I'd like my contact book to have these features:
- Automatic scheduled synch with all my PCs, my blackberry
(wirelessly), my Yahoo account, and any FTP servers I specify.
- Structured full-text index. It is amazing that this
is still not part of Windows. cf
- 1click History of all emails sent to/from the current
contact, directly invocable from an email from someone, or from
their contact record.
- 1click Contact from entry to intiate email to that person,
or to open IM to them if they are online.
- 1click Map from entry, with driving directions. It should
remember my favorite mapping service.
- Knock-Knock IM search allows me to enter "Joe Mahoney" and have it
automatically instantly search all my contacts contact books
(via a silent IM) asking if they know a Joe Mahoney. When it
finds a match, it then does a visible IM to that person saying
"Paul English is looking for Joe Mahoney, should I give him
this record..." with buttons "[Yes] [No]" and options
[ ] always do this when Paul English searches
[ ] always do this when anyone searches for Joe Mahoney
Contact Management Software
- Yahoo Address Book
is fairly cool, like most Yahoo software, and gets updated
with latest sync requirements etc, and is known to be
available for a long time.
- ECCO Pro was
the best PIM software many years ago.
- neo is
supposed to make Outlook more useful
Informant is a good PDA PIM
is the leading synchronization software (Palm, Outlook,
Yahoo, etc) even though it is clunky and buggy. :(
- StarFish TrueSync
started out as a really slick address book (by
Borland founder Philippe Kahn?), but then morphed and was acquired by
Motorola and then by Puma/Intellisync. :(
- Multi-Sync is
an open source sync program.
- ACT! has millions of
small business users, including lots of sales people. Their
founder then started
- contact.com was a dot bomb;
the domain name is not used now; I want to own it. :)
for phones. (Some guys from Russia.)
See also my page on