Push To Talk
By Chatsworth and Whitton Limited
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Push to Talk is a slick and unobtrusive menu bar app that makes voice chats worry-free and keeps the flow of conversation clear. Simply press down the user-configurable hotkey when you want to activate your microphone, and then release when you want the microphone to be muted again.
The aim of this app is to eliminate all those unnecessary and often embarrassing noises that can play in the background during onlne voice conversations. We're all too familiar with children screaming in the background while you're trying to have that important cross-continent business call on a Saturday afternoon - worries like these will be a thing of the past :)
How does Push to Talk work?
The app simply mutes your microphone until you hold down a hot key (user selectable) on your keyboard. Hot key pressed, you can then chat on any voice client or record your voice knowing you are only transmitting audio via your microphone when you actually want to.
- Decide when you want to transmit/record your voice
- Configure the app to launch at login
- Customize a hot key of your choice
- Toggle the app on/off for moments when you don't want to hold down a key to talk, yet don't want to quit the app either
- Push to Talk works with all software that captures/transmits audio from your microphone (such as Skype, FaceTime, Audacity etc).
What's New in Version 1.3
- Bug fixes
Does what it says on the tin!
Outstanding for anyone who spends a significant amount of time on conference calls via Skype/WebEx/etc., but doesn’t need to talk at length. You can assign any non-character key (such as F5) or any Command/Alt/Shift/Control key-combo as your “push to talk” key.
I’d like it if I could *toggle* talk in some cases, though; when I do end up having to talk for more than a minute or so on a conference line, disabling this app and re-enabling it after is awkward. An assignable hot key to enable/disable would be a welcome addition and make it pretty much perfect for my needs.
Dissapointed me in more ways than I could imagine
PLEASE READ BEFORE YOU CONSIDER PURCHASING
The application has 4 preferences; These preferences are :
Checkbox : Start at login
Checkbox : Disable app
Dropdown Menu : Microphone Control (push to talk / push to mute)
Hotkey : The key to be pressed for microphone control
Here are the problems:
1 ) - This hotkey MUST be hooked up either alt, control, shift, command, etc. and cannot be a single key.
2 ) - This app also seems to have a problem working while other application are running, particularily fullscreen games, such as League of Legends (which was the main reason I had purchased the app)
These two problems make the app personally unusable and not worth my dollar, but if you find that these problems are bearable, and is in fact, worth a dollar, then go ahead, but be warned that the application may or may not work with other applicaions; all I can confirm that the app works with Skype alone.
I hope that the developer fixes these issues, until then, Good luck and thank you for reading!
works, but I’d like 1 more function that will blow your mind
It does exactly what it is supposed to do, mute when you press a button. I’d love for an option that shows when the mic is muted front and center. I hate having to look at the tiny icon in the corner of my screen. I’d love for a translucent graphic that stays over everything in the middle of the screen when the mic is muted. I always forget during video conferences and I look like a dummy.
- Category: Utilities
- Updated: Apr 25, 2013
- Version: 1.3
- Size: 1.8 MB
- Languages: English, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese
- Seller: Chatsworth and Whitton Limited
- © 2015 Chatsworth and Whitton Limited
Compatibility: OS X 10.6.8 or later, 64-bit processor