CROSS-PLATFORM MAC WEBCAM CHAT APPSConnect In Real-Time To Friends With Apple Messages, iChat, Messenger, Skype, ISPQ Video Chat, Camfrog & More. Below are some of the most popular PC and Mac compatible video conferencing programs that are (or were) the most widely used by Macintosh and Windows PC users.
SKYPE FOR MACINTOSH <-> WINDOWSMac Skype, currently at Version 8.x is one of the most ubiquitous and reliable cross-platform video conferencing apps: It isn't just for free & very low-cost long distance Mac VOIP video and voice calling. Check out and download the latest Skype for Mac which supports PC <-> Mac <-> Linux video chat options. Many iChatAV users experienced problems and flakiness trying to video conference with Windows AOL Instant Messenger users, so Skype is worth trying as a more reliable alternative. Skype's ability to access and integrate your Apple Address Book contacts and search their directory for pals helps build a buddy list quickly at Skype. There's also integrated FaceBook chat with your FB friend list. With Skype HD, high-quality video conferencing is supported on select Mac HD web camera models - so get and stay current for an optimal video call experience.
APPLE FACETIME FOR MAC AND IOSWith the explosion of camera enabled Apple IOS devices, along with the Macintosh's increasing market penetration, Apple's FaceTime conference app has become a formidable contender with an installed base in the hundreds of millions of iPhone, iPad and Mac OSX users. It's lack of compatibility with Windows or Andriod OS is unfortunate - but FaceTime is a global success regardless.
APPLE iCHAT AV <-> AOL INSTANT MESSENGERiChat was preinstalled on every Mac giving it a large installed userbase. It offered great video quality and features, but LACKED COMMUNITY. You're on your own to find and build your own Pal-Buddy List from friends @aol.com and @me.com and @mac.com accounts. But with AOL's AIM cross-platform compatibility, there's still a HUGE user-base of AOL Instant Messenger folks to chat with. Get A Free AOL ScreenName to get started. Full support of text, voice, video and and now - file and screen-sharing with the latest OSX Leopard iChat HD version. [FYI: If you get errors trying to do video chat, especially with with PC users, it's often because of Router, Firewall or Internet Security Blocking software far more common on the PC end. Try Skype instead.]
CAMFROG FOR OSX AND WINDOWSOnly takes minutes to download the free version of CamFrog, set up an account, and start stumbling through rooms full of people around the globe! It works, it's fun, has a HUGE community of millions of users - and can be overwhelming sometimes. CamFrog for OSX makes it a little too easy to drown in overlapping windows but it's very approachable for first-time video chatters to get connected quickly. Camfrog - now at version 2.9.x works behind all firewalls, routers, and wireless networks avoiding some of the 'gotcha's' that can cause videoconferencing connection problems in homes or business. It also supports video calls on iOS and Andriod handheld devices for camming on the go.
ISPQ VIDEOCHAT <-> MAC & PCUnlike many chat apps, ISPQ VIDEO CHAT has an INTEGRATED COMMUNITY: You can browse profiles andandand member pics, text message with still images and audio clips - and optionally video chat: 1 on 1 or Multi-party. Community is a key feature sorely missing from some other standalone Mac chat apps. Offers both 'Nice' Social as well as Frisky Adult chat rooms you can browse. A commercial app that offers a free 21-day trial to test drive. This is a fully-featured cross-platform videoconferencing program the Apple and PC platform has - in most aspects - what iChat could have been.
[FYI: ISPQ's parent, NanoCom used to license out it's video conferencing code. The still VERY popular iCUii software once used it and was both Mac and Windows compatible. A fallout with NanoComm led iCUii to rewrite its app from scratch for PC-only. NanoCom morphed its code into ISPQ - and continues to provide a truly cross-platform videoconference app - for all of us.] Using Boot Camp, VM-Ware or Parallels: Mac users on Intel might try Windows PC options to give iCUii a looksee.