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A year and a half ago, Flexibits branched out from its popular calendar app Fantastical to debut Cardhop, an intuitive contacts management app for macOS. Cardhop took Apple's Contacts to the next level, offering a smart input field that intelligently parses the text you're typing and figures out what you want to do. Customizable quick actions let you easily perform tasks related to your contacts, such as placing a phone call, sending an email, or contacting on Skype.


Flexibits is now bringing the power of Cardhop to iOS, today launching a universal iPhone and iPad app that offers many of the same features found in the macOS version. The intelligent natural language input is here, automatically detecting whether you're trying to search, add, or edit a contact based on what you've typed.

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While Cardhop's contact cards will look very familiar to those who are used to Apple's native Contacts app, Cardhop's enhanced abilities make it much easier to manage and use the information stored on those cards.

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Cardhop for iOS makes it easy to edit your contacts, as all you have to do is tap and hold on the piece of information you're looking to update. As on macOS, there are customizable action keys that give you one-tap access to whatever functions you're most interested in, and those action keys live right above your keyboard at all times.

Cardhop for iOS offers a choice of dark and light themes, as well as a combination theme that shows your lists and results in a dark color and individual contact cards in a light color. Siri Shortcuts are also supported in Cardhop, letting you automate various actions with your contacts and integrate those actions across apps.

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Notes is another area Flexibits has chosen to emphasize with Cardhop. While Apple's Contacts app lets you take notes about people stored in your database, Cardhop makes the feature more prominent with a slide-up interface and distinctive background (yellow or gray depending on theme), encouraging you to save information about the people you meet for more meaningful future interactions.

Cardhop also supports personal business cards, letting you customize a card with the information you want to share and displaying it like a business card on your phone. With a QR code embedded on the card, it's easy to share just by letting others scan the code using the camera app on their phones.

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The natural language input field in Cardhop supports English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Japanese, and if the app incorrectly parses your input, you can hit a flag icon to help the app learn what it should have done.

Finally, Cardhop for iOS supports directory lookups for Google Contacts, G Suite, and Exchange to let you quickly pull down contact information from your accounts on those services. A free update to Cardhop for macOS launching today also brings directory lookups to the desktop.

Flexibits is launching Cardhop for iOS as a paid universal app with no additional in-app purchases required. A limited-time launch sale will see Cardhop priced at $3.99, and once that expires the regular price will be $4.99.

Article Link: Cardhop's Intuitive Contacts Management Comes to iOS
 

ugahairydawgs

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I'm in. Love using Cardhop on my laptop. No clue how useful this will be on my phone, but glad to support this dev. They do great work.
 
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macsplusmacs

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bought it. did my "build a contact by copy and paste" worked.

so needed for just that reason for me on iOS. always wished they brought it over from the mac where i own it too.

great app.
 
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Chrjy

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no mention if it's icloud synced. If not, it's "worthless ".
On their website it states:
The same contacts that you already use will instantly be available in Cardhop. iCloud, Google, Exchange, and LinkedIn are all supported.

Although not entirely sure what happens if you add a new contact via Cardhop....is it automatically added to iOS contacts?
EDIT: I just installed the trial Mac version and can confirm if you add a contact via Cardhop it is added to normal contacts and syncs with iCloud.
 
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oneMadRssn

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I wish there was a good business card scanner that automatically parsed the text and converted them into contact fields. I've tried many paid apps for this, rated well on the app store and recommended here and there. None do this well.
 
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Back in the day, when I was still all about believing everything the Apple Echo Chamber thought was cool, I purchased Interact from Agile Tortoise on the recommendation of MPU and it completely decimated my contacts. Everything was wrong for so long and I couldn't put it right that I needed to start again. Ever since, I've been gun-shy about allowing anyone into the basics of my icloud data. This kinda feels like another reinvention of the wheel to me; I'll take a pass. The native app has never messed things up for all it also never promises to make things so much easier by solving problems I never knew I had.

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Defthand

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Apple's Contacts app is a good example of how the company is failing to live up to its legacy for polished software. As some Users are aware, the features of the MacOS and iOS apps aren't equal.

Thank God for third party substitutes! Their apps are the only thing demonstrative of the platform's real potential. Remember this the next time a dev laments Apple's arbitrary policies. Remember this when—not if—Apple forces third party MacOS apps to go through Apple's app store exclusively.

Rant over. I like Fantastical. I'm going to explore their contacts app. Does anyone know if the iOS app lets you choose which web browser and maps apps to open links with?

EDIT: I contacted Flexbits. You can choose which browser or maps app you want links to open with; however, not all browsers are supported. My fav—Opera Touch—isn't.
 
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richie510

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Just crossed my fingers and downloaded the app. The only feature I have ever wanted from iOS contacts is moving a contact from one account to another. This gets that done.

