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Authored by: michaelbach on Feb 22, '09 02:45:45AM
Dear Mac-savvy colleagues:

You are so totally right that smart groups can do this and more -- thank you for pointing this out to me. I will now just consider it another learning step in AppleScript ;-)

As to robleach's question "I'm curious about these "limitations":
- limited export capabilities
- no list view which can be sorted by any criterion
- not possible to add fully custom fields. I smuggle them in as custom "spouse" or whatever (yes one can rename them, but they must fit into the general framework available for the template). For instance, sometimes I like flags (e.g., who gets our family chronicle), or the bank account and more.
I would appreciate being proved wrong on this too ;-).

Thank you, best, Michael.

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Authored by: msadesign on Feb 22, '09 05:02:49AM


Why not just make a group called 'Family'? then, in Mail, in the 'To' field, simply type 'Family' and all of the email addresses spring right on over. Very clean. I use project numbers and do this for all my client contacts.

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Authored by: robleach on Oct 30, '09 10:26:09AM

I agree. Using smart groups is probably the tool to solve that issue. Generally, there are usually ways to do what you want to do that you may not be familiar with. The nice thing is that once you learn it for address book, you'll learn it for other apps at the same time because most everything is designed using the same organizational and functional concepts. However, I agree, more export options would be nice. I'd like to generate a tab-delimited file. I've done this before, but using some perl hacking. However, one tip to discover more hidden "export" options is to hit print, which allows you to "export" to PDF. The format is somewhat customizable.

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Authored by: brucio on Feb 23, '09 09:48:52AM
Appreciate the effort- I too recently made the switch from Now Contact to Address Book and have been trying to figure out work-arounds to deal with Address Book's limitations. I figured out this particular problem using a Smart Group as mentioned, but the one that still vexes me is how to add extra fields and field labels. This hint is promising (, but I'm paranoid that any changes I make won't survive an Address update, especially this close to the release of OS 10.6. Anyone have any clues on the state of Address Book development?

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