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Pidgin Review. Multi-Protocol IM Client Super-Efficiency
With folks finding comfort in different messaging apps and moving away from traditional SMS, it has become necessary to settle for an app which integrates cross-platform use. This helps you avoid having to install different applications to keep personal or professional contact. Pidgin is a worthy solution to this problem.Read More
The problem with IM and chat clients is that there are numerous protocols out there, and unlike traditional SMS, each communicating party has to install the same app for messaging to be possible. Pidgin solves this problem by providing a single interface supporting various platforms, including Google Talk, Yahoo, Jabber, MSN, ICQ, etc. The app in its most basic form is stripped down, so you won’t be able to voice or video chat. However, it supports a large number of third-party plugins which are designed to enrich the experience.
While you may not be able to access VoIP functionality on Pidgin, you can configure the app for SIP which offers basic VoIP features at less cost. The download for Pidgin is free, and installation is also quite easy. It allows you to customize contacts, individual and group chats, smileys, and file transfers. Worth mentioning is the Purple plug-in which offers over 50 useful plug-ins.
The design of Pidgin is quite intuitive and seamless. It standardizes everything including your smileys and messages, which makes it even more attractive for multi-platform texting due to a single UI. Managing multiple accounts is easy, and you can also customize your settings and interface, giving you the best possible experience. The brightly contrasted background also makes using Pidgin pleasurable, especially because the app has the potential of clutter at times especially when you’re pulling down drop-down menus.
Pidgin is quite intuitive and easy-to-use, starting right at the download phase. I especially like the interface and how easy it is to migrate between the different clients that you are using. Since you can customize the app’s features such as messaging and smileys to your liking, you’ll get used to the app much quicker. Even for those users who experience heavy communication whether on private or professional social networks such as Telegram, Pidgin still provides great organization and makes it a pleasure to use.
Cross-platform Use 5/5
Pidgin is based on open-source Linux GNU and is integrated into Windows, Linux, Ubuntu, and has a MacOS derivate. It supports chat networks like AIM, Google Talk, AIM, Bonjour, XMPP, etc.
There are no in-app purchases for Pidgin, and you can also install it for free, as it is open-source software.
The major drawback of Pidgin is the fact that it doesn’t offer support for video or audio. However, it has an elegant and intuitive design that you’ll quickly get used to. The best part is the number of plugins and IM clients that it supports; nobody will dare feel left out with this app. Integration with Skype is a major advantage, especially for those running small businesses. There are various updates and bug fixes being released, so you may expect the operation to be seamless.
While Pidgin may be lacking in voice and video capabilities, it definitely offers the best and most affordable alternative for cross-platform IM client integration.
Pros : Offers support for a wide variety of IM clients and 3rd-party plugins.
Open-source (therefore free).
Clean, efficient design.
Cons : Stores passwords in plain text.
Doesn’t offer voice or video support.
Cross-platform use 5.0