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I used to be a Windows user and I "switched." However, I miss some features of the Microsoft world. For instance, the Mac doesn't handle phone dialing with a nice preference pane like Windows does. I'm still looking for a complete solution, but recently, I found the DialWithModem OSAX script [84KB download], explained on this page (near the middle of the page). This program is both a standalone app, and an AppleScript that works from within the Apple Address Book. Not bad at all.

I only wish someone could make an improved version with preferences for handling calling cards, PBX, other dialing features etc. Any programmer out there willing to duplicate the dialing properties control panel from Windows?
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Dial the phone from the Address Book
Authored by: jonn8n on May 03, '04 10:35:33AM
I did:

Jon's Phone Tool

Jon

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Dial the phone from the Address Book
Authored by: Venturia on May 03, '04 03:36:44PM

I don't object to shareware, but I still think it's sad to have to pay for something that should be part of the OS.

Something on Windows OS not on Mac??? How can this be possible!

Steve?



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Dial the phone from the Address Book
Authored by: BobVB on May 03, '04 03:55:50PM

if you have a bluetooth phone address book can dial it for you.

Thanks for the reference to the applescript osax. I recompiled so it could take a 150 character string and now have been able to transfer all my esoteric number-changing-authorizing-deauthorizing dialing numbers and sequences to address book.



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Disagree
Authored by: jscotta on May 03, '04 07:31:05PM

Every tool is missing something or, as is often the case with Windows, too much of the wrong thing. However, no company can make everything for everyone. That is why extensibility is so important. When people like Jon make a product like the one he made, then he fills a gap and a need and should be paid for it. Perhaps he will even follow the path the makers of Watson did and make something better than Apple normally would.

And, like the makers of Watson, when Apple makes something that people like you, and myself, feel should already be in the operating system, Jon will have a choice to make. He will either decide that he can do it better and Apple and people will buy it or decide it is not worth a risk to his time.

So, I applaud Jon for being an entrepreneur. He excellent use of AppleScript Studio to build an excellent little application. I am considering purchasing it and comparing it to other options.

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Windows because I have to. OS X because I want to.



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Dial the phone from the Address Book
Authored by: ghansard on May 03, '04 01:10:48PM
I did as well: MacDialer

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Dial the phone from the Address Book
Authored by: BobVB on May 03, '04 01:41:58PM

You will also find that the dialing string is limited to 30 characters in length. You can recompile the OSAX to allow longer lengths but will have to get the English lproj file from the author's earlier dialing program at his web site to get it to compile.



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Dial the phone from the Address Book
Authored by: miles_thatsme on May 03, '04 02:49:54PM

Ahh, if only one could dial directly from Launchbar...



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Dial the phone from the Address Book
Authored by: BobVB on May 03, '04 03:51:45PM

What's a launchbar?



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Dial the phone from the Address Book
Authored by: xavierbdm on May 03, '04 04:35:09PM

http://www.obdev.com

launchbar is an amazing helper tool... never ever use the mouse anymore to open apps, find people, look for files, write a mail, etc...

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iMac G4 17 800/512/80 + powerbook firewire G3 500/512/30



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Dial the phone from the Address Book
Authored by: BobVB on May 04, '04 02:49:05AM

Yeah, I modified the script so it would autodial on clicking a particularly named phone field from inside Address Book, but LaunchBar always executes the first option available, the built-in 'Big Type' option.

Oh and thanks for the tip about LaunchBar - should be standard on laptops at the very least for navigation to prevent crippling use of the trackpad. ;)



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Dial the phone from the Address Book
Authored by: Moebius on May 04, '04 06:41:24AM
Here is the best dialer for me: ABDialer http://www.macronsoft.com/pages/en/abdialer.html

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Dial the phone from the Address Book
Authored by: ahuman on May 04, '04 10:49:17AM

I have been cursing the lack of Filemaker Mac development in this area. Can anyone tell me whether these scripts could be used in a script within Filemaker to dial a number contained in a field



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Dial the phone from the Address Book
Authored by: BobVB on May 04, '04 12:13:05PM

I just did a test button to dial a number and it worked fine.

Open Scriptmaker.
Perform Applescript.
Put this in the text area:

tell current record of document 1
    set thephonenum to cell "Phone"
end tell

initModem "/dev/cu.modem" with "~^M~AT&F1E0S7=45S8=5S11=150S0=0L2^M"
delay 1
dial modem "ATDT" & thephonenum
display dialog "Dialing " & thephonenum & return &
"You can pick up the receiver, then click OK to hang up modem." buttons {"OK"} default button 1
hang up

made a button that performed this script and it dialed the phone.



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