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Tuesday, 13 January 2004

Smart Address Book

Sat in Borders the other day with Rowan (he of Romeo fame) and we came up with the idea of a smart address book - it's all very well that iTunes has (and iPhoto will have) smart playlist support, but Address Book is sorely lacking in this department. Case in point: I have a group defined for people I went to college with, but I have to update it manually (not that it updates that often). It doesn't matter that I've got in the notes field that they attended the same college as me. End result: I'm going to try making an Address Book with support for smart groups.

I don't know any Objective C--my last project used the Cocoa AppKit Java bridge--and I'm looking to learn. A cursory look at Apple's Address Book Cocoa framework leads me to believe that implementing smart groups can't be that hard at all, especially when there's a tutorial for returning searches.

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Don't believe him, folks, there was no 'we' - my entire contribution to the idea was saying how damn cool it'd be :)

To remedy that, I'm gonna make a little suggestion here. The Address Book framework supports all these attributes for phonetic spellings of names, which afaik isn't used in Address Book. It would be cool for forgetful people like me - and especially for small businesses, I'd imagine - to be able to store phonetic spellings. You could even have a 'pronounce this' button which used text-to-speech! :D

Posted by: Rowan on January 14, 2004 11:47 AM

Hmm. Is this you two, or just someone else's take on the same idea?

http://www.pommsoft.com/smartbook/

SmartBook, via Macintouch (which still doesn't have usefully non-transitory URLs, damn them).

Posted by: paul mison on February 4, 2004 04:34 PM

Nope, not us: must've been someone else who came up with the same (admittedly rather obvious) idea. That said, probably a good thing - I only got as far as creating the project in xCode.

Posted by: Dan Hon on February 4, 2004 06:25 PM

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