updated 01:30 am EDT, Wed October 15, 2008
ooVoo 1.5 video chat
ooVoo on Wednesday announced its high quality video chat software for Mac: ooVoo 1.5 for Mac allows multiparty video calls between Windows PC and Mac computers. The new version now brings new features that include video call recording, calls to landline and mobile phones, and more. Video call recording allows users to capture their video chats with other ooVoo users and share the file with friends via email, ooVoo file transfer, or by uploading to any of the social sharing sites that incorporate video including YouTube, Myspace and Facebook. Accordign to the company, the length of a recorded conversation is limited only by the storage capacity available on the hard drive of the user's computer. ooVoo Mac 1.5 also enables users to make calls to landline or mobile phones within U.S. and Canada.
In addition, ooVoo users are able to host 12 person calls - six on video (ooVoo users on Mac or PC) and six by phone for audio only participation. ooVoo also noted that the software can import contacts from Yahoo!, Gmail, MSN Hotmail, AOL Mail, LinkedIn, ICQMail, and Mail.com and offers a conversation 'sidebar' window, allowing users to see their entire desktop during ooVoo video calls.
"We remain focused on connecting ooVoo's users to their friends and family and to listening to their feedback and requests for features that help make their conversations even more meaningful and fun," said Philippe Schwartz, CEO of ooVoo. "We have introduced this new Mac version less than 4 months after our first Mac release because we're committed to developing our Mac platform and see great value in encouraging video conversations between PC and Mac users."
Users who download ooVoo 1.5 for Mac will initially receive fifteen minutes of free outbound calls from ooVoo to any landline or mobile phone in the U.S. and Canada from anywhere in the world. In addition, Mac users will enjoy free six -way video chats and video conversation recording until the end of 2008. The Mac version, which does not include video effects, is available for Mac OS X 10.4 or later and requires at least a 1GHz Power Mac G5 or Intel Mac (along with a Mac-compatible Webcam and headset and broadband connection).