Friday, February 15, 2013

What’s Old Is New Again: How To Get The Yellow Pages To Work On Your Mac

Yellow PagesWe’re quite a few years into the digital age so why do all the neighborhood phone companies still dump their yellow page directories on our doorstep?

Money. Yellow Pages are a cash cow for local phone companies.

Apparently, there’s a lot of profit in dead trees. Is there a better way? Yes, add Yellow Pages to your Mac and save a couple of trees. I have a couple of yellow pages-like apps on my iPhone and iPad, but this is a first for the Mac. It’s also what you expect. Free. Easy to use. Better than a yellow pages book made of tree parts.

Search through the Yellow Pages app by category, select a business, and all the information you need is displayed, including address, phone number, ratings, and– insert drum roll here– a map with directions.

Yellow Pages

As a plus, if a business listing has a website, you can click the link to open that in Safari. And, business contact info can be added easily to Contacts (Address Book).

The search results are ranked and displayed by distance from your location, so Yellow Pages is location aware. Handy, right? And, there’s both an iPhone and iPad version available.

There’s not much to Yellow Pages that you wont’ like, but I do miss some of the business advertising designs. The digital Yellow Pages are just, well, information.