When it comes to a contact management program for the Mac you just cannot beat Daylite’s program. Last week when Marketcircle announced their beta versions of 3.9rc1 in the forum in anticipation of the launch of Daylite Touch I was ready to make the switch from 3.8
Previously, I had setup Daylite to run on my desktop Mac Pro and had it also installed on my Mac laptop. While I had purchased two licenses initially in the previous versions I found I really did not need them yet.
When I got up the courage to install Daylite 3.9 they had rc2 out, reading through the forum I really did not see any challenges to making the move. This time since I was going through all the effort of a major upgrade I wanted to move it to my Apple Leopard Server in preparation for Daylite touch.
In order, to take my existing database and move it to the new machine required a few extra steps. First I had to download and install the Daylite server on my current Mac Pro, then launch the program and convert the database over to 3.9, after adding my license to the the new database server.
Once the conversion was done, then I performed a backup of the new database. Next, was to install the Daylite server software on the Leopard Server. Once this was done, all that was needed was to restore from the backup I had made on my desktop.
The next step was to download the Daylite productivity suite 3.9rc2 on both the desktop and laptop. The next step was the moment of truth connect both to the new Daylite server. Talk about joy when everything just worked, it could not have been a simpler installation – migration.
Over the course of the week Marketcircle released rc3 and the updates went just as smooth as the initial installation. Today, Daylite Touch was finally released along with the final version of Daylite 3.9.
The Daylite Touch server is already installed when you install the server package, all that is needed to activate it is a license. At just under $50 per user I’m not sure how many people will actually want it, yet if they actually see it work on the iPhone I’m sure they will want it.
The phenomenal integration still amazes me, now it really does not matter where I’m at I have complete access to my customer – prospect lists just about anywhere. When using the Daylite touch program on the iPhone it seems more intuitive then that actual desktop program.
Overall I would have to give Marketcircle a two thumbs up for this latest contact management program and the addition of the Daylite Touch application just makes it even better, they have really raised the bar now when it comes to a well though out contact management system!