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Update: Pidgin Minimalist Guification Theme 2018-06-04


Microsoft apparently bought github. I already didn't like github much, but used it because I wanted to interact with the dnscrypt-proxy project. Now that the dnscrypt-proxy project is a mess and Microsoft is going to be taking over the content of the site, I figured it would be best to delete my github account. Before I did however, I grabbed a copy of the stuff I had hosted there... including this Guifications theme.

Basically, Pidgin does not come with the ability to provide toaster popups (you know, the little popups down by the clock on your Windows system). Guifications provides toaster popup functionality for Pidgin and the default theme(s) are pretty bad. That's why I made this little theme. I really just wanted a quick notification when my contacts logged on, logged off, or typed at me. If you're looking for something fancy, you have come to the wrong place.

I had stopped using Pidgin long ago and kind of assumed this theme would be broken or useless, but it turned out to still be worthwhile. I have been using Pidgin and OTR in the last few weeks, so I had the perfect guinnea pig to test on. So here's how I made this work with a reasonably fresh and unbastardized copy of Pidgin 2.12.0 portable.

  • Have a working copy of Pidgin (seriously, if you don't already have this you shouldn't be here)
  • Download Guifications2
  • Close Pidgin
  • Unzip Guifications2 to Pidgin directory
  • Open Pidgin
  • Go to "Tools -> Plugins" and enable Guifications
  • Click "Configure Plugin" to configure it if you wish
  • Save and return to contact list
  • Interact with someone to confirm toaster popups work
  • Download Snorkification Theme
  • Close Pidgin
  • Unzip Snorkification to PidginDirectory\.purple\guifications\themes
  • Open Pidgin
  • Go to "Tools -> Plugins" and configure Guifications
  • Switch to the Themes tab and enable Snorkification (possibly also disable all others)
  • Save and return to contact list
  • Interact with someone to confirm toaster popups look awesome
screenshot How the toast-pops look.

Update: Pidgin Minimalist Guification Theme 2017-04-27


This post from the old snork.ca Wordpress site used to have a download of the theme... but recently I decided to try out github, because I am going to have to do a pull request to add dnscrypt.ca to their list of public resolvers. So, I uploaded this to github as a little test. It can be found here. Anyways, here the content from the old post.

Pidgin Minimalist Guification Theme 2010-09-06


If you use Pidgin then you should probably also use the Pidgin plugin called Guifications... and if you use Guifications you may want to try my very simple theme called Snorkification. It is a bastardized and simplified hack of the Vista Light theme made by Zachary Keeping.

To Install:

  1. Download the zip file
  2. Unzip it into your Guifications theme directory
    • XP: C:\Documents And Settings\Yourname\Application Data\.purple\guifications\themes
    • Vista: Fuck, I don't know
    • Win7: C:\Users\Yourname\AppData\Roaming\.purple\guifications\themes
  3. Open Pidgin and go to Tools → Plugins
  4. Highlight Guifications in the list and click Configure Plugin
  5. Hit the Themes tab at the top and enable Snorkification.

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