Pidgin (XP/Vista/Linux) / Adium (OS X)

September 6, 2008

Keeping in touch with your friends and family online can be a hassle when everyone prefers a different instant-messaging/chat program. Your geeky friend swears by Google Talk, your girlfriend is all about Yahoo! Messenger, and your parents still stick by AIM. Who wants to run three different instant messaging programs? Well there’s no need, just grab Pidgin or its Mac only sibling, Adium. Pidgin and Adium will work with just about any instant messaging platform you can think of, and some you’ve probably never heard of — MySpace IM, AIM, Yahoo!, MSN, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber, and more. Both programs will even work with the popular VoIP / IM platform Skype with a downloadable plug-in, though Skype will still have to be running in the background.

Pidgin and Adium will let you login to all of your IM accounts at once and manage all your conversations from one tabbed window so that you don’t litter your desktop with an endless number chat boxes. Pidgin and Adium are both light years better than any of the single network instant messaging applications out there.

Pidgin (formerly known as Gaim) is a multi-protocol instant messaging client for BSD and Windows. It is compatible with AIM (Oscar and TOC protocols), ICQ, MSN Messenger, Yahoo, IRC, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, and Zephyr networks. Pidgin users can log in to multiple accounts on multiple IM networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on AOL Instant Messenger, talking to a friend on Yahoo Messenger, and sitting in an IRC channel all at the same time. It also goes beyond that and provides many unique features. A few popular features are Buddy Pounces, which give the ability to notify you, send a message, play a sound, or run a program when a specific buddy goes away, signs online, or returns from idle; and plugins, consisting of text replacement, a buddy ticker, extended message notification, and iconify on away.

The Adium team is proud to present to you Adium X, a multiple-protocol instant-messaging client. This is a culmination of a yearlong rewrite of Adium, which now utilizes Libgaim (the core part of GAIM) to connect to multiple protocols, and also is based on a new plug-in architecture. Partial address-book integration, cool-looking tabs, multiple protocols for instant messaging, and a compact contact list are some of the many features of the new Adium X.

Some core features include support for AIM, Yahoo, MSN, Jabber, Trepia, Napster, and Gadu-Gadu; unlimited accounts; as many names on as many services as you want; draggable tabs; any number of tabs in any number of windows; highly customizable yet intuitive preferences; address-book integration; iTunes and other AppleScript substitution buddy icons and away messages in AIM; and the beginnings of file-transfer support for AIM, Yahoo, and Jabber. Version 1.3 includes unspecified updates.

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