The Address Book application in OS X Lion is sorely lacking in its ability to sync & combine contacts from different sources. Does anyone know of a good replacement?

Update - My Holy Grail:

  • I use a personal Gmail account and a work Google Apps account.
  • I'd like to have the same info available on my iPhone, iPad, work Mac, home Mac, and Google via a browser.
  • While I'm at it, let's throw in connecting to my contacts in Twitter and Facebook, though those are much lower priority.
  • I'd like a local copy of all the info in case the cloud isn't available.
  • iCloud syncing isn't really a priority, since I use Google for that, but I could see switching what I can if things would work better.
  • Ideally, groups would be sync-able, in addition to contacts, but I don't think google exposes that via their APIs yet.

Currently, I'm seeing a lot of duplicates, or near duplicates in both iCal & AddressBook, and it's very difficult (impossible?) to see where a given contact or appointment is coming from. In the past I used Spanning Sync to keep google and the local in sync. Perhaps that + iCloud is where the dupes are coming from.

Update 2: My current set-up is working fairly well on the iOS devices w/ Exchange connections to google. It's the macs where I find myself tempted to abandon the desktop apps for doing everything in the browser.

  • To add detail to this question, which sources are you interested in?
    – bneely
    Jan 16, 2012 at 20:10
  • Seems like with adding that info, the question has outgrown it's original title....
    – sprugman
    Jan 16, 2012 at 21:07

2 Answers 2


You could have a look at Cobook. I've just started using it and it seems like it unifies things pretty well. It uses the default OS X address book as a backing so that everything syncs nicely to your iPhone. It will also pull in data from your social networks so there's your added functionality.


Have you looked at this list of PIM software on Wikipedia?

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