If there’s a particular place in your coronary heart for single-purpose utilities that remedy a nagging downside, you then’re going to wish to skip your each day Starbucks espresso and as a substitute purchase your self a duplicate of the brand new iOS contacts utility Vignette. The brand new app is targeted on doing one factor nicely: discovering pictures to your contacts by scouring social media profiles and updating them.
Many individuals don’t hassle so as to add a photograph when coming into in an iOS contact for the primary time — it’s usually an afterthought at greatest. And since the iOS Contacts app directs you to your personal picture library to search out a picture when modifying a contact, including a photograph tends to be one thing folks solely do for shut family and friends. (In spite of everything, most individuals don’t carry round pictures of peers, purchasers or enterprise colleagues on their iPhone.)
However which means while you use Apple’s Cellphone app or iMessage and others, you see grey packing containers with the particular person’s initials as a substitute of a colourful image.
It’s a minor grievance, certain, however one that may affect folks with broad networks — like those that work together with a spread of purchasers or prospects as a part of their job, or distant employees who wish to be reminded of what far-flung colleagues appear to be, as an example.
Plus, the grey preliminary packing containers are simply aesthetically displeasing.
Vignette is straightforward to make use of. The app will scan choose fields in your Contacts, together with E-mail (which is used for Gravatar), Twitter, Fb, and the Customized social community discipline, Instagram. (Instagram just isn’t one of many built-in choices in iOS Contacts, sadly).
You may then select to replace every contact with the picture it finds. Within the case of a number of pictures, you possibly can decide which you favor. And also you don’t should make these updates one-by-one — you possibly can “Select All” to make dozens and even lots of of updates without delay.
In case you’re nervous the app received’t discover something — or not sufficient to warrant spending $4.99 — you possibly can decide to run the scan first, earlier than committing to paying. However for those who resolve to proceed with the updates, you’ll have to make the one-time buy.
There are some third-party utilities for contact administration, together with these that can replace primarily based on social community profile knowledge; however they have a tendency to require you to authenticate with the third-party community as a way to pull within the extra content material.
Vignette doesn’t. The app as a substitute takes a privacy-minded strategy to its work. It doesn’t require you add your contacts to its servers, and it solely makes use of the social networks anonymously versus having you log in.
The indie developer behind the app, Casey Liss — who you would possibly know from the Unintentional Tech Podcast or the video collection Casey on Automobiles — says he has a couple of concepts for bettering the app within the near-term.
This contains duplicate detection, limiting Vignette’s scans to pick out contact teams, and higher Fb integration. (Proper now it requires a numeric Fb ID like fb://profile/1234567, which Liss realizes is undesirable).
He additionally acknowledges that many individuals are asking for LinkedIn integration.
“That would require login, which I’m currently kind of allergic to, but I’ve gotten enough requests to at least consider it,” he tells us.
The app was constructed over three months’ time, and is now launching simply days earlier than Apple’s annual developer convention, WWDC, the place it’s anticipated we’ll see up to date variations of core apps together with Messages.
Given its singular function, Vignette could not have a large viewers. Liss admitted that’s the case on a latest episode of the Analog(ue) podcast, actually.
When requested, who the app was for, he responded: “it’s for me.”
“This is really scratching an itch that I had. I really was tired of looking at all these initials in my Contacts list — I wanted to have pictures,” he defined. “But I didn’t want to go through the manual process of adding them all one-by-one.”
He could also be shocked to search out fairly a couple of of us had been equally irritated by all the grey initials. The app right this moment is making the rounds throughout the Apple blogs and information websites, together with 9to5Mac, MacStories, The Mac Observer, Cult of Mac, and others, the place it’s being largely well-received.
Vignette is a free obtain with a $4.99 in-app buy on the App Retailer.