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SimmBook – User Guide

 SimmBook

What is SimmBook and how does it work?

SimmBook is a web aplication that allows to keep updated and organized all the corporate contacts in one place. Each user can organize and share the data of their contacts through public or private lists in a simple and effective way. It has a caller ID lookup source, for a better identification of the received calls and the possibility to initiate a call from the directory without the need to dial the telephone number.

 

Dowload and installation

It is necessary that there is a solution based on Asterisk in operation in which the application is going to be installed and a system of queues configured at the PBX level. The current version of SimmBook can not be installed on another computer other than our Asterisk machine. (see installation manual)

You can free download the software from https://simmlicences.com/download/simmbook_installer_64bits . All SimmLine products have a trial version for 15 days, without any restriction.

 

Accessing SimmBook

To access SimmBook it is necessary open a web browser and in the address bar enter http://your.server.ip/simmbook

The first time it is accessed, the product activation key will be requested. This key will be sent via email when purchase a license, or when activating the trial version.

To activate a trial for 15 days or acquire a SimmBook license, it is necessary to register on our website www.simmlicenses.com, the registration is completely free and only requires a valid email account for the registration of your SimmLicense account.

 

Login

SimmBook consists of two sections, a tab shows the extensions that are registered in the PBX and offers the possibility of calling the extension by clicking on the button .

The second tab “SimmBook Login”, allows users to log in to SimmBook to see the contacts, lists and other functionalities of the application.

 

Administrator Login

By default, SimmBook provides an Administrator user that has access to all system features and whose credentials are: User: admin / Password: admin

For greater security, it is recommended to modify the password provided by default.

 

Main Panel Administrators

After successful login, you will be presented with the main panel window.

Users can see on the left of the screen the options menu of the platform, and in the center of the screen 4 tabs that allow to consult: all contacts that the user created, the contacts marked as favorites, the extensions of the PBX and the contacts grouped by lists.

The lists that are displayed in the “Contacts by List” tab, are the Private Lists that the user defined, and the lists defined as Public by the other SimmBook users.

From the main panel, users have a Search field that allows them to filter any string or number, they can initiate a call with just a click on the button  located to the right of the telephone number and consult the personal data of the contact through the button .

 

Configuration Menu

From the configuration menu, users can configure the general parameters of the system and access the management of users and user profiles.

 

General Parameters

Once you select ‘General Parameters’, you will be presented with the Parameters Window, as shown below:

From the general parameters, users will be able to establish the general data of the company and define which prefix will be suggested when creating a contact.

Most fields are self explanatory, such as name, address, etc.

The Language field, defines the language, the system will be displayed globally (for all system users). Currently it is available in three languages: Spanish, English and Portuguese.

Prefix, define which outbounds route must take asterisk to make the call to the contact number. This value is displayed when creating a new contact and can be modified.

Asterisk data, by default when SimmBook is installed an AMI user is created with the values shown in the fields, Host, User and Password. If you want to change the user of the Asterisk administrator interface, the password must be modified first and then follow the steps HERE for the creation of an Asterisk Manager Interface user.

 

User Profiles

It is a group of permissions that determines what access and actions each user can make within SimmBook. Each user can belong to a group and each group can be shared by several users.

By default SimmBook have created an Administrator User Profile that can not be deleted and that has access to all platform functionalities.

The use is direct. You can click on the + Create Profile button to insert new records or click on the action buttons of each record to edit them, delete them or define the permissions. There is a search box that allows you to search for any string or number.

Permissions definition

By clicking on the button  it is possible to establish which accesses and actions will be enabled for the selected profile.

 

User

Users are all people who need access to the system and who want to have a personalized record of the accesses and actions that can be done.

The use is direct. You can click on the + Create User button to insert new records or click on the action buttons in each record to edit or delete them. There is a search box that allows you to search for any string or number.

The administrator user, like the Administrator Profile, is created by default and can not be deleted.

