iPhones, iPod Touch MP3 players, and iPads are ubiquitous, and iTunes is the primary way to manage all those devices. However, if you're looking for a simple workaround to iTunes to manage and back up all of your contact information, CopyTrans Contacts is a great way to go.
You don't need a visit to CopyTrans Contacts' online User Guides to get started, as the interface is plain, but self-explanatory. The program asks you to plug in your Apple device and, once detected, it immediately gets to work. We plugged in our iPhone 4 to our PC and in no time all of our contact information, including associated pictures, appeared in a Contact list on the left side of the window. Checkboxes next to each contact let you view that person's phone, email, and address information - everything we added in our iPhone. Once selected, we were able to click the Edit contact feature and modify the info. From there, we decided to export all of our contacts to an Excel spreadsheet. A single checkbox at the top let us quickly select all of our contacts. We selected the export location and how we wanted it transferred, and CopyTrans Contacts successfully saved them in a formatted spreadsheet. Similar tests were performed to send our Gmail, Outlook, and Windows contacts and all were just as quick and easy as our first test. CopyTrans Contacts even lets you create your own Groups by first naming the group, and then dragging and dropping each contact to the window. The Settings menu gives you a sync option so you can immediately save any changes to your device. It also lets you change the sort and display order, as well as restore your address book, and check for updates.
CopyTrans Contacts comes as a zip file, but it installs and uninstalls cleanly. It's a great program if you want a quick and easy way to manage your iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad contact information. We recommend it for all user levels.
Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of Copytrans Contacts 1.003. The trial version has limited features.