Highrise is a new web-based contact management tool offered by 37signals, the makers of the Basecamp and Campfire project management apps.
Highrise is simple contact management. It’s easy to use and not bloated with lots of features you’ll never use. If your’re looking for a good system to access your contacts and schedule tasks, events, etc around them, then Highrise may be the answer for you.
A few likes and dislikes:
Tagging – Highrise using tagging. I like tagging–it’s a Web2.0 way of organizing things, but is really helpful. With tagging you can apply an arbitrary label to any contact and easily see a view of all those contacts by clicking on the tag. Easy to understand and use.
No Global Search – As much as I like tagging, I still can’t live on tagging alone. Highrise allows search by name, which is nice, but I’d like to able to search by anything I can remember about that contact. Often times I can’t remember the name of person but may remember some odd detail like their street name. I want to be able to search globally for any keyword in my contact database, just like I do on Google.
Data Import/Export – Highrise currently supports data import and export via the vCard format. If you keep all of your contact info in Outlook or some other format that supports export in vCard this is great, but it would be nice to have the CSV (like Excel) format supported. So many contact databases support this and it would be nice if we could all import to Highrise this way.
I could list some other nits, but all in all I like Highrise. Hopefully it won’t be long before we see a Highrise application that is powerful, yet still simple to use.