Skype 5.6 Now Available With Full Screen Video Mode In OS X Lion, More Features

Skype 5.6 Now Available With Full Screen Video Mode In OS X Lion, More Features

Skype has released a new public version of its Mac app with full screen video mode for OS X Lion, automatic updates, improved group calling, and more. Version 5.6 includes multiple bug fixes and interface improvements.

With this release Skype has introduced automatic updates, making it easier to get the latest version of the app. Another welcomed improvement is the ability to delete select messages within a conversation or completely clear an entire conversation from your account history. You can also disable the app’s automatic adjustment of your Mac’s mic in preferences.

Skype 5.6 for Mac includes multiple user interface tweaks, including the ability to switch between “dynamic mode” and “non-dynamic mode” during group calls of 5 or more people. When dynamic mode is enabled, the person currently speaking is moved to the center of the viewing window.

You also use OS X Lion’s full screen mode in version 5.6 of Skype to get rid of distractions. The feature can be enabled by clicking the split arrows in the top right corner of the app.

Skype 5.6 for Mac can be downloaded directly or installed via “Check for Updates” on your Mac running OS X lion.

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  • MacGoo

    I still use Skype 2.8. I refuse to upgrade until they truly fix the broken mess that is Skype for Mac.

  • cosimoto

    No volume control. Fail.

  • nathanisamazing

    Really. How many 5.x updates are they going to release before they bring back a compact view. The way it is now, Skype is pathetic for text-only chat.

    Still sitting on 2.8 :/

  • tonymillion

    It wouldn’t be so bad if it 
    A> didn’t set your sound card to 48khz / 16 bit every time it started up
    B> allowed you to remove the Location & List columns in the people view
    C> Didn’t so completely suck

  • Ingus Bukšs

    Who needs skype ? 

  • pcmedman

    I have version 5.3 and when I go to “check for updates” it tells me I am running the latest version! Weird! I guess I’ll try the manual download.
    Or from what I am reading here, maybe I shouldn’t.

  • JustinBinder

    I must agree.
    As a Skype customer who buys credit to call and text, I loathe the new layout and sluggishness overall.

    Currently using the older version with the old interface. The new versions have just been horrendous.

    I can’t imagine why on earth they would make it look so awful.

  • NathanHornby

    Skype for Mac really is a joke of an application.  Unintuitive mess.  Glad I’m not the only one that thinks so.

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