From the moment I saw the "Buy Personal License" window, I had a strong feeling that I've seen this app before. Well, as it turned out, it wasn't exactly this app, but another one of Sobolsoft's One-Feature-Full-Price applications. VCF to Excel Converter does just one thing, and you can pretty much guess what that is.
I'm confident that anybody who's at least computer literate knows what Excel is. However, some might not know what VCF is. VCF is a text file that stores contact information in a specific way. It is usually used for transferring contacts from one device to another or via email. VCF files can hold information on more than one contact, and here's where Sobolsoft's service comes in.
Sometimes you don't just want to transfer contacts, but actually see them in a list. Because Excel is the most ubiquitous spreadsheet application (despite there being free alternatives), you'd probably very much like to work with these contacts in the Excel environment. The free version of VCF to Excel Converter can only convert one VCF file at a time. This might be no issue if you only have one file that encompasses all contacts, but if that's not the case, then you will probably wonder how much would the full version cost. It's $19.99 to be exact, not counting taxes.
While I agree that there's nothing bad in asking for this sum, from the user's standpoint there can only be too angles: If I'm to perform these conversions frequently, then
I could easily create a 'macro' function in Excel or develop a small program to do the job, or ask a geeky friend to write that program in an evening for a six-pack of beer. The other angle is: I'm only going to do this once, so I'd rather waste the time than spend $20+ dollars for it..
Of course, VCF to Excel Converter is not just a Convert button. You can filter in name, address, email and phone number and you can also set the results to be arranged in a logical 1 entry - 1 row fashion, or by column.
VCF to Excel Converter is a simple application that performs a simple task. If you're in a hurry of extracting vcf data on mass, then you might want to check the full version. Otherwise, the one file at a time works just fine.