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DRDial is a plugin for Apple's Address Book application. It adds a feature to the "action" menu of telephone numbers, called "Dial in Speakers". When selected, the DTMF tones are played through the Mac's speakers. By holding the telephone recevier up against the speaker, one can use this functionality to automatically dial the phone.

What's New

Version 1.1:
  • Dial using the fax/voice modem of your Mac, as an alternative to using the speakers.
  • Better feedback during playback, thanks to new "bezels". They look very cool and mimic the volume / brightness controls of OS X. The new bezels are "click-through", an oversight in the earlier version.
  • Smoother sound when playing through the speakers. The "pop" that sometimes occured at the more...


Mac OS X 10.3 or later

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Rog Member IconComment+4

Vers. 1.1.0 worked great for me for a while...on 10.4.7. Then it started causing Address Book to hang. I found vers. 1.1.1 on the website, released 13th Jan, 2005, but it does the same thing. This seems like something that is so basic that Apple should build it in. It would be nice if the Mac's modem detected CID info and displayed the address book entry.

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Version 1.1
Anonymous Member IconReview

thank you!, thank you!, thank you!

this is the most excellent little utility.

tips yes - add the ability to have prefixes removed, Ie ( a prefix list ) that will be ignored.

this program should be part of address book!!!

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Version 1.1
AVFolk Member IconReview+0

Superb idea. Works nicely.

Two suggestions:
> Allow use of internal modem to dial
> Allow 'stripping' digits for access and area code
to facilitate dialing local numbers.

1 512 397-1200 --> 397-1200

Truly nice -- I'll support with thanks and a DONATION.

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Version 1.0

Take a look at the DialWithModem.OSAX





(near the middle)

The applescript lets you customize the number dialing. I made an adaption to the enclosed script, so it's usable in my country, where the official notation of a phonenumber (my own) is +31725200965 but my phone only needs 5200965 and 072-5200965 long distance.

But I still like the idea of dialing trough speakers, that has worked in Claris (now Palm) Organizer for years pre-OSX

David Remahl (Developer)

The next version will be able to use the modem. I think just about every reaction to the program has requested that feature.

I have already written the code, but my modem doesn't work so I haven't tested it yet.

About the processing of telephone numbers...That is a really difficult topic, since each country has its own rules for how to write telephone numbers...

Jon Nathan

Not to take anything away from this product but...

For an application that already supports dialing either through the speakers or the modem, with lots of dialing rules as well as support for much more than just the Address Book (though that's supported as well), you should take a look at Jon's Phone Tool:


Jon (yes, I am the developer of JPT)

David Remahl (Developer)

"Not to take anything away from this product but..."

No, so what are you trying to do, then? I think it is pretty obvious that the focus of the two applications is radically different.

That said, the next version of the DRDial ReadMe will include a section listing good alternatives (including your app). Perhaps you would like to add the same information to your readme?

Jon Nathan

>Perhaps you would like to add the same
>information to your readme?

Sure, I've already updated the online documentation . Take a look:


Best of luck with your software,
Jon Nathan

David Remahl (Developer)

Jon Nathan: Cool!

The best of luck to you too.

Anonymous Member Icon

It's only fair to bear in mind that DRDial is free at the moment, whilst JPT is not

Anonymous Member IconReview

Now THAT's what I'm talkin' about! The bezel is a nice touch too. Next stop: Dial with Built-In Modem? T'would be-a nice-a.

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Version 1.0
David Remahl (Developer)

I am glad you like it!

You say you want it to dial using the built-in modem...I have had two rrequests for that before, but I'm not certain how that would work...

Do you have an example of a stand-alone application that has this feature?

Anonymous Member Icon

Well, at risk of sounding cheeky, Internet Connect. :)

My ideal App would dial via the modem and allow hands free calls via speakers and and mic, which would integrate perfectly on the consumer Macs.

Add an option to kill the handsfree mode (so I transfer to my regular cordless phone), and that would be the perfect app for me.

Then of course you could have caller display, caller hold (play iTunes whilst on hold!), answer machine options, etc...etc. Now that would be rather lovely...

Don't ask for much do I? ;)

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Date 28 Dec 2004
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