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    Default Import LDIF (or .wab) format

    I want to import a group of my contact records which have been exported to an *.ldif file. Can A5v7 handle that? (I can also export to a .wab format. How about that one?)

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    What is an LDIF or WAB file?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronBBrown
    What is an LDIF or WAB file?
    They are export types for address lists that can be maintained in Outlook Express. I should have been more complete in the original question, but I guess you can see now that what I want to do is import my Outlook Express address book into A5. There does not seem to be a direct way to do so, so I figured I could export Outlook Express to a LDIF or WAB file and import that file into A5.

    I hope that is clearer.

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    According to a quick Google search, OE should be able to export a CSV address book, which you can then import directly into Alpha Five.

    Quote Originally Posted by asrisl@aol.com
    They are export types for address lists that can be maintained in Outlook Express. I should have been more complete in the original question, but I guess you can see now that what I want to do is import my Outlook Express address book into A5. There does not seem to be a direct way to do so, so I figured I could export Outlook Express to a LDIF or WAB file and import that file into A5.

    I hope that is clearer.

    Roy

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    Lenny,
    Thanks, but, here is more of the problem. When I export CSV, it does not export my Birthday fields. I badly need that field. (I don't know why it won't, but it is just not among the list of fields that I can check when I decide which fields from OE to export.) When it exports to LDIF it reports the birthday field.
    Roy

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    Here is a link to a program (free) which claims to be able to do what you wish:

    http://www.brothersoft.com/e-mail/mi...dawn_5044.html

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    Default Re: Import LDIF (or .wab) format

    > When I export CSV, it does not export my Birthday fields.

    There is an online tool at outlookexpress-thunderbird.7xl.org that converts wab files to ldif directly that's pretty reliable. It doesn't preserve groups and subdirectories, though, afaik there's no tool that can do that, including "dawn". You can use Windows Live Mail on Win 7 to import wab files to Windows Contacts, but errors happen, particularly with large files. Also, when you then export this as csv for import in Thunderbird or A5, groups and subdirectories are lost. catch 22 of sorts.
    Last edited by Marek Moehling; 12-11-2015 at 06:55 AM. Reason: add info

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