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ScheduleWorld now has AJAX offline contact editing

Posted in Asides, Technology, Web 2.0 and Social Media by engtech on January 19, 2007

If you aren’t familiar with ScheduleWorld they are a web startup that I first posted about last August. ScheduleWorld allows you to easily synchronize your calendar/schedule and contacts/address book using your Internet connection. What set them apart is that you can use their service to synchronize your Google Calendar to Microsoft Outlook.

They updated their Contact Manager today with several useful features:

  • Works offline — essential for anyone who organizes their contacts on a laptop while traveling.
  • Extremely fast and efficient synchronization.
  • Works like a desktop application but in your web browser (thanks to CSS, DHTML and AJAX).
  • Google Maps integration.
  • No network slowdown for most operations.

The interface is simple (a good thing). There is a toolbar on the top with the minimum necessary operations. All of the contacts are listed down the left pane and as a big information cloud in the center (not shown in a preview because I can’t be bothered to censor all those names). This is an intuitive layout that let’s you quickly browse all your contact info with minimal scrolling and clicking.

ScheduleWorld toolbar and left paneScheduleWorld view menu

ScheduleWorld edit menuScheduleWorld tools menu

Clicking on a name shows an edit button that brings up the contact editor. I have 300 contacts in the system, and I found it very fast. It will take over as my contact editor (before I was editing in Outlook and then synching to ScheduleWorld).

ScheduleWorld contact editor

Good job, Mark.

(note to other bloggers: you are free to use these screenshots provided you link back to this post)

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  1. […] can see screenshots of the new Contact Manager at […]

  2. cenebris said, on January 22, 2007 at 12:55 am

    Too bad it’s not working in Opera and is somehow “unstable” in Firefox… And by the way it somehow lost possibility to save multiple numbers per contact (two mobiles etc.)

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  4. Francois said, on April 01, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    I tried this feature… I’m using Firefox and it doesn’t seem to work. The contact list is not displayed at all… The left column where it appears in your screenshots is just empty. I know my contacts are on the server, because when I export it to Google or Vcard formats things appear to work (I didn’t check that the list is complete, but at least the exported files aren’t empty) Strange.

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