We’ve been taking a break from Mapcial over the past few weeks and have come back to the Contact Lookup applications to add some new features.
Contact View changes
Contact View has always had the capability to perform context sensitive actions. Press on a phone number and it will call that number; press on an email address and it will open your mail application with the To: field populated.
Some users have asked that we extend this to groups, so we’ve added a couple of new functions to the group section. Now, pressing a group will email all contacts in the that group. Similarly, pressing the SMS icon on the right will SMS all the contacts in the group.
What’s better is that we’ve rolled this functionality into the changes for Contact Lookup Pro and Contact Lookup Fast to allow you to change the email address or mobile number before sending. See below for more details on this.
Contact View can now act as the default viewer for contacts and is accessible from any application. Note that you will see adverts in the free version when viewing from other applications, even if you’ve bought Contact Lookup Pro or Contact Lookup Fast. If you don’t want to see adverts, and still want to use Contact View, then consider purchasing the Donate version.
Email and SMS from Contact Lookup Pro and Contact Lookup Fast
Being able to email/SMS a group was great, but what about people in the search list? Perhaps you want to email all the Smith’s, but they’re not in a group. Well now you can!
Just do a search as normal and then choose the Menu option Email/SMS contacts. It will prompt you for the contact method and then take you to a new screen where you can select which people you want to contact. What’s more, you are shown the names of people who don’t have an email or mobile phone number, so you can make alternative arrangements for those.
The initial view shows the primary contact details for the selected people. If this is incorrect, you have the opportunity to change the details by long-pressing on the contact. This will prompt you for an alternative email address or mobile phone number that is associated with that person. So now you can avoid emailing them at work when it’s a personal message.
Groups in Contact Lookup Pro and Contact Lookup Fast
Quite a few people had asked for a quick way to view the contacts in a group. Whilst you could do this with a cunningly formed search in combination with a restriction of search categories, it was cumbersome.
Now there is a menu option that lets you choose the group and view all it’s contacts.
Clear search in Contact Lookup Pro and Contact Lookup Fast
An often requested feature was the ability to quickly clear the search input. Now we have added a small icon at the right of the search box that allows you to clear it’s content.
Search History in Contact Lookup Pro and Contact Lookup Fast
Another feature request was the ability to remember the search history.
If you find yourself typing the same search entries over and over again, then take advantage of the Search History. Just click the icon on the left of the search input to see a list of previous search histories. Just select one and the search will begin!
Contact Lookup can begin a search automatically as you type. To avoid polluting the search history with half-formed searches, an entry is only added to the search history when you press the search button.
The search history is ordered with the most recent searches first, and it remembers the last fifty searches.
There is also an option to auto-complete items in the search history as you type in the search box. This will show you matching searches as you type. You can turn this functionality on via the settings menu. Note that there can be a conflict between this setting and the Keyboard Suggestions setting. Some keyboards place their suggestions under the search input box and this overlaps with the search history drop-down. If this happens to you, then you’ll need to disable search history or keyboard suggestions.
Unfortunately not all of these features are available on devices running Android OS version 1.6 Sorry folks.