Flexibits updates Cardhop contacts app, adds deeper integration with Fantastical – TechCrunch
Flexibits, the company behind productivity applications Fantastic and Cardhop, releases a new version of Cardhop for macOS and iOS. This is the second major release of the app and it adds new features, such as business card scanning, widgets, flowcharts, and deeper integration with Fantastical.
Cardhop is a smart approach to contact management. It uses the same address book as the default Contacts app on your Mac, iPhone, and iPad. But it allows you to find, add and edit contacts much more efficiently.
On Mac, Cardhop is in the menu bar. When you click the icon or press a keyboard shortcut, you can see your contacts but you can also start typing. This is when it gets interesting.
As expected, you can find a contact card by typing a few letters. But you can also add information to an existing contact this way.
For example, if you type a name followed by a phone number, Cardhop automatically discovers that the phone number does not exist in the existing contact entry – press Enter and the number is saved. If the person isn’t even in your address book, you can create a new contact just by emptying the information in the search box.
The app really shines if you think of Cardhop as some sort of command line interface for interacting with your contacts. You can type “call jane”, “email tom” or “whatsapp natasha” – Cardhop analyzes the action for you. It can be especially handy to make calls on your iPhone from your Mac.
With Cardhop 2, the design has been updated and there are a handful of new features. You can now create widgets with your favorite actions. On iOS, you can add it to your home screen. On macOS, you can access it from the action center. Widgets are a popular feature of iOS 14 and many users will appreciate this new feature.
If you’re also using Fantastical, you can send a calendar invitation to someone else from Cardhop. And if you tend to invite the same group of people to your events, you can create a group in Cardhop. The next time you want to send an invite, you can create an event with all group members from within Cardhop. This is going to be a good alternative to email aliases.
Cardhop can now also generate organizational charts and family trees based on the relationships of your contacts. And if you work for a large company with a contact directory, you can easily find the right person to talk to using this new feature.
On iOS, Flexibits also added a business card scanning feature. You can add contacts by simply pointing your phone at a business card. There are already many apps that offer this functionality, but it is now integrated.
Flexibits has been around for 10 years. Originally, the company released major new updates, and users had to pay to download the new version. This is how independent development companies billed for applications.
Last year the company released a new version of Fantastical with a freemium model. New users could download the app for free and would have to pay a subscription of $ 4.99 per month or $ 39.99 per year to unlock all features. Existing users could continue to use the app for free as all existing features had been unlocked for them.
After switching to this new model, Flexibits released several updates to Fantastical. For example, you can now quickly join conference calls with shortcuts in the menu bar and in the app. Fantastical now also supports Zoom, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams.
Flexibits wants to go further and create an ecosystem of productivity applications. Cardhop 2 is a free app with some free features. If you want to unlock everything, you must purchase the same Flexibits Premium subscription.
In other words, the company bundles the premium versions of Fantastical and Cardhop into one subscription – and the price doesn’t change. Existing Cardhop users who do not wish to subscribe will also keep everything that was available in Cardhop 1 free of charge.
And if you’re already using Cardhop, it’s good to see an update. This means that the app will be supported in the future. When you rely on an app for your work, it’s best when it’s regularly updated and continues to perform as expected year after year. And I suspect that many Fantastical users will give Cardhop a try with the new Flexibits Premium subscription.