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I recently needed to ability to export just addresses from a group in Apple’s Address Book application. While there are a number of solutions out there for exporting data from Apple’s handy Address Book app, none were quite what I was looking for. So, being the developer that I am, I wrote one.
Address Book Exporter is simple to use — just select a group, hit export, and choose a file to export it to. ABE exports to a CSV file ready for use in Excel or other spreadsheet applications. It pays attention to distribution lists — so set up which addresses you want to go with the list in Address Book — go to Edit/Edit Distribution List
Download Address Book Exporter 1.0.1 (35k)
[edit: updated to 1.0.1, which places first and last names in separate columns]
I participated in the zeroth Iron Coder challenge over the weekend. There were a lot of great entries, but mine was lucky enough to win.
Symphony is a useless little app that makes a lot of noise, Mardi Gras style. It abuses the secret ingredient API to determine when things happen on your computer — you start an application, move a window, type something. For each event, a sound is played. They all wash together and form a soundscape.
Since judging, I’ve fixed a few bugs, added a feature or two. Symphony now requires 10.3.9 with Quicktime 7 or Tiger. It is built universal.
Download Symphony 1.0 (3.27 meg)
Download Symphony 1.0 source (3.22 meg, BSD license)
[Update: Corrected link to source]
[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)