* Free but no live video
in rooms with free version (only on 1-to-1 connections) Also Pop-up ads
with free version. ** Windows & Linux
versions are free, Mac version is from a 3rd party and is not. *** iVisit is free, the
others cost $ but have free trial periods.
Welcome to those of you checking out CU-Seeme
links - I will not guarantee all links will work - but I do check them
from time to time. There are tons & tons of pages dedicated to Cu-SeeMe
- This page is not one of the best - nor one of the worst (I hope) - What
it is is a selection of locations I have found useful - except the Mac
links - those I put up to avoid harassment ;)
"Official" version of CU is up to 6 now, and I can't even try it out because
they want everyone to PAY. Well forget that!!! For those with
the bandwidth and ability, please look at installing one of the free Reflectors
Programs listed below and then advertising on one or all of the Reflector
Scanners. Otherwise pages like this will become useless
soon. This is one of the only FREE, NO ADVERTISING options out there
that I know of. You can control your own reflector, you can keep
out the idiots and you can do it all at no cost with a little effort.
CuSeeMePages - Here are a few links to pages that I have
found myself going back to over & over again.
one of the oldest sites for CU related info on the net. Two main
areas related to CuSeeMe on this site. One is instructional (how
to install) and can be found HERE.
The other is general help with CuSeeMe and can be found HERE.
Cu-SeeMe Help Site - A comprehensive site on Cu - if you can't find
an answer to your problem here then you may be out of luck :) Unless
you are using CU 5 or 6 - don't bother, its not discussed on this site
Hidday Jahan XXIV's
Illustrated Guide to Cuseeme Rates - unfortunately this page is gone
- I did however track down a copy of it in portugese and I will be translating
it as best I can BACK to english (some parts are still in their original
format). The info here is not really up to date anymore, but it makes
a great read.
note - from any of Streak's scanner list's there is a download option -
so you can download the list in a form that can be imported into your phone
book - in both mac & pc form & cornell & enhanced!!
Client & Reflector files - here
are links to all the things you need to get started.
My recommendations: CU 1.0 for PC and
CU 1.0b9 for Mac. I have not used the Mac version and you may need to use
a slightly older version (see links below), But I do use & love the
1.0 version for PC. Key words here FREE - totally free, and SMALL.
- here are all the "Cornell" versions in once convenient spot. Cornell
closed up shop on CU & sold it all to White Pine, which was NOT in
the best interest of the consumer, but hey, ya gotta make a buck!!!!
Note to Cornell 1.0 PC USERS the "Free"
color (mjpeg) codec that most people used expired 10/1/99 - you will need
to download and install a new codec. Here are two different places
to get a new codec.
- get their Mjpeg codec HERE
(Free 60 day version, then a one time $25 fee to continue)**
versions of cornell on the site above do not have the codec. However
I have located a site which includes a working codec in their package.
Click HERE to download
that version (cornell 1.0 and a color codec), and click HERE
to read how to install the codec.
- 1st Cornell stopped working on CU, now White Pine has given up on making
a profit on the program and so we now have "CUWORLD" - they have just released
version 6 and you can't even try it it seems without paying up front.
No thanks. You can still find CU 3.12
for PC if you look hard enough - I paid for my copy many many moons ago
and in case you lost your copy or just want to "try" it you can locate
it by Clicking
Here (Choose to save) to autodownload the shareware version of 3.12
for PC (Windows 95/98 - not tested on XP). I have also located a
copy of the trail version of CU 5.0 HERE.
- the web site is gone (link at left) but I did find a copy out on the
net of the program Qseeme. You can download it by clicking HERE
(I also saved a copy in case that link ever fails).
- (dead links) yup there is a client for OS/2 - I
have even come across a couple people using it. Alas, the file
does not seem to be there anymore, but they seem to be working on a new
client - see the linkHERE.
- (dead links) I know very few people using Amigas
anymore - but you can see a picture of the client at that link - and here
is a link to the download (the link listed on the image page does not work)
Down load it here.
has written a version of reflector that runs on several OS's (Currently
there are binaries available for Windows 95/NT, OS/2, Linux, MkLinux, Sparc-Linux,
BSDI 3.1, AIX FreeBSD 386 v2.1, SunOS 4.1.4, and Solaris x86)- I tried
it on Win95 & it ran great!! Best of all - its free!!!! He has included
a config file that you can read & edit.
