4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 20, 2011 12:47 AM by Hotwheels22
Hotwheels22 Level 1 (5 points)
Can anyone give me a heads up as to the best way to import Contacts from my email handler such as CardScan into Mac Mail or Mac Address Book?

I have email contacts that I need to bring in from Thunderbird and Postbox, while at the same time I have business card contacts that I have contained in a software such as CardScan.

Thanks for any tips, expertise or links.

Mac OS X (10.6.3), Mac Pro, MacBook Pro
  • Kappy Level 10 (265,888 points)
    Open Address Book and select AB Help from the Help menu. Search for "import." An article will be listed explaining how to import from another application.

    You can do the same in Mail.
  • Doug Knowles Level 1 (10 points)
    From CardScan, select all of the contacts you wish to move to the Address Book, then File -> Export -> Address Book... to export the selected contacts directly into Address Book.
  • Hotwheels22 Level 1 (5 points)
    Hi Doug.

    Many thanks for this. This has been a very long term goal over here and I am just in the process of trying to make sure things are organized as I try and finalize it. I guess I have four goals 1. get everything to my iPhone conveniently 2. make everything available for email autocomplete 3. make everything available for printing mailing lists 4. keep it all easily updated.

    Do you happen to know if there are any subleties or issues with keeping the contacts /organized/ when migrating in this manner? For instance I currently have about forty various folders with contacts (these folders are divided up into design, construction, professional, technical etc etc) that I would like to get to my iPhone for instance.

    I have my various "manually entered" iPhone contacts which seem like they will remain segregated by themselves (this is fine. actually it is quite nice) under the "On My iPhone" section of the "Contacts" App on the iPhone.

    So mostly I want to make sure I can keep whatever organization I end up with in CardScan "downstream".

    Also, I still am having a bit of a struggle in figuring out how to (or whether to) get my Email Contacts synced up in some way with my CardScan Contacts (business cards).

    Right now I am wavering back and forth between Mac Mail and Postbox (a new mac mail app) but I can't seem to nail down if there is a good methodology for getting the business cards and the email data "mated" up. In some cases I'll want to print out mailing lists, email lists, export them to Constant Contacts etc and I can't seem to figure out how to get everything synced up.

    I realize that is a long list but to the extent that you can offer advice or experience I would be grateful.

    - Jon
  • Hotwheels22 Level 1 (5 points)
    Hi Doug.

    Many thanks for the help.

    I have recently set Cardscan to sync with Mail which seems like a nice feature.

    Do you happen to know (or can you let me know if you find out) if it is possible to get Mail to retain the Cardscan Categories? Right now they are all coming in unsorted and all at once.