June 12, 2008

Pidgin - An Adium replacement for Windows and Linux Users

Are you a windows user looking for an Adium equivalent for your PC ? or did you ever think that it would be better if you were able to chat using a single application to different IM service users? ,yes Pidgin is for you.

Pidgin is an Open Source Instant Messaging Application for Windows,Linux and other Unixes.You can use Pidgin to chat with your Friends using Yahoo messenger or Google talk at the same time.Pidgin offers support for an array of Services including AIM, ICQ, Jabber/XMPP, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, QQ, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, MySpaceIM, and Zephyr.

Features :

Pidgin can log into multiple accounts on Multiple IM service provider servers simultaneously.And this offers freedom and convenience.Pidgin is a feature rich application which comes with support for various networks such as away messages,file transfer and typing notification. It also goes beyond the normal features like this and offers a range of other features.The most popular feature provided by Pidgin would be the support for multiple protocols. Protocols like Yahoo! Messenger, Jabber, IRC, OSCAR (AIM, ICQ), Gadu-Gadu, .NET Messenger Service, Zephyr and others are working just fine with the stable Pidgin 2.0.0 version. Even though it does not offer exotic features, such as webcam support, voice messaging or built-in games

Installation and Interface :

The installation of Pidgin is so simple and the interface is a simple clutter free graphical user interface (it seems a little bit boring for me and it doesn't provide a friendly look even-though it is a simple to use one).First time it will ask you to setup and account and after this you can create or edit as many accounts as you need.Pidgin has a lot of useful plugins like auto file accept and auto-reply,more...

Configuration and Customisation :

Pidgin also provides an easy way of accessing the configuration panel,it opens a dialog where you can define your own preferences regarding the interface, sounds, network connection or check options such as chats logging or the way your status is turned to idle.And this dialog box provides options related to the text formatting and themes.The themes list does not offer you many options by default; you can select the none option which will disable graphical emoticons or the default Hylke Bons.Contact aliasing and grouping multiple buddies into a single contact are two new good features that I found very useful.

Cons : No Voice and Video support :)

And for sure it can be a windows replacement for Adium

You can download Pidgin from http://www.pidgin.im/download/

Official Pidgin site is http://www.pidgin.im

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