November 30, 2009 in Utility (E)
[prMac.com] Austin, Texas - Mac-Chi today announces a major update to their contact utility, WhoPaste. WhoPaste 4.0 strengthens its Daylite capabilities, introduces an innovative social network tool, supplies comprehensive AppleScript support, provides two new operating modes, and increases the flexibility of international addressing. WhoPaste, which is available only on Macintosh, can create contacts directly from spreadsheets or text for Apple's Address Book, Marketcircle's Daylite, Google's Contacts, or Microsoft's Entourage.
WhoPaste 4 adds support for Daylite's 'Extra' contact fields. WhoPaste 4 is an increasingly effective tool for jump-starting the Daylite process. WhoPaste can designate a new contact's category, priority, and tagline as well as an organization's category, industry, region, tagline, and type. WhoPaste can also assign a list of keywords to both a contact and an organization and can now assign values to each of the sixteen customizable 'Extra' contact data fields.
WhoPaste 4 introduces an innovative 1-click tool for opening a multi-faceted view of a fellow web citizen. A WhoPaste user begins by just selecting a group of social network icons, as is now commonly found on blog entries or in email signatures. Once these icons have been selected, a control-click will open Snow Leopard's Services context menu where the user can select the 'WhoPaste' service. The WhoPaste service will open a new Safari window with each of the selected sites displayed in its own tab. Select a few social badges, control-click... One window, many views. This exciting new feature of the WhoPaste service is always available and is completely independent of WhoPaste's normal contact creation functionality. There is a 30-second screencast showcasing this new feature on the WhoPaste website.
WhoPaste 4 can also extract the urls for these social sites and include that information as part of a new contact record. WhoPaste 4 currently supports: Amazon WishLists, Facebook, Flickr, Last.fm, Linked In, generic RSS, Twitter, and YouTube; more sites will be added based on customer requests.
WhoPaste 4 introduces 'Auto Save' mode, which bypasses the normal WhoPaste review window and immediately saves the data. Select some text, control-click... You're done! A new contact has been saved into your GMail Contacts or any of the other repositories. 'Auto Save' can be toggled on or off by selecting a menu item.
WhoPaste 4 also introduces 'Vacuum' mode, which allows WhoPaste users even wider latitude in collecting data. When 'Vacuum' mode is engaged, WhoPaste will only extract email addresses, web urls, phone numbers, and postal addresses. WhoPaste's impressive drag and drop features make easy work of any manual extractions from the remaining data. 'Vacuum' can be toggled on or off by selecting a menu item.
WhoPaste 4 significantly extends its reach by introducing four AppleScript commands: newContactFromClipboard, newContactFromText, newContactFromFileContents, and newContactsFromFiles. Each of these commands takes full advantage of all the current WhoPaste settings and each includes parameters for setting both 'Auto Save' and 'Vacuum' mode. This new scripting support makes it possible to enlist WhoPaste as an automated front-end for Daylite or any of the other repositories. WhoPaste's AppleScript support includes four pre-built Automator actions, each of which mirror one of the four new AppleScript commands. The Automator actions are yet another tool allowing WhoPaste users to create fast and accurate contacts.
Mac-Chi has augmented the existing 'Appendix' capability with a new 'Prependix' feature. The existing 'Appendix' capability allows users to extract contact data from text where WhoPaste would put all of the text that followed an 'Appendix' trigger into the Notes field. The new 'Prependix' feature puts all of the text preceding a 'Prependix' trigger into the Notes field and then extracts contact data from the remaining text. WhoPaste users can specify multiple triggers of either kind and the two trigger types can be used together.
Specifying a new country on the WhoPaste review window will now cause WhoPaste to re-evaluate the postal address information.
Mac-Chi has also enhanced post processing options. Both the 'Write to Watched Folder' and the 'Execute Script' options can now forego recording the contact to the selected repository. Both of these enhancements allow WhoPaste to better interact with enterprise systems or to drive alternate desktop databases like FileMaker.
The user interface to WhoPaste's powerful preferences has been streamlined based on usability testing. Mac-Chi is relentless in its commitment to powerful elegant simplicity.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, and 25 user licenses are now available. WhoPaste licenses, which are fully controlled by customer, may be relocated to new Macs at any time.
* Mac OS X Version 10.5 or later (Leopard & Snow Leopard Compatible)
* Universal Binary for PowerPC and Intel
* 8.0 MB Hard Drive space
Pricing and Availability:
* Who Paste 4.0 is available for $15.00 (USD) for a 1-user license
* (Multi-user licenses are also available - 2-user license is $20)
* A free trial version is available for download
* The trial version allows saving 20 extracted contacts or 40 Safari social views
* A Media Review License is available upon request
Located in historic fun-loving Austin, Texas, Mac-Chi is a privately funded company founded in 2006 by Steve Cronin. Mac-Chi focuses exclusively on the Macintosh and iPhone platforms using the Mac OS X Address Book as its central platform for innovation. Mac-Chi delivers contact-friendly software that enlivens your people. Copyright 2006-2009 Mac-Chi. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries. Google, Gmail, and the Google logo, are registered trademarks of Google Inc.