Ben Bucksch ben.bucksch at
Wed Sep 21 10:36:25 UTC 2011

I use TB as my primary AB, and the things I miss mostly are:

  * unlimited phone numbers, with labels (some predefined including
    machine knowledge of meaning, e.g. private home, business mobile,
    some custom defined)
  * unlimited email addresses, optionally with labels
  * custom fields, either per contact or per address book (field
    automatically available for all contacts in this AB). possibly with
    ability to map it to a vcard/SyncML tag, so that they appear
    properly after syncing with phone.
  * Ability to link contacts, so that I can move with a single click
    between husband and wife and children. Because: a) they share home
    phone and street address and b) if I don't reach the husband, I
    often try to call the wife, so I often need to move between the two
  * Native vcard and SyncML support (very very important, must-have,
    don't ignore mobile phones any longer)

On 08.09.2011 10:30, Ludovic Hirlimann wrote:
> Hi,
> sorry mike don't really want to start a discussion on your blog :-)
> so I'd like to highlight two sentences in the user case section 
> (sections number 2)
>> We're targeting users of Thunderbird who make use of the current 
>> address book. 
> So I'de be happy to use the address book more, the reason I'm not is 
> simply because any data that I enter into the address book is kept 
> captive there so to say. Getting the data out and synched to other 
> places where I would need it (ie my phone and my webmails) is a pain.
> The only use I currently have for the address book are :
>     Autocomplete with contacts I have emailed in the past
>     LDAP usage so I can find contacts in the company I work for
>> It should not change the experience for users who do not use the 
>> address book
> I disagree , it should be made attractive for me to start using it.
> Ludo
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