BusyMac, the makers of my beloved BusyCal has introduces v 1.0 of BusyContacts. As we’ve discussed on Mac Power Users, managing contacts can be difficult and OS X’s Contact.app is by no means a tool for power users. When I learned last year at Macworld/iWorld that BusyMac was jumping into contact management, I was ecstatic.
Here are some of the great features you'll find in BusyContacts:
- Customizable Views — View contacts in a single-column Card View or multi-column List View.
- Tags — Tags can be used for grouping, filtering and coloring contacts.
- Smart Filters — Smart Filters are a powerful tool for filtering contacts, creating saved searches, and even applying custom view settings in the List View.
- BusyCal integration — BusyContacts integrates with BusyCal by linking contacts to events in your calendar, providing flexible CRM capabilities for tracking past and future activities.
- Activity List — The Activity List displays activities associated with the selected contact including calendar events, emails, messages, and recent social network posts.
- Social network integration — BusyContacts syncs with Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, combining contact information from each of these sources into a unified contact view.
- Syncing — BusyContacts syncs with the built-in Contacts app on OS X and iOS through all leading cloud services including iCloud, Google, Exchange, and other CardDAV servers.
- Sharing — BusyContacts allows you to share address books with read-only or read/write privileges through Exchange, Fruux, LAN, and other CardDAV servers.
I’ve been in on the BusyContacts beta and using it as my primary contacts manager for the past several months and I’ve been very happy. While I’m generally not a user of tags, I’ve already found them invaluable for contacts. I have tags set up for contacts for various organizations and groups as well as tags devoted to events. When I need to email someone associated with a certain group or event, I simply search by tag. I’ve also started tagging attorney contacts based on their area of practice, so when I need to find someone who focuses in a certain area, it’s a simple search.
BusyContacts has also been rock solid in syncing. Unfortunately since my office switched to Exchange 365 I’ve had a range of odd problems related to missing and duplicate contacts with Contacts.app. None of those problems have occurred with BusyContacts.
BusyContacts is available now for $49.99 and there’s a 30 day free trial. There is also a BusyCal + BusyContacts bundle for $79.98 as well as discount pricing for owners of BusyCal.
Disclosure: BusyMac has been a sponsor of Mac Power Users