Parliant on Friday introduced a new version of PhoneValet Home Edition, its telephone assistant for home users. The new release is a free update for registered users; PhoneValet Home Edition costs $49.95.
PhoneValet Home Edition is a version of Parliant's telephone call center system for the Macintosh scaled for home users. It enables a Mac-using family to use their computer as the calling hub of the house. You can use it to answer calls, route voice mail messages by e-mail, handle junk calls, play discriminating ring tones and even dial calls.
New to the 1.1 release is improved support for the iPhone -- the software now uses the 3GPP format to stream audio when you're checking messages. Parliant says that's dramatically smaller -- about 1/2 the size -- as it was previously, which will improve performance on the iPhone's EDGE data network. PhoneValet Home Edition users are instructed to update the iPhone's software to version 1.1.2 or higher.
Other changes include improved compatibility with international phone lines, updated list of countries and fixes to the Address Book panel in the PhoneValet application. You can also demo the software without having a modem connected to your Mac first.
PhoneValet Home Edition requires a G4 or better (including Intel), Mac OS X v10.4.11 or later, Apple USB modem or compatible internal modem, standard analog phone line with touch tone; some features use Caller ID.