Calendar = BusyCal (good enough for me, 1 day of use) Tasks = Things (excellent in my opinion, 1 year of use) Contacts = Address Book (inadequate, but it will have to do. I will also probably rely more on LinkedIn.)
I've found that using PIMs such as Now X and SOHO Organizer is OK but not great for task management and have used OmniFocus for my projects/tasks.
Then Address Book is for my contacts. But I am using DevonThink Pro Office and created a folder for each contact. That's where I keep my contact history.
Once upon a time, it was nice to have an all-in-one program that did everything ala AppleWorks. But life has gotten more complex in a new century. An example I like to use is records management. Previously I would rely on Now Up-To-Date to keep records of all my bill payments. I'd have a contact record for my credit card company and it would have my payment history there. Nowadays, I would put a task/reminder on the due date to make a payment (for those payments that don't have auto- billing) on my calendar. I would make my payment and get a receipt. I would scan my receipt into Mariner Paperless and then just auto-delete the task from my calendar after 90 days. At least I know my receipt scan is in Mariner Paperless.
So I'm slowly accepting the fact that my PIM is no longer able to handle more complex workflows.
Still hoping for a better contact solution. The BusyCal folks are stating that they are considering a contact solution but it will probably be 2011 before they even start working on it if they greenlight the project. It's been a popular request at BusyMac.
Maybe you can give a shout out to the BusyCal folks and if they see enough demand, they might just greenlight it earlier. But I believe they are working on enhancing BusyCal. When development slows down and most of the features are in place, they'll turn their sights to other projects.
What I missed most was the menubar access to contact info. I found BdContacts (and BdCalendar) from baddogapps.com. It's not quite as smooth, but it's inexpensive and provides me what the functionality I missed.
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