Telephone Dialing Topics
For best results, simply read this page once from beginning to
end--especially if you are new to iData Pro. Then read it again
and follow any external links when you need to learn more details.
to Dial a Number
Using Phone Number Links to Dial an iPhone
Dialing a Number
Two Ways to
Dial a Number (back to top)
iData provides two ways to dial a phone number that you have
stored in a datafile record:
1. Telephone numbers can be treated as
URL-style links, preceded by tel://
and dialed via iPhone.
2. iData can also recognize telephone numbers
in text, and can dial them using a modem or by generating touch
tones that are played through the computer speaker system. This
works by treating telephone numbers as URL-style links. T
Number Links to Dial an iPhone (back
See this Apple article to learn how to
set up your iPhone to allow other devices, such as your Mac (or
iPad) to dial telephone numbers: Make and Receive Phone Calls on Your Mac
Clickable phone number links can be created in two ways:
1. You can simply type tel://
beginning of a telephone number in the Freeform Text Area, or in a
field, then remove any spaces from the number.
For example, the
following phone number:
would look like this:
Next, click the
in the datafile toolbar, or type command-control-A
activate the link.
2. You can also assign a phone number link to
any piece of text in the Freeform Text Area, as follows:
a. Select the freeform text
and type command-control-L
to open the Link panel. Or, click the
button in the toolbar.
b. Type the phone number
link into the Link destination:
box, as shown in the following illustration.
c. Click OK
, and the link will become
d. Click the link to dial.
(Assuming that your Mac and iPhone are set up to do so.)
Permanent links that are created in this way
will also be tappable in iData Mobile Plus on the iPhone.
Setting Up Your
Modem (back to top)
If you decide to use your modem for dialing, see the Modem Preferences help page
learn how to set it up.
See the Dialing
Preferences help page
to learn how to specify how you
want iData Pro to dial. This help page also contains detailed
information on how dialing works in iData Pro.
Once your Dialing
are set up, you can use iData Pro to dial
numbers that you have stored in your datafiles. See the How iData Decides What to Dial
section of the Dialing
Preferences help page
to learn the various ways that
iData can find the number that you want to dial.
1. Locate the record containing the number
that you want to dial.
2. If appropriate, highlight the number to
be dialed, or click immediately in front of it.
3. Lift the handset of the telephone.
4. Select one of the Dial
menu options, click
one of the toolbar Dial
buttons, or type command-D
depending on which dialing function you want to use.