posts tagged with the keyword ‘vcards’

2007.11.27

I have not gotten to do as much Eee PC hacking as I’d like to, but I have been experimenting…

Eee PC Address Book

I took all of the vCards from Apple’s Address Book.app and exported them to a single file. I then use the ‘PIM’ application on the Eee PC to open it. It loaded them up ok, but not all fields are treated the same. In Address Book.app you can have multiple ‘home pages’ for an entry, but that gets all munged up in the Eee PC’s PIM application. I may have exported as a version 2.1 file, so I should try a 3.0, maybe that will bring the photos along as well. Still, a good first attempt. (The photo you see was taken with the Eee PC’s built-in camera.)

jEdit on the Eee PC

Our second bit of fun was getting jEdit installed. Luckily, I’m not the first, so following this Eeeuser forum thread made it pretty simple. Now I can run my favorite text editor anywhere…



2007.08.03

Cool app of the week: vCard to CSV Converter.

vCard to CSV Converter

We needed to print custom labels, so we had someone use Apple’s Address Book.app and clean up all the addresses, and then export them all as a .vcf file. From there I used the vCard to CSV Converter (running locally on my machine) to covert the .vcf file into a .csv file. Once that was done, it was pretty trivial to write some Perl-fu to take the .csv file and spit out an XPress tag file we could flow into QuarkXPress so the custom styles were applied. (Hey, we’re designers, we care about things like typefaces, leading, tracking, etc.)

The biggest problem was that I could not create multiple automatic linked text boxes in QuarkXPress 6.5. This is probably a limitation of XPress, but I worked around it by just using a single automated text box and then calculating the size of the lines in the addresses and adding blank lines accordingly. Oh, we also printed them on label sheets that were 8.75 inches by 11.5 inches, just for an added measure of fun.

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