Currently Being ModeratedNov 26, 2012 7:00 PM (in response to Linc Davis)
No, I also have a TM backup. But every time I tried to restore the application support files, when I launched Address Book the cards were corrupted. Since then, I took the application support files off a MBP that has been turned off and not corrupted. I delected all the Address Book cards in iCloup. I sync with cable from MBP to iPhone than synced iPhone to iCloud. Then turn on syncing to iCloud on everything.
Warning: archive Address Book every once in a while. I don't trust iCloud any more. If data there gets corrupted, everything gets corrupted. And syncing off a device to override iCloud isn't easy. I think I like syncing to MobileMe better.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 3, 2012 8:08 AM (in response to Linc Davis)
It has happened again. I was on a different iMac. I searched Address Book for a given parameter. I was adding some information to the Notes field and "zap" the information that had been there was deleted. Before I knew it, it synced to iCloud and it was all "updated" to the wrong information.
I know of no way to get an individual card from a backup. I archived Address Book last Friday, but restoring to that will remove all the intervening data that has been added.
What's the solution? Anyone know a way to recover a given card? What system can I adopt? Apparently, Address Book is getting buggy.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 3, 2012 8:46 AM (in response to jfort)
Bring the Contacts or Address Book window forward, then enter Time Machine and scroll back to a snapshot that includes the contacts you want to restore. Select the contacts and click the button in the lower right corner of the screen.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 3, 2012 11:10 AM (in response to Linc Davis)
OK. Spent an hour with Apple Technical Support. (Are they great or what?) My iCloud address book had corrupted information. Restoring from TM doesn't work. When I delected cards in iCloud, iCloud would sync with iMac and deleted the cards on iMac, too. All mobile devices had corrupted info, too. When your address book is linked to iCloud, it will update from the cloud the minute you restore from TM. Worse, "the code" to do that is in the files that TM has backed up. The trick is to have your uncorrupted address book exported as a .vcf so that the code is not included. (I had an uncorrupted file on a turned off MBP.) Then, turn off the link to the cloud. Do it two places: System Preferences>iCloud>contacts (turn the switch to off) AND Address Book>Preferences>Accounts (delete). I had deleted all the cards from the iCloud address book. Then I disconnected iMac from the internet (unplugged ether net cable and turned off WIFI). Then import the .vcf file into address book. Connect iMac to internet. Link address book to iCloud: System Preferences>iCloud>contacts (turn the switch to on).
Wasn't it easier in mobile me to do an advance sync and have the computer over write the cloud?!!!