As we go through life, we come to know many people. From those who are directly related, to those we meet through work, to those who’ve been lifelong friends, we become intertwined in the lives of so many others that it often becomes hard to keep track of our connections. Now, with ContactNet by TopLineSoft Systems, users can create diagrams to manage their contact relationships, directly using their contacts list to create graphs that track familial, business and friendly relationships.
To begin, users will discover that the first page also represents the Contact Networks page. Here, users need only tap the ‘+’ icon in the top right corner to add a network, name and description included. The Contacts tab allows users to access their address book right within the application. Relation Types shall be where users enter the name and description of their various connections.
Unfortunately, there does not seem to be a tab that teaches you how to use the application to its fullest extent. Thankfully, users can learn how to use ContactNet by watching this YouTube demonstration video. Though I am personally still a bit confused by the process, this video certainly helps clear up any issues one may have had with the basic operations of ContactNet. Promising an unlimited number of diagrams, users can create numerous charts that will explore their contacts’ relationships and connections to not only the user, but every other contact, as well.
With resizable diagram sheets that can accommodate graphs of any size, users can put together charts that span relationship types on multiple levels. And, with full address book integration, users can add, view, edit, search and delete contacts all from within ContactNet. According to the App Store description, users can even make phone calls and utilize the email and SMS features.
And while this all sounds comprehensive and useful, I still cannot conjure up any idea as to why anyone would care to spend a great amount of time plotting out a chart based on their relationship with everyone in their address book. If you watch the video tutorial, the actual diagram-making process seems tedious and useless. If you want to remember how you know someone, just jot it down under their contact notes, and if you want to know the relationship between various contacts, there’s a good chance Facebook can plot this out in more definitive detail than a shoddy self-made chart. Though I cannot seem to come to terms with ContactNet’s redundancy, I do believe that someone somewhere will find this wonderfully convenient. Until you’ve decided, check out the lite version to test out the key features.
ContactNet [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.