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Additional info of Second Contacts2

What is the difference between Second Contacts2 and Second Contacts

Second Contacts2 is a redesigned version of Second Contacts with using Contacts.framework which is introduced from macOS 10.11. So Second Contacts2 works in macOS 10.11 and later, but Second Contacts works in macOS 10.7 and later.

In addition to the change, code refactoring and optimization are done. For example the reading speed of contacts is faster than before, and the "Replace All" function is added in the Find and Replace.

And the change to the Contacts.framework is not only for performance but also related to the application life cycle. Because Apple has announced that the AddressBook.framework is deprecated in macOS 10.11. It means it will be discontinued at some future date.

It is hard to know when it will happen, but usually a function which is announced as deprecated is discontinued after 3 or 4 years later. If you are not using old macOS such as 10.7, it will be better to choose Second Contacts2.

How to use Second Contacts2

Contact Info View

The contact info is shown at right of the window, when you click the side bar button in the toolbar or select the "Show Contact Info" menu in the contact menu of the Navigate menu.

The view is switched when you click the edit button.

If the button is "Edit", the following table is shown and you can edit the values as same as before.

If the button is "Lock", following new table is shown to be more readable. And it is not editable.

The view turns to two columns according to the window width.

Security and Privacy

Your contacts are protected in your system.

When Second Contacts2 is launched at first time, an alert for enabling access to your contact will be shown.

Please allow Second Contacts2 to access your contacts, otherwise Second Contacts2 doesn't work.

The other way is allowing Second Contacts2 to access your contacts in the System Preferences.

Open the System Preferences. There is a privacy pane in the "Security & Privacy" preferences. Then select the checkbox for Second Contacts2 in the pane.

Editing Tips

There are two types of data in the vCard file. One is just string such as company, and the other is labeled value. The labeled value consists of label and string and you can have multiple label and sting pairs.

And if the data is the labeled value, you can add multiple values as the data like the picture below. So the panel is used to add/delete the labeled value.

In case of the address and instant message, those string consists of sub strings such as ZIP, State, Street, and so on.

Country code in the address panel

When you double-click the address cell or with holding the command key, the following address panels are shown. The country code in the panel is used to change the format of the postal address. If it is empty, county code in the system default is used. Please note that the Country value is not related to the country code. You can set any string as the Country.


The country code is used to format a address.

When you select the country code in the column, the string at the top of the panel will be formatted as the code.
For example, when you select US at the column, the strings will order like "1 Infinite-loop Cupertine, CA 95014". When you select JP, it will be "95014 CA Cupertinoe 1 Inifinite-loop".


Second Contacts2 has a Find&Replace function.
The FindBar will be shown when you select the Find menu in the edit menu or click the find button in the Toolbar.

The matched strings are shown in gray background. And the orange background shows that the string is replaced when you click the Replace button.

When you click the All button, the strings that has the gray background in the table are all replaced.

Replacing string in the Address cell

You can replace the Cupertino with other string directly. The way of matching string is done in each item of the address. Howerver you can not find the "Cupertino, CA", because the string consists of the two items.

Please note that the search string is done by the each sub item. For example the Address stirng consists of 5 sub items: ZIP, State, City, Street and County.
You can find "Cupertino" or "CA" separately, but cann't find "Cupertino, CA".

The string in the Birthday and Dates cells can be searched by the FindBar. However the string can not be replaced via the Replace Button.

Setting the same label or value in the selected rows

The new feature is setting the same label or value in the seleced rows at once.

It works on the phone, email and note column and so on.

Please try to change a label in a column such as Phone with selecting multiple rows, an alert will be shown for making sure the operation.

When you click the OK button, all the label of the Phone column you selected will be changed.

Adding/Deleting members in a group

You can add/delete members of a group in the Group view which is opened by the "Show Groups" menu in the Group Button.

To add members in a certain group, select contacts in the "All Contacts", then drag and drop them to the group.

To delete members in a certain group, select contacts in the group, then select the "Delete Contacts" menu in the contact button.

The contacts are deleted in the group but not deleted in the "All Contacts".

Editing contact image

You can set the image of contact in the contact info panel.

Show the contact info view and "drag and drop" the image on to the contact image.

The other way is showing the context menu by left-click or holding control-key and click the image in the contact info view. The context menu will show the "Add image" or "Replace image" menu to select a image file for the contact.

In order to delete the image, control-click on the image, then the context menu show the menu to delete the image.

Reading CSV files and exporting contacts as CSV

Reading CSV file, Second Contacts2 detects the data types by the first line of the CSV file.

The first line designate the items order and the type. Please check the sample file.

If Second Contacts2 fails to detect those, please modify the CSV file by referring the sample file.


Text Encoding

When you import the file, you may need to specify the text encoding. Please select an appropriate encoding in the open panel.

Exporting as CSV

The menus in the file menu are enabled when you select more than one contact in the window. When the menu is selected, the save file dialog will be shown. Please set the filename then press the Export button. The contacts you selected will be written in the file.

When you select exporting CSV, the contacts is written to the file with the first line which is mentioned above. It means that not all the values in the contact are written in the file. Also the text encoding will be UTF-8.

Reordering table rows in the contact info view

The rows in the contact info view can be reordered by the Drag and Drop.

Click the cell in the type column and drag the cell with holding the button to the row you want to move. When you release the button, the source row will move to the destination row.