At the most recent DEMO conference, a new Outlook add-in called gwabbit was introduced and immediately, it became one of the biggest hits from the whole event. The reason? Gwabbit simplifies the process of adding contacts to Microsoft Outlook. Although Outlook itself includes support for the vCard format, there are a ton of times when you want to add someone to your contact list but don’t have their vCard on hand. Often, creating their contact card then involves tediously copying and pasting info from their email signature. With gwabbit, though, you no longer have to do this manual process – all you have to do is click to create a new contact.
The gwabbit plugin automatically identifies a user’s contact info in the body of an email and then, with a click of a button, it can transform that text into an Outlook contact. It’s incredibly fast and a HUGE timesaver.
Now gwabbit has introduced a companion to their Outlook plugin, with a new Contact Manager designed for BlackBerry users. This version of gwabbit does pretty much the same thing as its counterpart – it automatically searches for signatures in your emails and lets you add them to your BlackBerry address book with just one click. And if your BlackBerry is being synced back to Outlook, as most BlackBerry devices in a corporate environment are, those new contacts are synced as well.
Gwabbit for Outlook is available as a one-time download for $19.95 (free trial available) and the new BlackBerry version will be available by month-end via an annual subscription of $9.95.
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