Monday, October 23, 2006

Skype 2.0 Final (Gold)...worth the update?

Good and bad news from the folks over at Skype. Skype has now been updated to version However, this was done at the expense of video quality. If you notice in the changelog below, video was reduced to 160x120 on ALL PowerPC machines. This includes older G3s, the now obsolete G4s, and the recently replaced G5s. This is terrible news. Numerous people are complaining on the forums (with reason). A PPC G3 cannot be compared to the power of a G5. There is no need to reduce the video quality on ALL PPC machines simply because a few older macs are unable to handle the video quality. My iBook G4 (1.33 GHz) has never had trouble with any of the Skype with Video Betas. This is a a very lazy move on Skype's part. They should have included an "enable/disable high quality video" option.


23.10.2006: Skype for Mac version

* change: Resolution of outgoing Video calls on PowerPC reduced to 160x120 (Reducing CPU load on these machines)
* improvement: Updated Video Engine codecs

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