has released its sVideo 2.0 suite — a series of WebCam applications for “Classic” Mac OS and Mac OS X.
Available as three separate modules, sVideo Server, sVideo Monitor and sVideo Community Server, sVideo enables you to add live pictures from Webcams connected to different Macs. sVideo Server actually shares the Webcam or video camera’s image with a local area network or the Internet, while sVideo Monitor is the client allocation that enables you to see what’s going on — it works with up to 10 Webcams simultaneously. sVideo Community server enables you to create a community of sVideo users.
sVideo Server is also capable of restricting client access only to authorized users, and can enable any “Guest” users to view images too. If all this seems convoluted, you don’t need to worry about it — a default community server is owned by AppMac Software that you can use as well.
Both sVideo Monitor 2.0 and sVideo Community Server 2.0 are free, while the sVideo Server 2.0 costs US$59 to register — that price includes support and free unlimited upgrades, according to AppMac.
Right now, sVideo doesn’t support audio input or output. AppMac promises to deliver this functionality in a future update. The software runs natively on Mac OS 8 or higher, including Mac OS X.