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No CSV export from Addressbook?

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Steven Shmerler Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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Nov 14, 2010 3:46 PM
WOW. How did Apple get away with this for all these years? I recently migrated from Now Up To Date to Addressbook so I could be "all Mac" and now my contact content is stuck inside?

There seems to be a program for sale for $18 (Export Address Book), but I have to say as HUGE Apple supporter evangelist, this is a bit odd of a missing option that we shouldn't have to pay for IMHO.

I'll keep checking for other solutions. I can afford the $18, it's the principle. I'm just stunned there's now export within AB I can open in a spreadsheet. Very odd.

Unless I'm missing something?
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  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,350 points)
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    Nov 14, 2010 5:42 PM (in response to Steven Shmerler)
    Why doesn't the open source standard vCard format suffice?
    You can always write an Applescript that will output a csv file if your non-standards compliant destination does not support a vCard.

    Or, you could use a freely available [vcard to csv web application|http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=vcardtocsv&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8] to convert them.
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  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,350 points)
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    Nov 14, 2010 6:30 PM (in response to Barney-15E)
    Sorry, it is not "open source." I thought it was, but it is not.
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  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,350 points)
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    Nov 15, 2010 3:20 PM (in response to Steven Shmerler)
    Use Automator's built in action to get Contact info. Set it to export as tab separated and then have Excel open it.
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  • Whitecity Level 2 Level 2 (340 points)
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    Nov 15, 2010 3:21 PM (in response to Barney-15E)
    Wow. would it kill them to include that option?
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  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,350 points)
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    Nov 15, 2010 3:37 PM (in response to Whitecity)
    They did. Just not where you want it.
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  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,350 points)
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    Nov 15, 2010 3:56 PM (in response to Steven Shmerler)
    No, I'm referring to Automator Action that I referred to before.
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  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,350 points)
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    Nov 16, 2010 3:21 PM (in response to Steven Shmerler)
    Yes, you can just hit run, or you can save it as an application or workflow and run it via double-click.
    I think you have to choose what type of workflow it is before you start building it, though.
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  • mjkaufman Calculating status...
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    Nov 22, 2010 9:14 AM (in response to Steven Shmerler)
    I just tried this and got an error message:
    "The action "Get Contact Information" was not supplied with the required data" and "The variable label_row is not defined (-2753)".
    What's all this about?
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  • bneely Calculating status...
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    Nov 22, 2010 12:21 PM (in response to Steven Shmerler)
    Do you already own Bento? Bento is an application from FileMaker (owned by Apple), and you can use it to view and edit your contacts.

    Separately, could you explain what a spreadsheet can do that Address Book can't currently do?
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