MacCentral first brought readers news last week from Macworld CreativePro that Parliant Corp. had announced PhoneValet, a computer-telephony solution designed for Mac OS X. Now Parliant indicates that it's begun to ship PhoneValet through its e-commerce store.
PhoneValet connects to your Macintosh through the USB interface and connects to an analog phone-line using an RJ-11 receptacle on the opposite end. Software included with the device enables Mac users to monitor who's calling them through Caller ID information. The software attempts to match up callers to information maintained in the software, and can announce the caller using Mac Text-to-Speech. What's more, PhoneValet is speech-enabled, and can automatically initiate calls using voice recognition.
PhoneValet also helps you maintain phone logs both inbound and outbound -- a useful feature for business owners and operators or independent contractors who do time-billing. Phone logs can also be exported to other applications. And when you step away from your Mac, PhoneValet can execute AppleScripts or send e-mails, so you can be notified via SMS messaging on your cell phone, for example, or automatically execute AppleScript commands.
What's more, PhoneValet is built to support multiple analog lines, as well, so you can purchase "expansion packs" to keep up with each new line as it's added.
PhoneValet costs US$129.95. Additional lines are priced at $89.95. Visit the Web site for details.
This story, "Parliant ships PhoneValet USB telephony system" was originally published by PCWorld.