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Dialectic for Mac

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  • Date Added:
    Nov. 30, 2009
  • Price:
    Free to try (Fully functional for 14-days.); $25.00 to buy (Buy it now)
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Editors' Review


Dialectic is a scriptable dialing utility for telephone power users that can save you time making and managing calls, whether via a landline, Bluetooth-enabled cell phone, or VoIP. Dialectic integrates with Address Book and other similar apps, including Microsoft Entourage and Now Contact, as well as Marketcircle Daylite, FileMaker Pro, launcher apps like LaunchBar and Quicksilver, and many others. Thanks to recent updates, Dialectic also supports Exchange, CardDAV, and LDAP accounts configured in Address Book.

This high-powered utility gives you system-wide dialing using contextual menus (and system-wide "speed dial"), voice-activated dialing, and auto-redial and incoming call detection, even for your iPhone. Dialectic also logs and times calls (with a customizable timer), and gives you an optional Google Quick Search Box plug-in, like you'd find in Google Desktop. It's even smart enough to do things like dial your Bluetooth phone while changing your status in iChat to "On the phone" and pausing your iTunes. Dialectic also adds new service menu items for contextual-menu dialing from other apps, and the app has improved support for a wider range of devices in recent updates, including phones from CounterPath and Aastra IP phones. Though Dialectic may be overkill for most users, it provides a rich, well-maintained, and reasonably priced feature set for people who make a lot of calls as part of their work flow.

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4 stars

"great way to bring all your phones to your desktop"

December 17, 2009  |  By macsolutions

 |  Version: Dialectic 1.5


I use this to manage my google voice account, so I don't have to look up/dial the phone(s) by hand. I click and dial, my phones rings, all made simpler by Dialectic.


Some hidden features should be easier to access or documented. Emails to the developer are answered quickly, but it would be nice to know exactly everything this program can do.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.5
  • Added incoming call detection for the iPhone
  • Added a Services workflow item to enable contextual menu dialing in Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
  • Added a Google Quick Search Box plug-in (see the Extras section of the Dialectic preferences to install)
  • Added Call Timer preferences & separate Call Timer status window
  • Added option to use grayscale menu bar icons
  • Added optional identifier property to AppleScript, HTTP, & URI dial, incoming call, & add call log entry commands to help third-party apps keep track of calls they make through Dialectic
  • Improved phone number formatting for Address Book numbers
  • Improved detection of call types (e.g., Local, Domestic Long-Distance, etc.) in the Dialing Rules
  • Improved accuracy of caller ID lookups in Address Book
  • Improved reliability of dialing with Internet-based Dial Methods (e.g., Google Voice or Vonage, etc.)
  • Improved speed & reliability of dialing & incoming call detection using an analog modem
  • Improved support for dialing and monitoring Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones
  • Improved support for dialing and monitoring analog modems
  • Updated & improved the Dialectic Automator action
  • Updated the Address Book Plug-In for Mac OS X 10.6 compatibility
  • Fixed large type window opacity on Mac OS X 10.5 & 10.6
  • Fixed an issue where the HTTP server would not restart after waking from sleep on Mac OS X 10.6
  • Fixed the online help links on Mac OS 10.6
  • Fixed an issue when using a smart group as the contact source of the AB Menu
  • Updated & augmented the documentation
  • Many minor fixes, enhancements, & optimizations
Publisher JNSoftware
Publisher web site http://www.jonn8.com/
Release Date November 30, 2009
Date Added November 30, 2009
Version 1.5
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC
Additional Requirements
  • An External Telephone or a VoIP Account & an Internet Connection
  • Any of the following Contact Management Applications:
    • Address Book
    • Marketcircle Daylite
    • Microsoft Entourage
    • Now Contact
    • Palm Desktop
Download Information
File Size 10.06MB
File Name Dialectic.dmg
Total Downloads 1,116
Downloads Last Week 7
License Model Free to try
Limitations Fully functional for 14-days.
Price $25

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