BusyContacts' stablemate is a powerful calendar
It takes a lot to get anyone to switch away from Apple's free apps to paid-for alternatives, yet BusyCal has for years been persuading people to do just that. If you've resisted even looking at it, though, the recent release of its companion address book app BusyContacts makes the move compelling.
Ridiculously easy way to edit relationship data into Contacts
This week's Pointers tip is short and sweet, and one of those head-slapping "of course!" moments. It's a far simpler way of adding your family into Siri so that she (or he) will understand who you mean when you say "send a text to my wife" or "read me the last email from my father." You can do this manually in Contacts (or the previous version, known as Address Book), but its a bit labor-intensive that way. Using this easier method, you can eliminate the dreaded "which John did you mean?" when you know more than one, and meant the one you're related to.
You don't even know you've got this problem, but you actually do!
It's such an obvious feature of Mail now that we don't think about it: if you start typing the name of someone in your Contacts, Apple fills in the rest. Only it does exactly the same thing in exactly the same way, even when you don't have them in Contacts -- if you have ever previously emailed them, or received email from them. So if they're not necessarily in Contacts, where are those autofills coming from then?
The best contacts manager for OS X right now
You may never even think to replace or supplement the Contacts app that comes on your Mac or iOS device, but also you may never have realized that you can. Next time someone gives you a phone number, and you write it down on paper rather than keep them waiting while you fire up Contacts, think about getting Cobook for Mac and/or for iOS .
Keep your contact list safe across devices, exportable to platforms
It's not uncommon for users to have multiple devices in their household. Many people have a smartphone, tablet, and at least one computer. Keeping track of contacts can be a hassle if a user frequently changes devices, or adds contacts on one device and not another. Even with the help of iCloud, contacts are too important not to have a separate backup, particularly if users need to move contacts between platforms. With Quick Backup Contacts, users can create those backup files easily.
Facebook to no longer sync friends without useful contact info to iOS Contacts
9to5Mac.com reported yesterday that Facebook is trying to 'declutter' the iOS contacts app by no longer syncing friends that have no useful contact information. Users have observed missing contacts as being a bug, however the move is an intentional endeavour to improve the relevancy of imported contacts. A Facebook spokesperson stated that friends with no contact information other than a Facebook e-mail will not be synced to the Contacts address book from now on. These contacts can be added manually as desired.
New version adds four AppleScript commands
Mac-Chi has launched an update to its contact utility, WhoPaste. The utility can extract contact information from clipboard contents, with support for the primary contacts utilities for Mac: Apple's Mail, Google's Contacts, Marketcircle's Daylight and Microsoft's Entourage. It supports plain text, rich text and spreadsheet data, with quick access via a hotkey. WhoPaste can designate a new contact's category, priority, and tagline, as well as an organization's category, industry, region, tagline, and type. A list of keywords are assigned to either a contact or organization.
Service transfers Gmail and Calendar information
Google on Tuesday announced that it has expanded its Google Sync service to support the iPhone and other handsets running on either the Windows Mobile or S60 platform. Users can configure the function to automatically push Gmail messages to the phone's native e-mail application. Other synced content includes Calendar information and contacts.
WhoPaste 2.0 ships
Mac-Chi has launched WhoPaste 2.0, upgrading the contact utility with improved support for the productivity management software Daylite. The user interface is also upgraded with a minimalist toolbar and full drag-and-drop support. For users working with non-English contacts, Version 2.0 adds language-based hint files for organizing names, job titles and street addresses. Managed lists, additional AppleScript options and country-based parameters are also new.
Forklift 1.7 ($45) is a file manager for Mac OS X that connects to FTP or SFTP servers and manages Amazon S3 accounts or mobile devices over Bluetooth. The update now allows users to create zip, pkzip, tar.gz, tar.bz2 and add password protection to zip archives. Forklift is also now able to initiate multi-threaded FXP transfers between FTP servers and includes several new options and small refinements. [Download - 5.4MB]
Contactizer for Leopard
Object Decision has released Contactizer 3.6, an upgrade to its personal information manager. It features a new view that lets Leopard users view contact information as a series of "business cards" in Cover Flow -- designed to simulate users flipping through a paper Rolodex. The upgrade, which is free to registered users of Contactizer 3 and above, brings full Leopard compatibility, along with a dozen other improvements. The personal organizer supports multiple-calendar syncing and sports an easily customized interface.