ShadowIRC might not be as complete as other IRC clients (yet), but
it has its share of useful - and unique - features.
Among them are:
- ShadowIRC is smart about doing actions if you hit
option-return when the inputline starts with "/me". (how many
times have you forgotten you had already typed "/me", hit
option-return, and do an action that begins with "/me"?)
- Pop-Up menus for various items in the inputline. (Plugins will
be able to extend the Inputline's functions.)
- The Commands menu intelligently inserts channel names and
insertion points appropriately so that it's actually useful>
(Cmd-L, for example, will put "/mode #currentchannel " in the
inputline if you're in a channel, or "/mode yournickname " if
you're in the console; Cmd-I will put "/invite #currentchannel" in
the inputline, and an insertion point between "/invite" and the
channel name so you can type in the user's name, hit return, and
invite the user to your channel quickly and easily.
- ShadowIRC is extremely - perhaps excessively - configurable.
Just because I like something one way doesn't mean you like it
that way, so where feasable, ShadowIRC allows you to configure any
aspect of its behavior.
ShadowIRC also has such security features such as the "/msgq" and
"/noticeq" commands which don't display your outgoing text to screen,
and not putting a line into the inputline buffer if a command begins
with "//". "//msgq firstname.lastname@example.org login #channel password",
for example, would log you into X on the UnderNet, but notleave the
password on your screen or in your inputline buffer.