Witness
Witness 2.1.2
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Turns your Mac into a domestic alarm system.   Demo ($39.00)
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Witness turns your Mac into a home alarm system, using its iSight camera as a motion sensor. If motion is detected, Witness sends mugshots and video to your iPhone or iPad. Read more about Witness or checkout the demonstration movie here (external website opens in new page).
What's New
Version 2.1.2:
  • Fixed an issue that automatically disconnected some Macs.
Requirements
  • Intel
  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • iSight camera or almost any webcam



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Witness User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
(13)
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Overall:
(17)

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Mark Allen reviewed on 18 Dec 2012
I had to change my system preferences, in the energy saving section, to display sleep and not computer sleep. Once done, everything worked perfectly. I use the iOS app on my iPhone and again, it worked perfectly.
[Version 2.1.1]


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+5
Creepster commented on 12 Jul 2012
Time to update this. It's 2.1 on the developer's site.
[Version 2.0.1]


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+1

IMPACT360 reviewed on 05 Jul 2012
Just amazing!
[Version 2.0.1]


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+3

+114

Cerniuk reviewed on 05 May 2012
Lovely Interface, Lite on Features, Poor Performance…From the perspective that this is really a system and not just a single app, the system is disappointing. A great app if you want photos and videos of people's back-sides. (aka people leaving the scene)

Three components exist to this system, the iOS app, the computer app and the cloud server with a service cost of $40. The computer app manages the camera, detects the motion and pumps the photos and video to the server. The server then alerts the iOS device via notification that new data exists and the iOS app is used as a client to the server to view the data. In leu of using the iOS app, you can access the same information on the web interface. All in all, a decent design which keeps firewalls secure by negating the need for the iOS app to connect to the computer app. Both apps reach to the cloud. Of course, without the fee based cloud service, the apps non-functional.

Now if it only worked and worked reliability and accurately…

As a system, the operations are frustrating as performance is poor. Photos of one person have come in while videos of another are taken. Somehow the first person disappeared, replaced by the second and nobody was running. Initial snapshots when motion is detected are taken and by the time the video is activated people are easily out of camera view. Most of the time you get a video of people's backsides, and if you are into that sort of thing, this is definitely your app!

With two machines (two cameras) in the same room, rarely do both trigger on the same motion in the room; usually just one. This begs the question if there are times when neither detect motion and visitors go unnoticed.

Without live video capability, ad-hoc viewing of what the camera sees is relegated to asking for snapshots from the camera back to the iOS app. Such snapshots are frequently plagued with long delays do what appears to be Orbicule's server performance.

At the end of the day this is a $40 security solution which has a lovely interface, is light on features, has mediocre to poor performance and has questionable reliability. By contrast, I have SecuritySpy running in the same room on a different machine and it's operations are flawless…and it has live video on demand.

At a very minimum, until the performance issues are addressed, can't recommend this.
[Version 2.0.1]


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+1

diallo reviewed on 02 Apr 2012
Doesn't work at all. I read through the FAQ but I can't figure out why it doesn't work. Examples 1: My iMac's iSight Cam is looking to a closed door. But even when the door opens Witness doesn't send an alert. I walk into the room and take place in front of my iMac. No alert is send. Example 2: The room is dark. No lights on. I turn on the lights walk through the room and take place in front of my iMac. No alert is send.

How do I get my money back for this "April Joke"?
[Version 2.0.1]

5 Replies

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Orbicule (developer) replied on 03 Apr 2012
Obviously this is not normal behavior. Have you contacted our support?
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diallo replied on 03 Apr 2012
I'm in contact with them. If the problem will be fixed I'll correct be review. But for now I have still the problem.
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Orbicule (developer) replied on 03 Apr 2012
If your let me know under which email address or name you contacted us, I can follow up your email in our support system.
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diallo replied on 03 Apr 2012
I'm talking to Winnie right now under my name "Diallo". I send my log files right now.

(Very fast support!)
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Orbicule (developer) replied on 03 Apr 2012
Excellent, we will look into this asap.
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meadman reviewed on 01 Apr 2012
as stated earlier: Both MU and provided excellent customer service regarding my issues. the problem was on my end with more than likely a glitch in the reverse DNS look up. so for the record this is a great app and i hope to change my rating to 5+ stars ;)
[Version 2.0.1]


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+58
Joel Mueller commented on 08 Mar 2012
Looks very cool. I like the iPhone interface and integration to activating it. Learned about it from an ad on MacUpdate.
[Version 2.0.1]


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+1

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Mhoutman reviewed on 03 Feb 2012
Great app especially in combination with the iOS app.

Great support too !
[Version 2.0.1]


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Zymurgy commented on 07 Jun 2011
Have not found any way to get this off my system. Uninstall has no effect at all. Have searched and deleted every relevant file I can find but it's embedded itself and won't leave. I can see where this would be a good feature if my computer was stolen but as the computer owner I should have the right to remove software if I choose!!!!! negative 5 stars for this unacceptable behaviour.
[Version 1.1]

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+2

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MacUpdate---Ryan replied on 15 Jul 2011
Have you tried the instructions here http://www.orbicule.com/undercover/mac/faq.php?q=how+do+I+uninstall
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Deimos replied on 15 Jul 2011
On your Mac open System Preferences and select Witness. Unlock the preference pane by entering your admin password and click Uninstall.
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+1

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Lowell-Boran replied on 03 Oct 2011
It Seems Zymurgy would rather blame the awesome developer than acknowledge his/her own incompetence...
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+67

Jreffner reviewed on 02 May 2011
Works!

Being impressed with their Undercover app, I though I'd give this a try.

It works perfectly. I can turn it on via the iPad, iPhone, or laptop. It sends me a report as soon as it detects motion. It's great.
[Version 1.0]


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+1

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Zymurgy had trouble on 07 Jun 2011
The uninstall command in the system preferences has no effect. this thing is more persistent than a virus?!!
[Version 1.1]



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TigerJohn rated on 04 Mar 2014

[Version 2.1.2]



+4

Joachim Vollmar rated on 25 Jul 2012

[Version 2.1.1]



+2

3mboli rated on 26 May 2012

[Version 2.0.1]



Tonedept rated on 18 May 2012

[Version 2.0.1]



Mike_cb3b3697 rated on 05 Apr 2012

[Version 2.0.1]



Drongo49 rated on 01 Apr 2012

[Version 2.0.1]



Randysinger rated on 31 Mar 2012

[Version 2.0.1]



+16

Michaelfuchs rated on 04 Oct 2011

[Version 1.2.2]



+16

Michaelfuchs rated on 21 Jul 2011

[Version 1.2]



+16

Fongd rated on 15 Jul 2011

[Version 1.2]


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Type:Utilities : Security
License:Demo
Date:10 Jan 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
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Witness turns your Mac into a home alarm system, using its iSight camera as a motion sensor. If motion is detected, Witness sends mugshots and video to your iPhone or iPad. Read more about Witness or checkout the demonstration movie here (external website opens in new page).


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