively easy fix with Electron, the main fix is just removing this code: app.on('window-all-closed', function () { app.quit(); }); unfortunately Franz doesn't seem to be open source.