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cleanest way to export contacts from palm to iphone + missing PIM software
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Old 07/16/2007, 07:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,
I've spent a decent amount of time searching the net for this.
Can't find and answer yet, so figured I'd start a thread about this
Not sure where, but ppl here are quite familiar using treo 650 et al.

Scenario
Had 2 treo 650 (me and ms)
Got 2 iphones, terribly missing PIM software todo, memo, password manager etc (will have to wait for that)
Want to transfer contacts to new phone
I have a lot of rich info there, especially custom categories
Able to get it to work, but not cleanly (not showing categories etc)

I know itunes can sync contacts from outlook, windows address book and yahoo mail

So I tried these combos
export from palm ->yahoo->iphone
outlook ->iphone

Its not showing the categories in iphone or other stuff I have there

I've simplified what I've done, csv files, vcf files, editing headers, etc

Anyone else have similar problems?

Thanks in advance,

Gideon
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Old 07/16/2007, 08:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i exported/imported my outlook contact file by creating a windows .csv file and it worked perfectly. i followed these directions:

Click File, Import and Export, Export to a file, Comma Separated (Windows), select Contacts, choose path to copy to... This file can then be e-mail to yourself and saved on your Home PC.


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Old 07/17/2007, 03:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ran into the issues with my SO's iPhone. She jumped the gun w/o doing research and now she's stuck with no calendaring solution, a terrible contacts solution and no tasks/memo's. Everything is going to be a hack for her until Apple, or someone else, releases a better solution. Oddly, I'm the Mac guy of the house and I'm switching from a Treo to a Blackberry. Unless you are already using Outlook, the iPhone isn't going to sync too well on Windows. Sure looks pretty, though.
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Old 07/17/2007, 04:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Ran into the issues with my SO's iPhone. She jumped the gun w/o doing research and now she's stuck with no calendaring solution, a terrible contacts solution and no tasks/memo's. Everything is going to be a hack for her until Apple, or someone else, releases a better solution. Oddly, I'm the Mac guy of the house and I'm switching from a Treo to a Blackberry. Unless you are already using Outlook, the iPhone isn't going to sync too well on Windows. Sure looks pretty, though.
SHHHHH! No...you can't be a Mac guy and not use a iPhone!

You aren't conforming! No PowerMac G7 with Version XII NuBus for you!
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Old 11/21/2007, 01:22 AM   #5 (permalink)
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still not able to keep contacts organized in categories tho
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Old 11/21/2007, 04:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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SHHHHH! No...you can't be a Mac guy and not use a iPhone!
I concur.

We must ban him...
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Old 01/14/2008, 01:31 AM   #7 (permalink)
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You may export every address from Palm to a folder, via vCard - with
one condition that I figured out. Every contact MUST have a name
attached to it. My business contacts (aka Domino's and Pizza Hut) that
had no name shut the process down!

Here's what you can do, more or less - to export from Palm Desktop and
import into Mac's Address Book:

First step, smile. Create folder for export on desktop. Open Palm
Desktop. Sort all contacts by name so that all contacts that have no
name are sorted to top or bottom. Click the top contact, shift-click
the bottom contact and simply drag it all out onto the export folder
you created on the desktop!

All of these can easily be dragged from the export folder into the Address Book.
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