BitWise for Windows 1.7.3a for Windows

by Bitwise Communications, LLC

Avg. Rating 4.3 (84 votes)

File Details

File Size 3.3 MB
License Freeware
Operating System Windows (All)
Date Added
Total Downloads 9,342
Publisher Bitwise Communications, LLC
Homepage BitWise
Other Versions

Publisher's Description

BitWise isn't just "another IM", but has all the usual features plus many features unavailable in other IM programs, including automatic message encryption, direct-to-IP voice chat, a file transfer manager with file queueing and file sharing, a URL history, whiteboards, a grouped interface, skinning, buddy icons, extensive preferences and it's both small and fast.

Latest Reviews

luckman212

luckman212 reviewed v1.7.3 on Jun 29, 2007

This is a nicely-rounded IM program, I have found it is the only one that works cross-platform (Mac/PC/Linux) and thus we chose this for our corporate IM so as not to exclude Mac users. Also, it allows people who are working at home or out in the field to chat with people at the office which the other "business" LAN-based IM programs couldn't do, because this one is client-server based and not Peer-To-Peer (although I do think it falls back to P2P mode if it loses connectivity with the server). There are a few bugs and it crashes on occasion, which is why I rated it a 4 instead of 5. Hopefully there will be a rewrite at some point to address these, becuause development has halted in the past few years.

Xssshell

Xssshell reviewed v1.7.2 on May 6, 2007

Tried it years ago...a little more complicated than other messanger but I think it's worth the effort.

Make it a Miranda Plugin and I'll use it 24/7!
But no need for another messenger for me personally.

czekar

czekar reviewed v1.7.2 on Jun 19, 2006

This would be great software if it supported proxy connections to the internet.

Ah well. At least the screenshot isn't just the same picture in a bigger window!

Blue Joker

Blue Joker reviewed v1.7.2 Beta 1 on May 18, 2006

Used it since first releases ,
I ever found it very good and I appreciate his development .
In my opinion , it has to spread up yet ,
it's used , or at least I do use it , with personal friends or co_workers , as a valid IM , whom you can rely absolutely .
The File Transfer is very fine and so other small features , which if not make it unique , sure make it a valid product and I can tell , a professional one.

Nikkie

Nikkie reviewed v1.7.1 on Apr 1, 2006

It's better than multi-network messengers .. it is its own network and does more than those other programs ... they should allow users to create plugins though .. this program is great but feels limited ..

darthbeads

darthbeads reviewed v1.7.1 Beta 1 on Feb 17, 2006

I guess I don't quite understand -- is this a multi-protocol IM client that can access MSN, AIM, Yahoo, etc?

bobad

bobad reviewed v1.7.1 Beta 1 on Feb 16, 2006

Great IM program. Simple, intuitive GUI, encryption, great reliability for file transfers. The program is compact and truly portable. Just drop it to your USB flash drive and take it along with you. "Feet to the Fire Radio" just adopted BitWise IM as their official IM. Check it out!

This may sound trifling, but the author actually knows how to post a usable screenshot on FileForum. He also cares enough about his users to post a change log. His care and professionalism are reflected in the program.

uberfly

uberfly reviewed v1.7 Beta 2 on Dec 1, 2005

This is good software. Been using it for a while. As to why more don't use it - I think the company site does a bad job explaining how this program works under the surface, whether it's comptible in any way with existing IM networks... do you have to run your own server? etc. They just don't do a good job pointing past the interface. That is the kind of thing people who would be drawn to this program are interested in - the rest just go and download AIM.

EarlyMorningHours

EarlyMorningHours reviewed v1.7 Beta 2 on Nov 30, 2005

I am simply mystified that this program has not seen larger adoption. AIM, Yahoo, Microsoft, they could all learn a whole from this wonderful utility. It's small, fast, secure, and doesn't clutter the interface with a bunch of fluff. And now you can even run it off of a USB flash drive. What more could you want? Easily in the top 20 of my all time favorite freeware.

tp

tp reviewed v1.0.6.5 Beta 2 on Nov 5, 2005

much improvement since i tried it years ago.. nice to see my username is still there too! ;-)

Avg. Rating 4.3 (84 votes)
Your Rating
luckman212

luckman212 reviewed v1.7.3 on Jun 29, 2007

This is a nicely-rounded IM program, I have found it is the only one that works cross-platform (Mac/PC/Linux) and thus we chose this for our corporate IM so as not to exclude Mac users. Also, it allows people who are working at home or out in the field to chat with people at the office which the other "business" LAN-based IM programs couldn't do, because this one is client-server based and not Peer-To-Peer (although I do think it falls back to P2P mode if it loses connectivity with the server). There are a few bugs and it crashes on occasion, which is why I rated it a 4 instead of 5. Hopefully there will be a rewrite at some point to address these, becuause development has halted in the past few years.

