Pidgin

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 282 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.4.3
  • Total Downloads:
    738,948
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 08, 2008
  • 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 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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  • Current Version

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    out of 282 votes

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4 stars

"It's all right"

August 10, 2008  |  By furnilover21

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.4.3

Pros

In the most recent update for windows, they allowed users to input a minimum number of lines to get around that "can't resize text input" deal. I like that it has the ability to login to several accounts too.

I don't mind that it lacks video/audio chat. Quite frankly, I hate both of those things. As well as MSN Games, etc.

Cons

The new "can't resize text input" bugs me. AIM protocol can't send files (instant "cancel transfer" unless receiving user is also on Pidgin it seems.) AUTO-REPLY should be able to be sent to MSN people as well, not just YIM, ICQ and AIM buddies.

Lack of Skype (by default - there is an add-on for pidgin) and other voice features may be annoying for some.

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3 stars

"Not the greatest"

July 24, 2008  |  By tonsmel

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.4.3

Pros

I like Pidgin because it allows me to chat using all of my accounts at the same time rather than logging in one by one.

Cons

I don't like that there is no connection to my email accounts. I wish it had something...Maybe then I would have kept Pidgin...Trillian is just simpler and more organized for me.

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5 stars

"I'm in love"

July 18, 2008  |  By crevelingm

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.4.3

Pros

Extremely light weight, and does everything the bloated IM clients like AIM are just beginning to catch onto. Everyone's icon and status are in the buddy list (Buddies -> Show details), as is the ability to set your status and type status message right in the buddy list window. Buddy pounces allow me to know when my long distance girlfriend signs on AIM by playing a sound. I play a lot of video games, and you can set pidgin to only play a sound when you receive an IM in a conversation window that is out of focus.

Pidgin also can removes all of the crazy fonts and colors from incoming messages of idiots who set AIM to use them, or you can keep seeing them in their formats if you really want to. Buddy aliasing is great, though the other clients have caught onto that by now. TABBED IMS also rock, but the jerks at AIM have copied that too.

But the truth remains that AIM is an ugly program targeted at teenage girls, hogs memory, and still displays advertisements that nobody wants to see.

Cons

This is not a complaint specifically about the software, but I have a logitech G15 keyboard with an LCD display and Pidgin is the only IM client that does not yet have a plugin written for it for this keyboard. SOMEBODY PLEASE WRITE ONE FOR ME :)

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4 stars

"Pretty nice!"

July 15, 2008  |  By Traveosa

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.4.3

Pros

Pidgin features almost all of the best features. It supports nearly all if not all the networks. Its free, it runs off of open source GTK+ and it allows different plugins! *It also works with vista...i have tried it*

Cons

No webcam/audio chat. That was kind of a let down. File transfers don't work too well. Direct connect doesn't either.

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5 stars

"Its very good"

July 11, 2008  |  By Sudarshan Vattamwar

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.4.3

Pros

Its hekp in urgency

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5 stars

"Great Program - Works Like A Charm"

July 11, 2008  |  By Rob20850

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.4.3

Pros

It's a very simply, yet, very powerful piece of software. I just started doing some freelancing work at home, and this ables me to be on multiple IM's at the same time, using 1 program. It's very easy to setup, and doesn't bog down system resources. You have to try it for yourself, I wouldn't see why this software doesn't end up in the top10 most downloaded.

Cons

There's really not much I don't like about it. I guess you could say it's 'boring'. It's not all flashy, but it doesn't need to be. I prefer the 'work quietly in the background' type programs anyway.

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3 stars

"Not happy with the new Pidgin."

July 08, 2008  |  By JoyceNgo

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.4.3

Pros

The only great thing about it is it's better than AIM 6.x and has many functions. I could go on Google Talk and AIM, Yahoo, etc. It's not a memory hog either.

Cons

There's nothing good I could say about this program anymore. It gets bigger everyday with the most NOT obvious updates and then out of nowhere it updated and changed almost the whole interface. Unless you use Linux, the spell check doesn't work even if you have it available (happened to me), when doing directIM, you can never see the file sizes you are sending or receiving. They changed the IM windows, and as you type, it causes the text field to bounce up and down because it's supposed to "adjust to your text" and gets bigger as you type more in it.

The "*USERNAME HERE* is typing..." text in the IM window is extremely buggy for me and it comes and goes as it wants whether the person is typing or not. What ever happened to that cool keyboard icon on the top right that shows when users are typing?!

They make the most unnecessary changes, yet every new thing they add, they cause more bugs and then they more bugs must be fixed; which is the reason why this program updates way too often. How unfortunate :(

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.4.3
Version 2.4.3 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Pidgin
Publisher web site http://www.pidgin.im/
Release Date July 08, 2008
Date Added July 08, 2008
Version 2.4.3
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Chat
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows
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
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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