Does iChat AV’s Mac-only video conferencing leave you craving contact with Windows users too? Berkeley, Calif.-based SightSpeed Inc. has announced the release of SightSpeed Video Messenger 2.0, a new version of their full-motion videoconferencing software. The software supports both Mac and Windows, and will soon support Linux too.
SightSpeed Video Messenger v2.0 has been developed to work on Mac OS X v10.3 “Panther” and requires a G4/800MHz or faster Mac with one of several recommended cameras. SightSpeed indicates that Apple’s own iSight is supported, as are other FireWire-based cameras. Logitech’s USB-based QuickCam Pro 4000 or Notebook Pro cameras are also supported. A list of other supported cameras are available from the SightSpeed Web site; check with each camera’s individual manufacturer to make sure they offer Mac driver support.
Although Mac users are getting their first crack at the software now, those familiar with SightSpeed Video Messenger’s previous PC-only incarnations will note major improvements, including better audio and video quality on low-end broadband connections, an overhauled interface and personalized contact lists.
SightSpeed Video Messenger 2.0 is provided as a monthly subscription-based service; it costs US$4.95 per month or $49.50 per year. A free 15-day trial version is available for download; the trial version is limited to 15 minutes of video per day with other trial users.