Linking and Merging Cards
If you are syncing with multiple services, you are likely to have duplicate cards for many of your contacts.
For example, if you are syncing with Twitter, a card for each of your Twitter connections will sync to BusyContacts. Those Twitter cards will appear in addition to any cards you may have already created on your primary address book (e.g. iCloud, Google or Exchange).
To solve this, BusyContacts allows you to link related cards to each other and combine them into a single virtual card.
BusyContacts automatically links related cards that share common traits, such as the same name or email address. And you can manually link cards as well.
Linked cards from multiple sources can be viewed as a single virtual card when in Combined mode by selecting View > Combine Linked Cards.
For example, when in non-combined mode, three linked cards appear for Fred Chaffee — one each on iCloud, Facebook (macOS 10.13 or below) and Twitter.
When in Combined Mode, the three linked cards are merged into a single virtual card that displays all of the combined info from each of the individual cards.
When cards are linked to each other, the Info Panel displays links to each of the individual cards.
If you click on one of these links, the individual card will open in a separate window where you can view and edit the information specific to that individual card. Or, option-click on a link to open it in the main window instead of a floating window (you must be in non-combined mode for this to work).
If a combined card has conflicting data from its different sources, you can copy a value from one card to all linked cards.
For example, if a photo is updated on a Twitter card, or a job title is updated on a Google card, you can copy the value from that individual card to all linked cards.
Here's how you would copy the photo from Facebook to all linked cards.
- Open the individual Facebook card in a separate window by clicking its link, as described above.
- Click the Edit button.
- Click on the popup that appears to the left of the Photo and choose Copy Photo to Linked Cards.
The photo will be copied to all linked cards that are writable (e.g. iCloud, Google or Exchange).
BusyContacts automatically links related cards that share common traits, such as the same name or email address. But you can manually link cards as well.
Select the cards you want to link (by shift-clicking or command-clicking them), then choose Link Cards from the Edit menu (or control-click and choose Link Cards from the contextual menu).
Linking cards does not alter any data. When in Combined mode, it displays a virtual card that combines the data from each of the individual cards. However, if you edit / modify the details of such a linked card, these changes are then propagated to each of the cards. For example, changing notes on a linked card, where one exists on iCloud and one on Google, would merge and save a the same note in both cards on their respective servers (iCloud & Google in this case).
You can merge duplicate cards that are on the same address book (e.g. two cards for Fred Chaffee on iCloud) into a single card by selecting multiple cards, then choosing Merge Cards from the Edit menu (or control-click and choose Merge Cards from the contextual menu).
Note: The Merge command will only appear on the menu when you have two (or more) cards selected that are on the same address book. When merging cards, a union of the data will be written to one card and the other card will be deleted.
If you have multiple cards on different address books (e.g., iCloud, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn), you can simultaneously link them and copy a union of the data to the writable card (iCloud). To do so, select the cards, then choose Merge and Link Cards from the Edit menu (or control-click and choose Merge and Link Cards from the contextual menu).
When selecting Merge and Link Cards, the following takes place:
- The unique data from all selected cards is combined into a union.
- The unioned data is written to the writable card (e.g. iCloud, but not Facebook). If there are multiple writable cards (e.g. iCloud and Google) the merged data will be written to each of them.
- The cards are linked.
Merging and Linking is a convenient way to copy the data from read-only cards (Facebook) to writable cards (iCloud). And you can perform a Merge and Link on cards that have already been linked (e.g. to update a writable card with data from a read-only card).
You can unlink a card by selecting it and choosing Unlink Cards from the Edit menu (or control-clicking on a card and choosing Unlink Cards from the contextual menu).
You can also unlink a card in Edit mode by clicking the minus (-) button that appears next to the card's address book name.