Sightspeed is another VOIP software solution for Windows and Macintosh similar to Skype. Sightspeed offers a few things Skype does not yet offer (as far as I know) including multi-party, multi-platform videoconferences (with up to 4 people) and streamlined video blogging. iChat offers 4 person videoconferencing (I participated in my first one this weekend actually with family members) but just with people using Macintosh computers. Sightspeed and Skype are both multi-platform, which is excellent since that provides more possibilities for connecting with others.
I am pretty happy with Skype and iChat now for my audio and videoconferencing needs, along with Adium X for IM, so I don’t think I’ll be giving Sightspeed a try anytime soon. The large existing user base for these other tools is another big reason not to give something different a try, if what is working now isn’t broken.
If anyone has tried Sightspeed or has a compelling reason to use it instead of Skype or iChat, please let me know by commenting. Some are claiming Sightspeed has the best video quality, but with bandwidth limitations I don’t think there is often going to be much difference which tool you use if you are connecting over the commodity Internet on a busy local network or when the entire Internet is congested with more traffic than usual. Sightspeed’s “SightSpeedTV” (watch TV from anywhere if you have a home computer with a tuner card) isn’t of interest to me: I don’t watch much TV now! (That’s probably a big reason I end up blogging and podcasting a lot!)
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