At my company the sysadmins provide a little service when putting all phone numbers of colleagues on my cell phone. Every colleague is prefixed with a dot. My car’s carkit though lists all numbers grouped by alphabet. So this leads to like a couple hundred entries grouped under a single dot. Fortunatly I can sync my phone to my Apple’s Address Book. When it’s in there, the following little AppleScript allows me to change all first names starting with a dot to something without a dot.
First I transfer all dot-prefixed entries to a special group, then this script runs the people in that group through a little check and adjustment when needed.
(The syntax of AppleScript is a real pain.)
on lstripString(theText, trimString) set x to count trimString try repeat while theText begins with the trimString set theText to characters (x + 1) thru -1 of theText as text end repeat on error return "" end try return theText end lstripString tell application "Address Book" set infoSupporters to people of group "InfoSupport" repeat with p in infoSupporters if first name of p starts with "." then set new_first_name to my lstripString(first name of p, ".") set first name of p to new_first_name end if end repeat display dialog "Done!" end tell