Release 7.2 for Windows
by Brian C. Wiles & John Walker
Update: After a long silence, I've started a blog. Go figure.
01/04/2002 - Version 7.2 released!
| Speak Freely is a 100% software-based VoIP phone originally
written in 1991 by John Walker, founder of Autodesk. After April of 1996,
he discontinued development on the program. Since then, several other
VoIP "phones" have cropped up all over the world. However,
most of these programs cost money. Most of them have poor sound quality,
and don't support some of Speak Freely's basic features such as encryption,
the answering machine, or selectable compression.
Out of fustration in the shortcomings of the other programs,
and even Speak Freely, I decided to implement what I thought were needed
features myself, starting in August of 1997. I contacted John Walker,
and he agreed to let me officially take over the project. In the
spirit of Open Source
SoftwareTM, I am licensing this program
under the GNU General Public License.
What is VoIP?
VoIP is short for Voice Over Internet Protocol. VoIP is the technology that allows you to send your voice over the Internet instead
of typing, like email or instant messaging. The first VoIP phone experiments were carried out in the 1970's, but it wasn't until the mid-1990's
that the average home computer was powerful enough to handle all that data. Today, a growing number of phone calls are actually placed using VoIP phones
or are carried using VoIP somewhere between the caller and the callee. Search for "VoIP" and you'll find several web sites that describe VoIP in more detail.
Version 7.2 Released!
I said it would be worth the wait, and it was! The main change
is a major improvement in audio quality. See the Release Notes below for more
The latest version of Speak Freely includes new
features, such as:
Conference Mode - Now, you'll be able to have a full, multiperson
conference call, without having to use multicasting!
Enhanced Answering Machine - The answering machine now supports
a pre-recorded outgoing message so people will know when you are not available.
Echo Mode - The Windows version now has an echo mode rather than
requiring a separate Unix-based server.
ICQ Interoperability - Now there is no need to manually setup ICQ
for the correct Speak Freely directory!
Currently, there is a Unix version of Speak Freely available.
You can find it at John Walker's site (http://www.fourmilab.ch/speakfree/unix).
It is currently version 7.0 and supports the same encryption and compression
modes as the Windows version. The only real drawback to the Unix
version is that it is a command line application with no graphical user
I will be releasing a beta version for X Windows soon, so fear
not! I have not forgotten the rest of the Internet world. I
run Linux on my PC, so it will be first Unix platform to receive new features
and changes. If you get Speak Freely to work on another Unix platform,
feel free to let me know, and I will add it to the list of platforms that
it runs on.
What I have decided to do is actually port the existing Windows
version to Unix by using the wxWindows
Toolkit. This will make life a lot easier as far as maintaining one
version of the code. Plus, this will give Unix users the added benefit
of an identical, fully functional user interface. Please let me know
if you would like to help with this project. The initial conversion
will take some time, but the payoff will be enormous. I originally
planned to use GTK, but I like the idea of wxWindows better because it
uses the host O/S's native interface instead of drawing its own as does
GTK. This new port will be Release 8.0, and will most likely mean
an almost 100% rewrite of Speak Freely in C++ instead of straight C.
7.2 Release Notes
Better audio quality - The audio quality has been greatly
improved in version 7.2! Mainly, most of the pops and clicks have
been eliminated with GSM compression.
Money Saved indicator removed - The Money Saved indicator has
been removed due to confusion by several users thinking they were being
charged for using Speak Freely. I guess the name wasn't enough.
Download Speak Freely 7.2
Click here to go
to the download site.
If you would like to mirror this web site, feel free to do
so, and let me know via email. All I ask is that you provide a link
back to the main www.speakfreely.org site, and update at least once per
If you have any questions or would like to contribute to Speak Freely,
please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I do not normally answer support questions unless it sounds like a software
bug in Speak Freely. Since the software is free, I cannot afford
to provide technical support to everyone that asks. If I did, I would
never have time to improve the product.
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