BusyMac has updated BusyContacts to version 2022.3.1 (the previous release was version 1.6.7) with a major visual refresh for the contact manager, including a new app icon. Improvements include the capability to temporarily disable all address books under an account by turning on Exclusion mode, grouping of pinned contacts in Card View and sorting them above other contacts, and a new and enhanced smart filter selector. The update also improves the contact list in Card View, ensures counts show against each contact section, enables contact photos and colored contact names to be turned off in preferences, adds Dark mode support to the Tweets timeline, resolves a hang when loading contacts with a lot of mail activity, fixes a bug that caused all tags to be selected automatically when hiding the left panel, and requires a minimum of macOS 10.13 High Sierra. ($49.99 new from BusyMac or the Mac App Store, free update, in Setapp, 25.8 MB, release notes, macOS 10.13+)
It was a shock to the system, just a little, opening BusyContacts after the update and seeing it look suddenly modern. It has languished in v 1.x doldrums since it was introduced.
BusyMac has got some catch-up to do even after this refresh (I’d like to see more robust printing capabilities as a start), but I’m heartened to see it getting a little love.
I’ve been a very long time BusyCal user so BusyContacts would seem like a good fit for me. One feature I would really like to see is accessibility from the Finder Menu Bar. Some years back I emailed BusyContacts about whether they were contemplating adding the function. Their reply: Nope. And probably never will. As far as I can tell they have been true to their word. . . I opted to use Flexbits’ Cardhop instead.
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