ooVoo is an application for Windows and Mac OS X that lets you talk to up to six friends at once via a webcam and a microphone. ooVoo is currently in beta and also allows free calls to any landline in the US and Canada up until May 13th.
Once you’ve downloaded ooVoo you’ll be asked to create an account if you don’t already have one. You’ll be required to enter a ooVoo ID, a password for your account and your email. When you click the next button you can enter a display name and a picture. Then when you click next again you’ll be asked to enter some personal information but this is optional so you can just click finish. When you click finish you will then be logged in to ooVoo and see a welcome window telling you about the features that ooVoo has to offer.
- Video Call
- Video Message
- Find Friends
- Record Video Call
- Video Effects
- Send Files
- Sidebar View
- ooVoo Link
ooVoo has quite a few nice features that makes it different to any other messaging client I have came across. A nice feature that I like about ooVoo that (as far as I know) no other messaging client has is that you are able to record video voicemail messages. So if someone is offline and you need to tell them something, instead of sending an email, send a video message and give your fingers a rest.
You’re also able to record video calls so this can come in useful if you have a meeting over ooVoo and you need to check back on something later that was said that you may have missed or you need to clarify.
If you want to find out if any of your friends are using ooVoo you can simply do this by clicking “import contacts”. You will then have a choice of 8 services to check if your friends are using. The 8 services are AOL, Gmail, Hotmail, IcqMail, mac.com, Yahoo, LinkedIn and Mail.com. If your friends aren’t using ooVoo you can either send them an email from ooVoo or send a video message asking them to sign up and add you.
If you’re using the Windows version of ooVoo you will be able to do video effects with your friend when in a video call. This feature is not available for Mac OS X so you won’t be able to do it unless you install Windows on Bootcamp, Parallels or VMware.
Just like every messaging client, ooVoo will let you message and talk to your friends with text. Up to six people can join a conversation and you can send messages to offline contacts and they will receive the message when they next log in to ooVoo.
With ooVoo you can also send files to your contacts and friends and can send up to twenty files to as many contacts as you want at any time. A really nice feature is that you are able to send files to contacts who are offline and they will receive them the next time they log on.
Another cool feature that I like about ooVoo is the Sidebar View. If you’re working on many files and ooVoo is getting in the way you can switch to Sidebar View and it will put ooVoo to the right of your screen so that it is out of the way but you can still see your friends and contacts if you’re in a video call.
If you want people to see if you’re online on ooVoo and available, you can add an ooVoo link to your blog, website or email signature. If someone views your ooVoo link and sees your online status, they will be able to call you and chat to you instantly. Within the privacy settings you are able to set who can see your ooVoo status.
Within the privacy options in ooVoo you can also set whether everyone can see your picture or just your contacts, if video calls start automatically and who can contact and call you.
Do you use ooVoo? Or do you have another preferred VOIP application?