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10.6: Address Book 'negative' groups can cause issues
Authored by: GSD Mom on Dec 06, '09 11:23:26AM

The suggestion in some of the posts to do without Smart Groups in OS 10.6 felt like a huge step back.

I am club secretary for > 300 members in an Apple User Group in Naples, FL. Club officers rely heavily on Smart Groups in AB as we sort our club related contacts by dues expiration, internet provider, types of classes taken, membership status etc. It is normal for over 40 member vCards to be updated each month; we send the updated vCards to each other to have similar Address Books.

The source of the problem appears to be having a Smart Group selected in AB’s sidebar when trying to import.

Many thanks to dgkanter , the author of this Hint, for pointing us to Smart Groups as the offending bugger, but in our testing, it wasn’t just groups with a negative condition that caused our problems. (We tried removing all Smart Groups with a negative condition in AB and still had import hangups.)


We’ve found a work around that lets us continue our use of Smart Groups in OS 10.6.
1. Create a new group in AB that is not a Smart Group, such as “New Cards”
2. Select New Cards group in the AB sidebar.
3. Import your vCard(s) as you normally would.
4. You now have visual confirmation that your import took in the New Cards group; now delete the vCard(s) just from the New Cards group (“Remove from Group”) so as not to erroneously affect the number of vCards in your AB.
5. The imported card will now of course be found in All Contacts, but also will be properly sorted among your Smart Groups.


Now if we could just get the Last Import group to work properly under OS 10.6 so it will reset with every new import, instead of its current cumulative behavior for all imports since OS 10.6 was installed!



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