go ahead, mac my day

a Macintosh girl in a Microsoft world

February, 2009

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    Adobe Illustrator to Silverlight

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    If you've wanted to take your Adobe Illustrator files and create Silverlight XAML, now there's hope. Mike Swanson, one of our technology evangelists, created a plug-in that only worked on Illustrator for Windows. He's taken the time to learn Xcode and create a test version of the Illustrator-to-XAML plug-in for Mac.

    Mike has tested it with CS4, but not earlier versions. If you're interested in testing it, his blog post has plenty of details about how to get it. If you test it, leave him some feedback about what's working for you and what's not!

    It's pretty cool to see a plug-in like this come about. I haven't had the chance to check it out myself yet, but figured you guys might be just as interested as I am.

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    Q&A: How do I sync from Entourage to my iPhone?

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    I got a question via email about syncing from Entourage to your iPhone. Specifically, the question I was asked was:

    Is there a way for me to sync my Entourage Notes & Tasks with my iPhone?
    For the sake of completeness, I'll talk about syncing more than just tasks and notes, though. (This is the first non-Exchange Entourage post that I've written in quite awhile!)

    Starting with Entourage 2004 SP2 (11.2 or later), Entourage uses OS X Sync Services to synchronise data with your devices (including, but definitely not limited to, the iPhone: here's the current list of devices supported by Sync Services). To enable this, go into the Entourage menu, choose the Preferences, and then Sync Services. From there, you can choose what data to synchronise: calendar events, contacts, and notes (only with MobileMe). Then, when you synchronise your device with your Mac, all of that data will be automatically copied over to your device. If you already sync your iPod with your Mac, it's the same thing: you can change your playlists and podcasts at any time, and any changes show up on your iPod the next time you sync.

    But that doesn't get everything onto your iPhone. That only takes care of calendar events and contacts. Right now, Apple doesn't provide a method through Sync Services to synchronise notes or tasks with other devices (iPhone or otherwise). There are third-party applications that will do it. I've heard some Entourage users talk about Missing Sync or e2sync, but I have no experience with them myself.

    I've also heard of some workarounds for getting your notes and tasks onto your iPhone. For example, if you use an IMAP or Exchange account, you could create a new mail folder there called "notes" or "tasks", and then create mail messages in those folders with the contents that you would have put in your note or task. It's obviously not perfect and is missing a lot of the flexibility inherent in real tasks and notes, but it might get you closer to what you're looking for if you're not interested in using a third-party solution.

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    Entourage EWS questions

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    I've been getting a bunch of questions, so let's get them answered.

    How do I get into the Entourage EWS beta? Go to Mactopia to apply to be a part of the beta.

    How long does it take for beta applications to be reviewed? We're doing it manually, so it takes a business day or two.

    It's been two days, and I haven't received a response to my beta application. What do I do? Check your spam folder. You can also login to Microsoft Connect and see if the Entourage EWS beta shows up on your dashboard.

    What are the system requirements for the beta? For your Mac, you need to be on OS X 10.5.4 or later. For your server, you need to be on Exchange 2007 SP1 RU4 or later. Do not download the beta if you're not on the right version of Exchange — it won't work!

    How do I tell what version of Exchange I'm on? Ask your Exchange admin.
    At the highest of levels, you can mostly tell if you're on Exchange 2007 by looking at the Out of Office assistant. Go to Tools -> Out of Office. If the screen looks like the one here, then you're on Exchange 2007. However, that doesn’t tell you anything about SP1 or RU4, so you really need to ask your Exchange admin to confirm.

    Why doesn't this beta work with Exchange 2003? This beta has a completely new back-end which exclusively uses Exchange Web Services. EWS was introduced in Exchange 2007.

    If I find a bug, what do I do? Go to your dashboard on Microsoft Connect and follow the directions there. Please don't submit bugs any other way — Microsoft Connect is directly tied to our internal tools for tracking bugs. Submitting bugs through there means that it's faster for us to respond to them, which ultimately results in a better product for you.

    If I want to make a suggestion, what do I do? Go to your dashboard on Microsoft Connect, just as you would for a bug. Please don't submit your suggestions in any other way. You want to get things directly into our system, which makes it more likely for us to be able to fully consider your suggestion and figure out how it fits into our plans.

    When will the final version of Entourage EWS be available? We don't have a final date yet, it depends on how the beta goes. Look for more details later this year.

    Edited on 17 August 2009: The final version of Entourage for Web Services is now available, so you should update!

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