If Apple’s Address Book Bugs You, Try Out The Fantastic Cobook Beta Today [First Look]

Cobook

There’s been a lot of ohhing and ahhing about Cobook in the last few days, but spend just a few minutes playing with it and you’re likely to be ohhing and ahhing too. I know I am.

Cobook is an alternative to Apple’s own Address Book, which takes away all the pain and makes organising contacts a painless, even enjoyable task for the first time ever.

To start with, it syncs with your existing Address Book database, so everyone you already know will be inside Cobook from the start.

But it does so much more. Connect it to Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter, and it can import your contacts from there. It can find relevant data on those services and add it to existing contacts. For example: add a Twitter account ID to an existing user, and Cobook automatically pulls out any links they have in their Twitter bio, and adds them too. This is seriously slick stuff.

The interface is designed for speed, and for people who like to keep mousing to a minimum. When inactive, Cobook is just an Menu Bar icon. Type someone’s name and it shows you a list of matches; use the arrow keys and hit return to open one. Now, if you want to add more info, just keep typing. Cobook works out whether the thing you’re typing is a phone number, Twitter username, postal address, whatever – and lets you add it with a another couple of keystrokes.

Here’s a promo
If Apple’s Address Book Bugs You, Try Out The Fantastic Cobook Beta Today [First Look]

Cobook from Cobook on Vimeo.

Cobook is in beta right now, but I predict it’s going to be a big hit when it goes on sale. If you want to see what the fuss is all about, grab your beta copy now.

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  • Harley Peyton

    Added Cobook beta today and suddenly my iCal on iPad and phone is filled with Facebook birthday reminders.  Thanks!

  • Rick Weasel

    This totally messed up everything in my address book.

  • k7d

    Sorry for that, we need to do better job explaining what Cobook will do when you select a particular option. For instance, when you connect a Facebook or Twitter account, there’s a question if you want to import ALL contacts. I guess you selected Yes and that added a lot of new contacts which you didn’t want? We are already improving this aspect.

  • GingerNinja

    Cannot wait to download the beta.  I use Google Apps for domains, but don’t use the address book on it because it doesn’t do groups and handle home/work/mobile elegantly.  Looking forward to this.

  • KJ

    Downloaded it..liking it, but it’s definitely a beta.  It doesn’t appear to do several of the things demo’d in the video…and I find editing the records difficult!  An example: I intended to create a new record, but I guess I was editing an existing one and added the new contact as the “company name” of the other contact..ok, probably user error (errr..) but I couldn’t find a way to delete the addition. Had to bail to Address Book to fix.  …Hopeful, though, that the app and I will grow to like each other.  

  • neena_n

    Wow – combing contacts and social in such an interactive interface makes total sense! The only downside is that compartmentalizing your life is getting much harder.

  • David Brabyn

    The idea is nice but it really isn’t ready even for a beta release. There is a infinite loop somewhere that keeps adding duplicate entries of my twitter and FB friends to Address Book and the memory usage is huge.

  • k7d

    Hi, David, do you mind dropping us an email (sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address)to figure this out. Do you use iCloud, if so I suspect it’s because you have On My Mac selected as default Address Book account (in Apple’s Address Book preferences) – you should change that to iCloud then.

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