Pidgin

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 282 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0
  • Total Downloads:
    738,948
  • Date Added:
    May 04, 2007
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    9.14MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    118
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #39 in Chat

Editors' Review

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Your mother uses AOL Instant Messenger. Your spouse prefers MSN. Your office insists on Yahoo. What are you going to do? You could run all those chat clients at once, or you could use Gaim, now renamed Pidgin. Like Trillian, Fire, and other third-party IM clients, this open-source messaging application lets you access multiple IM networks from one window, including lesser-known protocols such as Jabber and Gadu-Gadu.

Pidgin's biggest change is the redesigned interface. The Buddy List can be viewed in Basic or Advanced mode, and the most important features, including the Plug-in List, have been graduated from the Preferences window into their own panes. Twenty-two plug-ins come prepackaged as Pidgin repositions itself as a highly extensible chat client.

The IM features are unimpeachable: smileys (you can find tons of emoticons on the developer's site), file transfers, and multiperson chats. The Buddy Pounce feature lets you automatically perform certain actions (play a sound, execute a command, open an IM window) when a contact signs on or off. Pidgin also gets lots of intangibles right: logging and time-stamping, for instance, are well-executed and easy to access. However, it lacks IP telephony and video conferencing, and there are still some bugs--most notably in the Help menu. Still, Pidgin remains a highly recommended messenging app.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.1

    out of 17 votes

    • 5 star 9
    • 4 star 4
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    4.0

    out of 282 votes

    • 5 star 126
    • 4 star 87
    • 3 star 35
    • 2 star 12
    • 1 star 22
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3 stars

"An appealing interface marred by spotty performance"

August 31, 2007  |  By wcforan

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.0

Pros

Pidgin looks pretty slick and it's both intuitive and simple to use. It offers access to many IM services and I didn't have any problems with the basic chat operations. There is dictionary/spelling support and some other neat-in-concept features that, for me, would make this one to watch, but not necessarily one to use right now, because...

Cons

Unfortunately for an app that seems to have a lot of potential, I ran into a number of annoying little problems that don't seem to plague the more robust-feeling Trillian. Specifically, the software occasionally got stuck and would not shut down; sounds did not always function; changes made to contacts would sometimes take and sometime disappear; among other such annoyances. If competitors such as Trillian were not so solid, these nags might be worth enduring for this generally competent little IM client.

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5 stars

"Best option out there right now..."

August 30, 2007  |  By Kqdsoccer

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.0

Pros

Easy on slower CPU's. Makes talking with multiple people on multiple clients easy. Great tabbed interface. Excellent. NO ADS!!! Best client out there for now.

Cons

No skins, but that is fine because the interface is great by itself. People just like to have choice.

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5 stars

"Simple, no-Ads, more mature than AIM"

August 25, 2007  |  By ostateclarett13

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.0

Pros

It is simple, pidgin allows me to basically keep my aim account, but I dont have to have all that goofy stuff that comes along with AIM. No extra windows when i am away, no funky sounds (unless you want them), just good.

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5 stars

"cheaper than trillian!"

August 18, 2007  |  By daraghfi

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.0

Pros

works, lots of updates, simple, FREE

Cons

not as complete functionality as the pure-IMs or trillian

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4 stars

"Best for anyone who needs more than one IM network."

August 10, 2007  |  By Qwerty Cake

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.0

Pros

Pidgin supports a huge amount of IM networks. All the ones I use and many I've never heard of (To list them all: AIM, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, Novell GroupWise, ICQ, IRC, MSN, Nullprpl, QQ, SILC, SIMPLE, Sametime, XMPP [also known as Jabber], and Yahoo!). It does a good job with the drag and drop buddy icon changing, buddy stacking (you can compile the same person's AIM, Yahoo!, and Jabber account all into one buddy for example), and away message saving and changing. Pidgin also has it's famous Buddy Pounces which can be useful if you're using a Meebo Me widget. Pidgin comes with a variety of plugins to customize it that can be turned on and off. Pidgin has shown tons of improvement in a short amount of time, so I can expect it will make up for it's few blunders soon enough.

Cons

Pidgin's main problem is lack of video and voice support. It also doesn't support certain extra goodies like MSN winks (good in my opinion, I hate those winks). There's a little file transfer trouble every once in a while, and MSN multiple person chat doesn't work well, but these are all the problems I can think of.

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2 stars

"Didn't like it at all"

August 03, 2007  |  By robsgirl10706

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.0

Pros

It didn't take long to download.

Cons

Almost soon after I downloaded it I got rid of it. I couldn't figure out how to use some of it's features & I couldn't even find it on my computer at first. I didn't like it at all.

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5 stars

"Perfect"

July 30, 2007  |  By kpmwrestler

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.0

Pros

Fast, small, and yet powerful. Very easy to use.

Cons

Sometimes has problems sending files.

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1 stars

"It has a cool name"

July 02, 2007  |  By xobasketballrox0

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.0

Cons

I thought it was wierd

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4 stars

"Pidgin is a great alternative to Trillian "

June 22, 2007  |  By Jyakotu

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.0

Pros

Pidgin is a great multi-IM account client. I can use AOL, MSN, and Yahoo and it has many features and plug-ins. Also, it's fast and lightweight.

Cons

Doesn't have all the features of some IM clients, but it's a small price to pay.

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5 stars

"Fast, Simple"

June 20, 2007  |  By b00mstick

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.0

Pros

Starts up very fast, connects to many networks, is very stable and has a nice looking interface. Runs just as fast on windows as it does on linux. Very nice piece of software, large improvement over Gaim.

Cons

No Voice or Video, file transfers don't always work (Happens now and again with every multiprotical client though)

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0
Version 2.0 revamps the interface, adds a new account-management system, revises the status system, and adds a Tango-based icon theme.
General
Publisher Pidgin
Publisher web site http://www.pidgin.im/
Release Date May 04, 2007
Date Added May 04, 2007
Version 2.0
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Chat
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows XP, Windows 98
Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Download Information
File Size 9.14MB
File Name pidgin-2.10.9.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 738,948
Downloads Last Week 118
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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