- Address Book (application)
name = Address Book
caption = Address Book 4.1 under Mac OS X
latest_release_version = 4.1.1 (696)
Mac OS X
genre = Software Address Book
license = Proprietary
website = [http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/addressbook/ Apple: Address Book]
Address Book is an
address bookfor Apple's Mac OS X. It features various syncing features and integrations into the rest of the OS.
*Exports and imports cards to and from
vCard3.0 format [ [http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=AddressBook/4.0/en/ad995.html Importing and Exporting vCards] ] .
*Imports cards from LDIF, tab-delimited, and comma-separated files
Objective-CAPI to interface with other applications.
*Prints labels and envelopes, mailing lists, pocket address books
*Can configure page setup and paper size before printing
*One-click automatic look up for duplicate entries
*Change of address notification
*Smart groups based on Spotlight
*Look up addresses on
Google Maps[ [http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/300.html#addressbook Address Book Features] ]
*Auto-merge when importing vCards
*Customize fields and categories
*Automatic formatting of phone numbers
Microsoft Exchange Server
*Capability to query an LDAP database containing person information
Plugininterface allowing third-party developers to add functionality to the program
Integration with Mac OS X
*Integration with Mail,
iCal, iChat, Fax, Safari, iPhone
iSynccompatibility to sync contacts to phones, PDAs, iPods, and other Macs
MobileMe's Contacts [http://www.apple.com/mobileme/features/contacts.html]
*Contacts are indexed by Spotlight
*Address Book stores previous recipient addresses used by Mail
*URLs in Address Book cards appear in Safari's Address Book bookmarks
*Buddies in iChat can be associated with Address Book cards
*Birthdays saved in Address Book appear in iCal if enabled
*Address Book Dashboard Widget
AppleScriptsupport for querying, adding, modifying, and removing people and groups
Problems and Limitations for Business Use
* Address Book used to integrate
Bluetooth-enabled phones (displaying incoming and missed calls, displaying incoming text messages, letting you send text messages using the phone, etc.) but these features have been entirely disabled in Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard).
* Address Book can print either a person's name, or company/affiliation, on a label or envelope, but not both at the same time.
* Address Book contacts cannot be synchronized with an LDAP server, therefore sharing addresses is nearly impossible.
* Surprisingly primitive de-duplication facility
* Can not export to Excel for mass editing - will only export vCards, which are of limited use as a de-duping or filtering tool.
Address Book has two viewing modes: View Card and Column, and View Card Only. The user can switch between modes with a control in the upper-left portion of the window under the close box.
In View Card and Column, the Address Book window is divided into three panes. The first pane has the title Group. This pane lists All, Directories, and each user-made group. Users can add new groups by pulling the File menu down to New Group, or typing Command-Shift-N.
When selecting All or a user-made group, the second column has the title Name. It lists the names of the people with cards in that group, or all the names if the selected group is All, in alphabetical order by first or last name, depending on user preference.
The third pane has the card corresponding to the selected name. The card can include information, some of which the user can classify into customizable categories like Home and Work. Many of the fields can have duplicate entries, for example, if the person the card describes has several email addresses. The user can edit the fields by pressing the edit button below the bottom-left of the third pane. Default fields include:
*Instant messaging username
Address Book can search LDAP directories. Users customize these in the LDAP tab of the preferences. Users search these by selecting Directories in the first pane, selecting a directory or All in the second pane, and typing their search in the search box above the top-left of the third pane. Results appear in the third pane.
* [http://osxportableapps.sourceforge.net/p_addressbook/index.html Portable Address Book] - Allows you to open Address Book as
portable applicationfrom external drive.
* [http://www.addza.com/ Addza Address Book: An exact Mac OS X address book clone for Microsoft Windows]
* [http://guillaume.salagnac.free.fr/blog/?2008/04/21/ Html Dump Adress Book] - Exports the Address Book to HTML (for example, to print a pocket phone book)
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