The first thing you’ll notice about the all-new Address Book is that its view is very similar that of its counterpart in iOS. It’s a lot cleaner and simpler to use.
Searching is as simple as typing a name or contact straight into the search box. Results are displayed in real-time and Address Book will highlight matches.
Click on the plus icon underneath your contacts to add a new one. You can change what the default template includes in Address Book’s preferences.
Contact details can be categorised by type such as work or home. Click on the type next to the detail and select an appropriate one from the list to change it.
New fields such as Twitter username can be added with this version of Address Book. Clicking on a Twitter username will take you to the Twitter app.
Click on the Share button underneath a contact card to bring up Mail and email that contact to somebody else. Contact cards will attach in vCard format.
Clicking on the red bookmark at the top will bring up the contact groups view. It’s a lot cleaner than the columned view of the old address book.
Smart Groups allow you to automatically group contacts by certain contact details. Create a new Smart Group by clicking ‘New Smart Group…’ from the File menu.
Lion’s Address Book still supports the single pane contact view; simply click on the single pane button in the bottom-left of Address Book to activate it.
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