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Contacts Cleaner News Roundup

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Our BlackBerry app for removing duplicate contacts, Contacts Cleaner, had a couple of notable mentions this week.  We had a mention on the dummies website!  That is dummies as in Brilliant BlackBerry Apps For Dummies, which is part of the dummies book series.  Here is the link to the dummies review of Contacts Cleaner:

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/blackberry-apps-for-maintenance-tasks.html

Contacts Cleaner was also mentioned in a forum post on how to remove duplicates from your address book:

http://www.blackberryforums.com/general-9700-series-discussion-bold-2/244173-my-contacts-appears-3-times-each-how-can-i-fix-problem.html

The final piece of news is that we have a new and improved online help and support center for Contacts Cleaner:

http://beavercreekconsulting.com/contacts-cleaner/help-and-support.html

App Gets a Section on New Book – Now Sold on Amazon

Monday, January 10th, 2011

We just received three copies of a book that highlights the Contacts Cleaner App. We received a whole section in a newly released book called Brilliant Blackberry Apps by Corey Sandler. It is part of the Dummies series which has been a huge hit since 1991 and has over 200 million books in print.

Contacts Cleaner in Brilliant Blackberry Apps Book

Brilliant Blackberry Apps - Contacts Cleaner

Contacts Cleaner received a section and sits along-side of prestigious apps such as LinkedIn, Weatherbug, Skymall, Time Magazine, Sports Illustrated, CNN Money, Bank of America Mobile,Google Maps and Paypal.

This book is on sale at Amazon or on the Wiley site for $18.99.  You can, also, download this onto your Kindle.  Overall, this book is great resource that lists the all of the best apps for a BlackBerry user to try out and make the most of his/her SmartPhone and we’re excited to have a section that outlines our Contacts Cleaner App!

Beaver Creek Consulting Launches its Forum

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

There are over 35,000 users of Contacts Cleaner and all have arrived during the first 10 months of its launch. Because of this, Beaver Creek Consulting has chosen to create a forum in order to address the community’s questions. We are committed to uniting our customers by opening up this platform to share tips and tricks. Built for the iPhone and the Blackberry, Contacts Cleaner addresses people who have a cluttered and confusing address book. Since each smartphone operates in a different manner, we encourage the community to share, learn and grow together.

2010 has been a phenomenal year for Beaver Creek Consulting and we are happy that we have created a product that is in high demand. It is our desire that this new forum will benefit our customers and that it answers your needs.

We invite you to share your ideas and thoughts with other community members at beavercreekconsulting.com/forums.

Contacts Cleaner 2.6

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Version 2.6 of Contacts Cleaner is now available at BlackBerry App World, Mobihand, iTunes, and Verizon VCAST App Stores.

Version 2.6 features full support for the BlackBerry Torch and BlackBerry OS 6.

Contacts Cleaner features lights-out processing of your address book.  We have many users who have used Contacts Cleaner to fix address books with 5,000 or 10,000 contacts and four copies of each contact.

We use one-pass processing without prompting you on how to merge the duplicates.  If you have only a few duplicates which you want to merge in a very specific way (you choose which phone numbers to keep), then the best solution is to manually clean up your address book.

On the other hand, if your address book gets totally messed up by a synchronization gone bad and you now have 5 copies of each and every contact, then Contacts Cleaner is a perfect solution for you.

Contact Cleaner does not stop and ask you what to do with each contact.  The App finds duplicates by matching on contact name and then does the right thing to merge all of the duplicates down to one contact.

We have had many users suggest that we stop and ask how to handle each duplicate.  That will not work for address books with 5,000 contacts.  Few people will want to stop and consider each of several thousand contacts.

Our goal for Contacts Cleaner is to do  pretty good job without bothering you about how to get the job done.  We want to make your life a little better by quickly and efficiently reducing the chaos in your address book.

AOL Small Business Selects Contacts Cleaner as Top Blackberry App

Monday, November 8th, 2010

As of October 27th 2010, Contacts Cleaner made AOL’s Small Business List of Top Apps to have for the Blackberry.  Business users have proven to be loyal to their Blackberry devices.  They tried the iPhone in the Apple stores and bypassed the iPad entirely.  The people who are using the Blackberry smartphones are sticking with it since it has proven to be useful in all aspects of business.

Given how people use their Blackberry phones, a short list of the must-have apps was selected.  These all entail apps that make the busy consumer’s life easier.  The Business Card Reader app is a great example of an app that allows people to streamline their lives by scanning in business cards.

