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Re: Help importing contacts to Webmail

janetmw
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Re: Help importing contacts to Webmail

Having found this thread I am glad to find out I am not alone! I didn't realise I could access email via PlusNet!

Is there an easy way to transfer my contacts from the Madasafish system to PlusNet's webmail service? I have tried exporting from MAAF and uploading in PN, but the file is not compatible.

Cheers

Janet

 

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Re: Help importing contacts to Webmail


janetmw wrote:

Is there an easy way to transfer my contacts from the Madasafish system to PlusNet's webmail service? I have tried exporting from MAAF and uploading in PN, but the file is not compatible.


@janetmw Welcome to the forum. Smiley

When you export your address book from MAAF webmail what file format do you get? Are any alternative export formats available?

David
janetmw
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Re: Help importing contacts to Webmail

Hello David

Thank you for replying.

When I choose to export my contacts, there is no file extension added or format option given except for 'All Files (*.*)'.

I can open the file in Notepad and the file consists of a 'header' row:

 

Name,Nickname,E-mail Address,Mobile Phone,Notes,Company,Home Street,Home City,Home State,Home Postal Code,Home Country,Personal Web Page,Business Phone,Home Phone,Home Fax

 

Followed by all of my contacts list in the following format (I've edited details slightly):

"Alxxxxxur","alxxx1","axxn@sxxx4.freeserve.co.uk","","","","","","","","","","","",""

PN expects a file in vCard format.

Cheers

Janet

 

 

 

 

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Re: Help importing contacts to Webmail

@janetmw

Hello Janet,

The format of that exported contacts file is what is known as "Comma Separated Values". Such files usually have a .csv extension but this might not be shown on your computer if file system options are set to "hide common extensions". The good news is that I found a way convert the file to vCard version 3.0 format and it imported successfully into the Plusnet webmail address book. Smiley

Courtesy of Google I found website http://www.csvtovcard.com/. I downloaded and installed the program mentioned there. (I checked the self-installer file using anti-virus before running it.)

For test purposes I copied the header and contacts line you posted into a file and added a second line which had the x characters replaced by y. I called this file testaddresses.csv.

Next I ran the converter program and used browse to locate and enter testaddresses.csv in its CSV field. This populated the properties display area. I changed nothing there, just clicked the Convert button - and it did. The converted file was called testaddesses.vcf and contained the two VCARD blocks shown below:

BEGIN:VCARD
VERSION:3.0
FN:Alxxxxxur
NICKNAME:alxxx1
EMAIL;TYPE=HOME,INTERNET,pref:axxn@sxxx4.freeserve.co.uk
END:VCARD
BEGIN:VCARD
VERSION:3.0
FN:Alyyyyyur
NICKNAME:alyyy1
EMAIL;TYPE=HOME,INTERNET,pref:ayyn@syyy4.freeserve.co.uk
END:VCARD

This file imported into Plusnet webmail without problems.

The website mentions that the program supports Windows 8/7/Vista/XP. My computer runs Windows Vista 32-bit which is on that list. Windows 10 isn't listed and I do not know if it will work with that.

Hope this helps. Cool

David
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Re: Help importing contacts to Webmail

Many thanks for the information. I will give it a go next time I'm on PC after the weekend.

I hope it helps others as well.

Cheers

Janet

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Re: Help importing contacts to Webmail

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