macOS 10.11 and later
AddressBook Aid2 is an application for directly editing the address book created by the macOS standard application "Contacts".
This app has rich editing functions not found in the "Contacts" app. Search and replace, string manipulation and batch conversion of selected items, side-by-side comparison of contacts, most operations can be undone and redone.
Various edits can be performed, such as changing the searched character strings all at once, and eliminating duplicates in the address book.
And this application doesn't communicate with outside servers using the Internet. The Contacts data is only used inside of the app and never be sent to any servers.
Your contacts are protected in your system.
When AddressBook Aid2 is launched at first time, an alert for enabling access to your contact will be shown. Please allow AddressBook Aid2 to access your contacts, otherwise AddressBook Aid2 doesn't work.
AddressBook Aid2 shows the contacts in the table such like a spread sheet.
You can select a type of the value of each column such as Phone, Email, Address by the View Type and Columns menu.
You can select the View Type by the menu as below. When you select "Address", the Name and Address columns are shown. The itmes menu can be used to add columns to see other values.
If the value has a label, it is shown together with the value, and you can change both label and value at the cell during editing.
To edit the value, you need to click the edit button. Then the red line is shown under the Toolbar to show it is editing mode. And you need to double-click the cell to change the value too.
When you double-click the cell in the Address and Instant Message columns, the above panel is shown to change the labels and values.
Also such panel will be shown when you double-click the cell with holding the command key. You can add/delete the labeled value through the panel.
When you double-click the address cell, the address panel above left will be shown, and you can edit the items of the address.
When you double-click the Address cell with holding the command key, the another address panel above right will list the addresses in the contact. You can add a address with a label or delete the address.
Each column in the table has a sort button. It will help you finding a duplicate value.
The Sort Options menu in the Toolbar is for changing the sort method. You can sort first/last name in the Name Column and ZIP/State/... in the Address Column.
The FindBar is shƒown when you click the Find button or select the "Find..." menu in the Edit menu.
When you type a word in the search field, the matched words are highlighted in gray background. The word in orange background is the replacement target. It shows the word will be replaced when you click the replace button.
Please note that the string in the address cell consists of several sub items and the item is used to "find" a string. For example when the address is "Cupertino, CA" and State and City are "CA" and "Cupertino". You can not find "Cupertino, CA", but you can find "CA" or "Cupertino" respectively. This is a restriction of implementing the replace function.
The Find Panel will be shown when you select the "Show Find Panel" menu in the edit menu or type Cmd+Shift+F as a short cut.
This panel shows the search results with selected items and labels, and can replace the string with other string.
The detail is here.
The compare panel is for comparing arbitral two contacts in the vertial table.
It is shown when you select the "Compare two contacts" in the Format menu with selecting arbitral two contacts.
In the edit mode, you can change the value and move/copy between contacts by drag&drop.
In order to copy the value, dragging value with holding option key.
When the cell in the Name column is dobule-clicked, the Contact Info panel is shown as popover. It shows whole items in the selected contact vertically. The popover is closed automatically when you click the outside of it. However when you drag the outer edge of the popoover, it turns to the normal panel. So it will stay in the desktop until you close it. And you can open the other Contact Info popover and even open the multiple Contact Info panels at the same time. This will bring you the other way of comparing and editing contacts. Also you can copy any items by drag and drop between the Contact Info panels or the main window.
When you control-click the cell, the context menu will be shown as below. Some cells have a action such as opening a mail message or a map. The action depends on the type of the cell.
In the edit mode, some edit menus in the context menu will be enabled such as inserting a value or replacing the value in the selected cells. If multiple cells are selected, the operation works for the selected cells.
When you double-click the address cell, the address list panel will open. The plus button in the lower-left corner is for adding a new address value.
Selecting the Country Code menu enables State pulldown in some countries. You can enter the State name in the State Field by selecting State pulldown.
You can add State pulldown to any country by placing the AddressFormat.json file under the vCard Editor folder in iCloud Drive.
Here is the sample of AddressFormat.json.
You can set the same label or value in the selected cells at once.
Select multiple rows, then showing the context menu by control-click or right click, and change the label or value via the context menu. An alert will be shown for making sure the operation. When you select OK, the values of selected cells in the same column will be changed what you enter.
Please note that the operation can be undo by the "Undo" menu in the Edit menu.
The detail is here.
AddressBook Aid2 can import a vCard and CSV file.
When you select the Import vCard or Import CSV menu in the file menu. The open file dialog will open. After selecting a file in the dialog, another panel will open and show the contacts in the file. Select contacts in the panel and click the "Select" button, then the contacts will be added to your AddressBook.
Please refer to the detail of import/export csv, here.
AddressBook Aid2 can show QRCode of the selected contact with various formats, and you can Copy&Paste the image to other documents.
You can register arbitrary information (custom items) in the contact information. You can show the information in the contact row with the name and label of your choice.
Please see here in detail.
Selecting the "Custom label" in the Navigator menu, the "Custom Label Panel" will open. It is for adding and changin a custom label for each item such as Email, Phone, Address.
Click the plus button is for adding a new label, and click the minus butotn is for deleting the selected label. And dobule-click the label in the table is for changing the label. And the changing refrects to the AddressBook, can't be undone.
You can change font and size in the row of Table.
You can drag and drop contacts between AddressBook Aid2 and Apple Contact or Apple Mail.
And when Groups are visible, Drag&Drop can be used to add a member to a group.
You need to click the Edit button before you drop contacts from Apple Contacts.
When you select the "Copy" in the Edit menu, the items of the selected row in the table is copied to the paste buffer in text format. The text is a collection of strings in which the values for each column and separated by tabs. You can paste it into Numbers or Excel as it is. When you select the "Copy as CSV", the strings in the text are separated by commas. And the "Copy as vCard" menu is for copying the contact of selected row as vCard format.
Select a contact and then select “Print” from the File menu. You can select multiple contacts by cmd-click.
When you select the "AddressBook Aid2" menu in the print dialog, the configuration pane will be shown for selecting a value to print.
AddressBook Aid2 works in macOS 10.11 and later.
How to Install the trial version:
Double-click on the zip file that you downloaded, then the vCardEditor-Trial.app is created.
You can just delete this software from the installed folder in order to uninstall this software.