Pidgin

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.6.2
  • Total Downloads:
    738,948
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 06, 2009
  • 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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.5

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    out of 282 votes

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

"Performs as expected"

September 30, 2009  |  By hnoii

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.6.2

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3 stars

"changes do not stay."

September 15, 2009  |  By 1leenie

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.6.2

Pros

always works. like to sign into 5 accounts at same time. pidgin helps me keep in touch with family.

Cons

when i click show buddy list, i get this list including IM friends. i have deleted it many times. it keeps putting a myspace contact in it's list at random. if i move the contact to its proper place it's back under IM friends next time i open list.

Summary

i like it because it works. but my contacts DO NOT STAY WHERE I PUT THEM.

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4 stars

"Simple, great, connect it all"

September 14, 2009  |  By Frost7331

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.6.2

Pros

MSN, Freenode, Gamesurge, Quakenet, AIM, IRQ, all at the same time with 15 open chat tabs is great.

Cons

Lack of preset connection options like mIRC makes first time IRC users feel a bit isolated.

Summary

If you want to hang out on IRC, IRQ, MSN, AIM, etc. at all then this should be your program. No point running 5 chat programs.

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3 stars

"Sufficient, but has its fair share of bugs."

September 11, 2009  |  By WallpaperDudeX

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.6.2

Pros

Clean, lite, very intuitive and easy to figure out, support most all popular protocols, and at least appears to have many useful features for list management, chat logs, privacy, customization, etc.

Cons

Issues with Yahoo & MSN connectivity and losing messages into "nothingness," such that they're never delivered. Major issues with AIM privacy. Blocked users can often still see and message you. File transfer with AIM users often doesn't work.

Summary

It is sufficient. It works, but it's buggy. But all multi-protocol chat clients are. They're all mixed bags. They all have some features you want and lack some. My biggest beef is with the inconspicuous, inefficient, chaotic approach Pidgin uses to providing support. You blindly trip all over their site until you end up finding a page that doesn't correlate with the Pidgin site's design...only to realize you have to subscribe to a mailing list. Nothing I've ever asked has been answered, and my inbox is so flooded now I had to enact a filter and make a folder just for Pidgin subscribers. A simple support-contact-form would be nice.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.6.2

Version 2.6.2 includes a number of minor changes.

General
Publisher Pidgin
Publisher web site http://www.pidgin.im/
Release Date September 06, 2009
Date Added September 06, 2009
Version 2.6.2
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Chat
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
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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