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DVD Plaza
15th January 2005, 11:42 AM
Not that I've needed this for years, but Microsoft are FINALLY working on a PST importing tool for Entourage... eg bring over your Windows/Mac Outlook data into Entourage.

http://www.microsoft.com/mac/products/ento...spx?pid=pstbeta (http://www.microsoft.com/mac/products/entourage2004/using.aspx?pid=pstbeta)

DVD Plaza
15th January 2005, 11:46 AM
Mind you, I've been looooooving mail.app that comes with Tiger. Finally a decent GUI and finally has functions/options that I needed to make it even barely usable... I'll be ditching Enoutrage once Tiger goes gold... with the amount of mail I have I am utterly dying with Entourage's performance, yet mail.app flies with it.

19th January 2005, 09:56 AM
I have emails on PC on outlook. I have switched to mac, how do i transfer the emails to my mac computer into the Mail program?

19th January 2005, 10:21 AM
easyish, do you still have the pc?

19th January 2005, 10:24 AM
you bet

19th January 2005, 12:06 PM
that was a yes

19th January 2005, 12:23 PM

i am at work! :rolleyes: i will send you all the details in about 1 hour :blink:

19th January 2005, 12:27 PM
What fantastic manners. :rolleyes:

19th January 2005, 12:33 PM
I can't remember the procedure for transferring outlook to your mac, but when I switched, I had to transfer my emails from outlook express over. To do this I used an email client on windows called "the bat" to import my outlook express e-mails, then convert them to some unix mbox format, then import them to the mac.

Very long winded, but it was the only solution on google I could find and it worked well.

http://www.google.com.au/search?sourceid=n...he+bat%22+email (http://www.google.com.au/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=GGLD,GGLD:2004-18,GGLD:en&q=%22the+bat%22+email)

edit: I think this is the url I used to gain inspiration:

19th January 2005, 02:04 PM
Originally posted by Disko@Jan 19 2005, 12:27 PM
What fantastic manners. :rolleyes:
im not sure what to make of that ;)

anyway i just used this program, it seems to work really well, http://people.freenet.de/ukrebs/dbxconv.html

19th January 2005, 02:07 PM
k.... i'll wait when someone knows a more simple solution.

thanks for thr try but

19th January 2005, 03:34 PM
After wasting ten's of hours trying to do it myself I used:

Outlook 2 Mac

which is definately worth the US$10!

19th January 2005, 07:48 PM
If you have .Mac it is easy...
I just moved them all from Outlook to Outlook Express....
then added my .Mac email in Outlook Express (as IMAP)...
dragged all the emails into the subfolders I created of my .Mac email account (still in Outlook Express)
which synced them all into the .Mac email...
and then grabbed them from .Mac to my new shiny 17" PB!

19th January 2005, 08:14 PM
All very interesting! Why cannot there be a comprehensive document explaining all the switching options! This is one of the very obvious barriers why PC users do not go to Mac.

19th January 2005, 08:26 PM
how do you do that IMAP thing.

i have a trial .mac account :)

19th January 2005, 11:15 PM
I'm not in IT so I may get some of the terminology wrong...
but IMAP is basically an email protocol where it leaves emails on the server as well as in my email application - until you delete them. You can ppick which folders you want to keep sync'd.

So import or export Outlook into Outlook Express.
Then inside Outlook Express - where you can create multiple accounts.
Create your .Mac account - but select IMAP for account type.
then make any folders in there you want.
then from the Windows Explorer styled page - just highlight and drag your emails from your current email account into the .Mac folders.

It will then automatically sync these into the .Mac server.
[Note I then was checking via the webased .Mac page that the emails were there ok - before I attempted to grab them onto my Mac]
Then at the other end - create your .Mac email account in Mail application (on your Mac)... and hit Get Mail.

I experimented with a small number of emails first...
I made sure I had a back up of my .pst file first as well...
then from memory - as I have a million folders... did it one folder at a time.
Was pretty simple! And it meant all the original dates and Senders names were intact!

