Ideas from the Deep
have released a new version of their video conferencing application, SquidCam. The new version, 1.4, introduces “Frag Video” and other enhancements.
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SquidCam is a peer-to-peer video and audio conferencing application for Mac OS X. All you need are two machines with SquidCam installed. It works over LANs and the Internet, and also supports text messaging and an “answering machine” feature.
“Frag Video” enables lower-bandwidth users to send and receive improved frame rates, according to the developers. Overall, frame rates have been improved over previous versions, as well — close to 60fps on a cable connection, compared to 5-12 fps on previous versions. What’s more, SquidCam 1.4 also sports reduced CPU and RAM usage, making it a little easier on lower-end systems. Other changes have been made too.
SquidCam 1.4 is a free update for registered users. System requirements call for Mac OS X 10.1.5 or higher, and a TCP/IP connection. A camera and mic are not necessary to receive transmissions, but obviously necessary to send video and audio to other SquidCam users.