Calendar does calendar events. Contacts (Address Book in Mac OS X Lion and earlier) manages information from all the people you know. Those apps are free and built-in to the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, and sync nicely together. Why would someone want to improve upon Contacts with a free app?
The Joy Of Contact Sports
Remind me to take a college night school class on application development business models. Clearly, there’s something about free enterprise that I missed.
Cobook is a free, smart address book for your Mac. Uh, so is Contacts. Cobook stores all your contact information on your Mac.
Clearly, that’s available with Contacts, too. So, what makes Cobook so special? It does a few things that Contacts (Address Book) does not do.
Cobook can update and import contacts from social media sites Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Xing. It even syncs with Contacts on your Mac or Google Contacts.
And, unlike Contacts, Cobook is available with a click from the Mac’s Menubar.
Cobook gives you options to capture and sync more information than Contacts.
There. That’s it. Cobook is a nice and tidy bridge to other social media sites and syncs contact information elsewhere until the cows come home.
And it’s free. Free is good, right?
So, why doesn’t Cobook do email address imports? Why doesn’t it work on Yahoo! data? How about some CardDAV support? What about Groups?
Cobook is nicely done and works well for what it does. If you’re not into social media contact keeping, Cobook won’t do much for you. An app like this is worth a few dollars if it could manage more contact information.