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Aliases in FaceTime for Mac Apps
You can create an icon on your desktop (or anywhere) which starts a FaceTime call to a particular person.

Once you have FaceTime installed on your Mac, you can initiate a call by entering:
  • facetime://appleid
  • facetime://email@address
  • facetime://phone# as a URL in Safari's address bar.
You can also select the text of any text entry location and drag it to the Desktop. This will create a URL named, for instance, email@address. (I renamed it to 'John Doe FaceTime.')

Now you can double click this icon to launch the FaceTime application, with email@address already entered, and a big green button, 'FaceTime', that will place the call.

I also entered such URLs in the Address Book with a custom label, 'FaceTime' and used that to start a call.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described.]
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Aliases in FaceTime for Mac
Authored by: scotty321 on Oct 22, '10 08:10:54AM

This is awesome! However, this only launches FaceTime, ready to call the selected person. Any way to get FaceTime to automatically press the green FaceTime button to initiate the call? It would be great if we could get FaceTime to automatically initiate the call as well.

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Aliases in FaceTime for Mac
Authored by: David Allen on Oct 22, '10 11:16:40AM

I am sure that someone deft with Automator could work this out quite quickly.

Dah•veed |David Allen|
Monterrey, NL, Mexico

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Authored by: asmeurer on Oct 22, '10 11:47:09AM

This is probably a security feature. Otherwise, any random webpage/application could open and connect a facetime call on your computer.

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Authored by: crarko on Oct 22, '10 01:14:14PM

The beta app doesn't have an AppleScript Dictionary, but something like the Automator Virtual Input extension or QuicKeys or a similar program should let you do this.

It wouldn't be a stretch to think the release version will be scriptable. iChat has an extensive AppleScript Dictionary, so it's certainly doable.

They probably put the beta app together on short notice for the event. Hence the early security bug with the AppleID.

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Authored by: bompi on Oct 23, '10 03:46:11AM

It even works with other browser as well (it's a systemwide definition).

Emmanuel Bompard

Paris, France

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Authored by: corndoggyrob on Oct 24, '10 09:28:51AM
I have spent a few hours playing around with ideas to better automate facetime calling. Even though it's not currently scriptable, there are ways around it. Example AppleScript App:

property defaultCall : ""

set userInput to display dialog "QuickFaceCall version 0.9.8 Beta" & return & return & "Enter the iPhone number, email address, or AppleID of the person you want to Facetime:" default answer defaultCall buttons {"Cancel", "Call"} default button 2

set ft to text returned of userInput

if the button returned of userInput is "Call" then
	tell application "System Events"
		open location "facetime:" & ft
		-- start AUTO CALL
		-- comment the following lines out if you do NOT want AUTO CALL
		activate application "FaceTime"
		do shell script "sleep 1"
		activate application "FaceTime"
		keystroke return
		-- end AUTO CALL
	end tell
end if

I have uploaded all of my ideas + source and xcode projects. If you are interested, feel free to download them at:
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You can contact me via twitter @corndoggyrob if you have ideas or comments
Edited on Oct 24, '10 10:20:25AM by corndoggyrob

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