The Future of iChat AV

Beligerent

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Im curious what you all think will happen with iChat. I just bought an iSight camera the other day and afterwards realized theres really noone to chat with. I cannot get it working with my friends that have AIM on windows due to ports and firewalls and all that and they have become uninterested in video chatting as a result. I signed up with at some ichat sites but who really WANTS to chat with total strangers. My rant (i guess u could call it that ) is that I think Apple is in a position to make iChat a killer app. Heres a couple idea's I had that would set it apart from EVERYTHING else in terms of cross platform videoconferencing.

1) Port it to windows... nuff said. iSight too

2) .mac stream hosting. People could simply go to your .mac website and boom there they would see your video feed live from your Mac. No software needed on the viewers end. Sightspeed has something like this.

3) Allow it to utilize the computers modem ( not voip ) and make regular phone calls. nice full duplex speaker phone.

Anyone have any more?

-Norm
 

Logik

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Beligerent said:
Im curious what you all think will happen with iChat. I just bought an iSight camera the other day and afterwards realized theres really noone to chat with. I cannot get it working with my friends that have AIM on windows due to ports and firewalls and all that and they have become uninterested in video chatting as a result. I signed up with at some ichat sites but who really WANTS to chat with total strangers. My rant (i guess u could call it that ) is that I think Apple is in a position to make iChat a killer app. Heres a couple idea's I had that would set it apart from EVERYTHING else in terms of cross platform videoconferencing.

1) Port it to windows... nuff said. iSight too

2) .mac stream hosting. People could simply go to your .mac website and boom there they would see your video feed live from your Mac. No software needed on the viewers end. Sightspeed has something like this.

3) Allow it to utilize the computers modem ( not voip ) and make regular phone calls. nice full duplex speaker phone.

Anyone have any more?

-Norm
unfortunately, not likely to happen.. it will be receiving a pretty significant upgrade in Tiger... check the OS X page on apple's website for a bit more information.
 
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Daveway

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There is really no reason to port it to Windows when you think about it. A more realistic thing to do is make it more compatibe with AIM. No one on the Windows platform would use it anyway, they have AIM.
 
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BWhaler

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Not sure about the whole "port thing" but that is typical Windows headaches.

People with AIM 5.5 can video chat with you.
 
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As it look's can you only chat with people that have AIM and a mac with iChat :confused:
How good is the iSight camera, is it worth the money :confused:
 
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munkle

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Theoretically you can video chat with AIM users on windows, however reports have been sketchy. Some people can get it working others can't.

The iSight is a very good piece of equipment, whether it's worth it or not depends entirely on how useful it's going to be for you. No one to chat with - not so handy! ;) I use it to keep in touch with loved ones and it's worth its weight in gold - the quality of the iSight makes it something I actually want to use.
 
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munkle said:
Theoretically you can video chat with AIM users on windows, however reports have been sketchy. Some people can get it working others can't.

The iSight is a very good piece of equipment, whether it's worth it or not depends entirely on how useful it's going to be for you. No one to chat with - not so handy! ;) I use it to keep in touch with loved ones and it's worth its weight in gold - the quality of the iSight makes it something I actually want to use.
Thanks

Can you use the iSight for other programs as well
 
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munkle

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Thanks

Can you use the iSight for other programs as well
It works with iMovie, you can take still shots, you can use it as a barcode scanner with Delicious Library etc.

So it can do bits and bobs but really it's a webcam first and foremost.
 
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