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10.4: View .ics calendar attachments in Mail.app Apps
Tiger only hintI'm not sure if this is the default or I've done something strange with my Mail setup on Tiger (already).

Panther gave us the ability to view meeting invites as ics files - which made adding the events to iCal a piece of cake. In Tiger, though, I found it parsed out the rest of the email message as text, and gave no indication there was an ics attachment - although it is there, if you view the message source. After much pulling of hair and gnashing of teeth, I came across the Previous Alternative, Next Alternative, Plain Test Alternative and Best Alternative menu items, in the Message submenu of the View menu.

Obviously, the default is Best Alternative, but if you change to the previous one (a simple Apple-[), it now shows the ics file. Crisis Over.

It seems that, while Mail remembers this setting on an individual email basis, it will continue to show new emails with the 'Best Alternative' view - perhaps this can be changed in a plist file somewhere...
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10.4: View .ics calendar attachments in Mail.app
Authored by: jonbauman on May 09, '05 02:53:42PM

I think this may have something to do with the "Automatically retrieve invitations from Mail" preference and the new notifications box (third button from the bottom left) in iCal.

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10.4: View .ics calendar attachments in Mail.app
Authored by: stingerman on May 18, '05 08:36:20PM

It looks like ics attachments from Outlook/Exchange are inlined as text while ics attachments from iCal are shown as attachments. Realy weird behaviour. The right behaviour should be that it is an attachment and iCal will automatically see it in the notification window.



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10.4: View .ics calendar attachments in Mail.app
Authored by: clifhirtle on May 20, '05 04:33:09PM

I have no idea what these Alternative menu items are that are referenced in this hint - no sign of them in this version of 10.4.1 Apple Mail.

However, I've found that including our organizations domain name as a prefix to the username field (ie: "domain\username") in Mail's configuration to Exchange over IMAP, allows me to actually SEE these calendar invites. Configuring connection to Exchange as an EXCHANGE account or an IMAP connection w/out the domain prefix does NOT show the invites.

Strange.



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10.4: View .ics calendar attachments in Mail.app
Authored by: clifhirtle on May 20, '05 04:34:37PM

Oh... they're in the VIEW menu, hehe. Got it I'll try that too. :-)



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