How would I save contacts in visible format?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by horation, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. horation macrumors member

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    Heyo,
    What I'm trying to do is to save all of my contacts in a text, .pdf, .csv, or some other format so I can store it (email it to myself) and SEE who my contacts are (and their phone numbers) just in case my phone and comp are stolen or not accessible.

    The only export option in Address Book is for a .abbu file, which I can't just open and read (sort of defeats the purpose of backing something up IMHO). Note I am deliberately not syncing my contacts with any email programs, so that option is out too. Anyone smart folks have a clue what I can do?


    iPhone (5.0.1)
    Mac (snow leopard)
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

    Weaselboy

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    Open Address Book and and hit command-a to select all then command-p to bring up the print dialog in my screen cap. Select which fields you want to print and what style you want then click the PDF button I highlighted. That will give you one PDF file with all your addresses you can view on any device.

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    This is from Lion, but as I recall you could do the same thing in Snow Leopard.
     
  3. horation thread starter macrumors member

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    You're a grand master Weaselboy. That was exactly the solution I was looking for!

    Thanks dude!
     
  4. greendragonflyz macrumors newbie

    greendragonflyz

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    .abbu to .csv

    Dear Weaselboy: Do you know how to do this. I need to export my contacts in .csv format but I only have them in .abbu (Name of the Prince in the Disney movie, right?)
    Thanks for your help
     
  5. Weaselboy Moderator

    Weaselboy

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    You can use this app to export as a CSV.

    Where/how are you trying to use the CSV file? OS X Address Book will also export in VCARD (.vcf) format and most other apps and services can import a VCF.

    Just do a command-a to select all addresses then in the File / Export menu select export a card.
     
  6. pink orchid macrumors newbie

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    That's what I was looking for, too!

    Thank's alot. With this little tut I saved lot's of time.
     

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