Hopefully it will allow me to choose which account I add a new contact to, but I cannot figure out how to add a new contact yet... I'm sure it's easy, but just havnt found that yet.

My only initial complaint is how prominently birthdays are shown. Why is every app/platform and every American so obsessed with birthdays now?
 
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tobefirst

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Both my wife and I have Google accounts (hers a vanilla one, mine a Google Apps for Your Domain legacy one) and I would love to find a system where we could share contacts. She makes an update on an address on her end, it syncs with my phone/iPad/computer AND my Google account on my end. Does this software do that? know of any that does?
 
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Chrjy

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Just crossed my fingers and downloaded the app. The only feature I have ever wanted from iOS contacts is moving a contact from one account to another. This gets that done.

Hopefully it will allow me to choose which account I add a new contact to, but I cannot figure out how to add a new contact yet... I'm sure it's easy, but just havnt found that yet.

My only initial complaint is how prominently birthdays are shown. Why is every app/platform and every American so obsessed with birthdays now?

If it's the same as the Mac version, then it allows you to pretty much customise everything to your liking....just remove birthdays.
 
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JetTester

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Great! I wasn't aware of Cardhop on the Mac. I've used Fantastical on my Mac and iPhone, an it is one of the best pieces of software I use on a daily basis. This is an automatic buy for me, especially at $3.99. Thanks for the heads-up!
 
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QuarterSwede

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Both my wife and I have Google accounts (hers a vanilla one, mine a Google Apps for Your Domain legacy one) and I would love to find a system where we could share contacts. She makes an update on an address on her end, it syncs with my phone/iPad/computer AND my Google account on my end. Does this software do that? know of any that does?
Yes. You can have it only show Google contacts and then only certain groups or all. In the picture Untitled Account is my Google Contacts. Exchange is my work and All Contacts is iCloud. I have everything sync using my Google Contacts.

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johannnn

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The only thing I want is group management. The app I use at the moment is Groups (https://itunes.apple.com/se/app/groups/id407855546?mt=8) which is a piece of **** app, but it has contact management.

I’m a bit afraid to use groups to manage my contacts since Apple have still not added the feature to iOS. Because of this, I think that Apple will remove the feature from Mac/web in a future update. Simply using a particular emoji in the beginning of the first name sounds like a better solution maybe.

Anyway, for anyone that purchased the app, can this app add/remove contacts from a group? As well as adding/removing groups?
The App Store description just says “Groups: quickly toggle contact groups with a tap”.
 
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QuarterSwede

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Found their help page with more info on what can be done.
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The only thing I want I group management. The app I use at the moment is Groups (https://itunes.apple.com/se/app/groups/id407855546?mt=8) which is a piece of **** app, but it has contact management.

I’m a bit afraid to use groups to manage my contacts since Apple have still not added the feature to iOS. Because of this, I’m a bit afraid that Apple will remove the feature from Mac/web in a future update. Simply using a particular emoji in the beginning of the first name sounds like a better solution maybe.

Anyway, for anyone that purchased the app, can this app add/remove contacts from a group? As well as adding/removing groups?
The App Store description just says “Groups: quickly toggle contact groups with a tap”.
Absolutely.
 
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LastStarfighter

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Fantastic software. Just bought it. This is the future of business cards. These cards we give each other get used once to enter the information into our contacts apps or phones and then either sit in a drawer gathering dust or get thrown in the bin. Either way it's not something we should be continuing to do in our limited resources world.

Being able to share your contact details via the QR code based business card within the app saves the planet and saves us retyping what's on a business card or relying on expensive OCR software to try to interpret the various business cards we encounter in our careers. This in my view is the major strength of this app. I don't really need better contacts management but I'll take it as it's all part of the app I just bought.
 
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QuarterSwede

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Heck this app even offers a different directory parser vs exchange. I can use my Office365 account from work to search for contact info and use my gmail account for contacts I want to keep on hand. This is fabulous!

It’ll let you pick your browser, mail, map, and twitter apps. It’s so good I’ve already chucked my contacts app in the utilities folder along with all of the other Apple apps I’ve replaced and can’t delete.

And to whoever mentioned that until this can replace the phone app’s contacts support it won’t gain widespread acceptance, that may be true but personally I don’t use that app anyway. Siri is how I call people and I know a lot of other people do the same.
 
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LastStarfighter

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Unfortunately it doesn't support Edison mail as the mail app. No big issue. I use Edison to keep my work email seperate from my personal email and so it doesn't give our exchange server rights to remote-wipe my device.
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Does it have the option to search exchange activesync global address list?

Yes it does and also add additional exchange servers than those configured for the whole device. So you can just add an exchange server with a GAL you want to search to this app only rather than for the whole device
 
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