Contact Editor Free

Contact Editor Free


This is the contact editor (and only the editor) from the Android 2.1 sources.
I just fixed it to make it work with arbitrary contact sources (like CardDAV-Sync) and removed the dependencies on the internal API to make it work with Android 2.2 and later.
So all credits go to Google.

This editor is a replacement/alternative for your native editor and it's invoked in the same way. It will be started whenever you try to edit or create a contact (and you select "Contact Editor Free").

If you can edit all your contacts you may not have any benefits from this app. It is useful if you use some custom Sync-Adapter that does not feature its own editor (like CardDav-Sync) and your editor can not edit those contacts.
However some people reported it is useful if your phone's manufacturer removed the ability to edit custom labels.

Also, have a look at "Contact Editor Pro" an improved version of this editor. ( https://market.android.com/details?id=org.dmfs.android.contacteditorpp )

Get support and news via Twitter https://twitter.com/dmfs_org

This app can not edit or remove contacts from read-only sources like Facebook or Cloudtact! This is due to the definition of read-only!
Also, if you see a blank screen when editing contacts that are aggregated with a Facebook contact, try to remove and recreate your Facebook account. Facebook limits access from other apps which breaks the contacts API in a way. For further information see http://techcrunch.com/2011/02/22/google-android-facebook-contacts/

Note regarding Events:
There is a big problem with events in this editor (better: with Android). The Android SDK documentation states about the database column for the date: 'The event start date as the user entered it.' Unfortunately does every manufacturer have it's own opinion about the format. Some are happy with 'yyyy-mm-dd', my phone uses unix timestamps.
So if your phone doesn't accept the 'yyyy-mm-dd' format try entering a unix-timestamp ;-). Seriously, I think about removing this feature until I've found a proper solution. You can help by sending me mails with your phone model, os version and which formats work or don't work for you.

Btw: just writing a comment like "Doesn't work on..." won't help neither you nor me to get it running on your device. Please contact me if you have problems.

Please report bugs by sending me a mail stating what happened and what you did before it happened. Often the Market bug reports are not very helpful without additional informations.

known issues:

* on some devices this app hangs when it is opened. If this happens to you, please send me an email!
* crashes in some very rare cases. I've no further information about those cases and I'm not able to reproduce them. Please send me an email with your phone model, your OS version and what kind of sync-adapters you have installed. Thanks!

Recent changes:
--- new in 0.6.3.1 --

fix launcher label (was "edit contact" but should be "create contact")

--- new in 0.6.3 --

Add launcher icon that always starts with a new contact. This is meant as a workaround for HTC One users. HTC Sense doesn't invoke 3rd party editors when creating new contacts.
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About Contact Editor Free
This is the contact editor (and only the editor) from the Android 2.1 sources.
I just fixed it to make it work with arbitrary contact sources (like CardDAV-Sync) and removed the dependencies on the internal API to make it work with Android 2.2 and later.
So all credits go to Google.

This editor is a replacement/alternative for your native editor and it's invoked in the same way. It will be started whenever you try to edit or create a contact (and you select "Contact Editor Free").

If you can edit all your contacts you may not have any benefits from this app. It is useful if you use some custom Sync-Adapter that does not feature its own editor (like CardDav-Sync) and your editor can not edit those contacts.
However some people reported it is useful if your phone's manufacturer removed the ability to edit custom labels.

Also, have a look at "Contact Editor Pro" an improved version of this editor. ( https://market.android.com/details?id=org.dmfs.android.contacteditorpp )

Get support and news via Twitter https://twitter.com/dmfs_org

This app can not edit or remove contacts from read-only sources like Facebook or Cloudtact! This is due to the definition of read-only!
Also, if you see a blank screen when editing contacts that are aggregated with a Facebook contact, try to remove and recreate your Facebook account. Facebook limits access from other apps which breaks the contacts API in a way. For further information see http://techcrunch.com/2011/02/22/google-android-facebook-contacts/

Note regarding Events:
There is a big problem with events in this editor (better: with Android). The Android SDK documentation states about the database column for the date: 'The event start date as the user entered it.' Unfortunately does every manufacturer have it's own opinion about the format. Some are happy with 'yyyy-mm-dd', my phone uses unix timestamps.
So if your phone doesn't accept the 'yyyy-mm-dd' format try entering a unix-timestamp ;-). Seriously, I think about removing this feature until I've found a proper solution. You can help by sending me mails with your phone model, os version and which formats work or don't work for you.

Btw: just writing a comment like "Doesn't work on..." won't help neither you nor me to get it running on your device. Please contact me if you have problems.

Please report bugs by sending me a mail stating what happened and what you did before it happened. Often the Market bug reports are not very helpful without additional informations.

known issues:

* on some devices this app hangs when it is opened. If this happens to you, please send me an email!
* crashes in some very rare cases. I've no further information about those cases and I'm not able to reproduce them. Please send me an email with your phone model, your OS version and what kind of sync-adapters you have installed. Thanks!

Recent changes:
--- new in 0.6.3.1 --

fix launcher label (was "edit contact" but should be "create contact")

--- new in 0.6.3 --

Add launcher icon that always starts with a new contact. This is meant as a workaround for HTC One users. HTC Sense doesn't invoke 3rd party editors when creating new contacts.

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User reviews of Contact Editor Free
Fantastic app!! For some reason, the built-in editor stopped working; the first time this happened I had to re-flash the entire phone. This time, I simply installed this gem of an app--and problem solved! I have no idea what caused the 2.3 contacts app to stop editing--but now I really don't care!
Sep 19, 2011
This is a great app and just where I'am looking for, give 5 stars when you add fields birthday and anniversary.
Feb 22, 2011
Android Market Comments
A Google User
6 days ago
Very useful Amazing how such a useful app can be so simple to use.
A Google User
Sep 11, 2014
The Best
A Google User
Sep 8, 2014
Great fix for native Android Contact editor!
A Google User
Sep 8, 2014
Good fix A definite solution to editing Outlook contacts which only allow one way syncing. I thought it was its own contacts app, but it simply allows editing for the stock android contacts app. It stays out of the way when you don't need it, and it has no ads or bs. Perfect for anyone fed up with uneditable contacts.
A Google User
Aug 21, 2014
Nice app - Works with Radicale and KDE I had previously left a review that changes made in Android were not saved to the server (Radicale). This turned out to be incorrect; changes were saved but, due apparently to an incorrect format of the underlying data, were not able to thereafter be read by KDE Kontact. I resolved the issue by re-exporting the original Palm data using Palm Desktop (previously I had used JPilot) and everything is now working great. Marten has been very friendly and helpful during the process.