Send SMS from Address Book plug-in

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by koobcamuk, Dec 27, 2007.

  1. koobcamuk macrumors 68040


    Oct 23, 2006
    Why hasn't this been made yet?

    I really hope someone can make this soon as I used this all the time with Tiger and my Sony Ericsson phone.
  2. memesmith macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2007
    Don't understand what you want here. When I send an SMS I just start typing the name in the 'to' field and it autofills from the address book database. How would doing it via an "address book plug in" improve on that?
  3. koobcamuk thread starter macrumors 68040


    Oct 23, 2006


    I mean, in Address Book (the application in OSX) there used to be an option to send SMS from your Apple computer running OSX via address book and a bluetooth connected phone.

    I am hoping someone can make a plugin for the Leopard Address Book (an application in OSX 10.5) so that I can type an SMS on the keyboard of my computer and send it from my own number, via the iPhone (bluetooth most likely).
  4. Aperture macrumors 68000


    Mar 19, 2006
    I never got this working on any of my old phones and I'm curious - does it also receive texts?
  5. projectle macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2005

    As things sit right now, that is really not that much of a possibility.

    First, the iPhone only supports the Bluetooth Headset Profile.
    (No file transfers over bluetooth).

    Secondly, one would need to create their own SMS app that allowed them to both send and receive whatever they please from another source. At this time, the iPhone SMS app does not support terminal input, so no automation is possible at this point.

    Sorry, maybe the SDK will make your life a little happier!

    Personally, I would rather just have the ability to use in Landscape. Either that or just have a smaller font for my conversations as I get a few that get a little on the long side.

    The widescreen keyboard on SMS would definitely be nice, too!
  6. koobcamuk thread starter macrumors 68040


    Oct 23, 2006
    Yes. With my old Sony Ericsson, you'd get a little pop up on your mac telling you that you had an SMS - even if the phone was in your bag/pocket etc...

    I agree with some of your points.
  7. JFreak macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2003
    Tampere, Finland
    Yes. It was *VERY* useful and I hate that it's gone. Hopefully 10.5.2 will bring it back, because currently I feel installing Leopard was a downgrade.
  8. xurizaemon macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2007

    @projectle - this thread is not iphone specific. the feature worked with any bluetooth phone supported by isync / addressbook, years before iphones existed. i used the feature from early g4 days (sony t610, lotsa nokias) and it rocked. until leopard killed it.

    i for one don't care if this doesn't work on iPhone, which isn't even released in my country yet. the iphone release (and their not making this feature work with iphone) is exactly why the feature had to die - it wouldn't look good for apple to ship a product which lacked a feature that every bluetooth nokia / sony / ... has :)

    so they punished all macos users by yanking the excellent functionality of being able to send/receive SMS via your phone (not your iphone, your every-other-brand phone) straight from addressbook. this to avoid offending the much smaller number of iphone users who might have missed the feature. (i love my ipod touch, but i wouldn't want an os feature killed just so i didn't feel like i missed out.)

    apple killed this intentionally; i doubt it's coming back in 10.5.2 unless something radical happens in iphone land. discussion of this topic is censored in apple support forums (my thread was killed twice because "feature requests don't belong in a support forum" - WTF - you killed the feature, you bastards!)

    i will be delighted to be proved wrong here - especially if we get the feature back! this one missing feature is worth ten of leopard's "three hundred". (yeah, i'm riled alright.)

    there are open-source apps which implement AB plugins like this (eg adium, gizmo), and likewise toolkits (gnokii etc) which handle delivering/receiving the SMS

    polling for receipt might be harder, mind, but not impossible

    i'd love to be involved in lashing this together, but i'm no mac developer, more familiar with stringing linux tools together. would be dead keen to hear from others interested in making this happen. will keep an eye on this!
  9. xurizaemon macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2007
    so now i've had my rant - here are the basic ingredients we need to string together - two main ingredients:

    LGPL software providing an example of AB plugin which dials number (via asterix) frm addressbook - binary that can handle transmission of sms to phone (and poll for receipts too) supported models (can even use usb cables, not sure if AB used to do that?) - prebuilt binaries of above for OSX

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