i have been endlessly struggling with my various databases and i am not seeing what i think should be a natural integration between Mail Previous Recipients (Window > Previous Recipients) and a /folder/ in Mac Mail. right now this database resides /solely/ on one machine and i cannot get autocomplete for this data when writing emails on my other devices.
also, you cannot add these addresses in bulk (it will trash your database) and it appears to either over-write an existing phone number with a "new" same name contact with email address only or it create duplicate contacts (depending on whether you add them in bulk or add them individually).
ALSO, i am not exactly sure how you would MAINTAIN this database over time since if you manually enter the data into Contacts and then wipe the Previous Recipients clean - then ostensibly anytime you reply to an email address that already exists in a Contact database will get added to the previous recipients data in Mail and you will then have no way distinguishing between really new and new already existing email contacts.
so - can anyone code up a script that would let me simply add all the PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS data to a FOLDER in Contacts so that i can simply run it once in a while to update the data "port" to Contacts? if it resides simply in a folder named "previous recipients" this data will ostensibly be available to autocomplete on all my devices and it won't (i assume) clutter up or otherwise trash my existing Contacts database with all my phone numbers.
i have three or four hundred of these and while i can enter the data manually into my Contact database over time it would be a lot simpler to just have this data available in Contacts...
thank you for any consideration and for entertaining this request.