Automatically find zip codes in Address Book

[Updated for 10.7 Lion]

[This plugin uses Yahoo’s maps API, which was shut down in September 2011.  I don’t know if I’ll find time to switch to another data provider, so it’s broken for the time being]

Anne was putting together wedding invitations and asked me if Address Book could look up zip codes. Now it can. She likes it — maybe you will, too.

This is just a small Address Book plugin. It adds a menu item so that when you click on an address, you can find a ZIP code (including ZIP+4 for most addresses) and set it automatically.

To install, copy FindZip.bundle inside of ~/Library/Address Book Plug-Ins or /Library/Address Book Plug-Ins — creating the folder if it’s not already there. You’ll need to restart Address Book to get the menu to appear.

FindZip now requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later and is tested on 10.6 and 10.7.

FindZip comes with no warranty. While I have made every effort to make it as bug-free as possible, it may trash your address book, computer, and your car — though most likely the zip code. Let me know if you have any problems.

Download FindZip 1.0b3 (16k)

9 thoughts on “Automatically find zip codes in Address Book”

  1. The download link no longer works? I’d be interested in installing this, if you’d make the file available again. Thanks!

    [Lucas: I’ve fixed the download links]

  2. can this program of your work with OS Lion Fid Zip AUTOMATICALLY FIND ZIP CODES IN ADDRESS BOOK?

  3. Nice little plugin – thanks :)

    Could you offer an alternate one that would only return the 5-digit ZIP?

    Or somehow put in a pref that would allow this choice…

    Thanks again!

  4. Huh… it’s stopped working, apparently. Just noticed this today.. was working fine before.

    Did something recently change with the API for Google Maps?

  5. Actually, it uses the Yahoo maps API, which was evidently shut down on September 13th. I’m not sure if/when I’ll find time to update the plugin for another provider.

    Sorry, Ed! Thanks for your interest.

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