The Archduke of Austria and two service aggregator apps.
It’s not new, but adapting to the new times of social distance and home office has led us to use even more messaging services, whether to keep in touch or work at a distance. There are several platforms for different subjects: Google Meet, Slack, Github, Discord, Telegram, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, etc.
Opening Chrome and going to each service’s page includes dodging various distractions along the way, such as logging in with QR code and navigating between multiple tabs. An alternative is to install the applications of each service and navigate between the various windows or workspaces (if you use Mac or Linux), in short, it’s easy to get lost.
Franz Ferdinand was Archduke of Austria from 1848 to 1916, killed in the bombing that is considered the culmination of World War I. Going back to the 21st century, Franz emerged in 2016 in Austria (hence the origin of the name), developed by Stefan Malzner, and is a service centralizer.
How he manages to bring together, in a single window, all his messaging services (according to the author, Franz Ferdinand’s ability to dialogue makes the app a fair tribute). Open source, distributed under the Apache 2 license, Franz grows with the help of the developer community, gains features, users, and becomes a paid app, limiting some of those features only to premium users.
It is at this point that Ferdi emerges (Franz Ferdi… Did you take the reference?). Ferdi is a hard fork (a copy and division) of Franz’s original project, an initiative that gives the community back control over a series of program resources and details (“adding awesome features and removing unwanted ones” – in the description of Ferdi’s github ).
With the free Franz you can add up to 3 services. You need to pay $ 2.99 a month for 6 services or $ 5.99 for unlimited services. The hard fork Ferdi already offers unlimited services in addition to several other improvements (the “awesome features”) for free. That’s why the pun, “Meet Franz get Ferdi” (meet Franz, get off Ferdi).
Why download the Ferdi?
Now that we’ve told the story from the Austro-Hungarian empire to the hard fork, let’s focus on Ferdi. Among the free features available are:
Separate your personal and professional life. Apps separated by categories and with more than one instance of the same app (personal and professional whatsapp, for example). With the organization provided, it is possible to reduce distractions.
- Universal dark mode
In addition to the app’s native dark mode, Ferdi even offers a custom mode that tries to “darken” apps that don’t have the functionality (it requires some configuration in some cases, but works pretty well for the most part).
- Hibernation mode
One of the complaints from Franz users was about resource consumption. Ferdi got around this with hibernation mode, which disables a service when it’s not in use, thus saving memory and processing. You can configure this mode leaving most important apps without hibernation, always active.
Note: It’s worth testing, as some services like Facebook Messenger don’t seem to get along well with hibernation.
- Login and multiple machines
With a Ferdi account you can log in to multiple machines and have all your services already configured on them, that is, you don’t need to access each service and log in again. There is little information that is kept on servers and the community guarantees the security of the service.
How to install Ferdi
Available for Mac, Windows and Linux, you have the option of creating an account to sync configured services across multiple devices. (For those already using Franz, Ferdi recognizes Franz accounts and syncs everything from one app to another).
On the releases page you can download the latest version of each platform in addition to other releases (beta and previous versions). Note: On Mac OS the installation is also available via Homebrew.
Depois de instalado, você pode criar uma conta para salvar seus serviços ou utilizar sem conta mesmo. Agora é hora de adicionar os serviços:
Após adicionar os serviços, basta fazer login. Eles abrem como no navegador, com a janela de login padrão, QR code para o Whatsapp, etc.
Prefer Telegram React, which already has all the features of the native app, archived messages, dark theme, etc. You can even add your SMS in the app (if your android supports the google messaging app), which helps a lot to receive the service authentication SMS.
Ferdi might need a search or two to fix small bugs that might arise (at least on Linux I’ve been through this twice). Nothing a quick github query won’t solve. The community is very active.
The multiplication of platforms and services brings many benefits, but applications dedicated to each service can have minor drawbacks. Still, the time and organization savings offered by the aggregator easily overcome these differences. I think it’s worth trying!
I hope this article will help you gain precious minutes in your day. If you have any questions or have suggestions, leave your comment below!
Thanks to Marcelo Velasco for introducing me to Ferdi when I met Franz.
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