"Recommended call recorder software for Skype."
As its name suggests, the Athtek Skype Recorder allows you to digitally record the conversations that you have on Skype. This capability extends to both audio and video recordings in a variety of formats including MP3, WMA, OGG, FLAC, and AVI - making it a popular choice for both business and personal usage.
Installing the software is very straightforward and it is compatible with Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and 7. The first time you start it up, Skype will need to be running and you'll have to grant the software permission to access Skype via the prompt that will appear within Skype itself.
Once that is done, a warning should pop up letting you know that the free trial has a 10 minute limit for recording conversations.
The interface is very basic and clean, with the core functions of the Skype Recorder being presented in large icons. It may take a little bit of getting used to which features correspond to which icons, but most are fairly clear. All other features are also easily accessible via the upper row drop-down menus or are contained within the settings.
A history of the recent recordings that were made as well as the ability to filter and navigate through the types of recordings forms the bulk of the rest of the interface.
In itself, the Skype Recorder's ability to record audio and video across numerous formats already sets it apart from most of its competitors. To top that off however, it also has several other features that sweeten the pot:
- Configurable options to automatically or manually record conversations. If you like you could even set it up to only automatically record conversations with certain contacts.
- Options to split audio recordings into different tracks or files based on the speaker. For post-processing purposes this could come in handy.
- Silent mode for parental control. This option will 'hide' the software in the background while still automatically recording conversations.
- Ability to record video of any window or the entire screen. If necessary, this can be used to record conversations in other Instant Messaging clients as well.
With all these features as well as numerous others, it is easy to see why the Skype Recorder has such a sterling reputation.
Truth be told there aren't many weaknesses in the Skype Recorder. One possible cause for confusion is that 'Silent Mode' actually refers to two separate features within the software - one of which will 'hide' the software, while the other will block notifications of calls on Skype itself.
As far as alternatives go, there aren't many that really hold a candle to the Skype Recorder. On the open source front there is the Skype Call Recorder that is able to record audio conversations only and is predominantly intended for Linux although there is an experimental Windows version available.
Instead of that, a more commercial option would be the MX Skype Recorder - but that won't record video either.
For now the Athtek Skype Recorder appears to be in a league of its own. The sheer amount of options and features that it includes make it stand out from any other alternative and deliver much more than its rivals.
Requirements: 128M RAM, Skype
What's new in this version: * Be compatible with the latest version of Skype. * Optimize the audio recording quality.
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