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Migrate contact groups from Entourage 2004 to Address Book
Authored by: babbage on May 01, '09 12:22:57PM

That's so complicated I'm not even going to read it. Sorry.

It's A LOT simpler than that: Just turn on data syncing.

As long as your copy of Office 2004 is up to date with the latest service packs, it should have support for syncing address & calendar data to .Mac/MobileMe, which of course Address Book and iCal can do as well. (I think this can be done whether or not you actually have a .Mac/MobileMe account, but it's been a while since I tried it; if you have to, you can always sign up for a trial account just to get this started.)

Once you have syncing enabled, you don't have to do anything at all for this to work. Your Address Book data ends up in Entourage, and vice versa. Likewise with iCal, if you want that one also.

There are other ways of doing this, such as what this hint describes, but they're all WAY more complicated, and lack the nice ability to keep the two of them in step going forward.

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Migrate contact groups from Entourage 2004 to Address Book
Authored by: babbage on May 01, '09 12:27:47PM

Amendment:

Now that I've re-read the hint, I see that it's specifically about contact groups, and not just contacts generally.

I'm not *positive* that this data is preserved through the sync conduit, but I think it is.

Try it and see.

If it works, it's a lot less effort than this hint describes; if it doesn't work, you haven't lost much by trying.

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Migrate contact groups from Entourage 2004 to Address Book
Authored by: jiclark on May 01, '09 05:32:34PM

You obviously have had no experience with attempting to migrate Groups out of Entourage! It has to be one of the hardest things I've ever tried to help a client accomplish!!

There is no built-in way to do it, and there are several sites online that explain supposed workarounds. Micro$oft even has a page explaining how to do it, and it is a ROYAL pain. We decided it wasn't worth the trouble...

This method seems much more straightforward, believe it not, and I will definitely be trying it with a client next week. I'll post back with our results.

Thanks for the tip!



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Migrate contact groups from Entourage 2004 to Address Book
Authored by: babbage on May 01, '09 06:51:57PM

Obviously, I've kept my distance from Entourage, yes :-)

I'm a big fan of data portability for exactly this reason. There's big downsides in getting heavily invested in an app that doesn't let you carry around your data between programs, devices, etc. This sounds like a prime example.

If this really is easier than the usual approach, good luck with it. Isn't Entourage scriptable? Maybe there are ways to automate at least some of these steps, no?

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