Camfrog Video Chat for Mac

Camfrog Video Chat for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 7 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.8.3269
  • Total Downloads:
    595,984
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 18, 2014
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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For those looking for a Skype or Yahoo Messenger alternative, Camfrog Video Chat is an option to consider. While we found it easy to use, we ran into a few difficulties trying to join some of its chat rooms.

Camfrog's user interface is clean and simple, although it reminds us a bit too much of Apple's iChat application. Still, it isn't intimidating and has all the primary functions accessible so you won't waste valuable minutes reading the Help files. Just like in Skype or YM, you need to create a contact list first, but the application isn't limited to messaging; it also provides a place to meet people through its long list of video chat rooms. Unfortunately, Camfrog for Mac wasn't at its peak performance during our testing. We wanted to join several video chat rooms, but we got kicked out of some, as the application couldn't recognize our built-in iSight camera.

When compared with the Windows application, we found that Camfrog for Mac has certain limitations. For instance, we couldn't retrieve a contact's profile details by hovering the cursor over the video window. You can access the user's public information by locating him or her using the Locate User feature, which seems a bit Skype-ish.

Camfrog is a good free application for both personal and professional use (due to its videoconferencing feature), providing what you'd expect from the name: easy video chat.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"No longer works after Yosemite update"

December 12, 2014  |  By Radixx23x

 |  Version: Camfrog Video Chat 2.8.3269

Pros

Was great fun, hosted chat rooms, music. Sort of like a video IRC for non-geeks

Cons

Never as many features available for Mac users as Windows users. Now it is no longer compatible after Yosemite.

Summary

Camfrog used to be pretty good for Mac, even though the developers treated the Mac users like second class citizens. Many of the features available for the Windows version were never implemented for the MAc OS. After the yosemite update, Camfrog has become useless. Sluggish and frustrating. The developers now seem to have little or no interest in fixing it. Now they spend all their time writing cutesy cartoons and dreaming up ways for the already lifetime members to spend more money for silly features like colored user names and such.I really miss being able to chat with friends via Camfrog, but I'm not holding my breath waiting for them to fix the Mac version. It should also be said that out of 150 applications on my mac, camfrog was the ONLY one to become unusable after the Yosemite update.

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5 stars

"nice for sexy time"

June 06, 2013  |  By darkjackaljohn

 |  Version: Camfrog Video Chat 2.6.3235

Pros

it really satisfied me.

Cons

a bit lagged sometimes.

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5 stars

"good for couple we can hear..see n talk with each other"

July 04, 2012  |  By hemaeyzana

 |  Version: Camfrog Video Chat 2.5.3209

Pros

i like its interface

Cons

everything its ok

Summary

good variant

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1 stars

"not all that"

May 20, 2012  |  By mcdonaldj55

 |  Version: Camfrog Video Chat 2.5.3209

Pros

works fine

Cons

want an upgrade

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5 stars

"Good app for the working life"

May 15, 2012  |  By DopsonD

 |  Version: Camfrog Video Chat 2.5.3209

Pros

I like its interface

Cons

I had some issues with Mac OS 10.7. But now everything is ok.

Summary

I was searching for the alternative to Skype. And I have found a good variant.

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3 stars

"Slowly improving but not as good as Windows version"

February 25, 2011  |  By bright_london

 |  Version: Camfrog Video Chat 2.1.3076

Pros

Mac version has been very slowly improving over past 2 years. Now it's fairly usable.
Recent annoying bugs (eg cam not recognised when entering room) are getting ironed out.

Cons

User interface still needs a lot of improvement.
Video quality on Mac isn't great - the same webcam produces much better video quality with other programs (eg iChat, Skype).
Windows version more fully featured and better video quality.

Summary

About a year ago, I'd describe the Mac version as more or less unusable. It's been gradually improving but it's still got a long way to go and progress seems pretty slow. The Windows version is noticeably better.
Main issues for me are video quality and user interface issues. My webcam (iSight) looks pretty poor on Camfrog, even though video quality is excellent on iChat, Skype, etc. But it's better than it used to be.
The User Interface is still pretty weak. It's missing a number of features from the Windows version and is annoyingly limited. A few examples:
You can't see a contact's summary profile details by hovering the cursor over their video window, you have to hover over their name in a room list for a couple of seconds and even then it's very hit and miss (you have to get the cursor in exactly the right place for at least 2 seconds, which can be hard when room lists are constantly changing and names move up and down the list). As far as I can find, you can't access these details at all in a 1-to-1 chat (other than by going to their profile in a web browser).
It's difficult to locate a contact when they message you - you have to copy their username then paste (or type) it into a Locate User find box. There should be a Locate button on the chat window header and a contextual menu item when you right-click on their chat window and on their video window.
In fact, there's a need for a LOT more contextual menu items to do all the main functions when you right click on any entity or window.
Adding a room to your favourite rooms list is painful. Again, I usually end up trying to copy the room name and paste it into the Add box. There should be a button when you're in the room and a contextual menu item to do it as well.
There are quite a few other annoying UI weaknesses, but at least the core functionality now seems to work fairly well.
It's a pity that the current version of Camfrog is Intel-only. The last version that ran on PPC processors will no longer work with current room servers and Camfrog clients, so people using PPC Macs who have paid for Camfrog find themselves locked out now.
And finally, although Camfrog publishes a technical support email address, it's just a black hole. I have never had a reply from them despite sending several bug reports and requests for assistance.

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5 stars

"camfrog i love it"

December 27, 2010  |  By yukimarie

 |  Version: Camfrog Video Chat 2.1.3070

Pros

i like camfrog coz i meet new friends

Cons

i dont like slow connection

Summary

i dont like nouthy boy

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.8.3269
  • MacOS X 10.9 compatibility.
  • Newly improved video codec (h264 for you techies out there).
  • New media streaming system (TCP support).
  • Login speedup.
  • New colored nicknames.
  • Various bug fixes and stability enhancements.
General
Publisher Camshare
Publisher web site http://www.camfrog.com
Release Date March 06, 2014
Date Added March 18, 2014
Version 2.8.3269
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Web Phones & VoIP Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.6
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.44MB
File Name camfrogmac.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 595,984
Downloads Last Week 103
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Some features disabled.
Price Free

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