Lookup Files (Blocking Unwanted Calls)
Phone Amego Lookup Files let you tailer how Phone Amego responds to incoming calls. You can
block or ignore incoming calls from a specific telephone number or name, or identify a set of
callers without cluttering your Address Book. There is a local "Phone Amego Lookup File.csv"
stored on your computer, and an optional remote file identified by a web URL. Both files use the
same 3 column CSV format (Comma Separated Values). The three columns are labelled: Phone
Number, Display Name, and Action. CSV files can opened or exported by most spreadsheet or
database programs, and are easily edited using a simple text editor (like Apple's TextEdit).
Imagine you have a FileMaker Pro or Bento database of employees. While you could write an
AppleScript to open your database and search for a corresponding person each time a phone call
arrives, the result is likely to interrupt your other work. With Phone Amego Lookup Files, you
can export your employee names and phone numbers as a CSV file, edit them in Excel or
Numbers, and then share them with other users via Dropbox or Apple's built-in Web Sharing.
You can add callers to your local lookup file as calls arrive. If you receive an unwanted call for
example, you can use the Action menu at the lower right of the Call Status window to select
"Lookup File -> Block".
Block will tell Phone Amego to Decline or Hang Up subsequent calls from this number and caller
ID name (if present). Ignore is similar but also prevents the call from being logged. Add causes
Phone Amego to add the corresponding caller ID to the Lookup File (replacing any previous
information). Search retrieves the saved name (if any) for the phone number currently shown.
You can use a partial phone number or prefix like "900" to block all calls from 900 numbers. An
easy way to ensure the prefix matches the caller ID string received is to block a call as it arrives,
and then edit the lookup file to remove any digits after the desired prefix. Pressing the Show in
Finder button will show the lookup file making it easy to open in your preferred program.
To share your "On My Mac Lookup File" using Dropbox, move the file located at ~/Library/
Application Support/Phone Amego/Phone Amego Lookup File.csv to your Dropbox
folder, and then create a Finder Alias to the file in your Dropbox at the location above. As you
add phone numbers to the lookup file, they will be automatically updated on other computers
connected to the same Dropbox.