Sunday, April 24, 2011

Ventrillo - First Thoughts

Having used Skype, Axon, and now Ventrillo, I have to admit that I was impressed with the latter!

If you poke around a bit, you'll see that there is an apparently large consortium behind it, leading me to believe it won't be free for long, and I'm not sure how much I'm willing to pay for it, but it's a good program nonetheless.

The interface, and setup in particular, are confusing. It took about half an hour to get my microphone to work, though there may have been technical problems outside of Ventrillo at-play. Once we managed to get me up and going though, the sound quality was good and there was little delay with only two people in the room. With three people, the delay was about one second (estimated).

Axon is far worse; the delay is approximately one to two seconds, there are numerous instances of participants cutting-out, and sound quality is always bad. This remains a constant, regardless of time, number of people, or whatever else. Axon is simply inferior.

Skype handles everything well, including video, but it is a much larger program, and has a much larger company behind it; it really isn't fair to compare Skype to either Axon or Ventrillo. I also have yet to test Skype in the same way as I have used the other two programs.

Overall, though I have only just used it twice and so far and have not fully explored its options and capabilities, I found Ventrillo difficult to configure, but easy to install and use. The sound quality and transmission is great, though it seems to stagger with too multiple users. Ventrillo is the clear winner over Axon, but Skype remains the premiere chat program, overall.

© C Harris Lynn, 2011

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