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lostiee
5th February 2010, 06:34 PM
I cant find a webcam feature on MSN for Mac
So i looked around and downloaded aMSN, however, with that, i could see my friends webcam, but she couldnt see mine :(

are there any programs that i could use instead?
(i tried to comprehend iChat...but i guess i cant use it, because i only have a hotmail account)

thanks!
[despite my difficulty with the MBP so far, im quite liking the switch:D ]

Bogus Jimmy
5th February 2010, 06:37 PM
Skype. Best free video chat. End of story. :thumbup:

EDIT: And available for almost every platform in use (Windows, Mac, iPhone, etc)

brawlster
5th February 2010, 10:36 PM
I've used Mercury Messenger on the mac (free) It connects to MSN and you can use your built in webcam.

jb

njd
5th February 2010, 10:41 PM
skype +2

ClockWork
5th February 2010, 11:00 PM
I think Skype (http://www.skype.com/intl/en-gb/) is indeed excellent, however, many of your PC distorted buddies just won't budge from Microsoft MSN Messenger - it's what they're used to and well... back to the devil you know.

Aside from Mercury Messenger (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/14970), another choice is aMSN Messenger (http://mac.softpedia.com/get/Internet-Utilities/aMSN.shtml).

You get to to see them and they don't have to download anything new or better than MSN Messenger, because, and let's be honest, they're lazy bone idle little prats and they don't like change. :)

NILcorp
6th February 2010, 12:09 AM
I think Skype (http://www.skype.com/intl/en-gb/) is indeed excellent, however, many of your PC distorted buddies just won't budge from Microsoft MSN Messenger - it's what they're used to and well... back to the devil you know.

Aside from Mercury Messenger (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/14970), another choice is aMSN Messenger (http://mac.softpedia.com/get/Internet-Utilities/aMSN.shtml).

You get to to see them and they don't have to download anything new or better than MSN Messenger, because, and let's be honest, they're lazy bone idle little prats and they don't like change. :)

I agree. PC people are hooked on to MSN Messenger. It took me about a whole week to convince my friend to get Skype. Talk about being lazy.

adamd
6th February 2010, 12:47 AM
I've used Mercury Messenger on the mac (free) It connects to MSN and you can use your built in webcam.

jb

Also the winner of the Worst application interface ever award.

Mychael
6th February 2010, 05:49 AM
I agree. PC people are hooked on to MSN Messenger. It took me about a whole week to convince my friend to get Skype. Talk about being lazy.

I have both messenger and Skype on my Windows machine.
Accepting there are many variables such as connection speeds, type of machine at 'other end' etc. My perception is that MSN loads faster and is a little faster with text messages but slower with video then Skype.

I have few Skype contacts so don't give it a lot of use and there may be features of it I have not explored but Messenger would seem to have more features to it.


Does anyone remember text based IRC? That predated all the things around now. I started on that then moved to icq which in the early 90's was huge, met lots of people from there, now it's just about dead hardly anyone on it.

Probably like the other discussions about Flash, as long as there are two main players in the OS world then there will always be choices in chat programs. And 'Never The Twain Shall meet'

iTy
6th February 2010, 06:06 AM
There's also Adium but I haven't used that in a long time as I think Skype is just the best.

coljac
6th February 2010, 10:49 AM
There's also Adium but I haven't used that in a long time as I think Skype is just the best.

Adium works for text chat on MSN but not video. Mercury is probably your best bet.

lostiee
6th February 2010, 07:55 PM
with both aMSN and mercury, my friends can only see a white box, even when it says that the webcam is 'connected'. Any ideas how to fix this?

:(

yeah they dont want to budge from msn =P

ClockWork
6th February 2010, 08:41 PM
What's your computer setup?
(What have you got...?)

In aMSN, click on the top-left aMSN menu and scroll down to: Preferences...
In the Preferences window, click on the Others tab.
In the Others window, click on Edit audio and video settings.
In the Assistant window, click on the lower Next button.
Then click on the top Change video settings button.

Can you see a Preview of yourself in the top-right of that window?

lostiee
14th March 2010, 01:06 PM
yep i can see me,
should i change the compression type? will that have any effect?

youngin
15th March 2010, 09:47 PM
call me weird or old fashioned (:p) but i still prefer normal msn to all other alternatives i've tried...the only thing that sucks about the mac version is the lack of webcam, but ohh well