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10.5: One way to add meetings to iCal from Outlook email Apps
Since purchasing my iPhone, I no longer use my HP PDA for maintaining and notifying me of meetings and telecons at work. The bad news is, I cannot sync my iPhone to government computers at the office, and iTunes is definitely out.

Originally I was using Snerdware's GroupCal to sync my office Outlook calendar appointments with iCal and my iPhone, but at this time, Groupcal is not compatible with Leopard. So to keep from having to type each individual appointment into my iPhone manually, I send email home for future office meetings and/or appointments that will later sync to the iPhone. To do this from the Outlook computer, place the meeting subject in the email subject line, then in the body of the email, place the date and time in the format: Monday, November 26, 2007 at 3:00 PM. If you leave off the time iCal will consider it to be an all day affair.

When you get home to read your email, place the mouse pointer over the date and select Create new iCal Event. The new Outlook event will then be placed into iCal for syncing with your iPhone and iPod. As far as I know, you can have only one subject at a time. However, in the body of the email, you can have multiple dates, but each one will be tied to the same subject. So until GroupCal begins working with Leopard next year, this is the quickest method for me.
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10.5: One way to add meetings to iCal from Outlook email
Authored by: kmichels on Dec 05, '07 08:36:31AM

Personally I read all my mail on my MBP with mail.app, so adding to iCal is a fairly simple matter of right-click on the ics attachment and selecting Add to iCal. Exchange being what it is means that it automagically adds the appointment to my calendar, so when I fire up Outlook in Parallels it appears there anyway. That way I can have my iPhone as my PDA (not used the Blackberry at all since I've gotten the iPhone and not missing the work mail on the move at all!), *and* everyone else in the organisation can see my schedule!



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10.5: One way to add meetings to iCal from Outlook email
Authored by: zelet on Dec 05, '07 09:14:18AM

There has to be a way to sync an Exchange server to iCal without GoupCal or without resorting to using Entourage running in the background.

Anybody?



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10.5: One way to add meetings to iCal from Outlook email
Authored by: bjsvec on Dec 05, '07 09:21:13AM
Writing your own caldav plugin that works with Exchange 2007 or going to work for Boeing are the only other ways I am aware of..

http://vyshemirsky.blogspot.com/2007/10/how-to-synchronize-ical-with-exchange.html


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10.5: One way to add meetings to iCal from Outlook email
Authored by: the_mace on Dec 05, '07 09:29:00AM

As a small developer, the fact that the Snerdware/Groupcal people are taking 2 quarters plus after Leopards release to support it is atrocious. The mac community needs a better (and perhaps free) solution that is actively maintained and cared for by the developers.



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10.5: One way to add meetings to iCal from Outlook email
Authored by: antipodean on Dec 05, '07 10:39:00AM

If you are outside the US and use the date format DD/MM/YYYY remember that Mail doesn't recognise that date format for the iCal insert.

e.g. 11/12/2007 will attempt to insert an event for 12 November instead of 11 December.

But 12/11/2007 15:00 works.... just clunky.

24 hour time works fine too.



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10.5: One way to add meetings to iCal from Outlook email
Authored by: kitsch on Dec 05, '07 02:00:12PM

I totally agree with <i>the_mace</i> - I'm a paying GroupCal customer, and recommended GroupCal to a number of colleagues, too, and we're now all completed screwed without access to the internal company Exchange calendar after the IT dept. upgraded us all to Leopard.



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10.5: Another way to add meetings to iCal from Outlook email
Authored by: gxw on Dec 05, '07 05:56:28PM
As an exchange admin, the following advice causes me to cringe [1]... but it works if the other person is using iCal.

Why not just forward your meeting notices in Outlook to the account you monitor with Mail.app? When the message is received it will have an .ics file as an attachment. Double clicking on the attachment will add the meeting to iCal. You will lose the list of required attendees but the meeting organizer will still show up. The rest of the attendees appear in notes.

If I want to add something to my iCal, I always send myself a meeting notice. You may need to check mail.app preferences and turn on "automatically add appointments to iCal".

1. Never do this if the other person is using Outlook - causes weird issues with meeting notices. calendaring and Blackberry.

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10.5: One way to add meetings to iCal from Outlook email
Authored by: phillipc on Dec 18, '07 07:50:33AM

Has anyone figured out how to send from iCal to Outlook / Exchange users yet?
This is obviously something that Apple & Microsuck do not intend to address. But I can't get away from Outlook users.

I've tried all the hints I can find in the forum but to no avail.
Thanks for any help.

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PhillipC



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