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BusyCal 3.2.2 and BusyContacts 1.2.2

By Agen G. N. Schmitz
http://tidbits.com/article/17527

BusyMac has released BusyCal 3.2.2 and BusyContacts 1.2.2 with improvements to exception handling for both apps. The BusyCal calendar app fixes a redraw bug that occurred when selecting search results on macOS 10.13 High Sierra, resolves an issue with pasting multiple events from the clipboard into other apps, improves handling of ICS calendar event files containing leading spaces, and disables natural language process (NLP) when entering new events in Month view day cells. (A few days before BusyCal 3.2.2 was released, BusyMac had issued version 3.2.1 to fix unspecified issues in High Sierra.)

BusyContacts corrects a problem with the Activity List not displaying emails and chats on High Sierra, and fixes a bug pasting multiple contacts from the clipboard into other apps. ($49.99 new for BusyCal from BusyMac or the Mac App Store, free update, 11.6 MB, release notes, 10.11+; $49.99 new for BusyContacts from BusyMac or the Mac App Store, free update, 5.5 MB, release notes, 10.9+)

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Re: TidBITS: BusyCal 3.2.2 and BusyContacts 1.2.2

Alexander Forbes



On Oct 1, 2017, at 5:06 PM, TidBITS Articles <[hidden email]> wrote:

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BusyCal 3.2.2 and BusyContacts 1.2.2



I 'm on the lookout for a replacement for Mac's Calendar and Contacts. I'm sick and tred of finding an entry on one device does not sync to another device or sometimes even to iCloud. I'd really like a suite that syncs to my Dropbox account, period. 

BusyMac says it supports syncing with iCloud, possibly meaning qith Apple apps on iCloud, but I'm skeptical.

I don't have huge needs, just something a little more robust and reliable than the free Apple apps.

What are others using, and how do you sync?

Alex







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Re: TidBITS: BusyCal 3.2.2 and BusyContacts 1.2.2

Mr. Seth Anderson

On Oct 1, 2017, at 8:24 PM, Alexander Forbes <[hidden email]> wrote:

BusyMac says it supports syncing with iCloud, possibly meaning qith Apple apps on iCloud, but I'm skeptical.


BusyMac/BusyContacts has a 30 day trial version available on their site, you could try and see. I just bought a license myself, and I haven’t noticed any iCloud glitches yet. 

As far as the apps themselves, I’d give BusyMac/BusyContacts a solid B+ (I don’t grade on a curve), I’d like a few more customization options to recreate my venerable Now Contact (a/k/a Touchbase) database. Tech support has been very responsive - always a plus.

Randy Singer has previously posted one of his “patented” comprehensive lists of contact database software to TidBITS Talk, perhaps he could send an update. As I recall, at least of the contact databases I have tried, BusyMac/Busy Contacts was the best. 


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Re: TidBITS: BusyCal 3.2.2 and BusyContacts 1.2.2

Alexander Forbes

On Oct 2, 2017, at 4:22 AM, Mr. Seth Anderson <[hidden email]> wrote:

As far as the apps themselves, I’d give BusyMac/BusyContacts a solid B+

Thanks Seth, I can work with a B+. The BusyMac line is on my short list. You mentioned NowContacts … oh how we all miss them!

You mentioned you’ve noticed no iCloud sync problems with BusyCal/Contacts… in fact I’ve noticed few or no reports on TidBITS about this. 

Thinking more about my own experience with iCloud sync on the calendar and contacts apps (desktop), I think I have a handle on the problem now, but have bot performed enough tests to prove it (and probably never will). 

Normally, when adding or updating any database record, the procedure is to add a new record to the master database (e.g. iCloud) or replace it if changing a record in place. On client machines, the add or update is written when the machine nd file is available.

  • I had a situation where I had an existing entry 'Southwestern Eye Center’. In iCloud I added a second entry 'Southwestern Eye Center MESA AZ’ and changed the older first entry to 'Southwestern Eye Center TEMPE AZ’
  • Somehow on my Mac, this resulted in two entries for 'Southwestern Eye Center MESA AZ'

This wasn’t just an anomaly or an Alex vision issue. Like the old joke, “this sort of thing happens all the time." I suspect Mac Contacts and Cal are probably not stored in true database format, but in some kind of flat file system, so that an add or change overwrites part or all of the whole file, not just the affected record(s).

Alex






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Re: TidBITS: BusyCal 3.2.2 and BusyContacts 1.2.2

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On Oct 1, 2017, at 19:24, Alexander Forbes <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> I 'm on the lookout for a replacement for Mac's Calendar and Contacts. I'm sick and tred of finding an entry on one device does not sync to another device or sometimes even to iCloud. I'd really like a suite that syncs to my Dropbox account, period.

Odd. It’s been years since I had any issue with calendars or contacts not syncing. iOS 8? 7? I forget.

The other obvious choice is google, but I haven’t used google for contacts in a long long time. However, I know plenty of people who do and I don’t hear them complaining.

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Re: TidBITS: BusyCal 3.2.2 and BusyContacts 1.2.2

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On Oct 2, 2017, at 11:19 AM, LuKreme <[hidden email]> wrote:

The other obvious choice is google, but I haven’t used google for contacts in a long long time. However, I know plenty of people who do and I don’t hear them complaining.

I do use Google Calendar/Contact sync with iOS and MacOS and it's been great for me - with one caveat. It will not sync contact groups for some reason. If you need contact groups, then don't use Google.

(Google contacts online also has a great duplicate find and merge feature.)

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Re: TidBITS: BusyCal 3.2.2 and BusyContacts 1.2.2

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On Oct 1, 2017, at 19:24, Alexander Forbes <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> I 'm on the lookout for a replacement for Mac's Calendar and Contacts. I'm sick and tred of finding an entry on one device does not sync to another device or sometimes even to iCloud. I'd really like a suite that syncs to my Dropbox account, period.

The feature that sold me on BusyCal/BusyContacts was/is the integration. When I open the info panel for a contact, there’s an “Activity” pane that lists (and links to) my calendar-based interactions with them: email, meetings and “to-do’s” (assuming I’ve listed them as a “contact” on those entries in BusyCal), etc. When I switched to Mac back in 2008, this was the one Outlook feature I really missed, and couldn’t understand why Apple hadn’t implemented it. The iOS version of BusyCal works well too; syncs properly (in my experience) and integrates the “to-do” function with the calendar (just like the macOS version), which I find much more useful. Bottom line, I’ve used these apps for years, and have never regretted it.

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