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Migrate Palm address book to MacBook

Can you suggest what "upgrade"  options are  available to migrate my data (address book, calendar, etc) and (secondarily) the Workpad Desktop (Ver 3) for IBM Workpad PC Companion application to an Apple MacBook platform ? 
and if that's possible, what (new) sw and pda-to-macbook connectors would I need - assuming I can still use my (very old, but still working) IBM Workpad pda (... which is still working well on my old Windows 95 / 98 / 2000 platform laptops)  
As a minimum, kindly suggest how I can export the data to (a specific/recommended) Workpad-like application on the Apple MacBook (or into the MacBook's Address Book), and/or the corresponding pda (type/model, etc.) that I would need to get, to satisfy this (basic) need to manage my address book and calendar. 
Thanks for your assistance ! Lawrence

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  • LP Mar 24, 2009

    Thanks for the response/suggestion.  I had "exported" my address book (as an *.aba file - an Address Archive file format, and a *.csv/ *.txt file format ) from my WorkPad Desktop 3.0 (Software for the IBM WorkPad PC Companion).   In viewing the *csv and *.txt files  (using a spreadsheet and text editor), it shows all the data (exported).  But when I am trying to import these files into the MacBook Address Book, it does not recognize/accept any of the file formats ( an *.aba, *.txt  or *.csv suffix) .  Message block says "Text File Import Failure".   Suggestions please.

  • LP Jan 19, 2010

    Andreas Amann responded to my inquiry by telling me that " ... the reason that you get the "Text File Import Failure" is that your files use Windows line endings rather than UNIX-style (CR+LF rather than LF only) ... ". He suggested I change the EOL of the *.txt (or *.csv) file .... ( I used TextWrangler) ... and I was able to import the address book data - in a *.csv file .... successfully !

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This is a general answer to head you in the right direction, I hope. Reply back if you need more detail.

If you are syncing with Windows Palm Desktop software, you can (most likely) export contacts, calendar and memo items to a CSV file.

CSV files are data standards. They're simply text files with a comma-delimiter that designates where fields end. This makes them cross-platform compatible.

Once you export to CSV files, get them on your mac (email them to yourself, put them on a flash drive etc) and then import them into iCal, Address book etc.

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