ooVoo

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 94 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.7.1.35
  • Total Downloads:
    694,426
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 31, 2008
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    2.4MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    12
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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ooVoo is an iChat-like video conferencing and chat tool for Windows, loaded with useful, powerful tools that make it a viable alternative for small work groups using conference calls and screen-sharing applications.

A recording feature lets users tape video chats with other participants. Since the video and audio are being recorded to the hard drive, the only time limit is how much free space the computer's hard drive has. In testing, a nearly 15-minute, four-way video conversation only took up 95MB, which ooVoo can convert into a workable FLV file.

A conference calling tool gives host and participants a phone number to call. Other ooVoo users who call this conference line get plugged right into the audio that's a part of the video chat, and just like the video recordings, this audio gets archived too. Call-in lines support up to six people, meaning users can have up to a dozen participants--including those on the video side. Note that this service isn't free. An optional companion for ooVoo's video player can be used for screen sharing or file sharing, and fun facial overlay tool that applies digital masks either to users faces or to backgrounds. High-quality video streams are also supported.

Two qualms with the service are the audio quality, which sounded a little too compressed, and delays in the datastream of about a second or more. Besides being annoying, it can really force a heated debate to grind to a halt. Overall, ooVoo makes for a strong alternative to other VoIP and conferencing software.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

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    out of 94 votes

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3 stars

"Seems OK, haven't had a chance to use it"

January 23, 2009  |  By caldwdo

 |  Version: ooVoo 1.7.1.35

Pros

Always interested in on-line video collaboration web applications. Seems similar to what Skype offers with some improvements. Need to use it.

Cons

Download of the funny web cam images blocked my web cam in my HP notebook. I had to uninstall the web cam images to regain use of my web cam for other applications.

Summary

wait and see

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3 stars

"picture quality excellent but sound quality isnt."

January 16, 2009  |  By rubymills

 |  Version: ooVoo 1.7.1.35

Pros

i love the picture uality and the fact that u can record things and do a lot of others things with it.

Cons

i do not like the sound quality. Its not very clear as the other ones ive used in the past.

Summary

I like it cos the picture quality and other tools are so interesting but i would love it more if the sound quality is improved and also if the various user buttons are explained to help users know what they are ment for

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5 stars

"Reliable, more than adequate features"

November 30, 2008  |  By ditzydeezy

 |  Version: ooVoo 1.7.1.35

Pros

Interface / design looks awesome (wish they made MSN this way), easy to use, sharp, reliable, doesn't crash...EVERYTHING

Cons

Nothing so far.

Summary

I frequently use video chat on MSN, often long calls lasting about 1.5 hours or more. MSN always screws up and my video chat hangs multiple times throughout one call. It was really frustrating and I tried using Google Talk too, but my friend had some problems setting up even despite installation.

Tried ooVoo which looks so nice I wouldn't skin it. Plus I love the feature of being able to record video calls.. They also have mac like functions where you can distort the video messages which is really cool.

But what is most important for me is realiability..i.e. not crashing halfway since the video calls I make are from Singapore to somewhere in the US...that's probably why MSN keeps dropping the connection.. But so far I've used it to make a call of 1.5 hours without any glitch whatsoever.

IT'S GREAT! It's not an alternative to Skype, it's a replacement!

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1 stars

"too mixed concept of voip."

November 16, 2008

 |  Version: ooVoo 1.7.1.35

Pros

better software are availble for free now a days

Cons

...................................

Summary

looks ok, but does not work properly. id rather use trillion or some other software.

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2 stars

"could be the best of all IMs..."

November 09, 2008  |  By Ojey

 |  Version: ooVoo 1.7.1.35

Pros

the best UI of all IMs

Cons

problem is you cannot reply unless theyre online, so you gotta ask your friends not to go on invisible mode or something. fix this problem, and ill be usin it :)

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5 stars

"Excellent Video Conference Solution"

November 08, 2008  |  By muarrif

 |  Version: ooVoo 1.7.1.35

Pros

Large Screen Video Displays for all Attendants
Fast connection and fine picture quality
Easy Installation and compatible with Windows Vista

Cons

No Cons as yet

Summary

I installed this solution to enable me to get large screen participation for all attendants.
I have family overseas so its a perfect solution especially when have a conference with more than one members.

Updated on Nov 8, 2008

I installed this solution to enable me to get large screen participation for all attendants.
I have family overseas so its a perfect solution especially when have a conference with more than one members.

I am in UK and it works perfectly fine for me.
I have some family in Pakistan and Canada and they are happy with this app too.

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5 stars

"An excellent free product that DOES work in the UK"

November 02, 2008  |  By keithhodgson

 |  Version: ooVoo 1.7.1.35

Pros

This is a very good free tool for teleconferencing. You can conference with up to 3 people at a time. There is a paid for service but this free version gives me all I want.

Cons

If I have to critisise the only issues are the delay from you speaking to the person on the other end responding of 1-2 seconds, and there is occassionally a noise on the line - but hey, it's free!

Summary

My review is for the free version and not the paid for version. Contrary to charlie.007's submission it does work in the UK.
Oovoo worked far better than I expected. After registering and installation you're away. I use it to talk to my daughter at University. My 80 year old father and mother (both serious "PCphobes") use it also to talk to my daughter as well. If they can use it, anyone can!
You have to be careful that everyone is using headphones or you get feedback. You can hear your own voice back if the person on the other end isn't using headphones. If neither of you are using headphones you can get a feedback loop. The voice back is just the other persons microphone picking up what you say and sending it to you with the conversation. That and the occassional noise are the only down sides I've come across to date, but the help/FAQ does include this as a known issue and tells you how to resolve it.
You can protect yourself by chosing only to talk with people you know so some creep can't dial into you or your conversation. But like a phone, you have the choice of whether or not to answer.
If you're after a freebie personal video conferencing service give it a try, you can always delete it. I think the paid for version is $10 per month and gives you more simultaneous users and other features. This may not be available outside the US - but I don't know.

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1 stars

"Restricted Usability"

August 06, 2008  |  By charlie.007

 |  Version: ooVoo 1.7.1.35

Cons

What they neglect to say is that this app only works in the US & Canada.

Not much use if you reside in the UK like I do.

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5 stars

"better than yahoo"

August 03, 2008  |  By Donasif

 |  Version: ooVoo 1.7.1.35

Pros

best in graphical design and very flexible in low speed internet.video conversation can be recorded.

Next genaration conferencing soft.

Cons

suggestion for low requirement Pc's like P-3,or 256 mb of ram or 64 graphix users,:Pls dnt use it,because it may result heavy for your Pc.

But p4(512mb ram,128 Agp)users are most welcome.

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4 stars

"Not perfect, but getting really close to it."

August 03, 2008

 |  Version: ooVoo 1.7.1.35

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.7.1.35
Version 1.7.1.35 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher ooVoo
Publisher web site http://www.oovoo.com
Release Date July 31, 2008
Date Added July 31, 2008
Version 1.7.1.35
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Webcam Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Download Information
File Size 2.4MB
File Name ooVooSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 694,426
Downloads Last Week 12
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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