Audio Caller ID keeps you in control of all your
incoming phone calls. Audio Caller ID is very easy to use. It will announce a
caller's name over your computer speakers, email you when specified calls are
received, and even block calls you choose. Audio Caller ID uses the latest
text to speech engines, so you will always be able to hear who is calling. You
can optionally assign pre-recorded sounds to be played for specified callers.
Audio Caller ID can publish your call log to your own web site, so you can see
who has called, even when you're away from home. Easily return any call by
just double clicking on any call in the log, and your modem will dial the
number for you. Audio Caller ID uses minimal system resources and stays out of
your way while you're working. The task try icon quickly shows you the number
of new calls. With Audio Caller ID, you'll never again have to get up to find
out who's calling.|
The above screen shots show the
main application window, and all of the option pages. The main window is
divided into a current call pane, and a call log section. The call log display
can be turned on/off.
New calls will have a green icon,
while old calls will have a gray icon. You can right click on a call to
perform call specific actions, or choose the command from the menu or toolbar.
When no call is currently select the current call pane will show the number of
total calls, and the number of new calls. You can sort the call log by any of
the columns, by just clicking on that column's header.
Audio Caller ID can be configured
here to automatically start whenever you turn on your computer. You can also
adjust whether the window starts up hidden to the system task tray or
displayed normally. Audio Caller ID will always display an icon in the system
task tray, indicating the number of new calls.
With the Modems options you choose
which modems to monitor for incoming calls, and which modem to use for
returning calls. Audio Caller ID uses TAPI to access your modem, so it can
still be used by other TAPI applications at the same time. You must have at
least one modem installed to use Audio Caller ID. The modem must support
caller ID. Nearly all modems built within the last 5 years support caller ID.
You will also want to make sure you have installed the latest modem driver
from your modem's manufacturer.
This dialog allows you to adjust
the font style and color for each section in the current call pane. You can
also adjust the background color.
Audio Caller ID can send you
e-mail whenever specified calls come in. Using this dialog you can specify
which calls you want to be e-mailed about. You can be notified of all, none,
all except those in the list, or only those in the list. Choose the
Email Properties... button to specify your email address, and what
information is sent in the email.
Add callers to this list, that you wish to
block in the future. When using the blocked calls feature your modem will pick
up the line as soon as caller ID information becomes available, and a match
with an entry in your blocked calls list is determined. In the US, the caller
ID information becomes available between the first and second rings. Once your
modem picks up the line it will start making high pitched sounds, as if it
were trying to connect to another modem. After 5 seconds the call will be
This means "blocked" calls will still ring once
or twice before the call is blocked. Also, when using this feature you may
want to turn off or lower the volume on your modem's speaker. To adjust the
modem's speaker go into "Control Panel", select "Phone and Modem Options",
choose the "Modems" tab, select your modem, and choose the "Properties"
Blocked calls will not be announced, nor will
the main window be brought to the foreground. Blocked calls will still be
placed in the call log.
Tip: An easy way to add a call
to the blocked call list is by right clicking on a call in the log, and select
"Block Call…" from the popup menu.
The "Display/Speak Alternate Name"
alias type will substitute the original name with the text you specify here.
The alternate text will be used in the display of the name, and will also be
used when using the Text To Speech engine for announcing incoming calls.
The "Announce Using Sound Clip"
alias type will play an audio clip when this call comes in. The audio clip can
be any .WAV file. You can either Browse… to find an existing
audio clip, or press Record… to have Audio Caller ID walk you
through creating a new audio clip. A microphone is required in order to record
your own audio clips. Press the Test button to play the
currently selected .WAV file.
Tip: An easy way to create an
alias is by right clicking on a call in the log, and select "Create Alias…"
from the popup menu. This will fill in the Name/Number fields with the
information from that call, and allow you to assign the alias properties