Continuing on my quest for apps that make me go
"that should've been in OS X," I found BuddyPop at the
ever-useful Hawk Wings.
BuddyPop makes Address Book a bit more accessable and useful by offering a searchable pop-up window for your contacts.
A user-definable keyboard shortcut calls the highly-configurable pop-up window, and various pieces of contact info are
linked to actual applications. Clicking on a phone number can call the contact using Vonage or Skype, while clicking an
email address opens a message addressed to the contact. This is the kind of super-handy stuff that really should have
been built into operating systems years ago, in my humble opinion. BuddyPop costs 10 € (10 euros) which the Unit
Converter widget tells me is just under $12 (USD).
Like Tim Gaden over at Hawk Wings, however, Quicksilver does all this stuff for me already, and much more. But for a lot of people who simply need quick access to contacts and not all the (sometimes confusing) extras of Quicksilver, I'm sure BuddyPop is a great, functional solution.