Sync categories in Entourage with groups in Address Book

Today’s tip is courtesy of an Entourage user. Bruce sent this tip to me saying I found a script today which I think deserves mention …I used it once and it does what it says it will do. I am running Entourage 2008 and Leopard. I have been looking for something like this for a long time to make it easier to sync my “Cell Phone” category contacts with my phone using iSync.

Sync Entourage & AB Groups (donationware) will sync categories in Entourage with groups in Address Book.

Description: Microsoft has recently added sync support for contacts in Entourage and Address Book. This is great news but the sync isn’t complete. When syncing from Entourage to Address Book, Entourage’s category designations are not matched to Address Book’s groups. Also, the “me card” designated in Entourage is transferred to Address Book but the “my card” flag in not. This script resolves these issues. It will go through your contacts in Entourage, determine the name of the categories to which they are assigned and will place the same contacts in Address Book in matching groups (it will create the groups if they do not already exist). The script will also set the “my card” flag for your contact.

To use the script, place the script in the User’s script folder (“~/Library/Scripts”) or the Entourage Script Menu Items folder (“~/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Entourage Script Menu Items”). To show the Script menu icon in the menu bar, open the AppleScript Utility in Applications/AppleScript folder. Check “Show Script menu in menu bar.”


Thanks to both Bruce for contributing the tip, and to the script author, Jon Nathan for providing a useful script for Entourage users.

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