Franz 2.0

Desktop app for Slack, WhatsApp, Skype, Telegram, Messenger

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#1 Product of the WeekApril 18, 2016
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Franz 2.0 is a desktop app that puts messaging services altogether in one place. It can combine apps like WhatsApp, Slack, Facebook Messenger, WeChat, HipChat, Skype and a lot more. You can even use multiple accounts for the Facebook Messenger - mix your business profiles and your private ones if you need to.

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  • Bridges to Italy
    Bridges to ItalyPrez, Bridges to Italy
    Pros: 

    It works well with Messanger and Whatsapp

    Cons: 

    It doesn't include Imessage and I use an app called GroupMe which is on their list but it doesn't work

    I like the idea of having one desktop app for all my messaging needs. This one is pretty good because it includes two big ones for me: FB Messanger and Whatsapp. It'd be perfect if it had IMessage too.

    Bridges to Italy has used this product for one week.
  • Pros: 

    Unbelievably small memory footprint. Extra layer for messaging app notifications. Simply superb.

    Cons: 

    If only SMS and iMessage were available.

    This coupled with proper videochats from appear.in, Skype and a few others would make this not just a killer app, but a terminator app.

    Tero Rinne has used this product for one year.

Discussion

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Thomas Schranz ⛄️
Thomas Schranz ⛄️Hunter@__tosh · Co-founder & CEO, Blossom
Major new update of Franz: now comes with clients for Windows and Linux (used to be Mac only) as well as support for 6 new messaging platforms (WeChat, Chatwork, Steam, Gitter, Discord, GroupMe). 😍
Ben Tossell@bentossell · newCo
@__tosh Changelog doesn't say 2.0 ... http://www.meetfranz.com/changel...
Enrico Icardi
Enrico Icardi@ricricucit · @sharedesk @welance @getstood
@bentossell @__tosh had the same problem...actually I've even started downloading it.
Stefan Malzner
Stefan MalznerMaker@smalzner · Product Designer
@bentossell, @ricricucit, @__tosh we have now updated our website to reflect our new versioning system. If you are running on 0.9.10 you are already running 2.0 – with the next update this versioning change will be visible within Franz as well. Sorry for confusing you.
Alex Scott
Alex Scott@alexscottco · Cofounder, Revere.ai
@__tosh This is killer. Easy access without flipping between tabs or stand alone apps is a huge convenience. Look forward to customizing notification sounds...
Tech Aggregator
Tech Aggregator@techaggregator · Creator
@__tosh How is the data stored for all these API channels?
Austin Sandmeyer
Austin Sandmeyer@as_austin · Thinker/Student/Rockstar
@imprecision & @smalzner this must be what your resume looks like for Franz 2.0 🙌
Stefan Malzner
Stefan MalznerMaker@smalzner · Product Designer
imprecision
imprecisionMaker@imprecision
@as_austin @smalzner Heh, thanks! 👍
Stefan Malzner
Stefan MalznerMaker@smalzner · Product Designer
As usual, if you have any questions about Franz feel free to ask me anything. If you have support requests, please head over http://franz.zendesk.com and open a new ticket - this way it's much easier for us to track all the requests. happy messaging Stefan
Mark Spivey
Mark Spivey@ausonio · Owner, SoundFunnel
@smalzner Any future support for VPNs?
Stefan Malzner
Stefan MalznerMaker@smalzner · Product Designer
@ausonio not directly VPN but we will soon add support for proxy settings.
Robert Tregaskes
Robert Tregaskes@robtregaskes · Head of Logistics, Qardio
@smalzner Any plans to make this a W10 universal app? Much prefer apps over full desktop software most of the time...
Stefan Malzner
Stefan MalznerMaker@smalzner · Product Designer
@robtregaskes we have plans to provide Franz for the Windows Store and Mac AppStore – but there are still some limitations with W10 universal apps we need to look into before we can make a proper estimate.
Robert Tregaskes
Robert Tregaskes@robtregaskes · Head of Logistics, Qardio
@smalzner Great! Looking forward to watching progress.... :-)
Abe Storey
Abe Storey@abe_storey · Entrepreneur & Growth Marketer
Add apple imessage please!!!!
Paul Hart
Paul Hart@roamlocally · Oxygen Consumer
@abe_storey agreed! native apple messages on osx inclusion would have me shutting messages and running everything through franz!
Stefan Malzner
Stefan MalznerMaker@smalzner · Product Designer
@roamlocally @abe_storey we are working on a couple experiments regarding iMessage. I can't promise anything yet but we'll see :)
Dov Quint
Dov Quint@dgquint · co-founder, Photo & Go
Fraser Smith
Fraser Smith@frassmith · Software Developer, Shanghai, China
Been using Franz for a few weeks now - 2 Slack teams, Skype, Messenger and Wechat. Downloading the update now.
Fraser Smith
Fraser Smith@frassmith · Software Developer, Shanghai, China
Oh wait. Confused. Franz 2.0 is the Windows Linux beta, Franz Mac is still 0.9.10 beta?
Stefan Malzner
Stefan MalznerMaker@smalzner · Product Designer
@frassmith 0.9.10 on our website is 2.0 – we are currently changing our versioning to show progress in a less confusing way @__tosh was just a bit faster than we were :)
originell
originell@originell · Frontend Dev @ Simpleloop
@frassmith That also got me startled a bit. My guess is that if you see WeChat (Gitter etc.) support you are actually having 2.0, even though it says 0.9.1. Not sure though. cc @smalzner
Enrico Icardi
Enrico Icardi@ricricucit · @sharedesk @welance @getstood
@smalzner @frassmith @__tosh same here...very confusing. not cool.
Stefan Malzner
Stefan MalznerMaker@smalzner · Product Designer
@originell @frassmith we changed our versioning, internal it's still 0.9.10 = 2.0 our website is now updated to reflect the changes. Sorry for confusing anyone.