If you're been waiting to use a Webcam with Mac OS X, here's your chance -- if you don't mind test-driving a beta product.
IOXperts has released a beta of version of its universal Mac OS X video driver for FireWire WebCams. The company says the driver gives Mac OS X users access to such cameras as the ADS PYRO WebCam, FireWire Direct DV WebCam, Orange Micro iBOT, and iRez StealthFire. These Webcams have been tested with the video driver. Since FireWire and DCam are standards, there's a "good chance" other FireWire DCam cameras will also work, the folks at IOXperts said.
If you like what you see with the beta, you can order the retail version for US$14.95, a discount off the retail price of $19.95.
"Many hardware vendors have been hesitant to enter the Mac OS X market due to the cost of development and relatively small market," IOXperts CTO and founder, Steve Sisak, said, in announcing the beta driver. "Because we've been developing Mac OS drivers for years and can support multiple vendors' hardware, we've decided to offer drivers directly to users who don't want to wait."
To use the Mac OS X video driver, you'll need Mac OS X 10.1, a DCam-compliant FireWire camera (not DV), and a FireWire port. The driver doesn't include a viewing application so IOXperts recommends using BTV or BTV Pro. The trial version of the driver can be downloaded from the IOXPerts Web site.
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