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PrettyMay Basic for Skype

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  • Generic Company Place Holder PrettyMay Basic for Skype

When you run PrettyMay, it automatically launches Skype, but not the other way round. I unfortunately was so in the habit of launching Skype on its own, that I missed a call or two. Okay, so missing calls is my bad. I find this program extremely useful for recording conversations when I quiz vendors or get a technology phone briefing. You can even add a text memo to each recording which will pop up in a bubble when you hover the mouse over the little call-type icon next to the call info in the recordings lists.

PrettyMay isn't perfect. There are some minor glitches in the English translation (visit spelled visite, etc.) and the playback duration/position meter didn't always match the actual length of the recordings, but otherwise the program performed quite nicely.

The free Basic version of PrettyMay is probably enough for most folks, though the 15 minute limit on recordings could become constrictive quickly--it did with me. The limit is removed with the $25 Pro and $30 Business versions, which also offer offers features such as personalized answering greetings and remote retrieval of messages.

No matter which version of PrettyMay you choose, I say choose it. Once you have, plain old Skype seems incomplete without it.

--Jon L. Jacobi

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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder PrettyMay Basic for Skype

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