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Sync Facebook photos and birthdays to Address Book Apps
If you use Facebook, you might be interested in syncing your friends' profile images and birthdays into your OS X address book. After trying a number of programs, none met my needs. So I created AddressBookSync, a free Facebook/OS X tool which matches Facebook friends to contacts in Address Book, and is able to sync their profile picture and birthday information. This utility is probably most useful for people who sync their phones (such as an iPhone) with their OS X Address Book for contact information. This way, they can keep their contacts' pictures updated with their latest and greatest Facebook profile picture, which will show up when they call.

AddressBookSync does not and will not support the synchronization of phone numbers or email addresses as Facebook does not allow this by their Terms of Service.

[robg adds: I haven't tested this utility. Note that this hint was submitted by the program's author, but given that it performs a useful service and seems to be completely free of charge (and any advertising in the app or the linked site), I felt it worth sharing.]
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Unable to Log In to Facebook
Authored by: arloguthrie on Dec 01, '08 08:27:50AM

I was unable to get this application to work. Once opened, it brought up a blank window, presumably for logging in to Facebook. I was then given the informative error message, "I can't seem to talk to Facebook.com right now. This is a problem." There are no weird proxy settings on my network, nor have I any issues with connecting to Facebook through Safari.



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Unable to Log In to Facebook
Authored by: cdaiger on Dec 01, '08 10:36:51AM

Worked fine here... works very well...



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Unable to Log In to Facebook
Authored by: robleach on Dec 01, '08 11:30:03AM

Me too. Just fine.



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Friends list blank
Authored by: chimerical on Dec 01, '08 03:25:05PM

None of the Facebook friends are appearing in this application's window after a successful login. My OS X Address Book was empty during this first test. I then created some names identical to some of the Facebook friends on my list, and the AddressBookSync application still had a blank friends list window.



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Unable to Log In to Facebook
Authored by: AJB on Dec 02, '08 12:51:24AM

I get exactly the same...

A blank login window and an unable to contact facebook message.



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Unable to Log In to Facebook
Authored by: mark hunte on Dec 02, '08 07:12:38AM

Although I did not login to fully test this app.

I found when it first ran it made some calls to two web sites. So I blocked them until I worked out where it was calling.

I then got the 'could not connect to facebook' message.

The sites turned out to be:1 facebook and the other I assume is the developers site to check version?

When I then allowed the facebook site I still got the connection error message.
I then allowed the second site, Still got the message.

I then killed the plist file for the app, which only contained a date for the last attempt at connection to dev site.
( I quit and re-launched after each change above.)

And then got the logon screen.



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Sync Facebook photos and birthdays to Address Book
Authored by: pub3abn on Dec 01, '08 12:21:40PM

What happens when you already have a birthday or picture? For example, suppose you have a person's full birthday including the year, but Facebook has only the month and day? Will your data get overwritten?



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Sync Facebook photos and birthdays to Address Book
Authored by: pub3abn on Dec 31, '08 08:54:29AM

For anyone interested, it appears that the 1.1 release resolves these questions.



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Sync Facebook photos and birthdays to Address Book
Authored by: callefjant on Dec 01, '08 02:01:39PM

This is great news! I've been using FBSync since long ago (which once synced even the kind of data that the Facebook disallows nowadays). It's been crashing lately, so the other day I searched for a substitute, and just found a $1 (or whatever it was) iPhone app which didn't work either (what happened to try before you buy?). So this one finally did the thing, quick and easy. Thanks a lot!



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Sync Facebook photos and birthdays to Address Book
Authored by: milesgehm on Dec 01, '08 09:42:30PM

it worked just great for me



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