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Enrique Gutierrez
Worked at Mahalo.com, Inc
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How Franz Became a 'Go To' App for Me

I used Trillian (https://www.trillian.im/) as a desktop messaging app for years, like 10 years. It saw accounts from AIM, to Yahoo!, to IRC, and then gChat come and go; finally it was simply down to Facebook and Google Hangouts, but there was a problem:

SMS Integration.

Most people with an Android device should be using Hangouts for their all encompassing, on-device, messaging app. Not Allo, not Messenger (either Google's or Facebooks), not WhateverApp... Is it encrypted? Yes, actually.

Seamless integration with communication services is pretty paramount, but when it came to SMS integration and Google Chat via Trillian/Adium/Pidgin, etc, the protocols weren't in place. So, out with Trillian, et al, and in with https://hangouts.google.com - right? Well; only so much that you get access to SMS and IM in one tab and that's handy, but there's something missing from that.

Accidental tab closure, passive notifications with an icon or title text change in the window, the potential for cross-over distractions when you're trying to focus on something in your browser... whatever the case may be for some, it just wasn't quite right for the way I wanted to use text-based communications on my system. Enter Franz.

This thing is a laser-focused browser, basically, but here's where it gets interesting:

It supports a boat-load of services and unifies them into a single tab-based interface, and it supports multiple accounts. Personal email vs. Work email in two tabs under one app signed in simultaneously? Check. WhatsApp, Facebook, Hangouts integration? Check. Subtle desktop notifications and/or a sound trigger on new messages? Check. Customization for labels and order of tabs? Check.

There's even Slack integration, which allows you to dump the Slack Desktop app all together and get the same, exact experience from Franz, with your email and IM's in one, tidy stack of horizontal tabby goodness.

Pretty neat.

If you're looking for a way to group your communications under one roof, not have it take up tabs in your "workspace" browser areas, and potentially be less distracting during your day-to-day:

http://meetfranz.com

Not affiliated with these guys, it's just useful to me, thought I'd share
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Photography. Technology. Philosophy.
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I run a business or two. Passionate about photography; night/extended exposures; landscapes; cityscapes, junkscapes. Occasionally, some models, candids, etc.

Pretty good with computers, networks & Internets
  • Product/Revenue strategist
  • Web developer
  • Web designer
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Builder of things, fixer of cars and boats, DIY junkie, artist, creative, blogger, social network abuser, technologist. 

CTO/Co-Founder of Craft & Logic, Decibol, and CTO of TechZulu.
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I drank a coffee once, the experience went viral.
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San Diego - Aberdeen, WA
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CEO of Craft & Logic, Inc
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C# and PHP Web Developer, Web Designer, Business Intelligence, SEO, PPC, SMM, jQuery, mySQL, CSS, so on, so forth
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  • Mahalo.com, Inc
    Revenue Strategist, 2011 - 2012
  • EDS
    Software Engineer, 2002 - 2006
  • Newland Communities
    Online Marketing Director, 2007 - 2008
  • Digithrive, Inc
    CTO, 2009 - 2015
  • JibJab
    Director of Product, 2012 - 2012
  • Craft & Logic, Inc
    CEO, 2016 - present
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Room was well sized, clean, and furnished well. Desk space is ample, the bathroom was standard sized but outfitted with some nice embellishments. The desk service was personable and efficient. The lobby restaurant is worth the price - 12oz Filet Mignon was definitely larger than 12oz, if you like Manhattan's get one here. Conveniently located to BART, and central for access to the business side of the city.
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reviewed 2 months ago
Great views of the city, courteous staff, clean and styling rooms, walking distance to all sorts of sights and railways to get anywhere else in Tokyo with ease., amd great breakfast buffet. Very pleased.
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
Reminiscent of childhood Italian haunts with my folks, Di Vita's is spot on with "simply damn good Italian food" style and dishes. Home cooked, served quick, atop a red and white checkered table cloth, under some random beer lamp... this place is so full of winning. If you don't need some guy rockin a white towel over his sleeve to serve you a calzone, this is the place.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago
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The Junior Suite is a nice size for two, with views, access to local shops and restaurants, and close historical attractions. The hotel's breakfast service was nice, and the staff is friendly and helpful.
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Fast staff, got to the point of getting the keys in my hand and on my way quickly. They do the standard upsell attempts, but aren't pushy with it at all - car was clean, they picked me up on time, and were friendly getting me out the door when I returned.
Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago
Great place for dinner or lunch. The service is attentive, not pretentious, and the place is chill. If you're a fan of steak, they make some darn good cow. For those in West LA (Brentwood / Westwood) they deliver too.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago