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10.4: Organize Address Book entries via Smart Groups Apps
Tiger only hintI have many people in my Address Book, and I wanted to sort them out by where they lived. So I created a Smart Group (press Command-Option-N) and named the group the area that I was trying to sort. So for instance, I wanted to get all the people in Missouri in one group, so I named it "Missouri." In the "Contains cards which match the following" section, I selected Phone, Contains, 816 (which is the area code for the Kansas City, Missouri area).

[robg adds: Smart Groups in Address Book are really a nice addition, and you can do some interesting things with them, as shown here. I still wish there was just a simple "Sort on whatever field I tell you to sort on" option, insted of only First Name or Last Name.
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10.4: Organize Address Book entries via Smart Groups
Authored by: felixv on Jun 16, '05 10:09:43AM

Unfortunately, using Smart Groups slows my Address Book (10.4.1, 17" 1.67ghz Powerbook) to a crawl. It's reintroduced the "spinning pizza of Windows emulation" back into OS X :(



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10.4: Organize Address Book entries via Smart Groups
Authored by: macsolve on Jun 16, '05 03:37:06PM

It seems smart groups aren't synced to a cell phone, at lest not when I tried it.



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10.4: Organize Address Book entries via Smart Groups
Authored by: xavierbdm on Jun 20, '05 05:28:29AM

Issue is a bit more annoying than that actually:
The smart groups are not offered as a choice for filtering the addresses to sync to phone:
in my case, I have a smart group aimed at gathering all contacts that have a mention of "synctel" in the comments (those I want to be in the phone)
And this group does not show in iSync choice of groups to sync!
The only one use I had for smart groups is not there.

So back to using SmartBook a clever little add-on that does smart grouping for me:
http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/22355

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iMac G4 17 800/512/80 + powerbook firewire G3 500/512/30



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10.4: Organize Address Book entries via Smart Groups
Authored by: zane on Jun 16, '05 04:29:12PM

A shortcut to create Smart Groups: Hold 'Option' when clicking the + sign under the groups column. Same shortcut that is used when creating Smart Playlists iTunes or Smart Mailboxes in Mail.

As an extra little nicety, if you have Smart Groups set up in Address Book and select a contact, then press option, any Smart Group that contact is associated with will be highlighted in yellow.



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10.4: Organize Address Book entries via Smart Groups
Authored by: richmc on Jun 16, '05 04:40:01PM

Can anyone get smart groups to autocomplete in mail? Using the address book distribution list and clicking the 'TO' button on the smart group I want, I already know will work but, getting it to autocomplete in the address to: field from within mail doesn't work the same as a regular group... any suggestions.

Rich



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10.4: Organize Address Book entries via Smart Groups
Authored by: raider on Jun 17, '05 01:46:07PM

I submitted this as a hint Yesterday or the day before, so it will probably be showing up soon - but the info is applicable here as well.

Only "regular" groups will autocomplete. If you make a smart group the way you want - make a regular group with the only member of the regular group being the smart group... (nested groups).

Then the reular group will autocomplete, and contain all of the members of the smart group nested within...

Example:

Smart group contains all apple.com entries. Named the smart group "apple.com".

Regular group named "Apple" contains smaty group "apple.com".

Typing "Apple" in the To: field in Mail.app will insert all members of the "apple.com" smart group.

:)



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10.4: Organize Address Book entries via Smart Groups
Authored by: romulis on Jun 20, '05 03:10:21AM

have you sent that to apple?

It makes it kind of obvious that there's no reason why smart-group completion or synchronisation should not work :-)

Thanks for the tip btw!



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Oy.
Authored by: designbot on Jun 16, '05 09:05:29PM

This is a hint?

"Smart Groups are neat!"

You must be some kind of Mac Genius! How about, I don't know, a Smart Group where State Is "MO"?

Just thinking outside the box here.



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10.4: Organize Address Book entries via Smart Groups
Authored by: mayo2ca on Jun 17, '05 02:56:27AM

is it only me, or do smart groups not sync with .Mac?

m



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10.4: Organize Address Book entries via Smart Groups
Authored by: seanhussey on Jun 17, '05 08:35:27AM

Correct, they do not sync with .mac.

Here's a tip--set up a Smart Group that contains a group of friends or coworkers (I put tags in the Notes field of cards to help with this). Then, in Mail, you can set up a Smart Mailbox that shows messages from only that group.

As you add and remove people from the group, the mailbox automatically updates. Now that's what I call smart.



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10.4: Organize Address Book entries via Smart Groups
Authored by: debd on Jun 18, '05 11:24:54AM

I can't seem to get email addresses into my groups in .mac address book . It doesn't sync from the desktop address book. It's not only you! Any ideas on how to get this synced?



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