Hello guys I just got back from the IRC, playing Idle and Wolfbane. (Hungry...~ I should buy some breakfast after this)
So mostly everyone knows that all the staff of mostly every scanlation group out there are lurking/staying in the IRC, since all their scanlation activities are being done in there and they use IRC clients software to access the IRC whether it is browser base or software base.
Now here are some better and free alternatives for Chatzilla (Firefox browser base) and mIRC (Trial/Paid)
First up we got
Hexchat (Website: http://www.hexchat.org/ | Platform: Windows/Linux)
HexChat is a patchset for XChat SVN which allows for building on Windows using the Windows Driver Kit, allowing it to use the system's msvcrt.dll. It's a free build of XChat for Windows.
~~I must say, it's not really an ugly IRC client but I don't like the interface, it has a XDCC feature so it's a bonus, but I still don't like it.
Smuxi (Website: http://www.smuxi.org/main/ | Platform: Windows/Linux)
- Smuxi is an irssi-inspired, flexible, user-friendly and cross-platform IRC client for sophisticated users, targeting the GNOME desktop.
- Smuxi is based on the client-server model: The core application (engine) can be placed onto a server which is connected to the Internet around-the-clock; one or more frontends then connect to the core. This way, the connection to IRC can be kept up even when all frontends have been closed. The combination of screen and irssi served as example for this architecture.
- Smuxi also supports the regular single application mode. This behaves like a typical IRC client; it doesnt need separate core management and utilizes a local engine that is used by the local frontend client, though it doesn't have XDCC features, so it's a meh for IRC downloader/uploader
Quassel IRC (Website: http://quassel-irc.org/ | Platform: Mac/Windows/Linux)
Quassel IRC is a modern, cross-platform, distributed IRC client based on the Qt4 framework. Distributed means that one (or multiple) client(s) can attach to and detach from a central core that stays permanently online -- much like the popular combination of screen and a text-based IRC client such as WeeChat, and similar to (but much more featureful than) so-called BNCs.
Lastly in my list is
KVIRC (Website: http://www.kvirc.net/?id=releases&lang=en (Download Address) | Platforms: Mac/Windows/Linux)
KVIrc is a free portable IRC client based on the excellent Qt GUI toolkit. KVirc is being written by Szymon Stefanek and the KVIrc Development Team with the contribution of many IRC addicted developers around the world.
~~This is far by the best free IRC client with XDCC features that you could ever find, I have tested the others but this is the only one that catches my attention next to Smuxi (it will be better if it has XDCC support).
Screenshots: @Click The Images to Enlarge Them
The Default GUI
My Dark Grey Theme (I like Dark Colors so I made it Dark, You can change the theme anytime you want
You could even change the background to anime picture
Another great feature of KVIRc is the Avatar, you could add your own Avatar Image and see other peoples Avatar anywhere in the IRC world. :) and can see those red/yellow/orange bars, they notify you if the user is active or not. A nice feature that you can also find in Mibbit (Browser base/no XDCC features),
In The IRC with an Avatar: I'm Blazing|Artillery in here
With the Other Avatar Users
Close Up Screenshot
There are others but it has no XDCC feature
We got Mibbit (http://www.mibbit.com/) and also Flash IRC/Java IRC that you could find on every website with IRC.