19th January 2005, 11:21 PM
heheh i found the easiest way and its free!

download "thunderstorm" onto your PC, import mailboxes from outlook, copy the thunderstorm mailbox files to your mac, in mail (mac) select import, select mozilla, point to the thunderstorm mailbox folder and import.

done finished and easy.

20th January 2005, 11:32 AM
Your solution sounds almost exactly like my suggested solution, though a different program.

Glad to know it's fixed though.

20th January 2005, 11:47 AM
yeah thats where i got teh idea. ;)

8th March 2005, 08:50 AM
how do I import a .pst into mail.app

what do I need to convert it into something that will allow me import it into mail

thanks :D

8th March 2005, 09:02 AM
If you're going from Outlook on Windows to Apple Mail, Outlook2Mac (http://www.littlemachines.com/) will apparently do it for you.

8th March 2005, 09:05 AM
Used this hint (http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=2002100306134721) a couple of years ago.
Alternatively, I've also used Emailchemy (http://www.weirdkid.com/products/emailchemy/) with success (it's not free though).

8th March 2005, 09:05 AM
yeah I found that out after I exported the pst and wiped my old pc :(

need to find a way to allow me to do it on the mac.

looks like I am going to have to boot up the old pc again and export it differently :/

15th March 2005, 09:22 PM
Found this has just been released - won't get you directly to mail.app but will get you to entourage on the mac - hope it helps

PST Import Tool for Entourage 2004 for Mac (http://www.microsoft.com/mac/downloads.aspx?pid=download&location=/mac/download/office2004/pstimport.xml&secid=4&ssid=15&flgnosysreq=True)

16th March 2005, 08:43 PM
fark if they released that last week it would have saved me $30 as I bought outlook2mac

ahh well

13th April 2005, 04:49 PM
Hello all,

Is it possible to open a PST file created with Outlook on a Mac? I guess I'll need Entourage (or whatever it's called) to do this, I just wanted to double check that it is actually possible to do.



13th April 2005, 05:24 PM
Haven't tried it but saw a utility on the Microsoft site, if you go to www.microsoft.com/mac and then go to Entorouge and there's a PST utility there that you could try.

5th May 2005, 05:18 PM
Hi - i have a very similar problem. I've bought a new laptop, (an interim measure until apple coughs up a 12" powerbook). I can't do the 'transfer everything' via firewire thing cos the ibook isn't big enough in the memory dept. so, I've been transferring bits n pieces per firewire.
Problem is.... on transferring entourage, it became a total new startup process...which is fine, but i don't have any of the inbox/sent emails on file any more! How do i get them from the old, sick powerbook to the new ibook within entourage without having to email the lot?
thanks for the help
b :blink:

6th May 2005, 12:24 PM
is there anything like the 'little machines' program that will work entourage to entourage? if not, will this one do that? (it seems to be very specifically outlook only for the pickup)

6th May 2005, 12:25 PM
is there anything like the 'little machines' program that will work entourage to entourage? if not, will this one do that? (it seems to be very specifically outlook only for the pickup)

12th May 2005, 04:47 PM
Hey guys, I did a search for this and couldn't find anything.

My primary computer was a PC Windows XP, and I wan't to make my PowerBook my primary computer, but I have heaps of mail stored in Outlook Express not to mention the address book.

How do I import all that stuff into Panther's mail program, if at all possible?

12th May 2005, 05:11 PM
Im in the same situation, when my iMac arrives, i'm giving my WinXP notebook to my sister, and doing a full system restore for her, so it's like new.

But first I was hoping to be able to transfer all email and contacts over to mail in Tiger.

Be good if it was possible.


The Architect.mac
12th May 2005, 05:29 PM
Try either exporting to .pst then using PST Import Tool from Microsofton the mac.

If not possible to export to pst (which I think you need Outlook for) Import to Outlook then export to pst.

Try www.littlemachines.com and try out Outlook2Mac it may be able to help (it has a trial then a small fee for the full version)

On second thought I have this feeling that Mail maybe able to import the generic outlook express export file. Just checked and you can.

So just export your email and contacts and import the file into mail. This was checked on Tiger.


