I’m on a mission to improve my Mac productivity. No matter the requirement, I’m sure there’s an easier, faster way to get things done, to improve a workflow.
If you’re like me, you spend too much time in front of a Mac screen and banging away on a keyboard and talking on the phone. So, let your Mac do the work for you. BuddyPop is the easiest way to get to Address Book information on screen, and to your phone.
Click, Click, Click, Click, Done?
Allow me to assume you use Address Book on your Mac. It’s useful, simple, syncs easily between Macs and iPhone, and comes with only one basic flaw. It’s a pain to get to.
If you need some contact information from Address Book, what are the steps?
First, you have to click the Address Book Dock icon, then move to the search field, type in a few keystrokes to begin the name of whomever you want, select from a few choices. You get the idea.
I wanted a better, faster, more complete way. Enter one of my selections for a sleeper app of the summer—Buddy Pop.
Why Doesn’t Apple Do This?
Type two keys and Buddy Pop pops up a little green box onscreen (configurable, so you’re not stuck with the default neon green). Type the name you want. Buddy Pop brings the matches to the screen.
Hit Enter to bring them up, use the Arrow key to navigate through the Address Book selections. That’s just the beginning. Buddy Pop has a bunch of features which help those of us who are on the phone all day.
Set up is simple. Select a keystroke combination to bring Buddy Pop to the screen. Even change the position on the screen, the background colors and fonts.
Every Mac user sets up Address Book a little different and Buddy Pop accounts for that by letting you select the fields you need. For example, if all you need is name and phone number, that’s all you get.
Even better, Buddy Pop comes with a number of telephone options which help Mac users who are on the phone all day.
If your Mac is connected to the telephone (line or Bluetooth), Buddy Pop can select a number from Address Book and dial it automatically.
There are Buddy Pop settings to show or hide Caller ID, pause iTunes or the DVD Player. For incoming calls (only to the Mac), Buddy Pop can also pause iTunes and the DVD Player.
Buddy Pop has additional settings for VoIP, including Vonage, Skype, X-Lite, eyeBeam, and a generic setting. Enter the appropriate user name and password (or Title and URL) so Buddy Pop can invoke internet VoIP calls.
My little crusade to find efficient, effective Mac apps that speed up my workflow means saving space in the Dock and the Menubar.
Buddy Pop comes up with a keystroke combo and doesn’t take up space anywhere else. It’s constantly available but always out of the way.
Entering information into Address Book doesn’t happen through Buddy Pop. It’s one way, but it’s also easy to open Address Book from Buddy Pop with a click.