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Isotoxin v0.4.511 Updated

smaragdus on 26 Mar 2017
  • 11MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 25 Mar 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 transfer (with 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.

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?
  • replaced some macros: %CONFIG% -> {ConfigPath}, %CONTACTID% -> {ContactId} (these macros will be automatically replaced in config)
  • added some macros: {DownloadPath}, {ContactName}
  • updates are downloaded to %TEMP% instead of {ConfigPath} now
  • some default temp paths changed to {ConfigPath}\temp in portable mode
  • profiles (*.profile files) are moved to {ConfigPath}\profile
  • default conversation font size increased to 14 (previous value was 12)
  • It is possible to disable video capture by default. "Video call" and "Camera" buttons will be disabled.
  • Minimal camera resolution decreased to 160 pixels of width (previous value was 640)
  • Do not set "Away" status by inactivity while call
  • Fixed voice playback issue
  • Folder shares - you can share any folder to your friend
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 Their "app" is just a wrapper for that.

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Miranda IM v0.10.67 Updated

billon on 7 Mar 2017
  • 10MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 6 Mar 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.

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?
  • Updated:
    • zlib library to 1.2.11;
    • SQLite library.
  • Improve CPU usage.
Latest comments
smaragdus on 2016-03-07 21:23

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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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.

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:
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... :-/

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Ricochet v1.1.4

webfork on 10 Dec 2016
  • 52MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 5 Nov 2016
  • Suggested by smaragdus

Ricochet is a simple, text-only instant messenger built for security and anonymity. The program uses the Tor network hidden services feature to hide one's identity and connections are encrypted end-to-end. The program intentionally does not save chat history.

Note that unlike most IM tools you do not need to register a username, instead generating a unique address (e.g. "ricochet:rs7ce36jsj24ogfw"). Other Ricochet users can use this address to connect with you. These addresses can be generated and discarded as needed.

Cross-platform with clients available for Mac and Linux.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: BSD
How to extract:
  1. Download the portable ZIP package.
  2. Extract to a folder of your choice
  3. Launch ricochet.exe
  1. Download the installer package.
  2. Run the installer.
  3. During installation select Extract (Portable)
  4. Extract to a folder of your choice
  5. Launch ricochet.exe
Similar/alternative apps: TorChat

BeeBEEP v3.0.9

billon on 30 Nov 2016
  • 26MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 30 Nov 2016
  • Suggested by smaragdus

BeeBEEP is a tool for chatting and sharing files/folders individually or with groups inside your local area network such of an office, home, or internet cafe. Conversations are peer-to-peer (no server required), encrypted, and messages sent to offline users will be delivered when they come online.

Cross platform with clients available for Linux, Mac, and more.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: GPLv3
How to extract: Download the "portable" ZIP package corresponding to your OS and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch beebeep.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Madhavan LAN Messenger, Fomine LAN Chat, Qualia LAN Messenger
What's new? See: