Skype Alterantive for Mac-PC

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by kalel77, Jun 1, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

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    hey everyone,
    after skype recently cut it out the video library for mac users that using version 2.8, basically all the powerpc machines :mad:, there is a good alternative to make video conference between mac and pc?
    I using iChat for all my mac contacts, but now I really need another solutions that let me make videochat with windows users.
    Thanks for the help!
     
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    You could use Adium with the Skype plug-in?
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    If you don't need group calls, then you can call via Jabber / XMPP .. iMessage.app supports calling this way.. And there exists client for Windows that supports that but I can't remember now - For Linux there's plenty of clients..
     
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    That still requires Skype to be running in the background and working. The Adium Skype plug-in only links Adium to Skype's APIs.
     
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    I must have missed this thread as I posted in the other one. Check out Jitsi - open source and cross-platform.
     
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    That's the client I wanted to suggest. Thank you!
     
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    Mac PowerPc can't use imessages and either adium/skype comvination.
    I downloaded the jitsi but i can't use both the isight camera and the logitech c310 camera.
    Any suggestions?
     
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    Google chat does video.
     
  9. macrumors 6502

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    Google Talk is EOL.
     
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    What about using the Hangout feature of Google+?
     
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    MisterKeeks

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    Don't think that works on PowerPC.
     
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    You could do google hangouts, however I would suggest getting a new machine. If you're using a power pc processor still you definitely need an upgrade.
     
  13. macrumors 6502

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    I don't get it... I'm still doing video calls with skype on PowerPC....
     
  14. macrumors member

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    And so am I, I'm a little confused here....
     
  15. macrumors 6502

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    It wouldnt make sense to remove video capability on ppc since the video feed goes peer to peer and not through any skype servers...
     
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    Maybe the op wants an alternative to skype, Yahoo messenger should still work
     
  17. macrumors 6502

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    Same here, just completed a video call back home no problems...
     
  18. macrumors member

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    The main features as video, don't work on Mac PPC..

    If you're able to do video conference on Skype is because from the other side the user have a Skype version <6.2 when they will update the new version, in both case, Windows or Mac, than you won't be able to do videoconference anymore.
    Check more info here:
    http://community.skype.com/t5/Mac-Linux/skype-2-8-0-866-video-not-working/td-p/1485601
    We need a good substitute for Skype Win-Mac conference because for mac - mac ichat still the best software I ever used.
    Jitsi seems to be nice but the webcams don't working..
     
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    My parents live (literally) on the other side of the world and Skype is crucial, of course I don't have to use the G5 but thats the machine (now out of semi retirement again...) sitting on my desk so why should I dig out my iPad (and plug in speakers/earbuds as the speaker is too weak to hear properly) or pull my laptop out of its bag - I want to just (ideally) flop at my desk and take/make the call. (My parents use an iPad only).

    So assuming the iPad version of Skype will also soon go the same way, I'll just make sure they do not upgrade their Skype version.

    Other straightforward alternative appears to be Yahoo Messenger, its PPC supported apparently and still and has an iOS app supporting video/audio though would have to test that out, no experience with Yahoo at all.
     
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    Ok guys just a little update:
    I tried to video skype with a friend that have the most recent MacBook Pro with 10.8.4.
    If he use the most recent Skype version, video with me Power Pc User, it's not allowed, after he downgraded to the version 6.0 everything with the video was working perfectly.
    I presume the same solution is ok with Widows users that use version 6.0
    Cheers.
    Enrico
     
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    I think I mentioned this earlier in the thread. Any downgrade from 6.3 or 6.2 will work for both ends, PowerPC included. Its when on the other end a PC user or IntelMac user installs 6.2 or 6.3, thats when you will run into video chat problem on the PPC end.

     
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    anyone tested it on powerpc?
    oughta love opensource!
     
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    No you don't. I am so tired of people who would go into the PowerPC sub-forum and start hating on PowerPC. Would you tell someone UPGRADE UPGRADE UPGRADE if they had a 2009 MBP 15"? The QC PMG5 has a higher geekbench score, and is just more fun to use. I have an 8 core 8150 AMD PC with 7970 GPU, and the PowerMac G5 is almost always in use while the PC is powering extra HDDs on the PowerMac, or connected to the 7800GTX powering it, to put less stress on the lobo (logicboard).
     
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    Dude,

    I don't know why you got AMD. What if you decide to hackintosh your PC? There is virtually no support for making an AMD PC into a hackintosh without serious modifications. Just my .02 on that.

    As far as bashing PowerPC? Those naysayers can say what they want, but in the end so long as the computer and OS are doing what you want it to the machine is far from being obsolete.

    My G5 Quad and PowerBook G4 1.67 are going incredibly strong, even though I have a 6-core Mac Pro.. and depending on what kind of Mac Pro is to be released at WWDC this will be the main factor in determining whether or not i plan to sell off my Mac Pro currently.

     
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    I wasn't bashing power pc, in fact I love old Apple machines! I was just saying you should get a new machine to use from day to day, it will support way more stuff and be way faster!
     

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