A little history: I had a old Nokia 5310. Lost it. I had the contacts backed up in a .vcf file. So imported them to a old Sony Ericsson W700i. Used the W700i for sometime, added some more contacts.
Not got a new Nokia C5. Wanted to import all the contacts to the Nokia and at the same time add them to Address Book so that I can manage all contacts from Address Book and sync with the new Nokia. (Address Book has some old contacts, that are not required to be on the phone but nevertheless necessary, my wife's contacts imported sometime before etc). (Thanks for reading)

I exported the contacts from the phone to a .vcf file and imported it in Address Book. Wanted to move only these contacts to the Nokia. So thought will open Last Import and sync all of them with the new phone.
But looks like Last Import holds all of my imports, not just the most recent one.

I tried to select a group and then import, but the import does not happen to the group. They are imported to the "All Contacts".

Is there any way to get/select only the most recent imported contacts?

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A smart group with a rule of "card was updated after (date)" would get you close to the correct list. Also, in Lion, Last Import resets the list correctly for each import performed.

  • Is the date updated still available for smart groups? I hope it is still available to Applescripts. It seems missing from the app's interface. Feb 8, 2012 at 18:04
  • "Card was updated after (date)" smart group rules are still available in Lion.
    – bneely
    Feb 8, 2012 at 23:04

Are you comfortable with AppleScript? If so, you could write a script to export the contacts created after a date of your choosing.

  • G. I am not very comfortable with AppleScript but have no problems learning. But will getting contacts created after a date of your choosing be sufficient? It is possible that one of the contacts I imported last was already there and I had merged it.
    – Nivas
    Feb 12, 2011 at 18:02
  • @Nivas you can also use the date it was last modified. Feb 12, 2011 at 18:35

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