I often do conference calls from home and been looking for ways to use the laptop's mic and speakers as the handsfree. Finally I found the solution. The solution is to ..
- Use a Soft phone, configured for the VOIP provider, on my laptop. I found X-Ten X-Lite working just fine on my MacBook Pro and would imagine same on Dell XPS Studio / Vista / Win7 as well. See instructions here.
- I found this post with a working Apple Script to integrate Mac's Address Book to X Lite. This way I can right-click and dial a number from the Address Book. Cool ha .. Same script copied below here for convenience and as backup in the this post vanish in future.
using terms from application "Address Book"
on action property
end action property
on should enable action for thePerson with theEntry
if theEntry is not missing value then
end should enable action
on action title for thePerson with theEntry
return "Mit X-Lite wahlen"
end action title
on perform action for thePerson with theEntry
set thePhoneNumber to value of theEntry
set theolddelimiter to AppleScript's text item delimiters
set AppleScript's text item delimiters to "(0)"
set thePhoneNumber to every text item of thePhoneNumber
set AppleScript's text item delimiters to theolddelimiter
set thePhoneNumber to thePhoneNumber as text
set theNewPhoneNumber to ""
repeat with a from 1 to length of thePhoneNumber
set theCharacter to character a of thePhoneNumber
if a is 1 and character a of thePhoneNumber is "+" then
set theNewPhoneNumber to theNewPhoneNumber & "0011"
if "0123456789" contains theCharacter then
set theNewPhoneNumber to theNewPhoneNumber & theCharacter
tell application "X-Lite"
tell application "System Events"
tell process "X-Lite"
-- delete eventually existing number
end perform action
end using terms from
- Moreover I could use Soundflower / Audacity like tools to record the call in case if required or when times I am meant to take notes. This I see as a big bonus. Yet to try this on Windows platform.