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EvoCam for Mac

Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 37 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.5.1
  • Total Downloads:
    81,294
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 15, 2005
  • Price:
    Purchase; $25.00 to buy
  • File Size:
    2.99MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    53
  • Platform:
    Mac
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4 stars

"Quirks"

January 30, 2006  |  By versiontracker470

 |  Version: EvoCam 3.5.1

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
EvoCam is a solid program, and for that reason I continue to use it. However, it does have its share of quirks and here are a few I have noticed.

When I have EvoCam set to refresh every five seconds, to save images over SFTP and as a .mov file on the local network, EvoCam does OK for the first day or so. However, as time goes on, EvoCam sometimes degrades to the point where it is taking pictures as infrequently once every 40 seconds (extreme, usually closer to once every 12-20 seconds). This happens when the dedicated computer (15" Pb 1.25 GHz) is doing nothing but running EvoCam.

Another quirk is EvoCam's startup behavior. If I start EvoCam directly from the Finder, EvoCam opens up blank. That is to be expected. However, if I double-click on a saved EvoCam document EvoCam will open two copies of the document neither of them with the name of the originally saved document. Quitting EvoCam and double-clicking the document opens up an addition copy of the document (three). This number increases every time EvoCam is quit and the file is double-clicked until I manually close each duplicate document.

This leads to the third and perhaps most frustrating quirk. Trying to close a document in EvoCam calls forth a sheet which gives the user the option to "Hide", "Save", or "Discard" the file. This is infuriating because if I want to hide the document I will use the OS command to do so. If I want to save the document, I also will use the OS to do so. However, EvoCam seems not to know that the document it has cloned in RAM is a copy of an already saved document. What's up with that?

I also own a copy of the old but venerable Oculus which is much better behaved in terms of user-interaction. EvoCam certainly has its strengths, but it needs some work in terms of user interface. It also is a bit sluggish to gain and lose focus when switching between programs.

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3 stars

"Works Fine, But High CPU Usage (Version 4.3)"

January 18, 2015  |  By mgnewman_dotmac

 |  Version: EvoCam 5.0

Pros

This webcam software is easy to set up and easy to use. Adding badges (date, time, captions, etc.) to the image and using motion detection zones is a snap. Image adjustments are easy to manipulate. Except for the problem mentioned below, you can simply set it up and forget it.

Cons

After running for a few days the software starts to consume huge amounts of CPU time; well over 100% on both a 2009 Mac Mini and a recent MacBook Air. I tried running this software on several different Macs under several version of Mac OSX, always with the same disappointing result. I've let the developer know about this problem many times over the years, but the problem was never fixed and eventually they simply ignored my email messages.

Here's what it looks like after running a few days:

PID COMMAND %CPU TIME #TH #WQ #PORTS #MREG MEM
173- EvoCam 113.4 158 hrs 15/3 4 965+ 813+ 252M 235M+ 0B

Summary

Eventually I decided it wasn't worth having to dedicate and entire machine to running webcam software. So, I rolled my own using launchd, a few shell scripts and some basic command line utilities.

YMMV

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5 stars

"Awesome Program + Awesome Support = It's Worth It!"

November 22, 2013  |  By AZ-BlueGhost

 |  Version: EvoCam 4.2.2

Pros

I'm not the most tech savvy guy on the block; I typically know just enough to keep me curious which then leads to frustration as I stumble through the modern world. That being said, EvoCam gave me a morale booster! The program is pretty easy to use and they let you take a test drive before you spend any $$. Getting my Foscam 18905W to work smoothly with EvoCam was a piece of cake and the monitoring/alert options are vast. I love being able to save multiple "documents" which allow for totally different monitoring & alert configurations from a single camera. I have Daytime versus Night time settings (documents) on my exterior camera and the motion alerts from both are stored in separate files. Trust me, once you play around with this software for any length of time you'll realize how awesome it is. Last but not least, the fast and courteous email support I've received from "Nick" over the last few days has been awesome and that's a huge plus!

Cons

I'd like the option of calling Support rather than emailing back and forth, it'd be nice to walk through some issues while on the phone. That being said, the prompt & detailed replies I did receive were more than sufficient in helping me figure a few things out.

Summary

If you're a MAC user and are in need of some surveillance software, you should give EvoCam a try...I can't imagine any other program/software out performing it at a comparable price!

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5 stars

"Excellent Program, easy to use."

