Toccer is an AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) client for the PalmOne Treo 600 and 650.
Why Another AIM Client?
Our goals for writing an AIM client were twofold:
- Make the best possible client for the the most common use cases.
- Make the client as seamless as possible. It should feel integrated and feel like an application that has always been a part of the Treo. Part of this means support for the 5 Way Nav and a UI that is consistent with the OS.
Features We Really Like
- Connect Directly to AOL – Who cares if we go out of business (knock on wood)? No need to worry about our servers failing. No need to trust another party to handle your messages.
- Receive Messages in the Background without SMS – Don’t call us, we’ll call you. No need to “refresh” to see if you have a new message, we’ll let you know. And you don’t need to be concerned about being “nickeled and dimed” over SMS charges.
- 5 Way Nav Support – Because the only time we use the stylus is to reset our Treos.
- Hyperlinked Chat Log – No need to copy and paste anymore.
- PalmOS Integrated Find Support – Can’t remember which app had that tidbit of information you were looking for? That’s the purpose of the global find.
- Exportable Logs – Save your chat logs to the Memo app. Or if you have a memory card, you can save it there too. For those data pack rats.
- Imports Buddy List from AOL’s Servers – No need to reenter all your buddies again. Imports the groups too.
- Configurable Alerts – Use any of the tones you have installed. Vibrate too.
- Configurable Away Messages – Let your buddies know why you’re unavailable.
- Supports Multiple Buddy Lists – Do you have multiple AIM accounts? Now you keep your work “buddies” separate from your other buddies. Though you can only be online with one account at a time.
Connecting Directly to AOL versus Relying on a Third Party Server
Benefits of Connecting Directly to AOL
- Fewer points of failure.
- No recurring subscription charges to use third party server.
- Fewer parties to trust for the cautious/paranoid.
Benefits of a Third Party Server (or Why Toccer May Not Be Right For You)
- Due to technical limitations of the Treo 600’s OS, the best way to connect multiple IM services (and to direct connect to multiple users) is through a third party server
- A third party server can maintain your “online” status even if you lose connectivity.
- a PalmOne Treo 600 or 650
- data access (carrier service charges may apply)
- an AIM account (sorry, .mac accounts are not supported at this time)
- needs to run from internal memory (not a memory card)