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Use Mail to easily send emails to Address Book groups
Authored by: totallyGreg on Nov 11, '03 01:11:54PM

Be aware that a bug exists. If you categorize your address books by groups, and one member of the group doesn't have an email address. (i.e. grandma) Then sending email to the entire group will fail. At least until you break apart the group and remove the deviant member. Defeating the purpose of sending to a single group.



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Use Mail to easily send emails to Address Book groups
Authored by: tomem on Dec 28, '03 11:33:42AM

A year ago, Mail would happily send emails to only those group members having email addresses and ignore the rest. Now it fails. Two steps forward and at least one back. I'm sure this relates to the new "smart" method for displaying email addresses within Mail.app.

Anyone know a workaround? I'd like to send new year's greetings to my entire address book without having to remove my non-email correspondents from it by hand...

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TomEM
Crofton, MD



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A workaround for the bug
Authored by: tomem on Dec 28, '03 12:30:45PM

After a lot of experimenting, I (re)discovered at least one method that gets around the bug with group emails. Groupings of contacts that are dragged and dropped to an email address field are filtered for those that contain valid email addresses. Don't ask me why this is not the case when groups are referenced using the group name! So, I was finally able to email my entire address book (a bit over 1200 contacts) as follows:

In the Address Book, choose any group or the entire "All" group. The names appear in the Name column. The list can be further filtered using the search field. Select the entire Name column by clicking on a visible entry and using the Edit menu or Cmd-A to select all. Drag the list of desired contacts from the Name column to any address field (probably the bcc: is most appropriate for a large list) of an email open for composition. As you begin to drag, the cursor will change (after a delay) to an icon showing the number of (valid) email addressees that have been selected. When the message is sent, the list of addresses will be checked for validity and any mal-formed addresses will be reported in an error message, so the list can be repaired and retried.

It's a bit slow with 1200 addresses, but works...

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TomEM
Crofton, MD



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