The BuzzOff App gets a great recommendation from AOL as well.  This App allows users to block individual phone numbers so that you can reduce the amount of annoying sales calls and free up your busy schedule.

The Contacts Cleaner App made this list to round out making your day more efficient.  This app, as we have mentioned before, reduces the clutter in your address book.  By merging the fields with the duplicate entries, you can finally scale down an over-sized address book to a list of addresses which is easy to manage.

See the rest of AOL’s fave Blackberry Apps:  http://smallbusiness.aol.com/2010/10/28/what-are-the-best-blackberry-apps/

Fidelity Investments Selects Contacts Cleaner as Top 12 App

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Fidelity Investments, the leading provider of investment services, just released the list of top Blackberry Apps.  They announced that the dozen best new applications, that are available in the Blackberry App World store, are useful whether you’re new to the Blackbery or an expert.

Within this list of the best Apps is Contacts Cleaner.  They mention that the time saved by using this  App is worth at least three bucks since after its use you can easily scroll through your address book without the annoying duplicates.  I, personally, downloaded this app earlier this year and have recommended it to everyone that I know who has a Blackberry.  Another favorite App that made this Best  Dozen list is Dilbert.  For the first time, you can have immediate access to the daily Dilbert cartoon.

Find out who else made the list by going directly to Fidelity’s site.

https://news.fidelity.com/news/news.jhtml?articleid=201006300905STREETCMREALTIME_10795801&IMG=N&cat=default&ccsource=rss-default

RIM Places Contacts Cleaner on Best Blackberry App List

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Alongside of nationally known brands like CBS and The Sierra Club, our Contacts Cleaner App was chosen by RIM as a top 9 Best Blackberry App. RIM is the company behind the award-winning Blackberry smartphone. Two weeks ago, they created this list of the top Blackberry App picks that people will enjoy while they are experiencing spring fever. This is a cute theme and it could be that Blackberry wants to target the audience that seeks fun from their smartphones.

Berry Review summarized this top 9 list beautifully and it’s a huge honor that in their opening paragraph, the author states, “I have to wholeheartedly agree with their choice of Contacts Cleaner.”  The article highlights how RIM often puts together lists of the best Apps for a season. By using the theme of the spring season, Contacts Cleaner is a great choice for “spring cleaning”.

It’s been an exciting few months with our iPhone App making the list of best iPhone Apps just last month. Sharing that list with the likes of Digg and Bing really put that App on the map! Now, we have another reason to celebrate!

Contacts Cleaner Makes RIM’s Top 9 Blackberry App List

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Two weeks ago, RIM announced the list of best and most useful Blackberry Apps for spring.  Beaver Creek Consulting’s Blackberry Contacts Cleaner App made the list.  The list incorporates activities that we like to undertake during the spring months.  The Sierra Club’s App for picnics made this list, for example.  CBS has an App for baseball enthusiasts.  Barbeques, fishing and spring cleaning are other areas which just sound like spring.

It’s in the spring cleaning category that Contacts Cleaner falls into.  By removing duplicates from your address book, you can start the season off right.  Berry Review highlighted this story and mentions that they ”wholeheartedly agree” with the Contacts Cleaner choice.

This is an exciting list!  I plan on downloading at least half of them!  I like the idea of picnic lunches during a hike and an App which can guide me through backyard grilling.  Happy Spring Everyone!!

Contacts Cleaner V2.0

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

We are pleased to announce the release of version 2.0 of Contacts Cleaner.  The two major improvements made in this version are faster processing of the address book and improved matching of duplicate contacts.

Since releasing Contacts Cleaner I have been surprised by the number of address books that have 10,000 or more contacts in them, often with the majority of the contacts being duplicates.  It has been a challenge to find and merge duplicates in a reasonable amount of time given the modest processing power of a phone.  I’m on the 4th version of the find and merge algorithm, and this version seems to be pretty darn good.   The customer feedback on processing speed for version 2.0 has been overwhelmingly positive.

With respect to duplicate matching, one constant source of duplicates is Google Sync.  To make matters worse, Google Sync tend to put the first and last name in the last name field of a contact.  With version 2.0,  we have changed the duplicate match algorithm to correctly recognize these cases of duplicates.

Enjoy!

Contacts Cleaner Support Page

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

If you are having issues with Contacts Cleaner, or just want to know more about how it works, please visit our users guide at:

http://beavercreekconsulting.com/contacts-cleaner/user-guide.html

We recently made several updates to the FAQ and you will find answers for the most common questions.