Technically, the LDAP protocol defines a client-server system, with an LDAP client accessing information stored on an LDAP directory server. Although just about any information can be stored in the directory, one common use is storing contact information, such as e-mail, address and phone numbers.
LDAP servers are often used in closed educational or corporate environments, but there are also public LDAP servers to help find people you've lost track of. The ability to search a LDAP directory is available in newer e-mail programs, as well as Sherlock 2. But you may want the flexibility of using a more powerful stand-alone solution. Enter LDapper.
LDapper will let you search a LDAP directory using either the full or last name of the person you are looking for. You can apply several filters to the search term, such as similar to, starts with, and so on. You can also set the maximum number of matches or hits, and how long to wait for results to come back.
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Some handy additional features include the ability to double-click on a match and have your favorite e-mail program launched, complete with the recipient's address already filled in. LDapper also supports several export options via plug-ins, including plain text, Palm and LDIF formats.
Take advantage of the LDAP standard and be sure to give LDapper a look.
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