The OS X IRC client Textual just got released as version 2.1 in the Mac OS AppStore.
What has begun as a fork of LimeChat has quickly evolved into something very distinct and usable, which was a main point of critique with the original.
Textuals’ feature-set is really complete: themes, plugins and an extensive range of configuration options.
One neat feature is the inline display of graphics and YouTube video thumbnails so you know what you’re going to click on even before you click.
What really sets Textual apart from other clients on OS X is its stability – crashes and lockups are really far and few between, if any. Attaching to a bouncer with log-replay doesn’t take longer than a few seconds even for a channel # in the high double-digits.
Textual is a fully Lion-compatible and also supports fullscreen IRCing so you’re no longer distracted by work when you’re chatting with your buddies
Since 2.1 it now supports SASL plaintext auth, IPv6, regular expression support for highlights and it already complies with Apples’ new sandboxing requirement for Apps distributed via the AppStore.
The client is a paid-for app and costs $4.99, is available as a Trial version and even can be built by yourself from source.
AppStore link: Textual