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# 15273 13-Aug-2007 20:37
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Hi,

Could anyone tell me how to set up my webcam to work with Microsoft Messenger (MSN)  I have an Imac G5

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  # 82354 14-Aug-2007 16:12
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If you want to use your webcam, you can try mercury messenger. Microsofts client doesn't support it.

 
 
 
 


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  # 82536 15-Aug-2007 17:53
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I was frustrated by this for ages. Still no real answer.

aMSN is a good alternative, and allows one-way streaming via your webcam. (Google "aMSN")

Of course iChat is ideal, but who the hell uses AIM :/




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  # 84236 29-Aug-2007 10:52
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Of course iChat is ideal, but who the hell uses AIM :/

If you use Jabber, and select a server that also supports MSN then you can talk to your MSN contacts through iChat using your Jabber account.

If you can find a Jabber server that supports it, then you can in theory use your webcam too.



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  # 88329 27-Sep-2007 16:00
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brierly: Hi,

Could anyone tell me how to set up my webcam to work with Microsoft Messenger (MSN) I have an Imac G5


The mac version of MSN doesnt support Video - The new version in Office 2008 for Mac may have a new MSN client, but if you have used msn on the PC like myself Skype is a far better alternative without all the bulls*%t add-ons and flashy crud for cross platform compatibility, and it will work with your inbuilt camera, ive ditched MSN ICQ Yahoo and about 3 others off my pc and run skype, all the regular people I converse with - (real friends) do the same on mac and PC, my parents who defected to Australia who run a trouble free (for me) Mac use Skype to talk with the kids and I all the time, people just need to be made more aware of skype.



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  # 93948 6-Nov-2007 15:32
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maninimepo:
If you use Jabber, and select a server that also supports MSN then you can talk to your MSN contacts through iChat using your Jabber account.
If you can find a Jabber server that supports it, then you can in theory use your webcam too.

I don;t think the current Jabber implementation supports video

Looks like Mac Office 2008 with have Messenger for Mac support for Live Communications Server (now Office Communications Server).
Until then I still use aMSN. I hear Audium is broken under Leopard


MoneyShotMan: Skype is a far better alternative without all the bulls*%t add-ons and flashy crud for cross platform compatibility, and it will work with your inbuilt camera,


Agree that the MS bling is a shocker, but would rather not install Skype P2P on my network. We use dedicated hardware VoIP or iChat for AV.
my parents who defected to Australia who run a trouble free (for me) Mac use Skype to talk with the kids and I all the time, people just need to be made more aware of skype.


My father in Aus saw the full screen iChat capability and was sold... upgraded to an iMac purely so they can to see their grandchildren. My sister has just made the switch too... and loving it!

spazz: Of course iChat is ideal, but who the hell uses AIM



I was surprise how many AIM users were out there running on a PC client.

I have also tried running the native Messenger Live under WinXP on Parallels (using the iSight driver)

 
 
 
 


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  # 93952 6-Nov-2007 15:51
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Official word is that Microsoft have stopped updating their Messenger client for Mac.

http://www.tuaw.com/2007/11/05/microsoft-done-with-messenger-for-mac/

No great surprise really, as there are so many other better options out there, and the Adium team are currently working on A/V support. 

Personally, I just discovered iChat and Bonjour (I recently convinced my Mum to replace her dated PC with an iMac) and now I can video chat with my little sister from downstairs on my Laptop! I know it's kinda geeky and i'm sure the novelty value will wear off sooner or later, but for now it's really neat. My Mum can't believe it hehe, she was almost as shocked as she was when I showed her video calling, she thought it was a trick! Parents, huh...




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  # 93953 6-Nov-2007 16:02
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For most, adium does work in Leopard.

However, some (including myself) get troubles with it. These troubles aren't a bug in Adium, it's a Leopard bug, and there is a quick and easy work-around untill a patch is released by Apple.

The way to solve it is to put the IP of the msn servers into your hosts file.

Google will bring up plenty of step by step guides.

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  # 93958 6-Nov-2007 16:23
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spazz: Official word is that Microsoft have stopped updating their Messenger client for Mac.

thanks.  No surprise and no loss.


 now I can video chat with my little sister from downstairs on my Laptop! I know it's kinda geeky and i'm sure the novelty value will wear off sooner or later, but for now it's really neat.
Can relate to the geekiness... esp since we have used an external FW iSight to monitor the kids outside when working in office, or when too lazy to run downstairs (just text rather than video)

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  # 93966 6-Nov-2007 16:49
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I think the TUAW post has been misunderstood what it is saying is this:

The current evolution of Messenger for Mac will be discontinued but there will be a new one end of '08/early '09 that will support Audio/Visual etc...

See here for more details

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  # 94303 8-Nov-2007 17:12
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Thanks, I should have read the article first....

Another article reaffirming the new client to be introduced.

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  # 94754 12-Nov-2007 04:04
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Unfortunately MSN Messenger on Mac doesn't support webcam or audio; apparently version 7, which is based on a whole new code base will support those features; there really isn't much of an alternative though baring getting those friends to use GTalk or AIM.

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  # 94755 12-Nov-2007 04:19
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maninimepo: For most, adium does work in Leopard.

However, some (including myself) get troubles with it. These troubles aren't a bug in Adium, it's a Leopard bug, and there is a quick and easy work-around untill a patch is released by Apple.

The way to solve it is to put the IP of the msn servers into your hosts file.

Google will bring up plenty of step by step guides.

Pardon? I'm running Adium 1.1.4 right now; whats the error you're experiencing?

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