Neat UI, easy to use, integrates with OS X accounts
Only works with Facebook Messenger
Although we’re seeing a shift towards many applications and services being run within web browsers, there are times when it’s more convenient to access them through a bespoke program. For us, one of those services is Facebook Messenger – which has become almost as important as SMS and iMessage as a communications tool in our work.
Goofy is a free chat application that brings Messenger out of the browser, onto the Dock.
Installation was straightforward – download a ZIP file, open it and drag the program into the Applications folder and you’re ready to go. If you’ve already added Facebook to your accounts in System Preferences Goofy will pick those details up, with your permission. Otherwise you can simply sign in to your Facebook account.
If you’re a regular user of the Messages app, Goofy will feel comfortably familiar with a list of chats down the left side of the screen and messages on the right. There’s an input are for typing messages at the bottom of the right-hand pane that makes it easy to attach files and add pictograms and emojis to messages.
When a new message arrives, you’ll hear a sound or see a pop-up through the OS X Notifications Center. Those notifications can be easily altered to suit your preferences. The Dock icon also displays an unread messages indicator like many other Mac apps such as Mail and Messages.
The only limitation we’ve found with Goofy is that it’s a one-trick pony. While it does a great job with Facebook Messenger, it doesn’t handle any other messaging protocol. That might be an issue for some.
If you’re looking for an easy to use and clutter free Facebook Messenger application for your Mac, we suggest Goofy will do the job nicely.