A quick fix for the fields taken out of Leopard’s Address Book template and an even quicker way to get information out of an email into an Address Book card.
Restore Address Book’s missing fields
It’s always the little things that rankle the most, isn’t it? Here is the new Address Book in Leopard, with nice new features like built-in Google Maps searches and whatnot.
But I find myself more distressed by the disappearance of the Job Title and URL fields from Address Book’s default card template. In Tiger they were there; now they are gone. Why?
Luckily you don’t need to be a hardcore Terminal-head to get them back. Open up Address Book’s Preferences and select the Template pane. See how they have gone?
Select the Add Field dialog box:
Then select Job Title so that it is ticked (and why not the URL field while you are there?):
Then enjoy carefully distinguishing again within a company between the people whom you need to respect and everyone else:
Quickly add information to a contact
macOSXHints is running a tip on using the new “data detector” in Mail to quickly create iCal events and to-dos. It points out that hovering the mouse over a name or details of an event produces a drop box with the option to add it to Address Book or iCal.
But there is something even smarter lurking here. If you block all a contact’s information before you hover over the name (for example), the data detector pastes all the information into the new contact’s notes field:
Now I have the information I need about Greg Welch’s (developer of the MailRecent and MailFollowUp plugins — soon to be Leopard-ready) in the notes, where I can quickly drag it into the appropriate fields. I can even record his Job Title now that I have added the field to my template!
This way you get the lot in one hit, and don’t need to switch backwards and forwards between Mail and Address Book cutting and pasting.
This is particularly useful for people with non-US friends. The data detector doesn’t always do a good job of picking up address and phone numbers formatted for other countries.
Test how smart the data detector is for yourself. It highlights the fields it has added in green. Compare this with the information now in the notes field to see what kind of job it makes of the challenge.
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Tags: Address Book, Apple Mail, fields, iCal, mail.app, Productivity