Question  : I’m new to Mac, I just switched to my first Mac, before I only used Windows PCs. How can I import my contacts from my Windows PC into my new Mac running OSX ?
Question  : I’m a Mac user myself, but I need to share my contacts database from Apple AddressBook with WindowsPC-users I’m working with. Since there is no Apple AddressBook for Windows, this seems impossible. What can I do ?
Answer to both  and  : It’s possible, and it isn’t that complicated either.
There are (free) MacOSX-applications that can do this for you.
! BEWARE ! there are 2 applications around that are extremely similar (and therefore easily confused) both in name and features :
Address Book Exporter 2.1.2 (from 2003 ; with a space in the name)
AddressBook Exporter 1.0 (from 2005 ; without a space in the name)
The first one (from 2003 ; with a space in the name) is the best one. That’s the one that still works properly with Apple AddressBook from MacOSX 10.6 “Snow Leopard”.
How to install :
- download the application (from 2003 ; with the space in the name)
- drag the application-icon to your Applications folder
How to use it :
- startup the application “Address Book Exporter 2.1.2”
- from the “Groups” list, choose “All” to start converting your entire AddressBook, or choose only the selection that you want to export
- if you would like to convert / export a selection that is not listed, go back into your AddressBook and create a (temporary) group from your selection
- now, in “Address Book Exporter 2.1.2” check the checkbox of “Export using current field settings”
- click the “Configure Settings” button
- in the pull-down menu that appears, check the checkboxes of everything that you would like to export, and click “OK”
- click the “Export Address Book” button
- if you like, you can change the name of the exported file
- then choose a destination on your Mac where you will be able to easily find the exported file (e.g. “Desktop”) and click “Save”
- quit “Address Book Exporter”
- open “MS Excel”
- drag the icon of the exported file (from the Desktop) onto the MS Excel icon in the Dock, to have it opened in Excel
- and… here you are : all your contacts are in Excel now
- from there you can “Save As” to have a .xls-file that you can share with WindowsPC-users