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Import an Outlook CSV file to Address Book
Authored by: Mike A on Sep 02, '05 10:16:56AM

I thought Address Book in 10.4 could import CSV files anyway?



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Import an Outlook CSV file to Address Book
Authored by: lennyx on Sep 02, '05 07:33:27PM
I had also problems with Mail dropping some fields from a outlook csv file during an export. This is why I am using csv2vcard (http://csv2vcard.sourceforge.net/) to convert csv files before importing to mail into vcard files. I found that Mail imports vcard files without dropping any information. Lenny

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Import an Outlook CSV file to Address Book
Authored by: bkuestner on Sep 04, '05 08:27:39AM

On paper, yes, Tiger's Addressbook can directly import from csv or tab-separated text files. But there are so many bugs in there, I never got it to work in a good enough manner.

I filed a bug with Apple that has just one line, no special characters, but it still won't import for whatever reason.

It's not the line endings either, as I read that another user could narrow his problem down to having the wrong Mac/Unix/Windows style line endings.

It's another one of the many Tiger promises that Apple didn't keep. Very Microsoftish, unfortunately. I'm still on Tiger though, because other things are a clear improvement over Panther.



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Import an Outlook CSV file to Address Book
Authored by: appalbarry on Apr 08, '06 07:53:15PM

My experience tonight says that Address Book will not import a CSV generated by Outlook. In general I am amazed how difficult it is to get addresses into this application.

I wound up following the instructions above to hammer the data into a form of LDIF that Address Book would accept. Without Excel and Thunderbird as intermediate tools it would have been impossible

Bad, very bad. Why or why doesn't Address Book just import from the Outlook PST file?



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Import an Outlook CSV file to Address Book
Authored by: bichita on Mar 12, '08 10:17:15AM
I made the mistake of syncing my address book with Bento. There was no easy way to edit the contacts, so I exported them all into a CSV file. Much to my dismay, Address Book wouldn't read the CSV file and Bento couldn't handle taking all that data back in (it froze up every time I tried more than 200 contacts at once).

BUT! I just found this amazing FREE tool that took care of everything. OMG, Steve Roy, where have you been all my miserable workweek life!?! Address Book Importer matches up all the fields in your CSV file and syncs up with Address Book.... thus restoring clarity and order to my jumbled contacts list. And did I mention it was ridiculously fast!! (2500 contacts with 37 fields in less than a minute)

Ooooh, I know I sound like a commercial but this has been plaguing me for a week and I just had to share.

Check out http://homepage.mac.com/sroy/addressbookimporter/

Seriously, I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about this super easy-to-use program that put my headache at ease. (I even emailed the creator to thank him.)

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