This is a follow up update to version 22.214.171.124 which fixes some issues with it. Two crashes have been fixed, one which used to happen at the end of recording and another one during the update download. Another change is if Call Graph is not connected to Skype, recording will not be started.
Archive for October, 2008
Call Graph version 126.96.36.199 is out. We have built upon our previous update and made more modifications to the recording and encoding algorithm. Several new features have been added as well as couple of bug fixes. Here’s a list of all the changes.
The echo cancellation module has been completely revamped in this release. We are now using the DirectSound built in API’s for it. It should perform much better now and should cancel out most of the echo while using inbuilt mic and speakers.
We had received several reports on delays while using Call Graph. This update fixes the delay issue. Thanks to John and Mike for helping us out with it.
Call Graph can be now used as a standalone voice recorder. The recording starts as soon as the start recording command is issued from the UI and if a Skype call happens in between, and if auto recording is turned on, it records the Skype call as well. So now the recording can be started before making the Skype call too.
Recording In Between:
Now you can launch Call Graph in between a call and start recording it. Useful if you’ve forgotten to start Call Graph before the call had started. Thanks to David for suggesting this feature.
Browser Based UI Changes:
The layout has been changed to 2 column. A new interactive demo page also has been introduced which walks you through a Skype Test Call recording session. From this version you can also bookmark the recordings/configuration pages.
We have re-introduced the Dialog based interface we had earlier and have added a configuration item to control it. Its available from the Advanced tab. If you wish you can completely turn off the browser based UI and use only the dialog based interface. Do note that some advanced functionalities will be available only from the browser based UI.
The ‘History’ menu item has been renamed to ‘Recordings’. The installer and uninstaller has been cleaned up; now you can uninstall directly from Add/Remove programs. A nasty crash which used to happen sometimes during the end of the recording has also been fixed.
Integration with our web service, rules for recordings, option to use Wave I/O instead of Direct Sound etc.
Please do keep your sending in your feedback and suggestions. Wishing you a very happy festive season (if you are in India) and Halloween (if you are not!).
Call Graph supports two User Interface’s, an browser based UI and a minimal UI. The browser based UI launches the default browser and displays all the data there using scripts pulled from our website. The mimal UI consits only of a windows dialog for configuration and a toolbar. A detailed feature by feature comparison follows.
|Feature||Browser Based UI||Minimal UI|
|Playback||Inbuilt Flash based player||System default player|
|Renaming of Files||Yes||Yes|
|Editing of Tags||Yes||No|
|Web service Integration||Yes||No|
The interface can be switched anytime from the Advanced configuration tab.
The bi weekly update of Call Graph client is out. The recording module has been revamped, sharing, transcribing is inbuilt to the UI, uploading limits are gone and several bug fixes. Here’s a detailed description of the changes.
Several changes were made to the core recording and encoding module. There will be marked improvement in the quality of the recordings with this version. The encoding is faster, finishes as soon as the call ends. The delay/out of sync issues with SkyepIn and SkypeOut should also be gone. The Echo Cancellation has been improved too. All this as a result of moving from Wave I/O to DirectSound!
The process of uploading the call records to your account in at Call Graph has been changed. Now you do not need to approve the machine after adding it. That step is gone. Also you can upload records of any size now: the 100 MB limit is also gone.
You can specify the number of records to be show now, either 10 (default), 50 or 100. This option is available on the header, just above the record listing. The Select All/None options have been moved above the checkboxes to the left. The Expand All/None is to the right now.
Sharing has been built into the client UI now. With this option, you can send the record to an email address directly. The record will be uploaded to our web service and a mail will be sent to your contact with details on how to access it. You will need to be registered with our web service for this.
The transcribe link submits the record for screening. Once the screeing process is done, you can order transcripts of it from your account on Call Graph. Registration with our web serivce is require for this too.
A new button has been introduced in the sidebar which opens the local folder where the call records are stored. You can directly access your files from there.
More accurate echo cancellation, ability to record notes, more configuration options. Stay tuned.
Apart for the above, there are several bug fixes in this release as well. Please update now.
Continuing with the UI changes we had started with our client, we have recently released the first batch of UI changes for our web service. In brief, the colors have changed, the the menu has been rearranged, the sidebars have been tweaked and the pages have been optimized to load faster.
We have completely done away with the dark green background. It has been replaced with a white now. The main area of every page has a white background while the menu and sidebars are light green. The text is now black on all the pages.
The Call Record History page has been renamed to ‘Uploaded Records’. The support page has been removed. We have introduced help widgets on the sidebar to replace the functionality.
This page lists all the records that have been uploaded from the Call Graph client. The listing is now identical to the one in the Client UI. The flash player has been replaced with a button which in turn launches the flash player when its clicked. A progress bar is now displayed before the flash player appears which makes the play function instant. Earlier there used to be a delay between the time when the play button was clicked and the file started playing.
The shared records listing has also been changed in a similar way.
The sidebar also has undergone a revamp. On the uploaded records and shared records page, the Order By, Search and Filter options have been grouped into a single box. This is to indicate that these options can be combined with each other while trying to locate a particular record. The search earlier used to be at the top of the page.
Tighter integration with the Client UI, sharing, transcribing directly from the client etc. Stay tuned.
Let us kwow that you think of the new color combination and the changes. Things should be much faster and responsive than earlier now.