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Reliably transfer Outlook messages to Mail.app Apps

After scouring the net for about six hours I came across this extremely useful tool which is of great help when trying to transfer mail from Outlook on Windows to Mail.app. It's called MailRelayer and acts as an IMAP server for Outlook, thereby making your entire PST file's contents available to another machine.

I transferred about 1,900 messages (250MB) in about 45 minutes over LAN, so the speed isn't too bad. Another bonus is that messages transfer without attachments being TNEF-encoded.

A 30 day trial can be downloaded from www.mailrelayer.com.

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Authored by: SOX on Jan 12, '04 01:16:26PM
Nice to know About this. its a hideously ugly problem when you have to confront it. There are a few non-freeware apps that purport to do this but I found them a giant buggy snarl.

the one way I way I did transfer the messages flawlessly was to use .mac ( or any imap server). create a .mac imap folder in outlook, drag messages into it, syncronize it. go to mail.app, syncronize it and drag the folders out.

the only problems with this rather archane but 100% effective foolproof approach are its a tad slow since you are sending your files across the interent twice. and you can only do the trnasfers in 15Mb lumps since that's the size of you mac.com e-mail limit

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Reliably transfer Outlook messages to Mail.app
Authored by: gatorparrots on Jan 12, '04 03:18:31PM

Or there's Outlook2Mac. For a mere $10, you can avoid the hassles and pitfalls of any of the "free" solutions, which end up costing much in the way of time and frustration:
http://littlemachines.com/



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Reliably transfer Outlook messages to Mail.app
Authored by: shoalcreek on Apr 28, '04 06:37:19AM

I also recommend Outlook2Mac. It converted 3 years worth of E-Mail (450MB, >20000 messages) without a hitch (Windows 2000, Outlook 2000). Earlier experiments with Mozilla Mail messed up the attachments. MailRelayer had problems with "sent" dates and attachments. So I tried the free Outlook2Mac demo to convert problematic e-mails. It worked. Then I payed the 10 bucks, ran Outlook2Mac on the Windows machine and was very happy with the result. All e-mails with all attachments and full headers are now on my Mac (Mail.app, Mac OS X 10.2.8, Powerbook G3 Fw 500).



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run an IMAP server on the Mac
Authored by: LouieNet on Jan 14, '04 12:48:13AM
What if you run an IMAP server on your Mac? Then you can connect to it from Outlook on the Windows box to transfer the contents of the .pst file to that server. The benefit would be that you wouldn't need to leave your Windows box running anymore in order to get at that archived email. Then I think you can just connect to localhost from Entourage X or Mail to read from the new archive. (Another benefit is that an IMAP-compatible Unix mailreader like mutt would be able to access the same mail archive.)

I plan on testing this soon with uw-imapd-ssl from the fink distribution. (Of course, I'll make a backup of the .pst file first :)

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17" Powerbook G4, 1G RAM, OS X 10.2.8

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run an IMAP server on the Mac
Authored by: LouieNet on Jan 14, '04 12:50:40AM
P.S. If you want to compile your own IMAP server, there's an excellent guide online:
http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2002/08/23/jaguar_server.html?page=4

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G4 cube, 1152M RAM, OS X Server 10.2.8
17" Powerbook G4, 1G RAM, OS X 10.2.8

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run an IMAP server on the Mac
Authored by: maise on Feb 25, '04 03:24:59AM

I have tried this, it munges the original email address about half the time.



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