import appleworks database to address book

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  1. stacyphi macrumors member

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    I have an Appleworks database used for customer info. iWorks doesn't have this feature. (Why, oh why?) Is there a way to export the database to address book? I need the sorting power of a database.
    There was a thread on this forum about Bento as an alternative, but I couldn't find a definitive answer. If address book cannot import Appleworks database, can Bento?

    In a related matter, I have read of a csv file being used as an intermediate in the process of exporting a database. I can't find a reference to it in Mac Help.
    Please help. Please forgive my lack of knowledge of correct jargon.
    Thanks.
     
  2. Mal macrumors 603

    Mal

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    To export to either Address Book or Bento (Bento would be the better program, but it's $50 while you already have Address Book, so your call), export from AppleWorks to a tab-delimited file, then open in a spreadsheet program. If you don't have one, just download the free OpenOffice, it'll work more than well enough (btw, it has a database that you might consider, quite powerful). Export from the spreadsheet program as a comma separated values file (.csv), then import into either Address Book or Bento.

    jW
     
  3. PeggyD macrumors 6502a

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    Both Address Book & Bento 2 will import tab-delimited files. There is no need to open the file in a spreadsheet & save it again as csv.
     

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