Our benevolent and loving iLife, iHub, and iWork dictator at Mac maker Apple, Inc. knows what’s best for Mac users.
After all, they give us the privilege of using Mac OS X, which comes with all sorts of useful utilities, like email, web browsing, a calendar, and an address book. What more could we ask? How about a few shortcuts here and there? And, if not Apple, whom? Or, is it who?
Shortcuts, Addresses, & Phone Numbers, Oh My!
This might be sacrilege, but sometimes I think Apple could do more, especially for those of us Mac users who are click-challenged.
By click challenged I don’t mean unable to click. I mean unable to stop.
Some of my Mac neighbors click twenty-eleven times to get one thing to happen, whether finding a file in a folder or finding an address or phone number or email address.
It’s time to stop the madness. It’s Friday. It’s a time of holiday spirit and gift giving. It’s time for something free. That works.
One Trick Pony With Extra Tricks
TapDex is a single trick pony that delivers more than the tricks it carries. What it does is give you one-tap access to Address Book.
Press a key, get an address. Or a phone number. Or an email address.
Simple, right? TapDex taps into Address Book and makes it easier for you to find what you want. But it does more than that. Press the key to invoke TapDex and this is what you get.
That looks easy enough to use. It’s a little pop up window with a search field. Since we’re talking about Address Book, then we’re searching for an address, or an email address, or a phone number, or whatever else gets stored in Address Book.
So, enter a name and see what pops up.
That’s much faster than opening up Address Book, then scrolling through or searching a few hundred names to get the same information. But, wait! There’s more.
TapDex Is More Than The Sum Of The Parts
This isn’t just a faster way to get to an address. Faster, yes. But there’s more inside.
First, you don’t have to have Address Book running. TapDex taps into the database to pull up information.
Second, clicking on the address in TapDex pops the address up in huge letters in the center of your Mac’s screen. Try the same thing with a phone number. Big, easy to read numbers hit the screen.
Now, try it with an email address. Click the email in TapDex and it sends the address to Mail, which opens a New Message window and pops in the email address. That’s handy.
TapDex can be set to start up automagically when your Mac starts up and you’ll never know it’s there. It’s waiting. Hit the hot key and you’re a name away from what you need from Address Book. And TapDex is free. Mostly. There is that little advertisement link at the bottom of the TapDex address window, but that’s a small price to pay for something so quick, so easy, so useful.