How does PowerKey Remote work?
PowerKey Remote connects to your Mac's ADB system and to an analog phone line. When an incoming call passes through the PowerKey Remote unit, if the Mac is off, PowerKey Remote sends the ADB "Power On" signal.
PowerKey Remote does not use software, and has no other features, other than an on/off switch.
Will PowerKey Remote work with all ADB Macs?
No, PowerKey Remote can only start up those Macs which will start up when you press the "Power Key" on an ADB keyboard.
Those models include:
- Mac II series
- Some Mac LC models (520, 550, 575)
- Mac Performa 600
- Some Mac Quadra/Centris models (650, 700, 800, 840av, 900, 950)
- Mac 630 series
- ADB PowerMac series (6100 through the blue & white G3)
- ADB PPC-based Mac-compatibles
- Any ADB desktop Mac with a "Classic" PowerKey
- Some ADB PowerBooks (may require external keyboard and/or "Classic" PowerKey)
How is PowerPad different from other numeric keypads?
- PowerPad won the 1992 Eddy Award from MacUser for Best Input Device.
- It's light (9 oz. with cover), compact size won't weigh down your load.
- It includes three types of key functions (numeric, function and cursor) built into the same key set. The "Mode" button changes the input types.
- The large 'Enter' and small '+' keys can be exchanged with included large '+' and small 'Enter' keys, to fit the way you work.
- The full-travel, sculpted keys have a life of over 10 million depressions.
- The hard case cover firmly protects the PowerPad during travel and doubles as a base to comfortably support the keypad during use.
- The extra pass-through ADB port allows easy connection to your ADB chain.
- The separate ADB cable can be replaced if necessary with any standard male-to-male ADB cable, or replacements may be ordered directly from us.
- We include optional software for even more functionality:
- 10Key Tape
A simple financial style calculator with a virtual on-screen "tape". Tapes can be edited, printed, copied into another application or saved as a file.
- Modifier Keys
An extension that allows your Mac to recognize a key pressed on your keyboard at the same time as a key pressed on the PowerPad. This lets you to use PowerPad keys coupled with modifier keys (shift, option, control, command keys).
- 10Key Tape
- PowerPad follows Apple's guidelines for ADB keyboards and is fully compatible with any ADB Mac, including all PowerBooks with ADB ports.
Do I have to install software to use PowerPad?
No. PowerPad works just like any other Mac ADB keyboard: connect it to your Mac's ADB port and start up your computer.
However, the software included with PowerPad is a collection of utilities which may be useful to you. The PowerPad utilities include 10Key Tape, a convenient "paper-tape" calculator program, and ModifierKeys, which lets you use the shift, option, command and control keys on your keyboard in conjunction with keys on your PowerPad.
Which programs work with Desktop Dialer?
Desktop Dialer was designed to dial from virtually any Mac application by typing the Dialer's Hot Key command while you have a phone number highlighted.
Additionally, some developers have written support into their products for an easier dialing method.
These programs support Desktop Dialer directly:
InTouch! , v2.0.7
Now Contact, v3.0.1
QuickDex II, v2.6.1
These programs support Desktop Dialer by using AppleEvents:
Consultant, v2.5.1 FileMaker Pro, v2.0v4
Panarama/Power Team v2.1.0
Touchbase Pro, v3.0
These programs can dial through Desktop Dialer using our external/XCMD:
4th Dimension v2.2.3
Note: We do not know whether these programs continue to be supported by their developers and cannot guarantee these applications will work with your system. Contact the developer for more information about support in current versions of these programs.
Will Desktop Dialer work on my new Mac or PC?
No; Desktop Dialer will only work with Apple Macintosh models that have ADB ports.
Desktop Dialer's software-to-hardware integration requires a specialized development code for ADB I/O that doesn't exist in Mac OS X or PC operating systems; without that code, the system cannot detect the Dialer unit.
Can Desktop Dialer work on all phones?
No; Desktop Dialer will only work on standard, analog phones, like the kind found in homes in North America.
In a multi-line analog phone system, Desktop Dialer can only dial out on line 1 and line 2, but it can pass-through line 3.
Desktop Dialer will not work with digital phone systems, and there are some proprietary analog phones which may not work with Desktop Dialer.
How do I know whether Desktop Dialer is compatible with my phone?
Try plugging a standard one-line phone (like you have at home) into the phone system's wall jack. If you are able to get a dial tone and successfully complete a phone call, then Desktop Dialer will most likely work with that phone.
Can Desktop Dialer take the phone off hook?
No; however, it can detect when the phone is off-hook. Desktop Dialer will not 'blindly' dial and will wait for you to take the phone off-hook before it will dial any number.
This 'off-hook' detection allows Desktop Dialer to know when you answer an incoming call so that it will not dial out over your caller.
Can Desktop Dialer automatically dial phone numbers from a list?
No. Desktop Dialer was not designed to be an automatic dialer, and it does not provide "call backs" or report back to the software whether a call has been completed successfully.
Desktop Dialer can receive phone numbers via Apple Events and AppleScript through the Dialer Extension, so it may be possible to set up a script for an application to dial the next number in a list.
Can Desktop Dialer dial fax numbers?
Sure, but Desktop Dialer cannot send faxes, so you may want to use your modem to dial fax numbers and send faxes.
Will Desktop Dialer interfere with my modem?
No. Desktop Dialer receives the phone number information through the Mac's ADB (Apple Desktop Bus) port and does not use the serial port or printer port. Desktop Dialer will also allow all incoming and outgoing calls to pass through it normally, so even if you are sharing a phone line for voice and data, your modem should not be affected by Desktop Dialer.
Why should I use Desktop Dialer instead of a modem to dial calls?
- Dials on line selected; doesn't dial on a line in-use by another extension
- Is 100% accurate when dialing
- Uses the ADB port and doesn't tie-up a serial port
- Can dial on line one or two
- Will "pass-thru" line three (though cannot dial on line three)
- Doesn't require an additional application to dial. It is ready to dial once the computer has booted-up (with the Dialer Control Panel installed)
- Can be used on one line at the same time a modem is in use on another line - increases productivity
- Uses power from ADB port, not an AC outlet
- Blind Dials (regardless of whether line is already in-use)
- Uses serial or other port which may be needed for other peripherals
- Only dials on line one
- Requires a communication application to dial
- Though modems only use line one, most modems will "pass thru" line two, but not line three
- Most require AC power
Why must a phone be used with Desktop Dialer?
Desktop Dialer was designed to be as unobtrusive as possible. This is accomplished by monitoring the telephone attached to Desktop Dialer's phone jack.
When the Desktop Dialer is instructed to dial, it waits for a phone line to be selected by the phone attached to it. This ensures that it does not dial on a line which is in use by another phone. For example, if someone in another part of the house happened to pick-up an extension phone at the same time you tried to dial, Desktop Dialer is "smart" enough to know it shouldn't dial on that line, unless you select that line with the phone attached to Desktop Dialer.