Objective Decision’s OD4Contact 2.5.3 bundles powerful contact, task, and communication management abilities in a polished interface. If you’re a salesperson or small-business owner – or anyone who needs to forge and nurture lots of relationships – OD4Contact will help you manageyour contacts better than OS X’s built-in Address Book.
OD4Contact has one main window with three views: Contact, Task, and Communication Center. Finding your way around OD4Contact is mostly intuitive thanks to the well-designed interface. That’s fortunate, because the only documentation is a six-page Quick Start Guide.
In the Contact view, you can do everything possible in OS X’s Address Book – and more – and any changes synchronize dynamically with it. Unlike Address Book, OD4Contact lets you assign colour-coded categories to contacts or organize them into groups and subgroups. Enterprise Groups can contain shared company information. Dragging a contact into an Enterprise Group automatically adds company information to the contact, but editing information in individual contact entries requires switching between different tabs.
In the Communications pane in Contacts view (orin the Communication Center view), you can scrutinize all communications associated with a contact. Aplug-in for Apple’s Mail automatically finds all related email messages (but clicking on them opens the messages in Mail). The OD4Contact phone dialler logs your calls. It can also track your iChat chats, faxes and mail items.
OD4Contact doesn’t stop there. All associated tasks or files show up together.You can create letters using Word templates or send messages via Apple Mail or directly from within OD4Contact. To print multiple contacts or tasks, just drag them to Print Deposit, a print queue where you can preview multiple items. OD4Contact will even notify you of calls coming in on your Bluetooth mobile phone, displaying caller ID information in a translucent window.
OD4Contact also offers flexible task management. It’s easy to set reminders in the Task View, attach them to contacts, and have the alarms trigger multiple actions, such as play a sound, display an alert message, send an email, or open a file, just as in iCal. Although you can import tasks from iCal, or create a calendar in iCal, iCal appointments can’t be viewed or managed from within OD4Contact. OD4Contact imports and exports vCal and vCard files. It can sync data directly with your iPod (or with a PDA using iSync), and you can share contacts on your local network using Bonjour (formerly Rendezvous).
OD4Contact 2.5.3 shows promise. It’s missing some key features, such as label printing and full iCal integration. But it’s worth a look if you need a more flexible contact and task manager than Address Book and iCal.