Skype 5 beta for mac is available for some weeks now. “Beta” means “not final”, but this won’t put all users minds at ease. Unfunctional, inefficient and badly designed are many of the features and UI elements of the chat/voip/messenger client. Our petition to Skype: make it a better Skype 5 for Mac! Our plea to the public: support our petition!
(Skype 5 für Mac – Petition auf Deutsch) Update: Skype called and promised improvements!
No doubt about it: many new features of the upcoming Skype 5 for Mac are fine – and the choise to use them is left to the user. Group videochats, better contact administration, connection to the adress book – great, we like this on our macs. Stability: fine, especially for a beta version. The problem: its impossible to work with the new client. The conformation of Skypes’ Mac- and Windows-versions did not bring any improvement to the Mac client but the opposite. Our position: Yes to new features – but please keep the useability of the mac OS X client. Give us a better Skype 5 for Mac!
After its release, we tested Skype 5 Beta for mac – a more than disappointing experioence. Scrolling orgys caused by the enormous amount of space each message consumes, quickly lost focus on conversations and lacking overview due to the vanished option to sort chats and conversations left but little hope that the redesigned version for Mac OS X will succeed.
Text size and -spacing – it needs some goodwill to recognize them als “features” – the space consumption of skype 5 for Mac clearly lost its balance between useability and textsize.
Drag and Drop: This was a great feature and is painfully missed on many cases now. Arrange your chats and conversations in the sidebar? Impossible – the default is sorted by age and thats good enough for you. Dragging contacts into a chat? Same here, invite only now. Two highly intuitiove functions badly subsituted. Not yet implemented or an adaption of the “Windows Style” Skype? We hope its not the latter, for useability comes with intuitive functions, not with graphical gimmicks like Cover Flow for contacts (nice, but mostly useless).