OS X Lion Address book alternative?
September 7, 2011 1:13 PM   Subscribe

What is the best replacement for the terrible Mac OS X Lion Address Book? I was fine with the previous version, but it is now completely different.

It is beyond me why Apple disabled a 3-pane view (necessary to see the group, contact, and details at once) in favor of an over-stylized book with pages, leather and ribbons.

I want support for CardDAV, Google contacts sync, and ideally MobileMe / iCloud sync. Does this exist?

Apparently the "classic view" was available in the Debug menu, but that no longer holds true.
posted by reeddavid to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
I bookmarked this Cult of Mac tutorial a wee while ago but haven't tried it (still on Snow Leopard). Might want to see if it at least helps you by cutting down on the ugly.
posted by bcwinters at 1:37 PM on September 7, 2011


Here's a link to a reskinning app that automates that tutorial. I've used it and it works.

Mind you, this undoes most of the eyeball-scratching skeuomorphism, but doesn't fix the dumbed-down functionality of the interface. It's almost as if Apple is encouraging third-party developers to come out with an improved app—but if there is one, I haven't found it yet.
posted by adamrice at 2:03 PM on September 7, 2011 [1 favorite]


Thanks for the re-skinning links. I've done that to iCal and it hurts less now. But I think anything short of restoring the old functionality just won't cut it for me.

I used to be able to see how many contacts were in a given group (especially helpful when determining if I had a problem syncing to another device or service). No longer.

I just emailed the developers of BusyCal and asked if they are considering a contacts app. I sure hope someone does.
posted by reeddavid at 2:20 PM on September 7, 2011


Great idea, reeddavid. An address book to integrate with BusyCal would be swell.
posted by nakedcodemonkey at 3:20 PM on September 7, 2011


I used to be able to see how many contacts were in a given group (especially helpful when determining if I had a problem syncing to another device or service). No longer.

Actually a single click on the red ribbon at the top of the book gives you view by groups with the functionality that you indicate above
posted by Poet_Lariat at 3:49 PM on September 7, 2011


Thanks Poet_Lariat. Unfortunately clicking on the ribbon only shows the count for the "All Contacts" and "All on My Mac" groups, with no total for any of the groups I created or any of my MobileMe, Google or CardDAV accounts. And it only shows it when I scroll all the way to the bottom of the list.
posted by reeddavid at 6:17 PM on September 7, 2011


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