Windows only: Popular IM client Digsby has always had some cool features like Twitter and Gmail integration, but today’s update brings a new interface in which these services are improved and consolidated in the buddy list, among other features.
Digsby’s new build makes it a lot easier to add and manage your accounts, whether they’re social networking, email or IM. Now, instead of adding each account separately, you add them by service — that is, services like Facebook Chat/News Feed or GTalk/Gmail are one account instead of two. Furthermore, the email and social networking panels in the buddy list got a bit of a makeover: they now show the service name instead of login name, and you can rearrange them via drag and drop. You can also add POP and IMAP email accounts, so you can check all your email through one program if you so choose.
They’ve also reworked their auto-update system, making it more like Google Chrome. Instead of downloading an update before you log in (which can be annoying), it downloads after you log in in the background and applies it the next time you restart Digsby. Of course, you can turn this feature off in the preferences if you like to keep an eye on what the program is doing — after all, it’s cleaned up its act, but we know Digsby can be sneaky. Along with all these updates, as usual, come increased stability: the folks at Digsby have fixed quite a few memory leaks and crashes, which is always a plus.
Digsby is a free download for Windows only (Yup, we’re still waiting for those Mac and Linux builds).