Xssshell

Xssshell reviewed v1.7.2 on May 6, 2007

Tried it years ago...a little more complicated than other messanger but I think it's worth the effort.

Make it a Miranda Plugin and I'll use it 24/7!
But no need for another messenger for me personally.

czekar

czekar reviewed v1.7.2 on Jun 19, 2006

This would be great software if it supported proxy connections to the internet.

Ah well. At least the screenshot isn't just the same picture in a bigger window!

Blue Joker

Blue Joker reviewed v1.7.2 Beta 1 on May 18, 2006

Used it since first releases ,
I ever found it very good and I appreciate his development .
In my opinion , it has to spread up yet ,
it's used , or at least I do use it , with personal friends or co_workers , as a valid IM , whom you can rely absolutely .
The File Transfer is very fine and so other small features , which if not make it unique , sure make it a valid product and I can tell , a professional one.

Nikkie

Nikkie reviewed v1.7.1 on Apr 1, 2006

It's better than multi-network messengers .. it is its own network and does more than those other programs ... they should allow users to create plugins though .. this program is great but feels limited ..

darthbeads

darthbeads reviewed v1.7.1 Beta 1 on Feb 17, 2006

I guess I don't quite understand -- is this a multi-protocol IM client that can access MSN, AIM, Yahoo, etc?

bobad

bobad reviewed v1.7.1 Beta 1 on Feb 16, 2006

Great IM program. Simple, intuitive GUI, encryption, great reliability for file transfers. The program is compact and truly portable. Just drop it to your USB flash drive and take it along with you. "Feet to the Fire Radio" just adopted BitWise IM as their official IM. Check it out!

This may sound trifling, but the author actually knows how to post a usable screenshot on FileForum. He also cares enough about his users to post a change log. His care and professionalism are reflected in the program.

uberfly

uberfly reviewed v1.7 Beta 2 on Dec 1, 2005

This is good software. Been using it for a while. As to why more don't use it - I think the company site does a bad job explaining how this program works under the surface, whether it's comptible in any way with existing IM networks... do you have to run your own server? etc. They just don't do a good job pointing past the interface. That is the kind of thing people who would be drawn to this program are interested in - the rest just go and download AIM.

EarlyMorningHours

EarlyMorningHours reviewed v1.7 Beta 2 on Nov 30, 2005

I am simply mystified that this program has not seen larger adoption. AIM, Yahoo, Microsoft, they could all learn a whole from this wonderful utility. It's small, fast, secure, and doesn't clutter the interface with a bunch of fluff. And now you can even run it off of a USB flash drive. What more could you want? Easily in the top 20 of my all time favorite freeware.

tp

tp reviewed v1.0.6.5 Beta 2 on Nov 5, 2005

much improvement since i tried it years ago.. nice to see my username is still there too! ;-)

sanawar

sanawar reviewed v1.0.6.5 Beta 2 on Nov 5, 2005

I was able to use file transfer where even heavyweights like MSN and Yahoo failed because of NAT/firewall issues.

Also there is enhanced file transfer with queing. I would look forward to these features further enhanced.

No doubt an excellent program.

ModderXManiac

ModderXManiac reviewed v1.0.6.5 Beta 2 on Nov 4, 2005

Impressive!

Multi-platform support given all the features earns a five from me.

I wonder if It'll stand up well against Gaim 2.0 tho...

xdeimox

xdeimox reviewed v1.0.6 Beta 2 on Oct 3, 2005

Not only is this program outstanding but the developer constantly listens to and acts on user feedback. More and more users getting onboard all the time, check it out, and get your friends to try it out.

EarlyMorningHours

EarlyMorningHours reviewed v1.0.6 Beta 2 on Sep 28, 2005

Simply outstanding. Not once have I ever had a crash in the year I've used it. The product web site and it's documentation is supurb as well. I often set this up in lieu of a VPN connection when all I want is file transfers, but the IM funtionality is outstanding as well. I really wish that adoption of this would pick up and start to become an industry standard of sorts.

Nikkie

Nikkie reviewed v1.0.5.1 on Jun 29, 2005

GET THIS !!!

BitWise 1.0.5.1 went with the eye candy and i must say great job !!

subtle but really catchy ..

the program overall is fantastic and fast . great for people with old computers and even better for the newer (super fast!) ..

has great security and a crapload of functions .

really an excellent program and the dev's work hard to please their people ...

good job !!!

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