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BB free download for Mac

BB for Mac1.1

15 March 2005

Simple webcam viewer.

What is BB for Mac

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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Ddietz
Ddietz
Jun 12 2007
1.1
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Jun 12 2007
5.0
Version: 1.1
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!
Guest
Guest
Mar 3 2005
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Mar 3 2005
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"(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.
Guest
Guest
Feb 27 2005
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Feb 27 2005
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Version: 1.0
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!
King-leonidas
King-leonidas
Feb 24 2005
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Feb 24 2005
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Version: 1.0
Simple and useful, my friend! Thanks, a lot
Guest
Guest
Feb 24 2005
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Feb 24 2005
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Big Brother right!
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App requirements: 
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
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