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Skype Hacks by Andrew Sheppard

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Hack #86. Control Skype Using Spoken Commands

You can have hands-free (and sight-free for the visually impaired) operation of Skype using only your voice.

Works with: Windows version of Skype.

Audiomatic ($29.95 from http://www.wiseriddles.com/Products/Audiomatic/index.html) is a shareware tool that enables you to control Windows and applications that run on Windows using voice commands and keyboard shortcuts. If you have the Audiomatic base product, you can install a free Skype add-on (which you can download at http://wiseriddles.swmirror.com/AudiomaticSkypePlugin.msi) that will more closely integrate Audiomatic with Skype.

Installing the Skype add-on for Audiomatic adds a new Audiomatic macro type called Interact with Skype, which allows you to control Skype using your voice in these two ways:

Make a phone call

To make a phone call you must select "Place a call to" when asked by the Audiomatic Macro Wizard, "When this macro is run, I want to."

Send a chat message

To send a chat message you must select "Send an Instant Message to" when asked by the Audiomatic Macro Wizard, "When this macro is run, I want to."

Setting up a voice command to make a phone call requires these steps using the Audiomatic Macro Wizard:

  1. Open a new macro in the Macro Wizard and give it a name (select Audiomatic → File → New → Macro…); see Figure 11-2. For this example, I'll be setting up a voice command to "Call Dad"! Click Next.

  2. Select Interacts with Skype from the top pull-down menu in the next window, Figure 11-3 ...

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