Friday, May 12, 2006

Need: Social Networking software

I am venting today. I have broken down again and bought a "real" database app -- FileMaker Pro 8. I used ACT but it doesn't work on my Mac. I use Address Book and it has this great section where I can identify relationships -- children, sisters, who referred whom, etc. And groups.

This information is really important to me and increasingly important to all of us.

But, i can't get this information easily into FileMaker from Address Book or from ACT. I have investigated online to find scripts written by individuals from Address Book Manipulator to AB2FM.... and they do okay for basic fields like addresses and company names. And then they IGNORE people relationships.

I do not understand this. I have spent many hours trying to find software that will bridge this gap (for less than $100)... and I have found nothing.

I can't believe that Address Book will not export to anything but a vCard. What is going on? Aren't human relationships acknowledged by software makers as important?

If you know of any software that solves this problem, please let me know and I'll post it here.

This kind of narrow thinking makes me angry. Help.