Address Book - Software Address Book

Software Address Book

Address books can also appear as software designed for this purpose, such as the "Address Book" application included with Apple Inc.'s Mac OS X. Simple address books have been incorporated into e-mail software for many years, though more advanced versions have emerged in the 1990s and beyond; and also in mobile phones.

A personal information manager (PIM) integrates an address book, calendar, task list, and sometimes other features.

Entries can be imported and exported from the software in order to transfer them between programs or computers. The common file formats for these operations are:

  • LDIF (*.ldif, *.ldi)
  • Tab delimited (*.tab, *.txt)
  • Comma-separated (*.csv)
  • vCard (*.vcf)

Individual entries are frequently transferred as vCards (*.vcf), which are roughly comparable to physical business cards. And some software applications like Lotus Notes and Open Contacts can handle a vCard file containing multiple vCard records.

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