[TriLUG] Contacts - Evolution to Thunderbird
turnpike420 at yahoo.com
Fri Nov 26 12:07:55 EST 2004
As I use a linux desktop for email checking, and my contacts were in Evolution
on that machine, I'm not sure where Thunderbird installed on Windows may have
helped, except I guess after the tedious task of getting all individual vcards
into Outlook or Outlook Express; then moving that address book back over to the
linux machine. *shrug* but...
Sadly, I could not get either of those 2 Microsoft products to import a .vcf
file containing multiple people, it would only take the first entry in the
file... no options to tell it the file was multiple entries either. At least
after going through a small hell to get my Contacts moved, many people will be
thrilled to hear I've dropped Evolution! ;)
happy holiday, avoid the malls,
--- Tanner Lovelace <clubjuggler at gmail.com> wrote:
> Won't Thunderbird on Windows automatically import from Outlook or
> Outlook Express?
> And from what I hear Outlook Express will import a vcf file with
> multiple people in it.
> Sounds like that would be a better way than the one you described.
> It definitely, though, needs better vcard import facilities.
> On Wed, 24 Nov 2004 13:30:10 -0800 (PST), Turnpike Man
> <turnpike420 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > Well... first off, why Thunderbird doesn't have vcard support yet is beyond
> > but from the looks of it, that is being worked on. :)
> > Getting Contacts from Evolution to Thunderbird
> > ----------------------------------------------
> > 1. WARNING - I had to use Microsoft products to make this work. There are
> > apparently python based scripts you can find on the Internet with Google,
> but I
> > don't know how to scan one to know if I can trust it, so I just did it this
> > way.)
> > 2. Save *individually* each Contact you have as a vcard in a specified
> > directory such as /home/username/vcards/
> > 3. Snag that entire folder, send to a Microsoft machine running Outlook
> > (Outlook Express may also work).
> > 4. Import (drag and drop) (save and close) every single vcard from all
> > Contacts in that directory.
> > 5. Export from Outlook to .CSV comma delimited DOS
> > 6. Open the CSV file (I used Excel) and remove all empty columns (trust
> > this makes matching fields in the Thunderbird import easier!)
> > 7. Goto your Address Book in Thunderbird and import from CSV, matching the
> > fields for the import routine, making sure you pay attention to which
> > represents which side of the date import routine!
> > 8. Whatever the name of your .csv file will be the name of a new Address
> > in Thunderbird, so drag and drop all those into the main Address Book *if
> > want* and delete the one it created; I did.
> > 9. If you are confused by the name that shows, make sure to change the
> name to
> > show First Last and not Display Name as Display Name is not setup right on
> > imported address book entries, at least it wasn't for me.
> > OK folks... that process was REALLY REALLY annoying, but until Thunderbird
> > supports vcards, others may need these notes. Or of course, if you don't
> > access to the Microsoft products I used, find a way to test and trust those
> > python scripts out on the Internet.
> > Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Thunderbirding,
> > David McDowell
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