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Transferring e-mail Addresses Question (and on the voice dictation feature)


iPF Noob
Sep 20, 2011
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Brand new iPad3 user.

I use on my regular Windows PC Comcast for internet connection and also go to their site for retrieving my e-mail sometimes when I'm away from the house.

I mainly use Thunderbird for e mails. Have about 75 or so e mail addresses in Thunderbird.

I was told that for the voice dictation to work when composing and sending e mails, you need the address in the
iPad3 Contact-List. I guess that this is so it can actually find it. True ?

Anyway, how can I transfer all my addresses from Thunderbird (or perhaps from the Comcast e-mail site) to the iPad ?
Putting them in, one by one, seems like a really big job.

BTW: what is your experience with using the voice commands for this and web surfing ?
Works "well" ?

Any hints to getting it to recognize and work better would be much appreciated ?



iPad Fan
Jan 8, 2011
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Milton-Freewater, OR
I've never tried using diction for the address, but it makes sense. Most email addresses are not pronounceable, so you'd need some kind of list to match the real names to the email address. Other than a few quick tests dictating text, I've done little with this feature so far.

If Tunderbird (or Comcasat) can export it's address as a vCard file, then you can mail that to the iPad. In Mail in the iPad tap and hold the attachment, and you will get an option to import the file to Contacts.

I don't know if it is possible to sync with the Comcast address book. Do some research and if they offer LDAP, CardDAV, or ActiveSync (Exchange) servers you might be able to keep things synced that way.

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