The expiration field determines the period during a user will be active. Each time the user enters, the system will check if the user is within the determined period. In case of leaving the field blank, the user will not expire.

 

Contacts, Contacts List, Categories y Contacts Blacklist Menu

This section allows you to create, modify and delete contacts, lists, categories and blacklist. For a better experience when configuring the platform, it is recommended to create the Contact Lists, the Categories and then the Contacts.

 

Contacts List

Contacts lists allow grouping contacts for better identification and to share them with other users of the application. The lists can be Private or Public.

Private: private lists and the contacts that comprise it can only be viewed by the user who created them (owner).

Public: public lists and the contacts that comprise it can be viewed by all users of the system, from the Contacts tab by List of the main panel.

The use is direct. You can click on the + Create List button to insert new records or click on the action buttons of each record to edit them, delete them or assign contacts to the list in bulk. There is a search box that allows you to search for any string or number.

 Assign Contacts to List

SimmBook provides 2 ways to link or unlink Contactos to a list:

1- At the moment of create a new contacts, the system will allow us to indicate in which list it belongs.

2- The other option is through the button  located within the available actions of each list. The difference with the first alternative is that from here you can add or remove Contacts in bulk. Through the selection we will indicate that we want to add the contact to the list.

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Categoría de Contactos

The categories of Contacts are together with the Lists another form of grouping, their use is thought to complement the lists, but it can also be used independently. Suppose you create a list of Officials that contains all the employees of the company, and in turn you want to group the contacts by department, by creating the departments as categories, we would have a filter that is the list of Officials and another by department / category.

The use is direct. You can click on the + Create Category button to insert new records or click on the action buttons of each record to edit them, delete them or assign contacts to the list in bulk. There is a search box that allows you to search for any string or number.

 

Contacts

In SimmBook a contact is any person or company for which you wish to have a record of personal or contact information. The use is direct. You can click on the + Create Contact button to insert new records or click on the action buttons in each record to edit or delete them. There is a search box that allows you to search for any string or number.

The contacts are private and can only be modified, deleted or consulted by the user who created it. The only case in which a contact is visible to other SimmBook users is when it is linked to a Public Contacts List.

Most of the fields are self explanatory, such as name, address, etc. In the case of the Prefix, define which outgoing route must take asterisk to make the call to the contact number.

 

Hidden Contacts 

The hidden contacts works the same as a blacklist, the telephone numbers entered in this field will not be displayed anywhere in the system. The use is direct. You can click on the + Create Hidden Contact button to insert new records or click on the action buttons in each record to edit or delete them. There is a search box that allows you to search for any string or number.

 

Tools

Within the tools menu we have two options: Contacts Import and Yealink Remote Phonebook.

Contacts Import

From an external file in format .Txt or .Csv. the tool allows you to create a contact or modify it if there is a record with the same name or the same company name.

When you click on the Select File button, it will show you a window to search for the txt or csv file to import. The first line of the file must already contain the first record you want to insert. The fields that the file must contain are: Full Name; Company; Business name; Phone 1; Phone 2; E-mail; Address; Location;

If any of the fields you do not want to complete must be left empty but respecting that all records have 8 defined values.

This is a sample file with the format that the file must have for a correct import:

Clients.csv
Diego Pereira ;SimmLine ;SimmLine Inc. ;11223344 ;55669977 ;info@simmline.com ;  ;Montevideo;
Carolina Alustiza; SimmLine;  ;88552200 ;  ;info@simmline.com ;  ;  ;

 

Yealink Remote Phonebook

This tool generates the necessary URL so that the Yealink phones with Remote Agenda support, automatically import the contacts in the phone. To know if your model has such capacity and how to configure the remote calendar, consult the information on the manufacturer’s page.

 

 


If you have any questions about the steps detailed in this document, contact us support@simmline.com we will gladly help you.

SimmLine Team.

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