Skype is a popular voice over IP software that you can use for a number of purposes. From audio and video calls over the Internet, to landline calls or messaging. The software has been recently acquired by Microsoft and it is expected that the Redmond company will integrate the technology into several of its core products.
If you have used Skype throughout the years, you have probably identified a few areas of improvement. Messenger Plus! for Skype is a free plugin that adds several missing features to the software.
The plugin attaches a small toolbar to the left of the Skype window which links to various plugin features, and a few web links that you may not be interested in at all.
The first six icons and the last of the toolbar link to the features that the plugin adds to Skype. Recording lets you record Skype audio and video conversations, with options to automate the recording in the program options. You need to click on the record button by default to start a recording. The third button links to the directory all recordings are saved into on the system.
The share button allows you to add animations and winks to Skype. This feature requires Flash to be installed on the system to function properly. The plugin ships with 35 animations that you can preview in a window before sending them to people you communicate with on Skype.
The last feature adds a log viewer to Skype. If you use Skype to chat regularly with contacts, you may have noticed that Skype displays all messages on a single page. There is no sorting available, for instance by date.
The log viewer, once activated, keeps track of your chats and displays them in an easier to access interface. It is for instance possible to select a specific month, day or user directly without having to double-click on the user in Skype to fiddle around in the interface to find the message you are looking for.
Even better, you can search, preview and print any conversation, or export them into text, html, csv or xml files.
You may want to pay a visit to the plugin's options page. Here you can for instance change the recording quality, enable automatic recording of incoming calls, or disable automatic updating.
I have already mentioned that you find a few links in the toolbar that redirect to the website of the developer. It is easy enough to ignore those. You may also want to pay extra attention to the installation process, as you may end up with a new toolbar, search provider and browser homepage otherwise.
Interested users can download Messenger Plus! for Skype from the developer website. The program is compatible with all recent versions of the voice over IP software.
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