Clarks New Enhanced Reflector: Apparently an updated version of Spacer's
(Brian Godette's) version. He lists versions for Win32, Linux
(i386), Solaris 7 (Sparc), and MacOS-X (PPC) <--first
time I have seen a MAC reflector).
Prism Refractor: a free video conferencing server based on Cornell's,
CUSeeMe technology (last updated 1/15/2002). I have never used or
tested it. Versions available for Windows & Linux.
(Dead Link) has reflectors for Unix (several flavors) - with Cornell dropping
CU, the reflectors are gone, I am going to try to track 'em down &
archive them, have patience (Spacers has lots
& they work well)
- available via Luminositi works
like CU-doodle below, but MUCH more powerful, I now use it with my video
cam at home (Working version for Win 95/98 and a beta version for Windows
freeware, and Imposter
(Mac) - great for those who are "Optically Challenged"
(PC) - this one works for both Cornell version and Enhanced (up to
(Mac) - Works with Cornell version only.
what it Paltalk?? Paltalk is another videoconferencing
program that has been around for a few years. I discovered it back
in 2001 when I went to re-visit another program I helped beta test called
"Firetalk." It seems the folks at Paltalk bought the rights to the
program (News Story
Here) and combined it with their video program to create an all-in-one
video audio program much like Cu-Seeme. The main difference
is that there is only one centralized server, you can't set up your own
"reflector" you have to go through theirs. From there you can however
set up your own room, but most people join one of the pre-existing rooms.
Another difference is that you can only see a maximum of 6 videos at once,
although I have only used the version that allowed a maximum of three.
does it cost? Paltalk is 'free' if you are willing
to put up with pop-up and banner ads. And you cannot see video in
rooms with the free version, only on direct connections with one other
person. As of Feb 2003 the cost for the 3 vid version is $25
a year. The 6 vid version is $49 a year.
I subscribed back in 2001 and paid something like $15 for a year and 2
names (not just one which is what you get now). I let mine expire
although my nickname still works, I just get pop ups and banners now.
so great about it? Honestly, I still prefer CuSeeme,
but there are a TON of people on Paltalk, and the old days of small reflectors
on CuSeeme seems to be fading fast, the newer set-up CuSeeme has seems
to be very similar to Paltalks set-up.
came across a program called iVisit.. that
looks similar but is free, you might want to check it out. Click
here for more info.
it Netmeeting?? Netmeeting is a videoconferencing program
which allows you to chat with others, unlike some other programs you cannot
chat with multiple people at the same time (only one video per connection).
Of course it is free and there are tons of places devoted to using it.
Here are just a few:
Netmeeting Home (Windows) - If you have Windows, this would be the
place to go. Although with newer versions of Windows it is included.
Pro (Mac & Windows) - I haven't a clue about this software,
and its $60. But it is supposed to be compatible with netmeeting
so there ya go! There may be more/better options but I didn't come
- "GnomeMeeting is an H.323 compatible videoconferencing and VOIP/IP-Telephony
application that allows you to make audio and video calls to remote users
with H.323 hardware or software (such as Microsoft Netmeeting). "
using Linux (Linux!) - ok, I am not a heavy linux user but I did track
down this link with info on using Netmeeting on Linux. Looks rather
technical but hey, most linux folks are!!
- A site dedicated to helping connect users via netmeeting.
There are many other video conferencing
programs out there, but most have some kind of cost up front. Here
are some with links.
- Windows & Mac - FREE - I just found
this, although I must have run by it a time or two before. Sounds
like a free version of Paltalk in that you can access rooms on their server
and do 1-to-1 as well. More later.
- Windows & Mac - Multiple rooms as well. One time cost of $40.
Free trial download. I have never tried it but you can't help but
run across their ads on google..
ICUII - Developed
by a person who originally worked on Cornell's version of CuSeeme, I have
tried this program but it was a long time ago. Its biggest "plus"
is that like CuSeeme and Paltalk, you can join a "room" of people so you
don't only have to chat 1-to-1 as with netmeeting. Cost listed at
but you can download a trial version. Windows only, the Mac
version was dropped in 2000.