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Mac OS X Address Book support coming in 3.0

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gordonhenriksen
 
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Post Posted August 8th, 2007, 10:33 am

Mac OS X Address Book support is coming to Thunderbird 3.0 in 2008. Good news for the dozens of people who are subscribed to the relevant bug:

https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=203927

mistermartin75 created a build which lowbatteries has kindly posted here:

http://lowbatteries.com/files/thunderbi ... US.mac.dmg

The feature can be enabled with the following entries in prefs.js:

user_pref("ldap_2.servers.osx.description", "OS X");
user_pref("ldap_2.servers.osx.dirType", 3);
user_pref("ldap_2.servers.osx.uri", "moz-abOSXdirectory:///"); // Or is this lowercase?

They can be added via the about:config dialogue (advanced -> general -> config editor). First and third pref have to be a string, second is an integer.

jystickman
 
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Post Posted August 8th, 2007, 11:25 am

I'll post this here since this has me puzzled.

For an entry like John Smith with email address john.smith@someglorp.com, when I compose a message, the displayed name comes up as Smith John. I can't seem to find a way to get this switched and others seem to have this working properly.

The code seems to say to defer to the OS X AddressBook display preferences, which, for me is First Name Last Name. This doesn't seem to be getting picked up. Any ideas from anyone?

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Post Posted August 8th, 2007, 11:26 am

File a new bug in Bugzilla and hope that anyone fixes that

jystickman
 
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Post Posted August 8th, 2007, 11:30 am

KAMiKAZOW wrote:File a new bug in Bugzilla and hope that anyone fixes that
Well, I would except not convinced it's a bug (yet). It seems others are seeing First Name Last Name as their display name.
Are you experiencing this problem as well?

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Post Posted August 8th, 2007, 6:06 pm

Yeah, I was... until I clicked on the View menu (View --> Show Name As...)

Btw, I found http://www.mininova.org/tor/830910 - works well so far.

jystickman
 
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Post Posted August 8th, 2007, 6:22 pm

I changed that - it helps in the Address Book view, but not in the email composition (where it still fills it in as Last Name First Name).

If you click on an entry, the card view will still show, under Contact, Display Name: Smith John even though the title of the card is "Card for John Smith".

Display Name is what gets used when you compose an email and that just won't change (if you look at the code, Display Name is generated by Thunderbird).

jystickman
 
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Post Posted August 8th, 2007, 7:46 pm

I opened a bug.

https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=391478

If anyone else is seeing this - add yourself to the Bug.

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Post Posted August 8th, 2007, 10:29 pm

SWEET !

Thanks to all involved. Now I can get rid of clunky Plaxo!

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Post Posted August 9th, 2007, 12:01 am

I updated http://kb.mozillazine.org/Sharing_address_books to point to the first bug report and this thread.

mistermartin75

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Post Posted August 9th, 2007, 2:40 am

I do sometimes still get the 'unable to read address book' error, and will try to see if I can figure out what it is later on.

Anybody else still gets this?
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jystickman
 
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Post Posted August 9th, 2007, 8:44 am

mistermartin75 wrote:I do sometimes still get the 'unable to read address book' error, and will try to see if I can figure out what it is later on.

Anybody else still gets this?
Got it once, but didn't reoccur. Happened when I tried to save a new address into Personal Address Book I think while composing a message.

mzrbdisp
 
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Post Posted August 11th, 2007, 8:27 pm

gordonhenriksen wrote:mistermartin75 created a build which lowbatteries has kindly posted here:
http://lowbatteries.com/files/thunderbi ... US.mac.dmg


as this is now obviously do-able for v2006 (great news!), is there any particular reason that this 'fix' is *not* being rolled into the 'official' mozilla nightlies for the 2x branch?

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Post Posted August 12th, 2007, 2:48 pm

mzrbdisp wrote:is there any particular reason that this 'fix' is *not* being rolled into the 'official' mozilla nightlies for the 2x branch?
The 2.0 branch is for bugfixes only, not for new features.

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Post Posted August 12th, 2007, 5:28 pm

Understood.

That said, this feature affects a large enough segment of the 'population', i.e. all Mac users, that it might then be helpful to put out a 2.1x 'release' -- with *just* the addition of the AddressBook support.

Especially with TBird 'separating' from Mozilla, appealing to more folks sooner, rather than putting off a "basic functionality" (at least for Mac users) until 3.0' "sometime in 2008" release time frame, might be of value to the user adoption & retention rate.

Leopard's Mail.app -- with, no doubt, great AddressBook integration -- is likely to be out before TBird 3. Shame if more folks switched ...
But, that's a dev-team discussion, I suppose.

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Post Posted August 13th, 2007, 6:07 pm

Well, yeah... but whatever. We have Spotlight support allready in 2.0 (allthough disabled by default, but enabled in the build I posted above) and we have Address Book support in unofficial builds. That's enough for me.

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