import appleworks database to address book

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by stacyphi, Jan 30, 2009.

  1. stacyphi macrumors member

    Jan 19, 2009
    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.
  2. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    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.

  3. PeggyD macrumors 6502a

    Jan 9, 2007
    Covington, WA, USA
    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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