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Finaly: AIM (win) video-compatible to ichat

1202 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Apr 3, 2007 2:02 PM by Ralph Johns (UK) RSS
kenguru2005 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 28, 2007 1:38 AM
Great news ....
Finaly AIM with it´s latest windows client (6.1.31.1) is videochat-compatible to our ichat since osx is updated to 10.4.9. I tested it with several buddies, all using latest aim windows client. I also made some tests inside my network (from iMac to pc and visa versa) ... what can I say: no problems at all anymore, no more aim 5.9 and stamp-like videos on windows-side.

Greetings
iMac 20" C2D 2,16 --- 2 GB RAM --- 500GB HD, Mac OS X (10.4.9), aim screenname: cardanvu ---> feel free to contact me for testings
  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,840 points)
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    Mar 28, 2007 6:35 AM (in response to kenguru2005)
    Hi Kenguru2005,

    Good to hear

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    2:35 PM Wednesday; March 28, 2007
    G4/1GhzDual MDD MacBookPro 2gig NETGEAR DG834GUK Hollywood Dazzle DV, Mac OS X (10.4.9), Have you read the iChat FAQs ?? ^See link at top of the Topic List ^
  • Dave Bates Level 3 Level 3 (740 points)
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    Mar 28, 2007 7:01 AM (in response to kenguru2005)
    kengur2005

    Does that version of AIM work with Windows XP or is it just Vista?

    Dave
    15 G4 PB, Mac OS X (10.4.9), Linksys WAG54G wireless modem/router, ISP = f2s
  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,840 points)
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    Mar 28, 2007 7:05 AM (in response to Dave Bates)
    Hi Dave

    http://www.aim.com/getaim/win/latestwin.adp
    It says XP, Vista, XP 64bit and Windows 2K

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    3:05 PM Wednesday; March 28, 2007
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  • Dave Bates Level 3 Level 3 (740 points)
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    Mar 28, 2007 7:08 AM (in response to Ralph Johns (UK))
    Hi Ralph

    Thanks for that.

    I couldn't see that bit when I looked earlier.

    Dave
    15 G4 PB, Mac OS X (10.4.9), Linksys WAG54G wireless modem/router, ISP = f2s
  • Martin J. Estrada Level 3 Level 3 (615 points)
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    Apr 3, 2007 10:00 AM (in response to kenguru2005)
    I thought I'd interject by saying it does work.

    I installed it on a Compaq Presario 2200/Windows XP Home SP2 and can video chat with iChat on my home network. I had success when another user on this forum contacted me as well as another mac user on an iBook G4. My brother installed ver. 6 on his home PC running XP Pro SP2 and can contact me. He also upgraded ver. 5.9 to 6 on his Lenovo laptop running Vista and can contact me. It is nice that ver. 6 provides a resizable video window that can even be made fullscreen.

    I however, am not able to use AIM 6 to contact anyone whether they are Mac or Windows. It is something with the Compaq's firewall or an AIM bug or Windows in general. I haven't figured it out yet. I'm not too worried about it. I just use it for testing. I'll look into some other forums to try to figure out what's up with Windows.

    Thanks for the info. It is very useful.

    Martin J. Estrada
    2.0 ghz iMac Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.9), Graphite 600 mhz iMac
  • James A. Weston Level 5 Level 5 (5,830 points)
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    Apr 3, 2007 11:08 AM (in response to kenguru2005)
    Just a word of caution. It doesn't always work.

    I've tried more than a dozen test connections—some work and some don't. At this point, I'd say that iChat 3.1.8 to AIM 6.1.32.1 video connections are a lot more likely to work than iChat to AIM 5.9 video connections but not as likely to work as Skype Mac to Skype PC video connections.

    Hopefully, we or Apple/AOL can figure out what the problems are and correct them soon.
    Intel iMac, 2.3MHz G5, Intel Mac mini, MacBook, Win XP and Vista PCs, Treo 650, Mac OS X (10.4.9), AIM network screen names: jawestonb@mac.com for Mac
  • Martin J. Estrada Level 3 Level 3 (615 points)
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    Apr 3, 2007 12:11 PM (in response to James A. Weston)
    It's just a computer program. What's the need to be so cautious.

    Though I'm having marginal success in that I cannot call out from AIM 6, I don't fully agree. With AIM 5.9 others could not call in but I could call out. People on these boards need to hear that when AIM is upgraded that iChat is no longer one step behind.

    90% of the computing world is using Windows. I sure hope some day soon there is a way for separate platforms to have consistent intercompatibility and this is a step in the right direction. There should be more Windows video chat apps that interoperate with iChat.

    There are people on these boards that can't get iChat to work at all and I don't think pushing them to Skype is the answer. I see it time and time again when people can't manage it, loads of others come along and suggests Skype. The fact is that this is the iChat forum not the Skype forum. It's not even the AIM forum but however limited, the two were designed to communicate.

    Not only did they upgrade iChat, but AIM did an enhancement to ver.6 and I think one of the main reasons is iChat not to mention all the new pc's that are shipping with Vista of which 5.9 is not completely functional. When Leopard comes out iChat will get more enhancement. I can't wait to see whats in store.

    Thank you again,

    me
    2.0 ghz iMac Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.9), Graphite 600 mhz iMac
  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,840 points)
    Hi Martin,

    AIM 5.9 does seem to be more reliable for thaose people it works for in that it does allow calls both ways.

    I am not sure that iChat is the one that has been one step behind. I would point to the fact the AIM still have a download page for it.

    AIM and Apple did a deal to allow iChat to use the AIM service.
    In the meatime AIM have brought out the Beta Trillian and then AIM 6.0.
    As iChat is an AIM client it seems they have relied on AIM 5.9 being out there to say that agreement with Clients were being honoured.

    James is also right that other solutions that are out there while not ebing as smooth or as pretty as iChat/AIM connection do actually work and are easier to set uo that the AIM - iChat link.

    My experience with AIM 6.1.32.1 running on XP on my MacBook Pro is that it will only really connect to 10.4.9 on my G4/1Ghz Dual.

    It will not even get a response on 10.3.9 (panther) and 10.4.8 is extremely hit and miss as to whether an invite will even appear and always times out after that.

    I stayed around the iChat boards as I wanted to understand all the wquirks about how this works.

    James porports another view that time is money and solutions need to take that in to consideration. It is something I don't always take account of myself when making an answer as I tend to answer with the belief that someone wants to make it work the way it says it does on the tin.

    If your car is not working and you don't have time to fix it before work the Bus maybe a reasonable option.

    Look how long it has taken Apple to get USB cams into iChat despite having Built-in USB cams in the Intels.



    In this case Thinking Differently is not always an Apple Answer.

    What that does say is that more work needs to be done.


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    10:00 PM Tuesday; April 3, 2007
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