Con­tacts Manager

A manager that doesn’t man­age…

Mac Format - - RATED | MAC APPS - De­vel­oper Enol­soft, enol­ OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit pro­ces­sor Scans for in­valid data Fails to iden­tify du­pli­cates Mis­in­ter­prets com­pany cards

In the­ory, Con­tacts Manager works in tan­dem with OS X’s Con­tacts app to iden­tify and fix ad­dress book prob­lems, in­clud­ing du­pli­cates, blank names, and in­valid char­ac­ters. But the soft­ware fails at nearly all of th­ese core tasks.

Ad­dress book data is pre­sented in a list view that de­faults to First Name, Last Name, Com­pany, Home Email, or Mo­bile. You can add col­umns, but th­ese choices aren’t pre­served when you quit the app. You can edit or delete data from the main win­dow, but it’s safer to scan con­tacts and see what it finds. In our case, Con­tacts Manager found en­tries with un­usual ti­tle or suf­fix fields which turned out to be due to lit­tle more than a full stop af­ter “Dr”, for ex­am­ple. The app only of­fers to re­move the ti­tle or delete the con­tact, so we had to use OS X’s Con­tacts app to re­move full stops. (Con­fus­ingly, per­mit­ted ti­tles and suf­fixes can be viewed – but not edited – in the app’s pref­er­ences.)

Other flagged prob­lems were more trou­bling: com­pany-only en­tries were com­plained about for hav­ing blank names, and many con­tacts were iden­ti­fied as hav­ing in­valid char­ac­ters where none

Con­tacts Manager fails to pro­vide a work­ing set of the most ba­sic ad­dress book main­te­nance tools.

ex­isted. In a few cases, Con­tacts Manager re­ported du­pli­cate ad­dresses, with no way to con­firm their iden­tity prior to dele­tion. Worse yet, the soft­ware in­cor­rectly re­ported al­leged du­pli­cate en­tries that had no re­la­tion what­so­ever. J.R. Book­wal­ter

Con­tacts Manager has a weird hang-up about full stops af­ter ti­tles and suf­fixes, and it can’t be cus­tomised to fix this.

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