October 16, 2013  |  By lakevillan

 |  Version: EvoCam 4.2.2

Pros

Timelapse movies are easy to set up.
Monitoring from a remote site very easy.

Cons

Files can be large but manageable. Easy to accidentally close a document instead of hiding it and leaving it active.

Summary

I used previous versions of EvoCam and was not extremely impressed, I went with SecuritySpy instead. A couple of days ago I downloaded 4.2.2 and am really wowed by the features and capabilities of it. I have a home in Arizona and live in Minnesota. I have 8 cameras in and out of the house to keep an eye on it between visits. I was looking mostly for a program to do time-lapse movies and to view live. This is definitely it!

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3 stars

"great idea"

June 10, 2012  |  By clandise

 |  Version: EvoCam 4.1

Pros

lots of features, almost too good to be true for $30.

Cons

crashes every one or two days
too bad there isn't an email feature that alerts you when it crashes (actually, quit unexpectedly) , you have to wait for a user to tell you that the site is down.
then you have to login remotely ( and buy a program to do it) and reopen.

Summary

Great idea and when it works, it is wonderful.

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1 stars

"Mac PPC not supported"

November 22, 2011  |  By foxhole777

 |  Version: EvoCam 4.0.1

Pros

None does not work.

Cons

Not supported on PPC

Summary

Bad listing

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5 stars

"Lets me monitor my yard"

September 04, 2011  |  By Gun665

 |  Version: EvoCam 3.7.5

Pros

Price! Works very well, able to change window size (so you aren't monitoring bugs but people). I use my webcam as a security camera and this works GREAT!

Cons

Would like to be able to create custom size/shape of "motion sensor" item.
Wish had the capacity for multiple camera (2 or 3) recordings.

Summary

I'd recommend this to anyone. Works great, no complaints.

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5 stars

"Impressive Support"

September 07, 2010  |  By thepartyphotos

 |  Version: EvoCam 3.6.8

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I'm based in the UK and was looking for a Mac app that could handle a wide variety of cameras. I have emailed Nick at least 10 times and invariably get an email the next day. He's handled each enquiry for how to access yet another camera by replying with exact information and a sample string to enter in to EvoCam. I call this service above and beyond the call of duty - especially for such a reasonably priced piece of software. Norman Leftly

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5 stars

"Prevents Time Machine from doing backups 100% o..."

January 07, 2010  |  By bostonfunnyman

 |  Version: EvoCam 3.6.6

Summary

...the
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Evocam now crashes everyday we don't know why. Here is an earlier 12/22/09 unedited email to Evocam support and their response:

> We use Evocam and archive timelapse movies from triggered motion sensors.
> Problem: I am on a Mac 2 x 2.8 Ghz Quad-Core Intel Tower running OS 10.6.2 with Time Machine.
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> 100% of the time, Time machine will stall, continues to TRY and backup, but will not.
> Only fix? Quit Evocam.

Unfortunately it is QuickTime which is preventing backups while video is being captured, so we're
not able to fix or work around this problem in EvoCam.

Nick
Evological

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4 stars

"Using with TrendNet"

December 28, 2008  |  By elmivy

 |  Version: EvoCam 3.6.1

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I've been playing with EvoCam used with two TrendNet network cameras and the built-in camera on my iMac. It's well worth the price. I've successfully setup my airport extreme so that it maps the port of the iMac and see the EvoCam web server from outside my local network. (the EvoCam documentation doesn't explain how to do that.) I'm still experimenting with using the motion capture settings. Given the price I am amazed at how many features EvoCam has. The combination of the cheap TrendNet cameras and the inexpensive server software allows you to set up a very powerful video setup. It wold be good program for a bed and breakfast that wanted to setup a webcam of the view of the local mountaintop.

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5 stars

"Great program"

March 31, 2006  |  By gioman

 |  Version: EvoCam 3.6

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Great program, great support!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.5.1
Adds support for more network cameras and video servers, adds many new features, and fixes several bugs.
General
Publisher Evological
Publisher web site http://www.evological.com/
Release Date July 15, 2005
Date Added July 15, 2005
Version 3.5.1
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Dial-up Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.3/10.3.9/10.4 PPC
Additional Requirements Mac OS X 10.3 or higher
Download Information
File Size 2.99MB
File Name evocam5.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 81,294
Downloads Last Week 53
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License Model Purchase
Limitations Not available
Price $25

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