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Asterisk Tools for OS X integrates your Macintosh with your Asterisk based corporate telephony system. It frees you from re-learning how to work with cumersome desktop handsets and allows you to take advantage of the information services available by directly integrating with popular OS X applications (e.g Address Book, iTunes, etc).

The project is distributed under GNU/ GPL and is free for commercial and non-commerical use. A variety of commerical services are available to make Asterisk Tools for OS X work for your business.

IntroductionThe Asterisk Tools for OS X project aims to integrate and enhance corporate PBX based telephony with your Macintosh by providing:

Useful desktop widgets that integrate your commonly available Apple applications with your telephony experience (e.g Click to dial, Call monitoring, Forwarding, Hold, etc) Provide an extendable application that allow you to integrate telephony features to your existing applications using AppleScript Provide a complete Cocoa interface to the Asterisk Manager Interface suitable for corporate use A System Preference pane for ease configuration of the software The Business CaseNearly every office desk that has a computer has a phone next to it. Most corporate Private Branch Exchanges (PBXes) are proprietary solutions limiting an organisation's telephony experience to the imagination of the PBX manufacturer. Typically these PBXes can't interact with other information systems available on your corporate network.

Asterisk is a fully feautred Hybrid software PBX that can run a variety of Linux and Unix flavours (including OS X). Being software based it can also make available interfaces for other software products to work with the Asterisk based telephony system.

Resources on your desktop could make your telephony experience a lot smoother e.g Click to dial on your address book, or Caller ID display on screen when your phone rings, or how about your music player pauses when you pick up the phone and resumes playing when you get off the phone. Or simply be able to use desktop style widgets to control your phone and not have to worry about learning how to use a new phone.

Asterisk Tools for OS X, aims to tightly integrate your corporate PBX to your desktop. It will allow your Macintosh to be the control panel for your corporate telephone & greatly increasing its usability making telephony hassle free.

FeaturesNon intrusive user interface Click to dial from the Apple Address Book Hailing appropriate applications (e.g iTunes, etc) to suspend on call Call Console to easily forward, hold and show caller id Call lists (missed, dialed, answered) Add caller to address book if its a new number Sticky notes per phone call Easy configuration using a Preference Pane interface Integration with LDAP directories through Apple Address Book Keychain integration

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