Microsoft does not provide an easy way to transfer your Inbox in Outlook from Windows to Mac. Their knowledge base even claims that it can't be done. If you have some patience, there is a way.
Backup your outlook.pst before beginning. Use an existing IMAP mail account or get a free Hotmail Account. Logon to the account in Outlook for Windows. Drag any messages and/or folders into the IMAP account. Keep in mind they will be moved, not copied.
Now just login to the account from Entourage and drag the folders into the default Inbox. You can delete them off the server when you are finished, or hold on to them for posterity.
If you have a lot of messages this can take some time, but it's worth it if you want to keep your old messages and folders. If you want to restore the messages back into Outlook, just overwrite the outlook.pst with the backup you created.
Adriaan Tijsseling, the fellow responsible for the must-read OS X tips page, has put together an Applescript application which does something very cool. It snags the artist and title information from the currently playing iTunes track, and FTPs it up to your Web site, so you can now share with the world how you're listening to that Kylie Minogue song over and over and over again...
The app started off as a shell script and Applescript that he wrote, which are still available on his Weblog ... good for folks that want more control over things or to see how it works. Go check it out!
I was reading MacIntouch and came across the following printing fix in their Photoshop 7 report. It absolutely works! I have spent so much time trying to figure this out and the fix was so easy:
Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2002
From: [MacInTouch Reader]
Subject: Solution to LPR printing problem
Another problem I'm having is printing to a HP Laserjet 4100 over the network using LPR. I noticed the mention in the last-minute readme file about using ASCII in the print options, but that does not help. Every time I try and print anything from PS7, I get hundreds of pages of garbage characters
The solution that works for us it to use "BINPS" as the queue name when configuring LPR printing to HP LaserJet printers. BINPS stands for Binary PostScript and tells the printer this is the type of file it should expect.
[Editor's note: There are some other interesting tidbits about Photoshop in the special report, including an experience with a 'bad' serial number when trying to upgrade from an original Photoshop 3.0 upgrade path.]
I happened to find a very smooth way to e-mail my iPhotos from Entourage. If I have my unsent message as the topmost window in Entourage, I can simply drag a selection of photos from iPhoto to the Entourage icon in the Dock and they will get attached to the message.
I don't know if this is documented anywhere, but now at least visitors of this site now know. =)
While not obvious, Microsoft Entourage provides a simple message of archiving mail messages. This may be important since it has been reported by others that Entourage has a limit as to how many messages may be stored in it.
To archive messages in Entourage, simply drag a message folder, containing the desired messages, to the Desktop. A file is created, with the folder name, containing the messages.
To restore the messages to Entourage, just double-click the file, then click on the Import button. The folder and messages are restored into the root folder level of the Entourage message folders in alphabetical order.
An anonymous tipster sent in a note about a PowerPoint v.X limitation:
PowerPoint v.X cannot read PowerPoint 4 files! Simply by upgrading to the most recent version of PowerPoint you may lose access to your old (or in my case, not so old) files. There is no mention of the inability to open PowerPoint 4 files anywhere in the help documents or in the knowledge base articles available from MS Mactopia.
I did some experimenting with the two versions of PowerPoint which I own (from Office98 and Office v.X) and a couple of version 4 presentations. As the hint suggested, PowerPoint v.X refused to open them, although they were handled easily by PowerPoint 98.
After some experimentation and help from the hint submitter (as I lack a version 4.0 of my own), we came up with a workaround that will allow you to convert these older files to the new version, assuming you own (or have access to) Office98. Use PowerPoint98 to open the version 4 presentations and select File -> Save As. When the save dialog opens, select "Presentation Template" as the file format. Launch PowerPoint v.X and open the template you just saved and then save it again as a normal PowerPoint presentation with a new name.
Although this works, you may lose some formatting (I lost some font information from one presentation, but not from another), but at least you'll be able to migrate your older files to the newest version of PowerPoint.
While Microsoft can certainly make whatever decisions they wish regarding support for past versions, and PowerPoint 4 is quite old (last sold in 1997), it would have been nice if they had at least documented this limitation!
After making a brief (unofficial?) appearance last week as "iPhoto 1.1", a fresh iPhoto update is now available - iPhoto 1.1.1. You can grab it off the iPhoto download page, although it's quite busy right now (I got a "server not found" a couple times before it worked). Some of the more interesting new features include:
Adjust brightness and contrast
Email your photos with Apple Mail
Set your desktop image and screensaver from within iPhoto
Import folders of photos as separate film rolls
Retain and display EXIF data
Preserve imported image file names as photo titles
Prior to installing the new version, I used the Finder to duplicate my image library (as suggested in the Read Me), just in case of upgrade issues (the iPhoto 1.1.1 library is not compatible with the 1.0 format). The installer searches for an existing iPhoto 1.0 and runs in upgrade mode if it finds it; otherwise, it does a fresh install.
Installing took only a minute or two, followed by the usual three-minute "Optimizing System Performance" step. On first launch, iPhoto updates the photo library, which took about three minutes on my 1,000 image library. I should mention that I have my library stored in a non-standard location, but iPhoto had no troubles updating it and (thankfully) did not move the library back to its normal location. After the library update, everything worked as expected, and the new features are welcome additions to an already good product.
When you drag a link from the browser address line in Internet Explore to the dock, it uses the page's name as the dock mouseover name. For example, I pulled the webmail.mac.com address over, but its name was 'login'. Not gonna fly. I found that if you save the site as a favorite first, you can edit the name and then pull it into the Dock from the bookmark window. It now has the customized name when moused over.
I saw this posted anonymously on the MacNN Forums, but I wish I could give credit where credit is due. If you have ever wanted multiple addresses to be associated with one email account (which I have) so that you can send mail from any number of addresses without resorting to creating many "nearly duplicate" accounts, simply enter all the addresses separated by commas in the "Email Address" field of the account setup dialog.
I tested this and it worked beautifully. Still, I wish I could just type in any from address at composition time, as I have a wildcard email that I use to track which sites sell my email to spammers (i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Hope this helps out some folks who thought Mail.app had a limitation that it apparently does not have.
If you have the new Canon Ixus V2 you have the problem that it is not yet recognized by ImageCapture. To solve this you must edit the Info.plist file located in /System -> Library -> Image Capture -> Devices -> Type4Camera.app -> Contents.
First cd to /System -> Library -> Image Capture -> Devices -> Type4Camera.app -> Contents. Then make a backup copy of the file with sudo cp Info.plist Info.plist.bak. Now edit Info.plist using sudo or something like Pseudo in PropertyListEditor (comes with Apple Developer Tools) as follows. In the "devices" section, you must add a new Dictionary. Add two childs to this new dictionary: "vendor" and "product". For vendor enter the value "0x04A9". For product enter the value "0x3065" (Your new Ixus V2). Log out and log in again to your machine.
Now ImageCapture should start when you plug in the camera! I have heard that Apple will fix this with Mac OS X 10.1.5.
More news: The software provided with the camera finally works with Mac OS X. You can use the Canon Image Browser and PhotoStitch. It also works with other Canon cameras (G2, etc.). But for converting RAW images, Classic is still needed.
[Editor's note: I don't have this camera to experiment with, but the news of native Canon software is good to hear!]