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Sync Thunderbird and Address Book using Plaxo Internet
Plaxo is an online service to sync addresses between several clients. A newcomer among the officially supported clients is Apple's Address Book. First you have to register at Plaxo. Then get the Thunderbird extension and the Address Book plugin from www.plaxo.com/downloads and install them.

Please keep the following things in mind:
  1. Plaxo stores the address data on remote server. You may want to read their Privacy Policy first.
  2. The contact's primary e-mail address has to be mapped as "Work" in Address Book.
  3. Backup your Address Book data first! Due an mistake, I accidently trashed all birthday entries. (A modification log is accessible through plaxo.com though.)
Plaxo Toolbars are also available for Outlook, Outlook Express, and Internet Explorer for Windows (with Yahoo! support). Syncing with AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) is also possible and doesn't even require a download.

[robg adds: This previous hint explained how to use Plaxo to migrate contacts from Outlook to Thunderbird. I don't use the service, so I haven't tested either hint.]
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Sync Thunderbird and Address Book using Plaxo
Authored by: ocdinsomniac on Mar 16, '06 09:48:21AM

I've been trying this over the past couple days to get the address books on my home and work computers synced. So far it's worked quite well. It does true two-way sync, and although Plaxo's online service does not appear to offer group listings, the groups do, in fact, transfer to/from AddressBook. I'm impressed!

Now if I could only find such a thing for my bookmarks I'd be quite the happy camper.

-systemsboy



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Sync Thunderbird and Address Book using Plaxo
Authored by: tychay on Mar 16, '06 05:55:20PM

(I work at Plaxo, but not on the Mac client)

Actually the group information is available through Plaxo. Address Book Groups are synced in the Outlook field known as "Categories:" which is available online in the "Other Information" tab.

Because "Smart Groups" are saved searches, that information is not synced. Also some fields don't map correctly to fields in Outlook (Let's face it, Outlook has an archaic data model that's really bad), which means that they aren't fully supported yet in Plaxo. Hopefully in the near future we can add support for the more robust fields in Address Book and have true 100% synchronization.

I hope that this is a good start.



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Sync Thunderbird and Address Book using Plaxo
Authored by: bnj on Sep 09, '06 01:12:48PM
Hello,

About your comment about beeing able to sync bookmarks: Google offers a service for that if you use firefox. It works only with firefox but I don't mind because it is the only browser I use anyway. I also synchronizes other browser settings (not only the bookmarks). It is very nice. Check it out: http://www.google.com/tools/firefox/browsersync/

Best regards!

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Sync Thunderbird and Address Book using Plaxo
Authored by: dfbills on Mar 16, '06 12:17:11PM

A good tip, but the beta plugin for Mac Address Book needs some work.

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Sync Thunderbird and Address Book using Plaxo
Authored by: just_jeepin on Mar 16, '06 01:26:52PM

Probably a stupid question... does Plaxo sync ical also?

What I'd love is a web based app the syncs addresses and calendar events with both macs and pcs... but here's the kicker... that can run on my own server! I hate being at the mercy of a company especially a small company that might not be around in a year or two.



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Sync Thunderbird and Address Book using Plaxo
Authored by: KAMiKAZOW on Mar 16, '06 03:16:43PM

No, Plaxo does not sync with iCal. Maybe in the future. Send a feature request to Plaxo. When enough people ask for that feature, they will propably add it.



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Sync Thunderbird and Address Book using Plaxo
Authored by: tychay on Mar 16, '06 06:09:46PM

I work at Plaxo, but not on the Mac client.

Currently Plaxo Toolbar for Mac OS X does not sync the calendar information. This is because Mac OS X development is tied to eating our own API dogfood and there is no Plaxo synchronization API for calendar. When one becomes available, I imagine that iCal sync will shortly follow.

I still encourage you to request this feature/participate on our forums about this need. Your needs are an important factor in determining how we prioritize features and bug fixes in our releases.

I also want to point out, a 3rd party, e2xo has reverse engineered our online calendar engine and claims to offer iCal synchronization. If you have this need, you may want to look at them. (I say "claim" not to denigrate them, but because I have never used this product. What they've done is very impressive since I wrote our online calendar without considering that anyone would use it as a REST-based API for synchronization.)

I hope this helps



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Sync Thunderbird and Address Book using Plaxo
Authored by: flakaddict on Mar 16, '06 03:24:50PM

Try this:

http://phpicalendar.net/

It allows you to display your iCal calendars online, and you can even sync it, too...even if you're not running a WebDAV server. Great, free, and open source.



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Sync Thunderbird and Address Book using Plaxo
Authored by: dfbills on Mar 18, '06 09:44:10PM

http://sourceforge.net/projects/info2me/

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Sync Thunderbird and Address Book using Plaxo
Authored by: LostInSpace2011 on Mar 17, '06 12:46:39AM

You can also set this feature up on your LAN using LDAP (included with OS X) and AddressBook2/4LDAP available at j2anywhere.com. On the site there are instructions on configuration of LDAP which is a little tricky I must admit.

It's more secure as the data never leaves your LAN and many applications make use of LDAP, like Mail.app for example. It even works with a lesser know operating system called Windows.



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Sync Thunderbird and Address Book using Plaxo
Authored by: jwbbccp on Jul 24, '06 11:43:49PM

I just tried this out after trying innumerable applescripts and a thoroughly confusing LDAP protocol... Plaxo made it real simple and luckily (since i'm a poor college student) it' free... as long as you don't mind making your contacts information available online (which it probably is anyway in some form or another, and like i said, i'm in college so i have no conscience or regards for other people's privacy anyway;-) it worked like a charm... i downloaded the mac osx (address book) plugin, followed the instructions to sync, then downloaded the thunderbird extension, followed the instructions to sync, and like previously mentioned the only difference in formatting now between my address book and thunderbird is groups (which i can pretty readily fix anyway)... good tip!



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Sync Thunderbird and Address Book using Plaxo
Authored by: vincent.keunen on Dec 26, '07 02:42:50AM

Plaxo looks nice (I even paid for the Premium version), however, they restrict the number of address cards sync in Thunderbird to 3000, which is a shame!!! There is no restriction for MacOSX address book or other applications... Very sad... That means I paid for an application I can't even use...



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Sync Thunderbird and Address Book using Plaxo
Authored by: palahala on Dec 26, '07 04:20:22AM

Be glad, and stop using it right away, and make contacts (friends...?) 3,001 and up happy. That is: if really only 3,000 of your contacts have been sent to the Plaxo servers so far.

I really fail to understand why people think Plaxo is nice, while it collects email-addresses (and many other personal details that you have collected for them -- without even saying Thanks to you) of people who've never agreed to their terms, or who've even explicitly indicated they do not like Plaxo.

To me, Plaxo really feels like macosxhints.com would be sharing our account details with some third party. Would we agree to such sharing without being asked? Well, I doubt people ever asked their contacts about sending their details to Plaxo.

Oh, of course, Plaxo says they won't abuse those details (it only took me ages to get rid of their Join Plaxo Now spam) and, of course, their software engineers created something that is totally hack-proof...

So, again: be happy the import, export, whatever, failed and remove their spyware form you computer!



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