BusyCon­tacts

A pow­er­ful Con­tacts al­ter­na­tive

Mac Format - - RATED | MAC APPS -

£39.99 De­vel­oper BusyMac, busymac.com

Re­quires OS X 10.9 or higher, iCloud or other con­tacts ser­vice

The maker of BusyCal is back, this time with its souped-up take on OS X’s lack­lus­tre Con­tacts app. BusyCon­tacts clev­erly takes Con­tacts as its start­ing point, then adds the fea­tures you’ve been cry­ing out for. For starters, it em­ploys a sim­i­lar multi-paned win­dow, but adds a new Ac­tiv­ity pane to pro­vide a handy sum­mary of your in­ter­ac­tion with the se­lected con­tact, from your go­ings-on in BusyCal to con­ver­sa­tions in Mail and Mes­sages, as well as their Face­book and Twit­ter ac­tiv­ity.

BusyCon­tacts also al­lows you to tag and ap­ply smart fil­ters to con­tacts to help sort your list in dif­fer­ent ways, and pro­vides tools to quickly com­bine peo­ple’s dif­fer­ent en­tries across mul­ti­ple ac­counts, too.

There are gripes: we’re not happy that you can only link to the BusyCal cal­en­dar, and the ask­ing price is too high for what’s ba­si­cally a glo­ri­fied con­tacts manager. A shame, be­cause it’s def­i­nitely a step up from Ap­ple’s tool. Nick Peers Pow­er­ful, el­e­gant and easy to use, BusyCon­tacts’ only real blem­ish is its high price tag.

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