8 Replies Latest reply: Mar 12, 2006 7:14 AM by sportluc
Harmel2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I'm looking to get a more powerful database program. Now Contact works great with Address Book. It imports and exports automatically. Filemaker 8 would be better for me since it works well with an old customized invoice template. Filemaker though doesn't have the automatic sych ability that Now has. Is there a way to get the info in Filemaker back into Address Book?

Power Mac G4   Mac OS X (10.4.3)  
  • JohnnyAngel Level 2 Level 2 (465 points)
    I'm looking to get a more powerful database program.
    Now Contact works great with Address Book. It imports
    and exports automatically. Filemaker 8 would be
    better for me since it works well with an old
    customized invoice template. Filemaker though doesn't
    have the automatic sych ability that Now has. Is
    there a way to get the info in Filemaker back into
    Address Book?

    Power Mac
    G4   Mac OS X (10.4.3)  


    I don't have an answer (wish I did) but I have the exact same question. I use Filemaker Pro 8 for various purposes, including contact management. I want to be able to export Filemaker contact info into Address Book so I can do mail merges using Pages 2.0, which has the ability to link to Address Book for that purpose.
  • Bernard Knight Level 2 Level 2 (235 points)
    You could do a relatively easy AppleScript to get the work done if you have some skills in that area. I know that is not necessarily the route you'd both want to take. However, do some searches on AppleScript sites, maybe someone has already done one. A good place to start is http://macscripter.net/ but there are others.

    I'd offer to help you out with this, but I only have FMP7. If you really are stuck and are not in a hurry, we could perhaps work around this.

    Good luck



    G5 DP 1.8Mhz   Mac OS X (10.4.3)   1Gb RAM 2x 149Gb HDs

    G5 DP 1.8Mhz   Mac OS X (10.4.3)   1Gb RAM 2x 149Gb HDs
  • JohnnyAngel Level 2 Level 2 (465 points)
    You could do a relatively easy AppleScript to get the
    work done if you have some skills in that area.


    I'm not all that skilled but I'm willing to learn. A few years back, before iTunes started selling videos, someone taught me how to script downloading the videos they were showing but not selling (they've got smart since then and are now selling them :))

    But if you could point me in a direction where I could learn how to Applescript this, I would appreciate it very much.

    Thanks for your reply in any case...
  • Bernard Knight Level 2 Level 2 (235 points)
    Hi JohnnyAngel

    I found this on a "Filemaker Addressbook" Google search (try it yourself, there are loads of hits) http://econtact.slade.de/en/fm2ab.php

    Otherwise, you can start looking at some of these;
    http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/applescript/resources.html
    http://macscripter.net/
    http://www.latenightsw.com/scripting.html

    Also worth looking into is that here are a bunch of free Automator actions on the FMP site. Perhaps, and I stress perhaps, there may be a way making a workflow that will work.
  • JohnnyAngel Level 2 Level 2 (465 points)
    Bernard - thanks for the referrals. I will check them out.

    But in the meantime, I found a somewhat complex way to get it done.

    In Filemanker Pro 8, open the database, then, in the menu bar, go to file/export records. Then, in the resulting "export records to file" window's "type" drop-down, select "tab-separate text" then name and save the resulting file.

    Then open Address Book and go to file/import/text file and select the file you just created. After that it may get a bit complicated matching field names but I did it. The I opened Pages and successfully ran a mail merge using the newly-stocked Address Book.

    I'm sure all this can be scripted in order to save time, hence my appreciation for your leads. I will just have to read up on it.

    Thanks again.
  • JohnnyAngel Level 2 Level 2 (465 points)
    Harmel2 - see my solution in my reply to Bernard.
  • sportluc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi. I am new on this on this forum, but as I spent quite much time in searching the good sync script or app to proceed this, i want to share my findings.

    AB2FM: It seems very attractive, but the sister app, to proceed the otherway, FM2AB doesn't work. At the first step, while selecting GROUP, nothing happened. I wrote the author on Feb 25, but still no reply. If I get a positive feedback, that's the one I will buy

    ADDRESS BOOK MANIPULATOR: is quite complicate and limited

    (also see comments on macupdate http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/15289)

    VCard MANIPULATOR is well developped but for restricted home use only.

    Looking forward to discovering any prof. solutions quickly
    Luc

    Pb G4 1.33ghz   Mac OS X (10.4.5)   professional use
  • sportluc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi,
    if you run Filemaker 5or 6 only, please see Address Exchange. Version FP7 expected.
    http://www.minibuero.ch/adrexchange/index.html
    good luck
    Luc