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5 Applications for Recording Skype Sessions

5 Applications for Recording Skype Sessions

Skype is one of the widely-used applications for audio and video chatting. Over the past few years, it has proven to be one of the best software for personal and professional reasons.

Consultants, freelancers and podcasters are using Skype to give one-on-one consulting sessions along with recording them to repack and resell them as products or training sessions. To do this, they need to record audio in most cases but in some cases they record the video also and for this they use different applications.

If you are someone who wants to record Skype sessions for whatever reason, here is a list of top five applications you can use.

Pamela for Skype

Pamela for Skype is free application to record both audio and video of the Skype session. Pamela has the premium version that contains all the features. There is also a basic version, which is free to use. If you want to try out the premium version, it comes with 30-day free trial.

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The basic version is limited to 15 minutes of video/audio recording whereas with premium version you can record unlimited recordings.

Pamela can automatically record calls and auto reply. You can also use the files in email. It is an ideal application for beginner podcasters and bloggers. The only limitations if you do not want to buy the premium service is that you cannot record more than 15 minutes of audio or video.

TalkHelper Call Recorder

TalkHelper is considered as the simplest Skype call recorder on the market as it allows bloggers to record and save the files easily on the computer and store them for future reference.

What is great about this application is that it gets activated automatically once you open Skype for calling. By just pressing the button you can easily record the call and play it on any player including your mobile phone.

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Sometimes bloggers need to incorporate or upload sessions on their blogs. Therefore, this application is considered ideal due to low file size and ability to play on any of the players.

Evaer

Evaer is a great application to record group calls and sessions. You can save up to 10-way group Skype calls.

This feature enables bloggers and podcasters to record large group sessions while at the same time listening to audio preview. There is the option to record audio as an MP3 file separate from the video file.

Amolto Call Recorder

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Amolto gives you free and unlimited recording capability with the ability to screencast. It has auto start facility and with just one click of the mouse, you can start recording your Skype sessions easily.

Amolto is even recommended by Skype along with Pamela and TalkHelper. It’s free and easy to use, which means that even beginners will find this application easy to save the Skype sessions for later use.

CallNote

CallNote recorder is another free recording software with the ability to record 8-way group calls. What is great about this Skype call recorder is the fact that it can send the recorded notes to your Evernote notebook and seamlessly integrate with your Evernote files and folders.

This is a good application, but it does have some limitations. For example, it may not help you with professional level recordings. You would need to use its professional or premium versions.

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It is also to be noted that this software may slow down your PC, as it has a limited ability to record long calls and save them.

The applications listed above will work well for part-time or serious bloggers and podcasters who need to record Skype sessions for subsequent use and marketing to potential customers. Select the application that fits your situation and you’ll soon be on your way to recording great Skype sessions for personal and professional use.

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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