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Copy contacts from an Outlook .pst file to Address Book Apps
I wanted to move all my contacts over from my Windows box to my new Mac, but there was nothing that was both free and easy to use. So I took an existing project called libpst and added the Mac OS X touch to it. I only needed to dump stuff into my Address Book, so the current version does just that.

Barring some slight annoyances (doesn't recognize conflicts, similarities, slow on large pst files, etc.), it does what it needs to do. It's called ABFiller, and both the program and source are available at the above link.

Hope it helps make switching a bit easier!
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Copy contacts from an Outlook .pst file to Address Book
Authored by: guet on Dec 02, '03 02:08:40PM

you can get your contacts moved across just fine if you can save them in vcard format (vcards can of course be dragged straight into address book). I have done this, though I couldn't tell you exactly where the command is - it is non-obvious, but it is there.



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Copy contacts from an Outlook .pst file to Address Book
Authored by: CrisTUFR on Dec 02, '03 05:35:04PM

Heh. If only more people are as forward-looking as you when moving platforms. ;)

I kept backing up .pst files for the longest time when in Windows land, but didn't even think to do many of the required conversion tasks before ditching the machine. AddressBook even handles the vcard import a lot more cleanly than ABFiller can. In fact, ABFiller's parent, LibPST is capable of turning the .pst file into mbox and vcf files. This was just an attempt at speeding up and simplifying the process for other gun-jumpers like myself. :)



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Copy contacts from an Outlook .pst file to Address Book
Authored by: boxer on Dec 13, '03 04:10:37PM

that's fine but if you try to bulk save more than one contact it will only allow you to save as text, not Vcards.
If you drag them all off as individual contacts they come off as .msg files which are useless.



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Copy contacts from an Outlook .pst file to Address Book
Authored by: meall on Jan 05, '04 08:47:10PM

That is explain on the Apple's switcher site. All you need to do is very simple:

open your address book on Windows
select all your contact
drag them to the desktop (or whatever you want)
the address book will create VCF card per contact you have

Then import them to address book on your mac.

As a switcher I did it and it worked just fine.



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Copy contacts from an Outlook .pst file to Address Book
Authored by: dfbills on Dec 02, '03 06:41:42PM

That's exactly what I did. I copied my entire company directory into my personal addressbook, exported to vcards, then emailed them to my MacOSX mail client.

From there, I just dragged into AddressBook and I was in business.



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ABFiller Update
Authored by: CrisTUFR on Dec 02, '03 08:36:51PM

Hey everyone,

I just fixed a problem that may have prevented ABFiller from running on machines that didn't have the Apple developer tools installed. Feel free to visit my page and get the 0.5.1 release to take advantage of the fix.

Also, it has been said to work on 10.2.8 machines. Enjoy!

Cheers,
Chris



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ABFiller Update
Authored by: jr7138 on Dec 03, '03 10:57:36AM

Chris,

My address book didn't have the .pst, so I added. But ABFiller didn't add any of my contact from address book.

Thanks,
JR7138



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Alternative (if you have access to the original machine)
Authored by: Demani on Mar 30, '05 04:44:00PM

Thunderbird will import from Outlook on the Windows machine. You can then just Export your contacts as an .ldif file, which Address Book can of course easily import. And I believe that if you wanted to use Thunderbird on your mac you can just copy the data files over and be done with it.

Just adding this for the sake of completeness.

I did run through a number of other ideas (I had an exported .CSV rather than a .PST, but this pointed me in the right track)



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