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Outlook to iCal migration help Apps
A tip for anyone trying to get info from Outlook to iCal (or even just into Entourage for that matter!) using Palm Desktop 4 for OS X as a middleman:

Export your calendar events from Outlook as a tab-delimited text file, open the text file in Excel (or other spreadsheet which can read delimited text files), change the appropriate column headings to read: Title, Date (Start), Start Time, End Date, End Time, Category 1, Category 2, and Private. Delete any remaining columns. Save in the same delimited text format as the file was when you opened it.

Now download and install the newest free Palm Desktop for OS X, import this freshly edited delimited text file into the Palm Desktop datebook, then turn around and export the datebook from Palm Desktop as a vCal file, which imports just fine into iCal. Also, Entourage says it will import from Palm Desktop, though I've not tried that.

Phew! That was easy wasn't it?
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Import from Entourage
Authored by: sharumpe on Sep 12, '02 12:24:27PM

My wife is the one in the house that maintains our calendar of social events (haha). She has been using Entourage for that since Palm's software seemed buggy in our experience. Since iCal allows me to subscribe to her calendar, I wanted to switch her over.

File->Import... and the Import from Entourage option was odd, but seems to work. It appears to use Applescript to import the items. It launched Entourage, and when I switched back to iCal to see what was the matter, the events slowly filtered in. I think everything came across, though alarms may have been lost (I think she had reminders, and iCal didn't show any). The bulk of the work was done, though. Now I just have to set up a WebDAV server, since she isn't a .mac member.

Mr. Sharumpe

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Import from Entourage
Authored by: danielacroft on Sep 12, '02 12:29:42PM

Ok, I've done this in two ways:
1. in iCal File... > Import > Check "Import Entourage Data"
2. Find all Calendar items in Entourage, drag & drop to likely folder, import into iCal (vCal).

These ways have worked quite well so far.


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Outlook or Outlook Express?
Authored by: alajuela on Sep 12, '02 01:03:59PM

Is this hint for Outlook for Exchange server?

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Outlook to iCal migration help
Authored by: makip on Mar 01, '03 06:14:02AM

Are you actually using a Palm device, or just using the Palm Desktop application for moving info from Outlook to iCal?

If you are syncing a Palm device, remember you can also use Apple's iSync to get the info into iCal.

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Outlook to iCal migration help
Authored by: Blamemyparents on Sep 14, '03 03:08:14PM

Nope, I think it only requires the software, not an actual Palm.

^Is it mac related? No. Is it child-safe? No. Does it 0wn? Yes.

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Outlook to iCal migration help
Authored by: dougXN on May 30, '05 02:38:37PM

Interestingly I tried this and calendar emported all of the dates to the current calendar dates....? Meaning things from previous years showed up in the curent year.

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