CommuniGate Pro
Version 6.1
 
WebMail
 
Contacts

WebMail: Contacts

The CommuniGate Pro WebUser Interface allows you to manage your Contacts information.

The standard-based vCard storage format is compatible with any standard-based vCard client, and with Microsoft Windows groupware applications, including Microsoft Outlook (via the MAPI Connector component).

Contacts Mailboxes

Contact Mailboxes ("folders") can be created in your Account using the WebUser Interface or a MAPI client application (such as Microsoft Outlook). These Mailboxes appear on the Mailboxes page. Click on a Contacts-type Mailbox name to open it.

Main Contacts Mailbox

You can have several Contacts-type Mailboxes in your Account, but only one of those Mailboxes is assigned the role of the Main Contacts Mailbox. When you receive a message with a vCard attachment, the vCard can be stored in the Main Contacts Mailbox.

Creating Contacts Mailboxes

To create a Contacts-type Mailbox, open the Mailboxes page and select the Address Book value in the Create pop-up menu. Type the name of the Contacts Mailbox you want to create, and click the Create button:

Management

Contacts Mailbox Browsing

You can browse a Contacts Mailbox by clicking its name (link) on the Mailboxes page.

The Contacts browser page presents the Contacts folder data as a list of Contact Items, with the Item "Formatted Name" and E-mail data displayed:

Contact
  Search:  8 selected
Status  Recent
John Smith  
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Status  Recent
Colt, Susan  
.
Status  Recent
Network Group  
.
read
flagged



Calling the Contact

Attribute of the TEL type are displayed as links. Click this link to open a separate Make Call window and to initiate a phone call to the specified number.

The CommuniGate Pro Server will call all your currently connected (registered) SIP devices. When you accept the call on one of those devices, the Server instructs the device to place a call to the selected phone number, monitors the call progress for some time and disconnects from the device.

user@domain.dom calling 8002624722  
<sip:4153837164@domain.dom>
no device registered

<sip:8002624722@domain.dom>
you have answered
transferring
Ringing

The Make Call window shows the progress log of your calls.

The Server waits for 15 seconds before canceling the call to your own SIP devices.


Creating and Editing Contact Items

Click the New Contact link on the Contacts browser page to create a new Contact Item.

The Contact Composing page contains entry fields for Contact Item elements. Fill all or some fields and click the Save Contact button.

When you need to enter several Contact Items, click the Save and Open New button to save the current Contact Item and to create a new Contact Item without returning to the Contacts browser page.

To modify a Contact Item, open it using its link on the Contact Mailbox browser page, and click the Edit Contact link.


Creating and Editing Contact Group Items

A Contact Group Item contains a list of names and E-mails.

Click the New Contact Group link on the Contacts browser page to create a new Contact Group Item. The Contact Group Editor page contains the list of the Group elements and the Group Note field:

Contact Group Contact
Filter:
File As
Members
 
Note

To add an element to the Group, type it in the text field and click the Add New button.

The Contact Group Editor page contains the Address Book panel (see below). You can open an Address Book, select one or several elements, and click the Add to Group button to add those elements to the Group.

Select one or several Group Elements and click the Delete button to remove the selected elements from the Group.

Click the Save Group button to save the Group in the Contacts-type Mailbox.

When you need to enter several Contact Group Items, click the Save and Open New button to save the current Contact Group Item and to create a new Contact Group Item without returning to the Contacts browser page.

To modify a Contact Group Item, open it using its link on the Contact Mailbox browser page, and click the Edit Group link.


Address Books

The CommuniGate Pro WebUser Interface provides Address Book functionality. Address Books can be used to select E-mail addresses when you compose messages and meeting requests, and when you compose Contact Groups.

There are several sources for E-mail information that can be used as Address Books:

The Address Book panel allows you to select the information source, enter the filter text, and display all information source records that match the filter text:

Filter:


Select the information source from the pop-up menu and click Display to open the Address Book panel. Click the Close button to close the panel.

Select one or several Address Book elements and click the To/Cc/Bcc button to add the selected addresses to the mail message or the meeting request you are composing. Click the Add to Group button to add the selected addresses to the Contact Group Item you are composing.

If an Address Book element is a group, it is displayed in brackets ([name]). When you add a group to the message or the Contacts Group you are composing, all group elements are added.

An Address Book element containing a Certificate has the [@] marker. You can send encrypted messages to those recipients.

To add an element to the opened Address Book, type the E-mail address (with an optional real name or comment) in the text field, and click the Add New button.

To remove elements from the opened Address Book, select them and click the Delete button.


DataSet Address Books

DataSet Address Books are implemented as subsets of the Account DataSet. These Address Books are quite simple, and they can store only the E-mail, Real Name and the Certificate information. These Address Books can be used as String Lists.
Because of the dictionary-based subset design, these Address Books become ineffective if they contain more than 100-500 records.

To specify which subdictionaries of the Account DataSet to show as Address Books, open the Settings page:

Settings: Contacts
General Password Folders Compose Calendar Contacts Secure Mail Public Info
Dataset Address Books
 

To add an Address Book, enter the DataSet subset name into the last empty field, and click the Update button.

To remove a DataSet Address Book, delete its name and click the Update button. This operations removes the Address Book from the list of the displayed Address Books, it does not delete the Account DataSet subset or its contents.


Directory Address Books

Directory Address Books allow you to search the CommuniGate Pro Directory, including all its Local and Remote Units.

To create a Directory Address Book, open the Settings page:

Settings: Contacts
General Password Folders Compose Calendar Contacts Secure Mail Public Info
Directory Address Books
NameSearch Base
 

Enter the Directory Address Book name and the Search Base (Search DN) into the last empty fields, and click the Update button.

The special $domain$ Search Base is converted into the DN of the Directory record created for your CommuniGate Pro Domain. You can use the special top Search base to search the entire Directory tree.

To remove a Directory Address Book, delete its name and click the Update button. This operation removes the Address Book from the list of the available Address Books only, it does not remove any Directory data.


Contacts and Address Book Settings

The Settings pages allow you to specify various Contacts and Address Books options.

You can specify the name of your Main Contacts Mailbox:

Settings: Contacts
General Password Folders Compose Calendar Contacts Secure Mail Public Info
Main Main Contacts Mailbox
 

When you use the File vCard operation, the vCard is stored in your Main Contacts Mailbox.

You can specify the name of your Main Address Book:

Settings: Contacts
General Password Folders Compose Calendar Contacts Secure Mail Public Info
Main Main Address Book
 

The Address Book panel displays the Current Address Book. When you login, the Main Address Book is used as the Current Address Book. When you select a different Address Book in that panel, it becomes the Current Address Book.

The Current Address Book is used:


Importing and Exporting Contacts Data

To import Contacts (vCard) data into a Contacts-type Mailbox, open its Folder Management page. The page contains the Import Contacts Data control:

Use the Browse button to select a text file with vCard data, and click the Import vCard Data button.

If there is an error in text file format, the error message is displayed indicating the text line that caused the problem, and no data is imported (even if some vCard data elements were parsed without errors).

To export contact data in the old (2.1) or new (3.0) vCard format, click one of the Export vCard Data links.


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