AddressBookAid for Mac taps into your AddressBook database and provides an alternative way for viewing and editing it. At present, this app is still in development, and during our tests we felt that it is not yet ready for prime time, having many bugs, broken features, and interface problems that considerably diminish its appeal and reduce its usability. This premium product comes with a free trial.
AddressBookAid for Mac's main interface consists of a list view of contacts and several filtering options and column customizations. While we were able to successfully pick and choose which columns to view and set a filter to only show contacts which have "Work" labels, we encountered one broken feature on the main window, the Edit contact button, which is grayed out. Curiously enough, the same command works when accessed from the Navigate menu. This initial error foretells of other broken features, like the manual save necessary after modifying the database, which has no effect and doesn't save the modified information, making all database edits useless, or the file importing or printing features, none of which work.
If you spend a lot of time modifying your contacts database, AddressBookAid for Mac will be very detrimental to your workflow. As it stands, we believe the app should be in a closed beta rather than for sale on the market. You will only benefit from the software if you need the label filtering feature.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of AddressBookAid for Mac 1.6.2.
This software is for viewing and editing the address book database which is created by Apple Address Book. At Apple Address Book you can only edit address data by person, but at this software you can see addresses of group members all together like on a spread sheet and edit them. However this software doesn't yet have all the features that Apple Address Book has. So you should use this together with Apple Address Book for the time being.
What's new in this version:
- Change the way of showing Group list to a split view. You can drag&drop a contact to add in a group.
- Add a sort function in each column. It will help you find a duplicate item.
- Fix a issue that the same group names are exist.
- Fix a issue that Changing Name Ordering doesn't work sometimes in Contact Info Panel.