Apps of Interest: Pidgin

Use: Instant Messenger client
Platform: Microsoft Windows
Current Version:2.7.11

Pidgin Buddy List on Windows Vista

Quoted from Developer’s site:

Pidgin is a chat program which lets you log in to accounts on multiple chat networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on MSN, talking to a friend on Google Talk, and sitting in a Yahoo chat room all at the same time.

Pigdin adding new account


As seen in the image above You can add a lot of the popular IM networks: AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk. You can manage each account individually. You want to be logged on to AIM but not Yahoo, you can do that. You want to be logged into both networks at the same time, you can do that too. I only use 3 networks simultaneously and it works fine a majority of the time.

The Conversation window is what you would come to expect

Pidgin conversation window

You can see the name/handle  (and status) of the person you’re talking to. Type your messages into the bottom box. The Upper box is the conversation log. Change font, use smiley icons and even insert links into your message.

Conversation window pull-down menu

If you click on the Conversation menu item, you get access to a lot of options some of the more useful ones would be:

Find – search through your current chat log for words
Send File – Send a file from your computer to the other person
Alias – Change how Pidgin displays your friend’s handle/username

I’ve been using this application for the past few years and would recommend it to anyone who wants/needs to be on multiple IM networks at the same time.



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