It’s the 21st century and we still get mail. Snail mail. Regular mail. And, our Mac’s Address Book continues to grow and add more names and addresses.
Addresses may seem old fashioned in the digital age, but Address Book’s database can be a wonderful tool, especially when the addresses are updated, accurate, and formatted correctly. Here’s an app to help.
Add Zip To Address Book’s ZIP Codes
A few of Apple’s built-in Mac OS X apps are resident wallflowers. Take Address Book. It’s been around forever. Everyone knows how to use it. It just works.
Unfortunately, Address Book is subject to the quality control of mere humans, a victim of GIGO.
Garbage in. Garbage out. If we don’t put in the correctly formatted address, we get back what we enter.
PostCheck is a simple Mac app, actually a plug-in for Address Book, that makes all our bad addresses better.
Within Address Book, PostCheck gives us another set of options. It can fill in missing parts of your address, including those all important ZIP+4 codes that the US Postal Service so loves.
It even looks through your Address Book Groups and can standardize a bunch of addresses at a time.
PostCheck can update address formatting, too.
For example, addresses can be formatted as uppercase. State names can be abbreviates. Add the ZIP+4 code. And, include a country code as needed.
This handy little app does background lookups on your Address Book groups, so many addresses can be updated and standardized at once.
Even better, and especially if you have many addresses, PostCheck saves the lookup results to a log so you can do a before-and-after comparison for duplicates and error messages.
It’s inexpensive, simple to install, straightforward to use, and does a good, quick job of cleaning up a messy Address Book (including proper USPS formats, and proper street name spellings).