ooVoo on Thursday announced the launch of a Mac version of its video chat service. The software is available for free and can be downloaded from the ooVoo Web site.
ooVoo now enables Mac and Windows PC users to communicate together using video chat. Up to six people can connect simultaneously regardless of platform. You can also exchange files and text chat messages using the ooVoo software. The software also allows you to import contacts from other software.
ooVoo supports multi-party video chat at 352 x 288 pixel resolution at up to 15 frames per second. The connection only requires 128Kbps upstream and downstream bandwidth to manage the video connection, according to the developers.
The Mac version lacks certain features available for Windows users, such as the ability to make free calls from ooVoo to a landline or mobile phone in the U.S. or Canada; recording; and video effects.
System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.4 or later, G5/1GHz or faster, 256MB RAM, 20MB hard disk space, Mac-compatible webcam or headset and broadband connection.
Editor’s note: Due to an error in the published specifications for ooVoo for Mac, it was previously reported that the video chat operates at 320 x 240 pixels at up to 30 frames per second. In fact, it operates at 352 x 288 pixels at up to 15 frames per second. This has been corrected.