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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 Google Talk and MySpaceIM as well as 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 text-only messaging app.

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5 stars

"Good and Light"

October 22, 2007  |  By fasoulitos

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.2.0


It has a very clean and easy interface even for e brand new Novice on computers.You can login to your accounts with maximum use of 18Mb of Ram.Everything is easy to understood in the menus. U dont Have video or calls but its ok, if you are talking to more than 4 contacts i dont think that you can use camera and voice for all of them.I m in Love with this program. Its close to perfection , very good work from the programers


I d like to see in future some kind of voice

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5 stars

"Very good"

October 18, 2007  |  By JoyceNgo

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.2.0


I've been using this client for quite a while and I'm very impressed by the interface, plugins, and the effectiveness of this chat client because it suits my needs without all the bloatware and mess (aim 6&up) I would recommend this to anyone who is searching for a simple, multiclient chat program!


It disconnects sometimes due to bad proxy server and also takes a while to direct connect. You also can't see the process of transferring when through an IM window.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.2.0
Version 2.2.0 adds a certificate manager, MySpaceIM support, XMPP improvements and various bug fixes.
Publisher Pidgin
Publisher web site http://www.pidgin.im/
Release Date September 17, 2007
Date Added September 17, 2007
Version 2.2.0
Category Communications
Subcategory Chat
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Download Information
File Size 9.22MB
File Name pidgin-2.10.11.exe
Total Downloads 745,283
Downloads Last Week 501
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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