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Mass edit Address Book and iCal using Bento Apps
I sometimes find myself wanting to make large changes to my Address Book and iCal entries -- the kinds of things that I don't seem to be able to do within the applications themselves. Things like being able to search for a group of iCal events, select them, and then change them all to a new iCal calendar. Using Bento, I can do just that. It is a great way of cleaning up the Address Book, too.

You just open Bento (I'm using version 4 now, but 3 could also do it), navigate to either the Address or iCal source lists, choose the list view, and start editing. Could not be easier.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. Bento obviously is not free, but there seem to be a lot of people out there who using it.]
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Mass edit Address Book and iCal using Bento
Authored by: joeyblades on Apr 22, '11 08:22:27AM

I'm confused. Is this a hint or an advertisement?



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Mass edit Address Book and iCal using Bento
Authored by: gregraven on Apr 22, '11 04:03:58PM

Not sure how Bento helps much. I just downloaded the trial, only to discover there it has no ability to do a find-and-replace. I've had better results exporting my entire Address Book as a vcard file, doing my edits using GREP expressions in BBEdit, and then replacing my address book contents with my edited vcard file.

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Greg Raven
Apple Valley, CA



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Mass edit Address Book and iCal using Bento
Authored by: emergencypicnic on Apr 24, '11 12:18:02PM

It seems like this should work with FileMaker also. Any idea how?



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Bento limited, FileMaker & plug-in maybe
Authored by: FlaSheridn on Apr 25, '11 10:36:47AM

http://forums.filemaker.com/posts/c4fdcf6c36 suggests that Bento is quite limited in its handling even of custom fields visible in Address Book, which presumably means that it's incapable of handling the hidden fields which MissingSync put there (which is what I needed).



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