12th May 2005, 05:56 PM
After fluffing around with scripts, software and lots of web searches I ended up doing the following:

MAIL: what mail do you really need to keep? When I went through my stored messages it wasn't that hard to be ruthless. This might be different if you're using the machines for work, but for personal use get rid of as much as you can. From original machine send the remaining messages to yourself (just send them, don't receive them) and then receive them on your new machine. I think I was using a POP account, so not sure if this will work with IMAP. If the emails include attachments, detach them and just copy them over using a USB drive / ethernet etc.

CONTACTS: export to a txt file; open that file in Excel; change the headings in Excel to match the headings in your new email programme. In my experience, the biggest issue is mapping the different fields - no two email programmes seem to have the same fields. Then you just import those contacts into your new address book. It was a while ago, but my recollection is that the import worked fine on both Apple Address Book and Entourage.

Good luck.

12th May 2005, 07:16 PM
Emailchemy (http://www.weirdkid.com/products/emailchemy) imports/exports anything to anything, just about.

13th May 2005, 10:35 AM
I am getting a PB soon and was wondering if my PST file from Outlook(PC) will be able to be imported into mail on the PB

Also will the mac handle v.cards?

13th May 2005, 10:57 AM
v.cards - yes

pst file - dunno????

13th May 2005, 11:20 AM
@grippon ... maybe this ?

http://www.microsoft.com/mac/downloads.asp...lgnosysreq=True (http://www.microsoft.com/mac/downloads.aspx?pid=download&location=/mac/download/office2004/pstimport.xml&secid=4&ssid=15&flgnosysreq=True)

13th May 2005, 11:29 AM
Thanks guys :D

13th May 2005, 11:53 AM
I use Outlook2Mac from www.littlemachines.com

It is brillant & definately worth the money.

13th May 2005, 07:12 PM
Apart from using Emailchemy and Outlook2Mac, does anyone know of a way to import Outlook or Outlook Express mail from a Windows PC, to Mail 2 in OS X Tiger?

I need to maintain everything in the emails... so I can't forward them. (plus there are about 1500 messages).

The PST Import app only imports Outlook 2001 for Mac PST files, not Windows Outlook PST Files


13th May 2005, 08:12 PM
download a mail client called "The Bat" you use this program to export each folder to a "unix file". copy it over to your mac and import it into mail. Choose "other" in mail and select the folder with all your mail folders in it. mail will then import every single email that you have including attachments. works quick and easy!

13th May 2005, 09:26 PM
Yes I do, A few days ago on Call for Help (http://www.callforhelptv.com) they showed a program that allowed you to copy Outlook Express Mail to Apple Mail, I'm not sure of the program name, but this shows that there is a program out there which can do it!

14th May 2005, 06:52 PM
The Bat worked...
Here's how I did it, in case anyone else wants to know... (and for the forum archives)

I used the Mailbox Import Wizard (Tools -> Import Messages -> Mailbox Import Wizard) to import everything from Outlook 2003 into The Bat.
Unlike other programs I'd seen, it found all the active PST files I use in Outlook (including an Archive PST).

I then had to go through each imported folder, select all messages, and go Tools -> Export Messages -> UNIX Mailbox. I saved the file, copied it to my mac, then on the mac, opened Mail 2.0 and went File -> Import mailboxes, selected Other, then pointed it to the folder where the output files were kept.
It took me half an hour, but it was worth it.

Thanks to kungfucamel for the advice.

14th May 2005, 08:53 PM
more alternatives

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?sto...040325164915651 (http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20040325164915651)

3rd June 2005, 08:41 AM
Looking for the easiest way to do the following please.

I have a PC (with cd burner) at work running outlook and an iMac at home running Tiger. What would be the easiest way to transfer my contacts from outlook at work to my mac at home?

Ta muchly folks

3rd June 2005, 08:57 AM
There is a way to do it. although I am not sure :(

Although I had heard people have issues with the way they are handled, and some have not worked.

Copy >> paste is your friend

3rd June 2005, 09:47 AM
Copy >> paste is your friend

Not an option... I hope. I have 350+ contacts many with addresses, multiple phone numbers and email addresses