Automated Backup with Shell and AppleScripts

Using a shell script and an AppleScript that can be run automatically by the Mac OS X/Unix system utility, cron, these scripts run without any intervention on your part and keep your Entourage data safely backed up. . . .

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New Entourage Exchange Setup scripts posted

I’ve just posted an update to my Entourage Exchange Setup scripts on the Entourage Help Page. Entourage Exchange Setup 3.0 is a much improved version of my earlier scripts that Macintosh administrators can customize to assist their users with connecting Entourage to Exchange Server.

New features include a simplified experience for the Entourage user and the ability for the administrator to fully customize all preferences, rules, schedules, signatures, custom views, default views, etc. Version 3.0 . . .

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Cool script – send Apple documents by email

John C Welch has written a set of scripts to send Pages & Keynote files as Entourage attachments, just like Word & PowerPoint! . . .

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Enjoy some stupid Moose tricks for Entourage!

[Download Uli’s Moose and the Moose scripts. They’re both free!]

If you don’t know about the Talking Moose then you’re missing Macintosh history.

In 1989, I purchased my very first piece of Macintosh software, which came on an 800k floppy disk in the back of a book called Stupid Mac Tricks by Dr. Bob Levitus. It was a collection of fun applications that did nothing productive except make your Mac more enjoyable. (I think that’s . . .

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Use AppleScript to read ActiveSync Sent Items in Entourage

[Download the Read ActiveSync Sent Items script]

Exchange users with new iPhones are re-discovering an old bug where messages sent through ActiveSync for mobile devices do not appear properly in both Entourage 2004 and Entourage 2008. The messages sometimes look like a mix of HTML, E-mail headers and what’s left of the original message or they look like an unintelligible jumble of letters and numbers. The recipient and the subject are also empty.

This . . .

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Add week numbers to the Entourage calendar

Entourage 2008 users who rely on week numbers know that only one calendar view shows the actual week number — it only appears on the 7-day Week calendar. I’ve written an AppleScript to add week numbers to the first Sunday of every week of the chosen year so that we can see week numbers in the monthly calendar view too, where I find them more useful.

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Assign a category with a keyboard shortcut

AppleScripting Entourage: Part 3

Using AppleScripts with Entourage helps with repetitive tasks. Do you frequently assign a category to messages and wish there was an easy way using a keyboard shortcut? In this tutorial, I’ll discuss how to use an AppleScript with a keyboard shortcut to assign a category to a message.

Categories are extremely powerful tools that are a major benefit to Entourage.

Easier sorting of Address Book Use categories instead of entering individual . . .

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Apple Security Update blocks Microsoft’s update process

Microsoft updaters include a step to safeguard users that have not followed directions to quit all applications before updating. However this safeguard is now blocked by a recent Apple security update. . . .

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Using AppleScripts with Entourage

Basics for using AppleScript with Entourage . . .

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FireFox ‘Insert URLs’ script updated

Barry Wainwright’s AppleScript “Insert FireFox URLs” is updated to work around shortcomings of the newly released FireFox v3 . . .

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