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Franz 5

One desktop app for (almost) all of your messaging apps

4.8/5
About

Franz is your open source messaging app for �WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Slack, HipChat, �Telegram and many many more.

Would you recommend this product?

No real cons, but the migration was a bit disappointing. All my logins were gone and I had to re-authenticate with each service, which with 2FA on is quite a hassle. So if Franz 5 Final could keep the previous auth tokens/cookies, it would make the upgrade smoother.

Pros:

One single place for all my messaging

Cons:

none

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Product Designer
This is definitely something that needs to be improved in the future. Thanks for bringing this up.
First Year Grad Student, HCI/d @ IUB

Though Franz has been great, Station can still be considered as one of the strongest competitors, but I still think Franz is striking a better balance: what you need is all at your hand and what you may not or don't is just not in sight. Station indeed provides more options (such as keeping multiple Slack accounts online simultaneously) but personally I think they still need to polish the multi-account settings and controls.

Anyway, Franz has been doing a great job being a relatively light-weighted IM integration tool. WeChat being available alongside other IM services is highly appreciated :D Also, liked the cute loading sentences such as "twisting my mustache" and "playing the trumpet" etc.

Pros:

Feels better than other web-app-integration tools I tried before.

Cons:

hmmm sometimes have to refresh manually to force chats to update. (Guess this is a thing with all webapps?)

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Co-founder Pabio & Oswald Labs
You can have multiple Slack accounts in Franz too. I'm not sure what you mean by online, I haven't really checked whether the not focused ones go offline, but I don't think that should be the case.
Software Product Manager
The fact that you have to refresh to update messages makes it quite useless. As the purpose of chat apps is to receive messages live.
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Tinkerer obsessed with space.

It's working flawlessly with Slack and Facebook Messenger, but It works terribly with Hangouts (lack of threading), and doesn't support audio in Discord. That rendered the app useless for me. I had Chrome, Franz & Discord opened at the same time as opposed to just Chrome & Discord.

Pros:

Support for multiple google accounts at the same time.

Cons:

It's just another fancy Chrome instance. Lacks voice support in Discord and doesn't support threads in Hangouts.

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Rambox supports way more services but Franz has a much better UI.

Pros:

Easy to use, open source, wonderful support, dedicated Slack channel, tons of services,

Cons:

It takes a lot of memory (same as if you had all the services open in a browser)

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Product & Tech

Discovered Franz the first week it went live and have been a fan and evangelist ever since.

Pros:

Simplicity, availability of services, Open Source

Cons:

Memory usage

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Recommended by a friend. It's was the best recommendation I've received

Pros:

All in one, collaborative, Open Source

Cons:

Memory Usage

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Making ideas come alive 🚀🚀 🚀

have been using it since the first version

Pros:

great for when you want to get productive in messaging

so simple, really neatly executed

just works well

Cons:

just a wrapper, could have more elaborate (or specific) features

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UI Engineer

Another specialized browser

Pros:

Keeps chats in one place

Cons:

One of seemingly thousands of these types of products being released lately

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You won't be able to use browser extensions on these web apps in Franz

Pros:

A lot of messaging apps in one place

Cons:

No browser extensions

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Blogger

Need help, I used the app for 1 month and had no problems. But after reinstalling the OS (High Sierra) and the app, I cannot add multiple accounts(channels).

Pros:

Interesting and good design. Many apps are available to add.

Cons:

UI tweaks needed and some technical issues still exist. But ignorable

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This product agregates all the main services of messaging and mail in one clean, easy to use interface.

Pros:

All main messaging apps (and not only) in one convenient interface. Also notification when new content appears

Cons:

No better alternative today :)

Interactive Storytelling Developer

With my friends using all different messengers, Franz is perfect to have all that in one place.

Pros:

Cleaner design with the services in the sidebar.

Cons:

There might always be that one obscure service missing, but more and more is being added.

And on top

Pros:

All in one Messenger, cool

Cons:

Requires quiet some resources if you add several

Happiness Engineer

I'm able to access all of the information I need for work as well as for personal things without having a barrage of apps and browser tabs open.

Pros:

Keeps all the information I need to access in one place and is always getting better.

Cons:

none

Being using it in my company to quicken and sreamline communication among staff and with clients. An essential tool

Pros:

Easy setup, many services available, clean interface

Cons:

none

Sr. FrontEnd Developer

Payment model is confusing and shows that the system can be used for bitcoin mining as well. The mining option is not a good idea.

Pros:

Everything at one place

Cons:

Payment model is confusing

franz is one of the few apps that made it onto my desktop and that i am recommending to my friends.

Pros:

using it every day on mac and win platforms. keeps me in sync with the various channels our team is using.

Cons:

a search function across all messaging platforms would be rad

great service overall

Pros:

using it for whatsapp web, fb messanger and inbox for years and it simplifies my life enourmously

Cons:

in the new version somehow native mac notifications aren't supported any more :( and I really liked that there wasn't any authentication

Data / CFA / Angel Investor

I can't commit to using one of these until apple opens up imessage, which will likely be never.

Pros:

Great for enterprises using way too many chat apps (which is every one i've worked at)

Cons:

No iMessage

The day this is done natively, and follow the HIG for macOS X or design manual for Windows apps.

Pros:

Concept to unite all messaging within one app is neat.

Cons:

The look and feel is not what I expected from a real desktop app. This is a webpage in a wrapper.