Friday, January 25, 2013

A New And Better Way To Backup Or Transfer Your Mac’s Contact Or Address Book Files

In real estate, the mantra is ‘location, location, location.’ When it comes to valuable files on our Mac, our mantra should be, ‘backup, backup, backup.’ Yes, backing up files is a must for any Mac user, but it’s easy to get complacent with Time Machine, iCloud sync, and even an external clone of the Mac’s disk drive.

A friend just lost all the names, phone numbers, and addresses thanks to a Sprint representative who moved all the contacts from an old phone onto a new iPhone. Once the iPhone was synchronized to iCloud, all the old data disappeared. Thanks to an almost forgotten backup of the Home folder, all was not lost, but it wasn’t a pleasant adventure to restore all the cherished information.

That brings me to Address Book Extractor. You already know what this inexpensive Mac app does.

Address Book Extractor

Simply put, Address Book Extractor extracts all the contact information in Contacts or Address Book and saves the data as a backup file, or as a file to import the contacts into other contact apps, including Outlook, Yahoo!, Gmail, or Hotmail.

Address Book Extractor

Moving valuable data from one app to another is always a risky proposition but Address Book Extractor makes it a little easier with attractive, step-by-step help screens to make sure all the data goes where it’s supposed to go.

It’s easy to think o Address Book Extractor as a backup app, and it works well doing that, but making sure your files are saved and updated elsewhere is also an advantage.

Problems? Just one. The number of contacts should not number into the thousands. Address Book Extractor choked at about 900. So, I needed to create multiple groups in Contacts, then extract data one group at a time.


    • Jason Ng says

      The only real problem with using the Contacts’ export and restore is that it’s useless when trying to get your contact information into many other apps; from Google to Outlook and beyond.