Pamela Adds Recording And Voicemail To Skype
More than a utility for making free calls over the net, Skype has become an essential communications tool for our age. It’s not perfect, however, as Skype doesn’t have voicemail and call recording features. Purchasing a call plan will give you voicemail access but Pamela, a third-party Skype extension gives both missing features for free.
Pamela Basic and Pamela Professional both give the Skype user recording and voicemail functions. However, Pamela Basic limits call recordings to 15 minutes. Included with Pamela Basic is a voice recording tool that can be used for recording voice clips. Pamela’s voicemail function is set to activate 15 seconds after the phone rings and Skype is in other modes except online. A custom voicemail message can be recorded through the options menu in Pamela. A “bring to front” tickbox pops up a record prompt when you answer a call. Although Pamela is supposed to record in MP3, early editions seem to lack the feature and it’s a good thing the options panel gives you the choice to record in WMA or OGG. There’s no need to record in stereo or high bitrates for voice calls.
Like all Skype extensions, users will have to launch Pamela and wait for Skype to pop up its customary alert asking for program access. Once granted, a window will pop up in succeeding calls for you to have the option of recording the conversation. The basic version needs an extra mouse click because automatic recording cannot be configured unless you purchase the Professional edition. As mentioned previously, the Basic edition allows only 15 minutes of recorded conversation. A workaround would be to stop recording at, say, 14 minutes and 55 seconds and then restart a new recording from the main window. Pamela also has the facility to record webcam video, act as a call scheduling tool and to set up automated conference calls. For unlimited voice and video chat recording, plus other exclusive features, you’ll have to spring for Pamela Professional Edition.