Pidgin for Mac
Pidgin is an open source chat client that can connect to multiple networks, such as AIM, Google Talk, IRC, MSN, SIMPLE, Yahoo, Gadu Gadu, ICQ, MXit, SILC, XMPP, Bonjour, Groupwise, Zephyr, and Sametime.
Challenging to install chat client that comes with extensive protocol support
The latest Pidgin release is available on OS X computers only as a source archive, so you will have to compile the application manually. There is a binary OS X release available, but it will install an older Pidgin version.
However, note that you can install Pidgin via the Fink or Macports package distribution systems, even though the developers do not provide support for these procedures. Using a package distribution system is preferable to a manual compilation because it will also download and install all required dependencies.
Unfortunately, while installing Pidgin via Macports certain packages could not be downloaded directly. In this case, to continue the installation procedure, you must manually download the respective dependencies packages and place the archives in the /opt/local/var/macports/distfiles directory (make sure to move them to the appropriate folder).
Login to multiple accounts and communicate with all your friends
Since Pidgin allows you to connect multiple instant messaging accounts, you will be able to send messages to all your friends, regardless of the network they are using.
In terms of functionality, Pidgin integrates most standard features one should expect from a chat client: you get to receive new message notifications, to use emoticons, to transfer files, and so on. Furthermore, you get to extend the app’s capabilities by installing additional plug-ins.
Versatile and user friendly chat client that can handle multiple accounts at the same time
All in all, if you are using multiple accounts to communicate with friends from different networks, the Pidgin chat client is a great way to bring them all together. The bad news is that Pidgin is running on the X11 window system, which means that the interface design might look a bit outdated.
What's more, due to the complicated installation procedure, you should consider using the Adium app instead (it employs the same libpurple library on which Pidgin is based).
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