Comparison of LAN messengers

Comparison of LAN messengers

The following tables compare general and technical information for a number of LAN messengers.

Contents

General information

Basic general information about the LAN messengers: creator/company, license/price, among others.

Protocol Author / Creator First public release date Latest stable version Cost (USD) Software license Programming language
AChat ? Michal Hruby 2005 beta 7 (v0.150) (January 24, 2007; 4 years ago (2007-01-24)) Free [1] GNU/GPL Delphi|C# Version started
Akeni LAN Messenger Akeni Network Protocol Akeni 2002 1.2.114 (January 13, 2011; 8 months ago (2011-01-13)) Non-freeShareware (16.95) Proprietary C++
BigAnt Messenger ? BigAnt 2001 2.50 (July 8, 2009; 2 years ago (2009-07-08)) Non-freeShareware (20.00 + server) Proprietary ?
Bopup Messenger ? B Labs 2001 5.4.7 (December 24, 2009; 21 months ago (2009-12-24)) Non-freeShareware (12.90 + server) Proprietary C++
BORGChat ? Ionut Cioflan 2002 v1.0.0 b438  (March 31, 2007; 4 years ago (2007-03-31)) Free [2] Freeware ?
dMessage ? MGI Consultants 2007 6.20 (June 20, 2010; 15 months ago (2010-06-20)) Non-freeShareware

(6 to 20 depending on the number of stations)

Proprietary ?
iChat Bonjour IM Protocol Apple Inc. 2003 5.0.3 (745), (April 26, 2010; 17 months ago (2010-04-26)) Non-freeBundled with OS Proprietary Template:Likely Objective-C
iptux Microsoft Messenger service Jally, ManPT, others 2008 0.51 (November 20, 2009; 22 months ago (2009-11-20)) Free [3] GNU/GPL ?
LAN Chat Enterprise ? KGY Soft 2001 3.3, (May 29, 2007; 4 years ago (2007-05-29)) Non-freeShareware (12.00) Proprietary ?
LinPopUp Microsoft Messenger service Jean-Marc Jacquet 2000 1.2.0 (Debian, April 7, 2008; 3 years ago (2008-04-07)) Free [4] GNU/GPL C
Miranda IM Microsoft Messenger service Roland Rabien 2000 0.9.3 Free GNU/GPL C/C++
Net-C ? DGtalize 2008 0.2.0 (May 15, 2010; 16 months ago (2010-05-15)) Free [5] GNU/GPL Java
Outlook LAN Messenger ? Srimax Software System 2002 6.0.43 (March 25, 2010; 18 months ago (2010-03-25)) Non-freeShareware (9.80) Proprietary ?
Pichat ? Piratson Technologies 2002 0.4.2 (March 13, 2010; 18 months ago (2010-03-13)) Free [6] Freeware C++
PopNote ? K5HUM 2003 3.6 (July 1, 2009; 2 years ago (2009-07-01)) Free [7] Freeware HotBasic
Softros LAN Messenger ? Softros Systems, Inc. 2000 4.4.1 (May 15, 2009; 2 years ago (2009-05-15)) Non-freeShareware (10.95) Proprietary ?
Squiggle LAN Messenger ? Overroot 2010 2.7 (May 5, 2011; 5 months ago (2011-05-05)) Free[8] Freeware C#
Vypress Chat Vypress Chat network protocol VyPRESS Research, LLC 2000 2.1.8 (December 11, 2009; 21 months ago (2009-12-11)) Non-freeShareware (19.00) Proprietary C/C++
Vypress Messenger Vypress instant messaging protocol VyPRESS Research, LLC 2000 4.0 (October 19, 2004; 6 years ago (2004-10-19)) Non-freeShareware (19.90) Proprietary C/C++
WinMessenger Microsoft Messenger service VyPRESS Research, LLC 2001 2.8.04 (March 19, 2010; 18 months ago (2010-03-19)) Non-freeShareware (14.00) Proprietary C/C++
Winpopup LAN Messenger ? Fomine Software 2002 5.3 (June 18, 2008; 3 years ago (2008-06-18)) Non-freeShareware (14.95) Proprietary ?
LAN Messenger v3 ? Ken Ballentine (Updated by Steven Cole) 2006 3.4 (February 23, 2011; 7 months ago (2011-02-23)) Free Freeware Visual Basic .NET

Operating system support

The operating systems the messengers can run on without emulation or compatibility layers.

Windows Mac OS X Linux BSD Unix
AChat Yes No No No No
Akeni LAN Messenger Yes No Yes No No
BigAnt Messenger Yes No No No No
Bopup Messenger Yes No No No No
BORGChat Yes No No No No
dMessage Yes No No No No
iChat No Yes No No No
iptux No No Yes No No
LAN Chat Enterprise Yes No No No No
LinPopUp No No Yes No No
Miranda IM Yes No No No No
Net-C Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Outlook LAN Messenger Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Pichat Yes No Yes Yes No
PopNote Yes No No No No
Softros LAN Messenger Yes No No No No
Squiggle LAN Messenger Yes No No No No
Vypress Chat Yes No No No No
Vypress Messenger Yes No No No No
WinMessenger Yes No No No No
Winpopup LAN Messenger Yes No No No No
LAN Messenger v3 Yes No No No No

Features

Information on what features each of the clients support.

Toolkits or SDKs Private messages Private chat Public chat Message board Encryption File transfer Unicode (UTF-8) Message filtration Graphical smileys Message logging Whiteboard Terminal Service Compatibility User base in Active Directory Serverless (No server required)
AChat No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No No Yes No No No Yes
Akeni LAN Messenger No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
BigAnt Messenger W32 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No
Bopup Messenger No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
BORGChat No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
dMessage No Yes No No Yes No No Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
iChat 1 No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No No No No No No No
iptux No No Yes No No No Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes
LAN Chat Enterprise No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No Yes
LinPopUp No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No No No No Yes
Miranda IM ? Yes ? ? ? ? Yes Yes ? Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes
Net-C No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes No No No No Yes
Outlook LAN Messenger No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
Pichat W32 + Linux Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
PopNote No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No Yes No No No Yes
Softros LAN Messenger W32 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No Yes No Yes
Vypress Chat No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
Vypress Messenger No Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
WinMessenger No Yes No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Winpopup LAN Messenger W32 Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Lan Messenger V3 No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No No No No No Yes

Note 1: Using Apple's Bonjour protocol

See also

References

  1. ^ SourceForget AChat: GNU General Public License
  2. ^ Softpedia BORGChat: Freeware
  3. ^ Freshmeat iptux: GPL 2+
  4. ^ SourceForget LinPopUp-2: GNU General Public License
  5. ^ SourceForget Net-C: GNU General Public License
  6. ^ Brothersoft Pichat: Freeware
  7. ^ Softpedia PopNote: Freeware
  8. ^ Squiggle LAN Messenger: Freeware

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