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Pidgin – Stay Connected




Pidgin is probably the best online chat client I have ever come across. Best thing about Pidgin is its support for all operating systems (Windows, Linux/Unix, Mac OSx etc). This simple FREE application keeps you connected with all kinds of social networks you may be involved into.

Some networks like Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, Groupwise, ICQ, IRC, MSN, MySpaceIM, QQ, SILC, SIMPLE, Sametime, XMPP, Yahoo, Zephyr, AIM, Bonjour are already provided with Pidgin. Though more can be added by adding appropriate plugins for each, this will be discussed later.

More accounts can be connected any time from ‘Accounts > Manage accounts > Add’. You can simultaneously connect to multiple accounts at a time and everything is displayed in a single window, separated by a bar and Name of the network. Likewise any particular account can be disabled. This gives you full freedom of your choice.

Pidgin also allows file transfer, custom smileys, entering any chat room, and a better control over sorting and managing your buddy list.

Coming back to plugins, Pidgin is provided with a lot of plugins to customize and provide you with more functionality. Setting theme is one of them, but do not get a wrong impression, nothing so flashy. It’s just changing color and font size and type of the buddy list and others now receive files from selected users without confirming every time. Transparency can also be enabled by configuring the plugin.

If you are interested in joining to more IM services like Twitter, Facebook, Microblog, Skype, Sipe, Rediffbol etc , you can download a third party plugin and start enjoying the service.

For Windows plugins are downloaded as dll files, after you have downloaded the dll just copy it to plugins folder in pidgin. By default it is ‘C:\Program files\Pidgin\Plugins’. After doing this you will get the service when you go to add a new account.

There are lots and lots of these plugins available HERE. Download them as you wish.

As it is not possible to check all services I checked using my Twitter account. All worked fine and I received replies in twitter in different popping windows(But some times it crashed).

This client is really handy in managing all IM services.



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