|Softlink has announced it is bringing VOICELink to the Mac. VOICELink is an e-mail client that allows the user to record a voice message and send it to a recipient. The player is automatically included in the e-mail (free of charge) as well eliminating compatibility concerns. The product will compress the recordings to a manageable level, according to SoftLink:
"Based on Softlink's core technology, VOICELink supports audio compression up to 20 times that of ordinary WAVE sound files. Not only are VOICELink messages surprisingly compact, but recorded at the average spoken rate of 200 words per minutes (rather than the typed average of 20-40 words), they are quickly and effectively composed, sent and downloaded."
VOICELink currently retails for US$19.95 for the PC version. A release date and pricing for the Mac version is not yet available.
The Mac Observer Spin: SoftLink is a predominantly PC oriented company, yet the company's press release went all out to impress upon Mac users the importance of the Mac to SoftLink.
"Softlink's President and CEO Johnson Lee enthusiastically announced the release: 'We are very excited about bringing our software to the community of Mac users. Since Softlink's mission has always been to leverage the capability of multimedia computers to set a new standard for Internet communication, we recognize a natural affinity with this community, which has such strength in the multimedia arena.'
Apple Computer Inc. (www.apple.com) has sold more than 30 million units in 140 countries and estimates the number of users worldwide to be well above 60 million. Computers running on the Macintosh platform comprise an estimated 40% of all business use in Japan, and some 80% of graphics computing in the United States."
It's great to see all the PC companies in recent months that have found cause to make the Mac an important part of their product plans.