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Camfrog 1.3 offers free video conferencing

updated 11:40 am EST, Wed March 7, 2007

Camfrog 1.3 released

Camshare has released Camfrog 1.3 for Mac, an application enabling Mac users to participate in large multi-user video conferences. The software works with Microsoft Windows as well, enabling Mac users to join video conferences with more than 1,000 users communicating from Windows systems as well as other Macs. Camfrog works behind firewalls, routers, and wireless networks with a live webcam user photo directory to ease the process of meeting new people. Users with broadband internet connections -- such as DSL or cable internet -- can set up and host a video chat room via a free download, and a separate download supports video conferencing from websites. Camfrog 1.3 for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later, and is available for free.

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  1. Grrr

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This is good software.. Urinates all over iVisit. Not a bad crossplatform alternative to ichat either. Although you dont get the huge vids.

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iVisit, Skype, camfrog...

    They are all nice and all. However, nothing is as robust in terms of QOS (both audio and video) as iChat. Skype comes close, but only iChat provides steady, uninterrupted, fluid, high-quality video with clear audio. Skype may have better audio quality, but at the (considerable) expense of frequent dropouts if your broadband is not connected directly into some big fat backbone. Skype doesn't like latency; neither do these others. The only disadvantage of iChat is its port demands. Very few firewall administrators are willing to open up so many ports for your iChat traffic.

    At home, I rarely fire up Skype. In the office, where iChate can't connect, Skype is the next available solution.

    This Camfrog seems to be gunning for those who want to chat (the typing kind, as well as the original meaning - verbal), rather than the real video-conferencing (business, family, etc). It might have decent future.

  1. Grrr

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Vasic, ivisit is awful these days. Its in dire need of serious development and new management. And as much as I love ichat (Its great) its been plagued with connection issues lately due to an apparent change in the AIM network/protocol. I think (and hope) this may be rectified in the 10.4.9 update.

    Camfrog is perhaps more for social use, as it has many chat rooms etc. But works well 1-1 too. And with no need to mess around opening ports and whatnot.

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