Even though your Mac may not be able to make a
phone connection itself, it can
be used to make a call by
way of your iPhone.
It takes a bit to get a datafile set up for dialing this way, but
it's pretty easy after that. This article explains how to add
clickable links for phone numbers in the Freeform Text Area of any
A bonus is that when a datafile that contains such links is opened
in iData Mobile Plus, those same links can be dialed by simply
Up the Mac, iPhone, and FaceTime to Work Together
Telephone Number Templates
The first step is to create templates in the Dialing
of the iData Pro Preferences
1. Run iData Pro.
2. Select Preferences...
under the iData
3. When the Preferences
comes up, select the Dialing
tab. The window will then
look something like this:
4. Click in the Telephone Number Templates:
field and type templates to represent common telephone number
patterns that you use in your datafiles.
Use the letter 'n' to represent any number. You
can use hyphens to separate groups of numbers, and you can also
include parentheses and actual numbers. HOWEVER, templates that
include spaces won't work as links.
For example, here are some templates, followed
by some typical phone numbers that would fit them:
5. Close the Preferences
Links for Telephone Numbers
There are two ways to set links for telephone numbers in a
1. The first is to use Create Links for All
Telephone Numbers in Datafile
under the Format
a. Open a datafile that
includes some phone numbers in the Freeform Text Area. Here's a
typical one, containing three phone numbers:
b. Select Create Links
for All Telephone Numbers in Datafile
under the Format
menu. The time required will vary with the size of the datafile.
The result will be that all phone numbers that match the templates
that you set up will show up as links:
c. To see what an actual
link looks like, select a phone number and click the
button in the toolbar. A sheet window will open to display the
link. Note that the highlighted telephone number is preceded by tel://
which is the telephone link prefix.
you tap a telephone link, FaceTime will open within a few
seconds, and you should see something like the following in
the upper right corner of the screen. Click Call or Cancel,
as you wish.
e. Note that this
process depends on the text being plain Mac-style text. Text
that has been copied and pasted from a non-Mac (e.g. Windows
or a Web page) source may potentially contain invisible
characters that will cause apparent phone numbers to be
skipped over. If your datafile contains a phone number that
matches one of your templates, but it doesn't get a link set
for it, you can try retyping the number and running Create
Links for All Telephone Numbers in Datafile function
you can try adding the link manually, as explained in
paragraph 2, below.
2. You can also add links manually for
individual numbers in the Freeform Text Area of any record. In
fact, you can add a telephone link to non-numeric text (or even to
an image) in the Freeform Text Area.
a. Select the text or image
that is to receive the link.
b. Click the
link button in the toolbar. This
will bring up a sheet window with an empty Link Destination:
the desired number, preceded by tel://
in the Link
For example, if
the number were 345-555-1234
, you would type tel://345-555-1234
c. Click the OK
button, and you will see that the selected text now shows up as a
link. (However, linked images do not show as links. That is, they
will not show the typical blue underline.)