Developer: BusyCal LLC

Current Version: 1.1.7

Last Updated: 4 months ago

Download Size: 5.4 MB - Download


BusyContacts is a contact manager for OS X that makes creating, finding, and managing contacts faster and more efficient.

BusyContacts brings to contact management the same power, flexibility, and sharing capabilities that BusyCal users have enjoyed with their calendars. What's more, BusyContacts integrates seamlessly with BusyCal forming a flexible, easy to use CRM solution that works the way you do.

BusyContacts syncs with the built-in Contacts app on OS X and iOS and supports all leading cloud services, including iCloud, Google, Exchange, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


Contacts can be displayed in two views: A single column list view, or a multi-column table view that allows you to control the columns displayed (e.g. company, last name, first name, email, phone, etc.) and the sort order.


Tags are an extremely flexible way to manage contacts in BusyContacts. You can assign multiple tags to each contact and a tag cloud allows you to easily filter the list of contacts by tag (e.g. family, client, prospect, coworker, etc.).


The Activity List shows a chronological listing of activities associated with the selected contact including meetings, to dos and other calendar events, communication through email and messaging, and social network posts.


BusyContacts integrates with BusyCal allowing you to link contacts to events and to dos in your calendar, providing flexible CRM capabilities for scheduling meetings, follow up tasks, and tracking past activities.


BusyContacts syncs with leading social networks including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, allowing you to integrate photos, birthdays and other information from social networks with your contacts.


Smart Filters are a powerful tool for filtering contacts and creating saved searches that can be applied with a single click. You can create Smart Filters to display contacts that match certain conditions, such as a text string, tag, or birthdate. Or you can create Smart Filters to remember view settings such as columns displayed and sort order.


BusyContacts syncs with all leading cloud services including iCloud, Google, Exchange, and other CardDAV servers, and syncs with the built-in Contacts app on OS X and iOS.


BusyContacts allows you to share address books with other BusyContacts users with read-only or read/write privileges. Address Books can be shared through Exchange, Fruux, Kerio, over the LAN, and through other CardDAV servers that support sharing.


Release Notes:

• Improved handling of iCloud login errors.
• Minor bug fixes.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.0.1
Review by EPoliceSupply

Best Software Ever Downloaded - Busy Contacts takes the MAC contacts and puts it on steriods. The reason I like this so much is it used the same database that Apple uses, so while using this program you have all the extended features but your database is still compatible with Contacts, and my IPhone. So when I make a change it also shows up on my IPhone, and the shipping software I use for both the USPS and UPS. I have been waiting years for a program like this. Other programs all they do is import your contacts and use their own proprietory database making it useless outside of their program. Keep up the good work!!

Found helpful by 8 out of 8 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.1.7
Review by Maxstar

I Was Skeptical at First, But . . . - First, I have to admit that I used the Trial version of this program for a full 30 days before I was forced to purchase it. I was very skeptical at first since it functions very much like Apple Contacts. Like you, I could not figure out why I should pay $50.00 for a program that does what Contacts does for free. The fact is that it does something that I haven’t seen any other program do as well. It keeps tract of all communication between you and each of your contacts and it does it automatically. For example, the minute you install the program, it instantly finds every email communication you’ve had with each contact and stores it in the contact’s record. It does the same for Text messages, appointments and To Do’s. If you need to keep track of your activity with each contact, this is an indispensable tool. In addition, rather than being limited to just a few categories that you can assign your contacts to, BusyContacts uses tags. That means you can categorize your contacts in an unlimited number of different ways. It is also very intuitive in the way it links various contacts together. For example, when you start typing the name of a related contact, it searches your database for the associated person while you’re typing. So, after only a few strokes, you can just press enter to link the two contacts. I really think that the program is over priced. However, I got so used to the ease of use and the functionality that I just could not go back to using Contacts. This program is well designed and easy to use. If you try it for 30 days, you will want to keep it.

Found helpful by 4 out of 4 people
Version 1.1.7
Review by Cat00x

I like it! - This program is replacing another very powerful calendar and contact program I was using that became too expensive for me to continue to use. So far (I am a new user) it has been great, and does most of what I need it to do. I am mostly retired at this point, but can still find a lots of use from it for my personal projects, meetings, events, etc. Thank you for such a good product for a very reasonable price.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 1.1.7
Review by ben-marko

Well worth it - Blows Apple Contacts right out of the water. I love the fact that all I have to do to find an email or a text message is click on the contact in the window and they appear on the right. I don’t know of any other contact manager that does this, at this price. Well worth the money.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 1.1.7
Review by slothjr

So close…. - The good: - does a decent job of supporting and merging iCloud-synced AddressBook Contacts and third-party contact databases like Google and LinkedIn (AddressBook does the same, though, with the exception that AddressBook merely “links” the contacts.) - Tagging feature - maps to Groups in AddressBook. - Actions per contact of tags - this seems to merely be at parity with AddressBook. - shows activity streams from many (but not all - see below) sources (Mail.app, Messages, Twitter) - Easy date/time stamping for notes. - List view - easy at-a-glance contact info for groups, great if you’re working off of a phone tree. One star subtracted for: - Calendar activity stream only supports BusyCal calendars, not Apple Calendars. This one must be fixed (and my review will be updated accordingly). - In a contact app, ideally you’d like to track incoming and outgoing calls in the Activity Streams. This would be a tantalizing and powerful update to this program that would significantly set it apart from Apple’s built-in AddressBook. Might as well throw date-stamped notes in the activity stream as well. Given that communicating with your contacts via actions are supported in BusyMac, this seems like an odd omission. - Resolution of these two issues would easily justify the price. Minor niggles: - Coloration is a little inconsistent. By default, you can color each of the source address books, so that a contact originating from that address book is styled in that color. However, Tags can also have color, and it seems that the first tag alphabetically for a contact will override the color style of that contact. I’m not sure what the right solution for that is - is it more important to see the color of the source, or of the tag? And which tag is more important? - Flag feature seems a little weak - it’s intended to be just that, a simple “check mark” for a contact that represents - whatever you want it to mean. A bit more work on the flagging feature to support multiple types of flags might be useful. - I strangely seem to have some contacts from LinkedIn with photos - and others without (even though they clearly have a photo attached to their LinkedIn profile). I’m not sure if this is a permissions issue on LinkedIn profile privacy side, or a BusyMac issue.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 1.1.7
Review by Mikie Two Shoes

Doesn’t work well - I like the sister program BusyCal. It works as intended. BusyContacts on the other hand… I can’t think of any aspect that works. My contacts disappear. I can’t move them from book to book. It just really annoys the heck out of me.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people