BB
BB
1.1

5.0

BB free download for Mac

BB

1.1
15 March 2005

Simple webcam viewer.

Overview

A simple webcam viewer for Mac OS X... I've gone through three different Mac OS programs to watch the webcam on my front door. All of them had varying stability problems, and I got sick of rebooting my PowerMac just to bring my pasteboard server back to life after one of the cam apps killed it repeatedly.

So what's a Cocoa-speaking geek to do? Code my own of course.... I got fed up yesterday after rebooting to resurrect my pbs. My sweetie was just heading out to go grocery shopping, and I joked that I should be able to whip something up before she got back. Indeed, it was quite functional 15 or so minutes before she returned. I've put a bit more polish and some configurability on this, and maybe someone else will be able to use it.

I've dubbed this B.B. I'll let you guess why... Just download the tarball from below, uncompress (Stuffit will work fine), and move the BB into Applications. BB uses the auto update system from GAPS, so you can check for new versions whenever you like.

Using BB is about as simple as it gets. Look in preferences to set the URL of the image you want to watch and to choose how often to refresh the picture. If the pic you're watching isn't on your LAN, you should be careful how often you reload the image lest your computer and/or Internet connection get overloaded. Once running, you can choose whether you want BB to stick on your desktop, act as a normal window, or be always on top. Look in the Window menu for those settings. You won't be able to move or resize the camera window when it's on the desktop. Choose BB's icon from your dock, then choose the option from the Window menu to make it a normal window. Then you can move and resize BB as you like it and stick it back on the desktop to stay. Of course the URL, refresh speed, and window placement are saved when you close BB and will be restored next time you run it.

What's new in BB

Version 1.1:
  • Fixed window position not restoring if windows were offscreen at quit
  • Fixed double help menu
  • Fixed repeated Prefs nag on no (active) viewers
  • Updated bug URLs to new Bugzilla server
  • Preferences saves happen much less frequently (only when needed)
  • Added Refresh All and Close All menu items to Window menu

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5 BB Reviews

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Anonymous
24 February 2005

Most helpful

Big Brother right!
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Version 1.0
Ddietz
12 June 2007
This is a very simple and reliable app. Adjusting settings is a snap and it worked right off the bat with no problems. Documentation was clear and accurate. Well done!
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Version 1.1
Anonymous
03 March 2005
"(B)efore she got (B)ack". I just don't think the deceloper would have named it big brother. I mean, the story behind the app must have certainly been it's naming motivation. And how clever to name it as such. Since he did finish it B.B.
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Version 1.0
1 answer(s)
Hpc Technologies
Hpc Technologies
15 March 2005
"Before she got Back..." Hmm... Never thought of that one, but I guess it fits. I was actually thinking Big Brother, as in "Big Brother is watching you". It still kind of freaks some of my friends out that I have a webcam on my front door, and they think maybe I took 1984 a little too much to heart!
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Version 1.0
Anonymous
27 February 2005
I click on the close window button....and it comes back. I click again, and the cat comes back! I swear at the window while I click, yet the zombie comes back from the dead. Die, window, DIE!
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Version 1.0
1 answer(s)
Hpc Technologies
Hpc Technologies
28 February 2005
Sorry about that! If you setup a viewer, the prefs window will stay gone. There's a fix for that you can get from my site (www.thebedells.org/software) or just use the program's auto update feature. I haven't got around to posting an update to MacUpdate yet as I've a few more things in the works before I call it a new release. Thanks for giving BB a try in any case!
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Version 1.0
King-leonidas
24 February 2005
Simple and useful, my friend! Thanks, a lot
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Version 1.0
Anonymous
24 February 2005
Big Brother right!
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Version 1.0
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5.0

App requirements: 
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
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