Expo: Ovolab updates Phlink, Geophoto apps

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Ovolab began Macworld Expo by announcing a pair of software updates, releasing new versions of its Phlink telephony program and Geophoto image-sharing app. The Phlink update adds call-screening and talking caller ID features while the latest version of Geophoto improves the ability to position photos on its map of the Earth.

Phlink 4 will center around a revamped user interface for the telephony software that turns your Mac into a call center. In addition to the call screening and talking caller-ID addition, version 4 also offers tighter integration with OS X, providing the ability to see iChat's buddy status for contacts and direct calling from the call log. Phlink 4 users can also view call notifications over a network, even if the program isn't running.

Phlink 4 costs $149.95; existing users can upgrade for $39.95. The software requires OS X 10.3.9 or later.

Centered around photo enthusiasts, Geophoto 2 now offers users the ability to import track data from USB devices. Once a picture has been imported into the program, users can drag their pictures to a specific location, where the pictures can be shared with others as they automatically appear in the correct location on the 3-D Earth map when opened in Geophoto.

Additional time- shifting and time correction features allow owners of GPS devices to perform this task automatically within the program. Geophoto can also read geographical information stored inside GPS-equipped cameras to assist in photo location.

Look for Geophoto 2 in late February, when it will sell for $19.95. Users who have bought the software in 2008 can upgrade for free. Geophoto 2 requires OS X 10.4 or later.

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