Chatter is a Textual IRC theme (style) with a fixed width nickname gutter, smart time stamps, automatic light/dark mode switching, Emoji emotes and an auto-correction mechanism. Requires Textual for OS X which is available on the Mac App Store. It is based on the Skylight theme, but has been updated to Textual Style V2 format, for supporting Textual v4.1.4 and up.
Here are some screenshots:
You can install Chatter by downloading and running the .pkg file:
Chatter has an automatic correction system that works by looking for messages that start or end with an asterisk (which many people do anyway). It then uses an algorithm to try to figure out which word(s) you meant to correct, and actually makes the correction inline, highlighting it yellow. For example, if you typed these two messages:
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their county. *country
Chatter would assume *country is a correction, and locate the best-matching word(s) in your previously typed messages in the same channel. In this case it would correct the word county.
Note that only people who have the Chatter theme will “see” the corrections being made, as they are done at render time inside Textual. Other users will just see the *country message on its own line.
Chatter also looks for the standard Perl-style regular expression match + replace syntax, and applies the correction to your previously typed messages. The syntax is: s/MATCH/REPLACE/. So for example, if you typed these two messages:
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their county. s/county/country/
Chatter would assume s/county/country/ is a correction, and locate matching word(s) in your previously typed messages in the same channel. In this case it would change the word county to country.
How many times do you see people leaving a single character off the end of a sentence, then typing it on a subsequent line? Chatter detects this, and auto-appends the character to the previous line, highlighting it in yellow.
Chatter hides all message time stamps unless the minute changes. However, you can roll your mouse over the right-hand gutter to see a tooltip of the selected message's timestamp, even if it is invisible.
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