Improvements to editing

Version 1.1.3 of Contact Clearout and Contact Duplicates released.

Status messages now have a red background to make them more obvious.

Many improvements to editing – in particular, a single click during an edit will move the edit to new field. Double click is only needed when not already in an edit. This should help editing of addresses in particular.

Edit attempts on locked record will now show a message instead of just failing silently. (The message was there, the edit was being intercepted before it got that far!)

Display refilter now delayed after edit – so the contact doesn’t just disappear.

Improvements to Undo handling

Versions 1.1.2 of Contact Clearout and Contact Duplicates are out today.

Biggest improvements are around undoing deletions.

Due to the limitations of the Address Book API, a recreated contact or a group will always appear on the default account. This can be any account (iCloud or Google for example, it is set in the preferences of, But there can only be one nominated account.

For groups this means an undo doesn’t make sense. The recreated group would probable be on a different account and would have no members – they would still be in the original account.  This Is useless, so undo of group deletion has been removed.

Contacts will restore, but they are recreated on the default account – which might not be the one they were on before. A warning has been added to explain this.

Another problem is that only can create linked contacts, so a restored linked contact will be recreated as the separate original contacts.  Worse than that, they all reappear on the same default account, so there will be multiple versions of the contact, all on the same account.  There is no way round this using the Address Book API. (We will be looking into going to the separate accounts directly.) For now a message has been added explaining what is happening.

In other areas, an extra rule has been added to the phone number format check and the address format now displays description not the country code and, some legacy code that might have been causing a lock up, has been removed.

Reliability improvements

Version 1.1.1 of both Contact Clearout and Contact Duplicates are out now. Not many visible changes but a lot of fairly big under hood improvements and a couple of small improvements.

More to come!


Big improvements to Contact Clearout

Contact Clearout version 1.1.0 is finally out and it brings big reliability improvements and new features.

Duplicate results are now updated live when you edit contacts, you can now sort contacts by modification or creation date, editing has been hugely improved and animations of the source panel should now be more sensible. There also many under hood fixes to the UI.

Contact Duplicates is next on the list. It will soon get a bug fix update for legacy o/s users and then it is moving to the same code base as Contact Clearout. This will bring new features and many improvements, but will be for Yosemite and up only.

Addressbook Clearout will just be getting the bug fixes – we would recommend users to move to Contact Clearout.




New Contact Clearout release

The 1.0.1 release of Contact Clearout brings several extra features to the UI. These include: drag to combine text of notes and other fields, the ability to pin a selected contact and two new checks for data formatting to suggest misplaced data inside contacts.

By pinning a contact  you can use text or group membership searching to find a second contact to compare or merge, without losing track of the first one.

There are other minor improvements and a few more tools/features coming through but we think the app is already the most powerful tool for OS X duplicate contact removal.