Speak Freely for Windows
Ringing a remote user
Sometimes you're trying to establish a connection with a remote user
who's running Speak Freely, but who's
accidentally turned the volume down to zero or, as happens on Sun
workstations, diverted output from the speaker to the headphones and
forgotten to return it to the speaker when taking off the 'phones.
Selecting the Connection/Ring menu item sends the "Ring sound file",
the first packet of which will contain a flag which causes the
receiving machine to try to get the user's attention. Speak Freely,
upon receiving such a packet, sets
the output volume to the maximum value if the Options/Workarounds/Audio/Set Maximum
Volume on Ring menu item is checked.
The Ring File can be any file
you could send with Connection/Send Sound File.... The
first time you use Ring, a dialogue appears which invites you to
designate a sound file as the Ring file; subsequent Ring requests use
that file without prompting you. You can change the Ring file at any
time with the Options/Ring File Name... menu item.
It is impolite to ring a user without first seeing if a regular hail
elicits a response.