Many of the popular Chinese devices are now supported in Live Cams and they offer an excellent price point for low-cost high-quality IP products.
Live Cams supports both fixed and PTZ style devices from these manufacturers and continues to enhance our offerings with each release. If you are intimidated with the high cost of popular brands like Axis, Canon, Panasonic and Sony, these highly competitive companies are worth a look.
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As a very popular entry-level IP camera line, Trendnet models are fully supported in Live Cams. We have tested legacy devices and current models alike. We teamed with Trendnet representatives to ensure that all of their products have been properly added to the app. This includes legacy devices that are now discontinued.
You will find many camera profiles in Live Cams for Trendnet because each of their devices follows a different protocol. Many other devices are OEM versions of Trendnet hardware and also share these profiles. When adding a camera to the app you can always check our “Supported Camera” list to see which one to use based on your specific model:
While working on our latest version of Live Cams (4.9) we spent some time looking at our competition on the App Store. To this day it surprises us how much money some people are spending on applications that do very little compared to ours!
The latest example is an app named “Yoics camera viewer: IP and web cam viewer”. The application currently costs $9.99 US and allows people to view video from their Astak Mole devices. The current release lacks PTZ support and the customers appear to be frustrated because of this.
Live Cams has supported PTZ on Mole cameras for almost a year now, yet it seems to be unknown to most! Astak is only one of the 80+ manufacturers supported by Live Cams, so it makes sense to buy the all-in-one application rather than a separate app for each camera you buy!
We’d love to hear from some owners of Astak Mole cameras on the forums so that we can find out if there are additional features that they’d like to see in the future.
Live Cams and Live Cams HD are now 66% off their full retail price on iTunes! ($0.99 US each)
Grab them quick before we restore the full price ($2.99 US for each of Live Cams and Live Cams HD)!
We are still waiting for the 4.80 and 1.80 releases of Live Cams and Live Cams HD to be approved by Apple. With these releases come several exciting new features (among other enhancements)!
For those using an iPad or iPhone 4 with a component video cable or a VGA cable you will be able to view the fullscreen video for a camera on your HDTV. This is currently a very simple implementation (nothing is shown for any screens other than the video screen) but should get the ball rolling as we start to figure out how far we can take this!
REORDER PRIVATE CAMERAS AND FAVORITES
This one has been on our to-do list for a long time and we’ve finally got it ready. We have replaced the “Add Camera” button with a new title, “Manage”. If you select either “My Cameras” or “Favorites” the button will become enabled. After selecting this you will see a table which lists all of the cameras in text form and it will allow you to delete them (or remove from favorites) or reorder them. Simple drag and drop allows you to change the order of items in the list. Pressing the “back” button will repaint the screen with the new sequence.
We do not currently have support for assigning cameras to groups (and we know many have asked for this) . We hope that this initial step gives our users better control over their camera lists.
From the video screen for a given camera you can now choose the tool icon and select “Image Orientation”. This will give you several choices such as “Normal”, “Flip”, “Mirror” and “Flip + Mirror”. If you change the orientation you will notice that Live Cams remembers this setting on subsequent loads of the app. Each camera can be configured independently using this option.
On a side note, please be aware that a number of new “free” camera apps are showcasing public cameras and due to the popularity of the apps the cameras are starting to disappear. The developers of these applications do not apparently have respect for the bandwidth used by their volumes of users and as a result, the owners of the public cameras are disabling them or removing them from public access. We do our best to charge a reasonable fee for our software in order to reduce the number of active users, thus reducing the bandwidth impact and improving camera stability. We hope that our “competitors” figure this out soon before the number of active cameras drops to an unreasonable level.
When pressing the preset button on Live Cams 4.71 the app will crash if you are running 3.x firmware. We have resolved the issue (it was trying to draw the menus with a font that was introduced in iOS 4) and will be submitting the 4.8 release to Apple after further testing.
If you are capable of updating the firmware on your device to iOS 4.x this issue will disappear. For those using older devices (like a first generation iPod touch) you will have to wait for Apple to review our update before the problem will be resolved.
We have acknowledged this defect in the release notes, our blog and in the “What’s new in this version” text that appears when you update the app. It is also appearing in the “news” badge via the Help button in the 4.6 release of the software. Hopefully those with OS 3.x will see one of these notices before updating to the newest release. If not we promise to have the fix available soon!
Apple has approved the release of Live Cams 4.71 and we are happy to announce that it will be live in the App Store in the next hour or so. We removed the 4.7 release after hearing that owners of devices with OS3.0 and OS3.1 were experiencing crashes. Unfortunately due to the way that the app store works we were forced to remove the app for all customers even though it worked fine on newer firmware.
We apologize for the delay but we remain committed to having only the highest quality releases available for sale. Live Cams HD v1.7 is still waiting for review by Apple but should also be available in a few days if there aren’t any issues.
Development continues on Live Cams v4.8 (allowing you to re-order your private cameras, and more!).