updated 10:30 am EST, Fri January 27, 2006
Parliant PhoneValet 3.1
Parliant today began shipping version 3.1 of PhoneValet Message Center, its Mac telephony product for small businesses, homes, and home offices. In addition to automated dialing, call screening, call blocking, call logging, call recording and forwarding messages via email, the new version of PhoneValet adds an unlimited number of voicemail boxes, the ability to transfer incoming calls and permit any caller to initiate Mac-based remote control processes from anywhere in world. Version 3.1 offers unlimited voicemail boxes and unlimited announcement choices. PhoneValet Message Center's phone adapter hardware and application software combination is available for $200. A download of a PhoneValet 3.1 software upgrade is available to existing PhoneValet Message Center 3.0 customers for free, and $30 per line for v2.0 owners.
In addition, users can now remotely control PhoneValet to execute AppleScript or UNIX shell scripts that trigger on-demand information via text-to-speech (weather or stock updates, iCal events), control X-10 enabled cameras, or play archived news podcasts among many other applications. Previous versions allowed only the PhoneValet owner to initiate remote controls.
The company also said that version 3.1 also enables each voicemail box to transfer calls to another extension or cause an associated AppleScript to execute, as well as record a message. The new call transfer feature is dependent upon available phone company or PBX services options.