Gaim is an open source messaging application that can help you run any chat client be it Yahoo messenger/ MSN or anything for that matter. Gaim now has a new name – Pidgin. In other words, several IMs can be accessed through one window.
Gaim supports several features similar to any other messenger. Besides the usual there is a feature called Buddy pounce that lets you play a sound or send a message when a friend logins or walks away. It is quick and quite reliable. The interface is simple and in order to avoid crowding, tabbed windows for various chats are made possible. Yet another unique feature you find here is, when the other person closes your chat window, this messenger will notify you. This is something which doesn’t have plenty of animations or graphics. If you want to keep it simple, this is the best software. It also loads pretty fast. There is also a portable version so if you are travelling, there is no need for you to install this software first and then start using it. You can simply login and all your data will be available.
This program also has its own disadvantages. File transfer can be a bit annoying as it is not always consistent. There is no voice chat or webcam option available. So you can basically just stick to text messages. The security it offers is also not that dependable. So it might be necessary for you to take extra care of your passwords since they usually get saved in an XML file. But there is no need to worry because this is something that can easily be tackled.
Sometimes Gaim may get stuck. But usually most of the functions this application performs go smoothly. In spite of the fact that a few bugs still exist in this application, it is being used popularly. For those who are not planning to spend a lot of time on chats, this application is a great excuse. If your friends are on Yahoo, your colleagues in MSN and somebody else on a different IM, you don’t have to go crazy anymore. Get access to everybody and enjoy having a pleasant conversation. All said and done, this application and simple and simplicity is best appreciated!