I will preface this with:
I am a VEHEMENT ANTI KDE 4.x zealot! Unfortunately I prefer KDE over every thing else for a lot of reasons, but after reading this post and some of the links on the KDE forums site I am about ready to get on a plane(s) and bang some heads, literally!
The sermon/rant on KDE4.x is best left for another post... so... I grab'd a KrapUbunutu Alpha the last one I could find and threw it into a VMWare Server VM to see what you outlined....
NONE of the below is an endorsement of/for KDE 4, simply trying to see if the posts requests can be met in other ways...
As I am an ardent KMail user, but address books are not my thing, I either know your email address in my built in memory device (brain) or your out of luck, I don't email you.
schrodinger's cat wrote:Among the changes in KAddressBook 4.4 that I noticed in my very brief examination are these "improvements":
No categories, so no way to identify different types of contacts.
No filters, so no way to isolate different types of contacts.
can you not just create new address books or folders in books to accomplish these?
schrodinger's cat wrote:No views, so no way to create customized contact lists.
I am not sure I understand this "views" option in 3.5.10 to try to replicate...more info?
schrodinger's cat wrote:No search function as far as I could tell.
schrodinger's cat wrote:Import options limited to vCard, CSV, LDIF, LDAP, and GMX.
What else is there? Seems to support every thing contact wise that exists or widely used?
If you expecting it to import something from say some other w based program like ACT! etc.. I think you will find that will meet with resistance in the Linux community, and I for one, agree. You may consider that stupid/dumb/rude/shortsighted etc...but I see no need to quarter the enemy by importing their sludge, and most of that stuff can EXPORT out to vCard and CSV at a minimum.
schrodinger's cat wrote:Can not edit a contact by selecting it and hitting "Enter".
I cant do that on KMint Elyssa... more info?
schrodinger's cat wrote:Panel for listing address books is a complete waste of space.
Probably if you only use one address book, true, but I think the idea is that you separate things out in to multiple books....then the panel makes sense....
schrodinger's cat wrote:A deal breaker for me is that, without views, I could not create a list with separate columns for Given Name and Family Name, and thus would not be able to sort by last name unless I individually edited every contact to change the display name from "John Smith" to "Smith John". I would have to edit over 600 contacts one at a time to do this.
There is an area under the name called Display which has a dropped down, which unfortunately KSnapshot would not take a pix of with the menu down where you can display how the names are shown, As you entered ie: Tom Smith, Smith Tom or Smith, Tom etc... does that not accomplish what you want/need?
schrodinger's cat wrote:For me, KDE has taken a major step backwards with this new stripped down address book. I have already switched from Dolphin to Krusader as my file manager because of
Don't even get me started on that !@$&*!*$^!*&^!&(*@^$!*@& dolphin..
KONQI RULES! And dolphins are tuna bait!
schrodinger's cat wrote:I'm beginning to wonder if all KDE developers are 20 year old students working out of their dorm rooms who have never held a real job, or suffered from any infirmity.
BING! ! BING! DING! DING! WINNER!
schrodinger's cat wrote: then I will be saying goodbye to KDE, which now seems to want to cater more to the zealous video gamer than the business person. Wiggly windows instead of productivity? Not for me, thanks.
I am afraid I too will have to look at the LXDE verion of Mint to see if it will meet my needs, but alas then my programs are all gone.... KMail, Konqueror (don't even waste the typing about those programs from a certain foundation, I can NOT STAND THEM! Some one put some water on the fire!)