MetaChat is a new virtual worlds text client produced for Apple iOS and which was recently added to the third-party viewer directory for Second Life.For those VW users with iPhones who are missing Pocket Metaverse, it could be just the ticket.
The app has been in development for several months, and was first accepted into the Apple Store in August 2017, where it is available for US $2.99. Development of the client is continuing, and the current release (10.7, released on September 12th at the time of writing) includes:
- The ability to add accounts from different grids with different start locations.
- See your Friends list, add / remove people from the list, set permissions for fiends (see you on-line, edit your items, etc.)
- View avatar profiles.
- Search for an avatar by name.
- Chat locally or via IM.
- View group information, join Group chat and / or send Group notices.
- List inventory and preview textures and images.
- Teleport to landmarks and move around a mini-map.
The MetaChat website / blog makes for a fascinating read, looking as it does into the background of putting together an application like this, including jumping through Apple’s many hoops in order to get an app accepted on their store (like not being allowed to use the word “beta” with an app – which caused problems when including the SL Beta grid in the grid list). The blog also provides interesting insight into why MetaChat works the way it does with certain things.
|MetaChat screen captures via the MetaChat Apple Store page: Friends list (l) and Inventory. Note the quick access buttons at the bottom of each screen
As I’m not an iPhone user, it’s a little hard for me to road test the client. However, I’ve been talking to the app’s creator, Monti Messmer, and will hopefully have a more informative piece on MetaChat, including images from the newest release, in due course.
In the meantime, here are the all-important links.
With thanks to John Brianna for the heads-up.