Opera to Gmail contacts
Sunday, November 23, 2008 3:37:48 PM
Recently I've been using multiple systems and a lot of mail on the go (computers at the faculty etc). Syncronizing Opera is very nice, so that you have all your bookmarks and everything, and feel "at home" most of the time. But it doesn't sync anything of the mail, so I tend to use Gmail when not at home and though it would be good to have all the email addresses there.
The logical way is to export everything from Opera, and import at Gmail.
Opera exports the contacts into an "adr" file, which is not bad for reading in a text editor, but can't really be imported into Gmail, since it want's a CSV (Comma Separated Values) file, which you can get out of your favorite spreadsheets application (Google Docs, Open Office, MS Office).
I though about writting a program myself, but then realized that somebody has probably done it already. And I was right.
There is an app at sourceforge called "Opera2GmailCSV". The latest version is from 2006, but it worked just fine.
There is also an online app http://www.hallvord.com/opera/adr2tab.htm that you upload your file too, and shows the result in a webpage, which you can then save. I haven't tested the files from here.
Anyway the importing worked just fine, and I experimented with multiple adding of the same entries, and it seems the Gmail either ignores identical data, or merges multiple addresses for the same names. Which should mean that I can still use M2 as the primary client, and in the future maybe reimport everything into Gmail with the existing data just ignored. Nice.