- Psi (instant messaging client)
name = Psi
caption = Psi 0.11
collapsible = yes
developer = The Psi Team
released = July 7th 2001 [ [http://web.archive.org/web/20011218061414/www.affinix.com/~justin/ http://www.affinix.com/~justin - Archive.org] ]
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language = English, French, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Czech, Macedonian, Polish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
license = GPL
website = [http://psi-im.org/ psi-im.org]
Due to Psi's free/open-source nature, several Forks have appeared, which occasionally contain features that may appear in future official Psi versions. These official and unofficial builds are documented on their [http://psi-im.org/wiki/Builds Builds] external wiki page.
The goal of the Psi project is to create a powerful, yet easy-to-use Jabber/XMPP client that tries to strictly adhere to the XMPP drafts and Jabber JEPs. This means that in most cases, Psi will not implement a feature unless there is an accepted standard for it in the Jabber community. Doing so ensures that Psi will be compatible, stable, and predictable.
Because Jabber allows gateways to other services, which many servers support, it can also connect to the
Yahoo! Messenger, AIM, Gadu-Gadu, ICQand .NET Messenger Servicenetworks. Other services available using gateway servers, include RSS and Atom news feeds, sending SMS messages to cellular networks and weather reports.
2006, Psi has language packs for 20 languages, with more being created. Emoticonpacks are supported using the jisp format. Many jisp emoticon packs are available, including ones from AIM, iChat, and Trillian.
Psi supports file transfers between other Jabber clients, and it is possible to send to or receive files from other IM networks, if the user's servers support this. Psi supports Contact Is Typing Notification (which works with MSN and AIM contacts). Version 0.10, released in January 2006, brings automatically resizing contact list and composing window in chat dialogs, tabbed chats, support for Growl messaging system on Mac OS X, window transparency and many other changes.
PSI has built in
GnuPGsupport for message encryption.
The application was created by Justin Karneges and it began as a side project. At various points during its existence Justin was paid to develop the codebase, during which Psi flourished. Typically however, the release cycle of Psi is relatively slow, but the client has always been seen by its fans as a very stable and powerful instant messaging client. Justin left the project in late 2004 to pursue other endeavors. [ [http://lists.affinix.com/pipermail/psi-devel-affinix.com/2004-November/001280.html [Psi-devel Passing the torch ] ] In 2002 [http://mblsha.psi-im.org Michail Pishchagin] started hacking Qt code which later became libpsi library. Michail joined the team in March 2003 and he is responsible for many large chunks in Psi code.
Since November 2004, maintenance has now been taken over by [http://kismith.co.uk/ Kevin Smith] , a long-time contributor to the project. Justin is now working solely on [http://delta.affinix.com/iris/ Iris] , the Qt/C++ Jabber library upon which Psi is based.
[http://el-tramo.be Remko Tronçon] started writing his custom patches for Psi in 2003, and became an official developer in May 2005.
'Psi' is the twenty-third letter of the
Greek alphabet(Ψ), which is used as the software's logo.
List of Jabber client software
Comparison of instant messaging clients
* [http://psi-im.org/ Official Psi website]
* [http://delta.affinix.com Psi Author's blog]
* [http://www.kismith.co.uk/wordpress/ Psi Maintainer's blog]
* [http://halr9000.com Psi Webmaster's blog]
* [http://mblsha.psi-im.org Psi Lead Developer's blog]
* [http://el-tramo.be Psi Developer's blog]
* [http://blogs.openaether.org/index.php?p=45 Interview with Justin Karneges]
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