Cardhop's Intuitive Contacts Management Comes to iOS

A year and a half ago, Flexibits branched out from its popular calendar app Fantastical to debut Cardhop, an intuitive contacts management app for macOS. Cardhop took Apple's Contacts to the next level, offering a smart input field that intelligently parses the text you're typing and figures out what you want to do. Customizable quick actions let you easily perform tasks related to your contacts, such as placing a phone call, sending an email, or contacting on Skype.


Flexibits is now bringing the power of Cardhop to iOS, today launching a universal iPhone and iPad app that offers many of the same features found in the macOS version. The intelligent natural language input is here, automatically detecting whether you're trying to search, add, or edit a contact based on what you've typed.


While Cardhop's contact cards will look very familiar to those who are used to Apple's native Contacts app, Cardhop's enhanced abilities make it much easier to manage and use the information stored on those cards.


Cardhop for iOS makes it easy to edit your contacts, as all you have to do is tap and hold on the piece of information you're looking to update. As on macOS, there are customizable action keys that give you one-tap access to whatever functions you're most interested in, and those action keys live right above your keyboard at all times.

Cardhop for iOS offers a choice of dark and light themes, as well as a combination theme that shows your lists and results in a dark color and individual contact cards in a light color. Siri Shortcuts are also supported in Cardhop, letting you automate various actions with your contacts and integrate those actions across apps.


Notes is another area Flexibits has chosen to emphasize with Cardhop. While Apple's Contacts app lets you take notes about people stored in your database, Cardhop makes the feature more prominent with a slide-up interface and distinctive background (yellow or gray depending on theme), encouraging you to save information about the people you meet for more meaningful future interactions.

Cardhop also supports personal business cards, letting you customize a card with the information you want to share and displaying it like a business card on your phone. With a QR code embedded on the card, it's easy to share just by letting others scan the code using the camera app on their phones.


The natural language input field in Cardhop supports English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Japanese, and if the app incorrectly parses your input, you can hit a flag icon to help the app learn what it should have done.

Finally, Cardhop for iOS supports directory lookups for Google Contacts, G Suite, and Exchange to let you quickly pull down contact information from your accounts on those services. A free update to Cardhop for macOS launching today also brings directory lookups to the desktop.

Flexibits is launching Cardhop for iOS as a paid universal app with no additional in-app purchases required. A limited-time launch sale will see Cardhop priced at $3.99, and once that expires the regular price will be $4.99.

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11 months ago

no mention if it's icloud synced. If not, it's "worthless ".

On their website it states:
The same contacts that you already use will instantly be available in Cardhop. iCloud, Google, Exchange, and LinkedIn are all supported.

Although not entirely sure what happens if you add a new contact via Cardhop....is it automatically added to iOS contacts?
EDIT: I just installed the trial Mac version and can confirm if you add a contact via Cardhop it is added to normal contacts and syncs with iCloud.
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11 months ago
This is an instant buy for me! It's embarrassing that Contacts etc. hasn't improved since iOS 7.
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11 months ago
Just crossed my fingers and downloaded the app. The only feature I have ever wanted from iOS contacts is moving a contact from one account to another. This gets that done.

Hopefully it will allow me to choose which account I add a new contact to, but I cannot figure out how to add a new contact yet... I'm sure it's easy, but just havnt found that yet.

My only initial complaint is how prominently birthdays are shown. Why is every app/platform and every American so obsessed with birthdays now?
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11 months ago
Can you create groups with this? That’s something you still can’t do without a Mac or iCloud in Contacts.
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11 months ago
Fantastic software. Just bought it. This is the future of business cards. These cards we give each other get used once to enter the information into our contacts apps or phones and then either sit in a drawer gathering dust or get thrown in the bin. Either way it's not something we should be continuing to do in our limited resources world.

Being able to share your contact details via the QR code based business card within the app saves the planet and saves us retyping what's on a business card or relying on expensive OCR software to try to interpret the various business cards we encounter in our careers. This in my view is the major strength of this app. I don't really need better contacts management but I'll take it as it's all part of the app I just bought.
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11 months ago

Welcome to the FaceID club. You're right, it's so much better than TouchID and completely intuitive to flick up to unlock your device.

I agree, battery life is massively important for many. I do find that charging my X though is much faster than it used to be with older devices.


Being able to unlock your phone when it's cold and I'm wearing touchscreen gloves is the killer application for FaceID. Before this I'd have to either type in the PIN or take a glove off! Sitting on a freezing cold train platform in Cologne waiting for the train back to the airport, or out hiking in the cold up a mountain or hill, makes me appreciate that kind of thing.

I've invested in all the new charging technologies to speed charging up since being able to with the XR, wireless, USB-PD bedisde and car chargers. Very nice to have fast charging. I just can't find a way to get wireless charging integrated into my car (current model Jeep Grand Cherokee) that's slick enough to where I'm happy with it. I don't like vent mount phone holders, even if they do auto open and close mechanically, and the only flat surface I can find that's big enough to fit a flat charger to hold the XR in place is the dashboard which just seems weird so I still just cable charge in the car. At least until I can find that one perfect wireless option for it.

Honestly though in a normal day, with charging when I'm in the car, the XR's battery doesn't get low enough to where USB-PD charging really has full effect. Usually down to the 80s at the lowest point of the day and it charges back to 100% on my drive home.
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11 months ago

Both my wife and I have Google accounts (hers a vanilla one, mine a Google Apps for Your Domain legacy one) and I would love to find a system where we could share contacts. She makes an update on an address on her end, it syncs with my phone/iPad/computer AND my Google account on my end. Does this software do that? know of any that does?


Full Contact, a subscription service, would let you do that.
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11 months ago
This is a very, very good app. It is not 100% perfect at parsing free form contact info, but nearly all the info ends up in the right fields. Just highlight an address say, in an email, use the Share Sheet to send it to CardHop and it does the work. Their Dark Mode is very pleasing to the eye, as well. Tons of Siri shortcuts, too.
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Unfortunately it doesn't support Edison mail as the mail app. No big issue. I use Edison to keep my work email seperate from my personal email and so it doesn't give our exchange server rights to remote-wipe my device.
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Yes it does and also add additional exchange servers than those configured for the whole device. So you can just add an exchange server with a GAL you want to search to this app only rather than for the whole device

This is super useful. Just added my work Office365 account and it searches that much faster than the Contacts app does.
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11 months ago
I hadn’t but I have now and it didn’t make any difference. To be fair if it doesn’t work iPhone to iPhone without any 3rd party apps it’s useless for meetings. Exchanging business cards takes seconds. If this is any more of a faf than that I’d never expect someone to use it to scan my card.

EDIT: I’ve tweeted Flexbits, we’ll see if they can fix it on the next version...or perhaps correct their App Store page on which iPhones it’s compatible with...
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11 months ago
Unless this is accessible from the Contacts tab in the Phone app, it will flop.
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