What is Address Book?

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The Mac OS X Address Book is an application that stores contact information  such as names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses.  You can include numerous information of a particular type such as more than one phone number or e-mail address.  You can even store "Notes" and a photo for each contact.  Each contact is referred to as a card.
For example, you can store notes about when and where you met a person in plain text.  In my address book I have an entry called "Airline Frequent Flyer Numbers" and within the Notes section I have placed the numbers for the airlines I that often fly.  It's a great way for me to store the information in a single place as each airline has a unique name for their particular program.

The following example shows the default Address Book carf for Apple Computer.  Note the following for the card:
  • Name
  • Photo
  • Phone Number
  • home page
  • address
  • Note
  • Updated date in the lower right corner

address_book_02.pngAddress Book integrates with several Mac OS X applications such as Mail, iChat, and iCal.  Externally, Address Book can interoperate with Apple's .Me service and synch with Bluetooth devices.  If you are an iPhone user, you can sync your contacts across your Mac and iPhone with iTunes or even over the air with services such as Apple's MobileMe.  Address Book is built using the industry standard vCard format.

  • April 30, 2009 - content revision, updated images for Mac OS X Leopard
Created: 5:36 PM on Mar 17, 2007
By: switchtoamac