I've found Address Book's 2-panel layout in Lion extremely obnoxious because I must change modes to change groups, never remember what group I'm viewing, etc. Is there any way to restore the old 3-panel layout? If not, recommend any open source alternatives with sane layouts?

  • iCal version was entirely accidental, seemingly duplicated previous questions on known tweaks. I recall self deletion failed too. Jan 17, 2012 at 15:21

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I don't have my SL disk handy, so I cant vouch for this, but maybe try copying the Address Book.app from SL (or a backup) over to Lion?

  • Yes, I considered that, might try it if nothing better comes along. Jan 17, 2012 at 1:27
  • To me it seems the easiest method; I know you can't (unfortunately) fix the Lion version. And as for a true alternative, it might not fit your needs but how about just using Google Calendar?
    – segiddins
    Jan 17, 2012 at 1:33
  • Oops, must not have seen the Address Book... don't know why i mentioned iCal at all... Anyways, same principle applies.
    – segiddins
    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:49
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    This is unlikely to work. Address Book.app depends on AddressBook.framework, which in turn depends on many other system components. They are not guaranteed nor designed to be interchangeable with different OS versions than the one where they originally appeared. You're welcome to try it, but I am doubtful that this will work.
    – bneely
    Jan 17, 2012 at 3:11

Take a look at "Addresses" an alternative address book application:


It is not open source, but is is just $3.99

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