ManyCam 5.5

Free, fun special webcam effects software for use with Windows 7

  • Category:

    Webcam

  • Version:

    5.5

  • Works under:

    Windows 8 / Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows XP

  • Also available for:

    Mac

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free
  • Vote:
    7.5 (1334)

ManyCam adds fun and special effects to web chats in a variety of simple, exciting ways.

Desktop and mobile chat platforms bring people together in a festive environment of companionship via technology. In the old days, messaging platforms were simply text based. Fonts mattered but not much else. Today there are a variety of ways to easily add special effects to chat, which make for funny moments and more expressive conversations through text and pictures.

People love to share pictures online and ManyCam helps you to do this with a variety of special effects overlaying pictures. A few examples are their hats, distortions, and animals additions to pictures. It sounds great, right? Not so fast. Unfortunately, many of the effects are poorly placed when they overlap on the picture and a "manycam.com" watermark really detracts from the aesthetic value of the program. No one wants a watermark on a photo editing platform, but this is free so don't rule it out entirely.

Other imagery can be added to your pictures, such as flags, text, and time and date. These effects aren't all that thrilling and don't do much but up the list of things you can add. How many people will want to add a date and time over a picture? Probably not all that many, so these features are for the most part, empty.

If the variety leaves a bit to be desired, you can pick up new effects on the developer site. The choices here are much more lively and festive, and they frequently add new effects that you can download directly to the platform. So the question is: is there enough here to justify enduring a watermark of the website's name? It's debatable.

Pros

  • Plenty of effects: You do get quite a few effects here
  • Developer site is updated frequently with more effects
  • Backgrounds are also available

Cons

  • Watermark: Watermarks are not appreciated in this day and age.
  • Poor placement of effects: Sometimes bad effects are worse than no effects at all.

The pricetag is free, so this might be worth a download to some folks. For most advanced users, though, they're not going to find much to explore here.

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