My day job has me wrestling with support issues born from a few hundred Mac and Windows PCs at a Chicago area private school. Part of my job is to find, try, and recommend new Mac applications for faculty, students, and staff.
Early last Friday I was asked by a teacher how to edit a vCard. Those are files usually used in Contacts and other Mac and Windows contact management apps. I said, “Sure. Just use Contacts on your Mac.” That works, of course, but in this case the teacher didn’t use Contacts for much and just wanted to edit a few vCards sent to her by another teacher. What. To. Do?
There’s An App For That
As you might suspect, seek and ye shall find works even on the Mac. It didn’t take long to come up with vCard Editor for the Mac and it’s exactly what you think it is and maybe a little more, especially considering the nominal price tag.
vCard Editor lets you both create and edit standard vCards. It displays vCard data fields so it looks and works much like a database editor. That’s exactly what it is as it can display multiple vCards, even reading vCards from a CSV file and even display a contact as a QRCode.
I’m not altogether sure exactly why a Mac user would want to edit a bunch of vCards but if you need to do just that, this is the app that does the deed.
vCards used the standard file extension .vcf so they can be used to exchange contact information with other platforms and different applications. Features include the option to bulk change functions, labels, or even values on multiple cCards.
Not only will vCard Editor edit a single vCard file, it also reads and exports CSV files which can be generated by most database applications which store contact information. Font and size changes are also allowed. One odd function that seems to be a requirement is that vCard Editor will ask to use Contacts on your Mac. The app uses the Contacts framework in OS X and needs permissions. That adds a couple of extra steps but vCard Editor won’t edit or change your Contacts. The Contacts app does that.
Considering all that is going on within vCard Editor– you’re getting plenty for your money– I’m surprised I never ran into the app before– it’s quite impressive. Even though it’s available for download on the Mac App Store, there’s a try-before-you-buy trial version available on the developer’s website.
Not everyone needs to edit vCards, but if you do, it’s nice to know there’s an affordable option available.