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qTox v1.8.1 Updated

smaragdus on 27 Apr 2017
  • 46MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 16 Feb 2017
  • Suggested by smaragdus

qTox is an easy, secure instant messaging and VoIP client for the Tox network. The program includes standard features like chat between users, group chats, file transfer with image preview, as well as high-quality audio and video calls with group call capability.

The program is peer-to-peer, meaning no central server is necessary for the network to function.

Cross-platform with clients available for Mac, Windows, FreeBSD, and Android.

Tox web-site

Category:
System Requirements: Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. Windows 8: Empty folder written to \AppData\Roaming\tox
Windows 7: Duplicate user files saved to \AppData\Roaming\tox
Unicode support: Yes
License: GPL v3
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch qtox.exe
  3. Create a username and optional password
  4. Click the settings button (gear icon), choose the Advanced tab, and select "Make Tox portable"
Optionally, close the program and delete the folder C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\tox\ (this makes the program more stealth)
Similar/alternative apps: Isotoxin, TorChat
What's new? See: https://github.com/tux3/qTox/blob/master/CHANGELOG.md
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smaragdus on 2017-04-27 01:44

Portability may be lost after update- re-enable it from "Settings" - "Advanced" - "Make Tox portable".

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TeamSpeak v3.1.4 Updated

webfork on 15 Apr 2017
  • 63MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 13 Apr 2017
  • Suggested by Firewrath

TeamSpeak is a VoIP tool focused on efficient system and bandwidth usage. Although targeting online gamers, the program includes collaboration tools including file transfer, easy permissions, secure connections, and a customizable interface.

Cross platform with clients available for Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. Details here.
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer according to your OS architecture and extract it using 7-Zip to a folder of your choice
  2. Remove the $PLUGINSDIR folder
  3. Launch ts3client_win32.exe or ts3client_win64.exe (for 64-bit)
  4. When prompted for registry file associations, select Ignore
Similar/alternative apps: TeamTalk, Skype, Isotoxin
What's new? See:
http://forum.teamspeak.com/forums/91-Latest-News

Miranda IM v0.10.68 Updated

billon on 12 Apr 2017
  • 10MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 11 Apr 2017
  • Suggested by David Miller

Miranda IM is an extensible, customizable instant messenger client supporting AIM, ICQ, IRC, Gadu Gadu, MSN, Yahoo and Jabber. The program can support more protocols via an extended plugin system to include Netsend, Skype, etc. and an add-on system can add other features such as skins, an RSS feed reader, weather alert, world clock, secure messaging, etc.

Alternatively, Miranda IM Portable is another portable version.

Category:
System Requirements: WinAll
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes. An ANSI version is available for Win9x/ME.
License: GPL
How to extract: Using the installer:
  1. Download the installer and launch
  2. Select Portable Installation, choose a destination folder, and Install
  3. Launch miranda32.exe or miranda64.exe

Using the 7zip versions:
  1. Download the 7z package based on your OS (Win9x/ME: ANSI, All other 32-bit: Unicode, All 64-bit: x64) and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Rename mirandaboot-example.ini to mirandaboot.ini
  3. Open mirandaboot.ini in a text editor, and change ProfileDir= to ProfileDir=.\Profile
  4. Save changes
  5. Launch miranda32.exe or miranda64.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Miranda NG, Pidgin
What's new?
  • Improved database optimization on exit.
  • Update SQLite library.
Latest comments
smaragdus on 2016-03-07 21:23

@apometron
What you state is not true, both Pidgin and Miranda NG can connect to Facebook via plug-ins. It is not Miranda IM and Pidgin fault that evil Facebook dumped open-source XMPP (Jabber) protocol in favour of a proprietary, closed-source one. Anyway, using Facebook for communication is the worst choice possible.

Specular on 2016-03-11 09:03

I think if Miranda IM doesn't support Facebook it could simply be removed from the description. If Miranda NG works with it it might be worth adding to its entry for users who are looking for the support.

smaragdus on 2016-06-26 20:08

Miranda IM 0.10.53 fails to connect to AOL while Miranda NG 0.95.5 connects fine. Not that I need AOL, just an observation.

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Isotoxin v0.4.513 Updated

webfork on 8 Apr 2017
  • 11MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 7 Apr 2017
  • Suggested by smaragdus

Isotoxin is a feature-rich secure messenger that lets you connect over your local network or the Internet. The program supports audio and video, desktop sharing (view only), file/folder sharing, inline images, group chats, and user profiles. Available extras include spell check, avatars, themes, auto gain / noise filter for audio, and much more.

The Tox protocol is peer-to-peer, meaning no central server is necessary for the network to function.

Includes basic XMPP (Jabber) support.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: GPL v3
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP archive and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch isotoxin.exe and choose Portable mode
  3. Click Join network, select LAN, Tox or Jabber protocol, and choose a name
Similar/alternative apps: qTox
What's new?
  • New: search option "Search entire phrases"
  • Fixed: some folder share issues
  • Fixed: import tox profile (friends were not imported)
  • Fixed: tox connection (friends are offline after reconnect)
  • Removed: Advanced->Video calls options. Codec settings were moved to advanced connection options.
  • Added: advanced connection options. Now you can edit advanced options individually per connection
  • Custom list of tox nodes can be selected via advanced options
Latest comments
Realist on 2016-09-05 11:04

What about WhatsApp!!!

webfork on 2016-09-05 15:13

@Realist: I haven't tested it because, unlike Isotoxin, WhatsApp is only out for Win8 and higher, closed source, and and is owned by Facebook. Their Wikipedia page lists some other concerns.

freakazoid on 2016-09-10 19:34

@Realist - Just go to web.whatsapp.com. Their "app" is just a wrapper for that.

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Brosix Personal 3.9 build 160714

billon on 10 Dec 2016
  • 142MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 14 Jul 2016
  • Suggested by NationHahn

Brosix is a secure instant messaging and collaboration tool featuring voice and video chat, file transfer, collaborative browsing, whiteboard, and screenshots and screen sharing. Interface includes tabbed chat, chat history, spell check, and anti-virus support.

Messages with other Brosix users are secured and can be sent when they are offline and delivered upon return. All communication with other Brosix users is encrypted with industry-standard AES. The program is cross-platform with clients available for Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, as well as via a Web Client to use the Brosix network with most browsers.

Additionally, the program can connect with other IM services such as AOL, Google Talk and ICQ, although not encrypted.

Category:
System Requirements: Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. Trolltech registry entries left behind.
Unicode support: Yes
License: Free for personal use
How to extract: Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Brosix.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Skype Portable, Digsby, Miranda IM, Pidgin Portable, Instantbird Portable
What's new? See:
https://www.brosix.com/news/
Latest comments
smaragdus on 2014-03-28 13:07

Brosix connects to ICQ, Google Talk, MSN and Facebook networks , but cannot connect to Jabber and Yahoo. Has anyone experienced this connection problem with Jabber and Yahoo?

Midas on 2014-10-19 22:27

According to Brosix's portable download page, the latest stable download version is 3.7 build 141006.5331, released October 6, 2014... :-/

http://www.brosix.com/download/windows-portable/

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