Web-Cam Software Adds Streaming Audio

SAN FRANCISCO (07/27/2000) - Set up a Web cam, and Web surfers can peer into your world. With NuSpectra Multimedia Inc.'s SiteCam 5.0.1, they can also hear it: the Mac's premiere Web-cam software now supports streaming audio. SiteCam isn't up to streaming high-fidelity feeds, but it's fine for voice and ambient sound. And visitors don't need a plug-in; SiteCam uses a Java applet for streaming. Other goodies include improved logging to help you track visitors and special tags that let you insert the current time and other information into the pages SiteCam serves. Poubelle Software's US$20 Oculus is still easier to use, however.

PROS:Supports streaming audio; versatile capture features.

CONS:Interface has some rough edges; can't handle high-fidelity feeds.

List Price:$149

COMPANY:510/523-2267, NuSpectra

Advice:SiteCam 5.0.1's user interface is still awkward at times, but the program is far more powerful than its competitors and is the program of choice for serious Web producers.

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