It just works department, sequel 56

by Volker Weber

Apple's iPod does not only play mp3s. It also lets you look at your calendar and your address records. I had to try that out.

Launch Lotus Notes, open the address book, file/export, all records, as vcard 3. That creates one vcard file. Plug in iPod. Open the new iPod icon on the desktop. Drag the vcard file on the contacts folder. Disconnect iPod.

Bingo. 500++ addresses on Woodstock, the iPod.

Comments

Sounds good.

One thing does concern me, given that Ruth has in the mean time ordered the 12" PB. We have three areas that need to be covered by the Mac for us - "play" (iTunes, iPod etc.), "web development" (Macromedia DWX, Photoshop) and "office" (OOo, MS Office (in case a customer sends Ruth an MS file which OOo can't cope with), of course, but also Act!2000 and Crystal Reports (CR)).

The extended office area (Act, CR) seems to us to be weak in terms of equivalent native Mac products.

We use Act and CR to manage all our correspondence - serial or individual letters come addressed out of OOo using flat address files generated by Act, labels come direct from CR (which can read Act files directly) with complex formatting. Like your address book we also have around 500 addresses in Act - from the USA, Europe, New Zealand and so on - i.e. lots of different print layouts for the structured addresses required. We don't want to store addresses and contact details in unstructured form.

Right now, we are planning to use Virtual PC to run Act, CR and if necessary our existing MS Office under Win XP on the PB. It's fine having your addresses on your iPod, but it doesn't help printing sticky labels for international addresses in the correct format.

We don't see any equivalent to CR and Act for the Mac - any comment on that from your side - have we overlooked some products?

John Keys, 2003-02-05

I am not aware of those products for the Mac. Most users seem to use Entourage from MS Office for the Mac.

Having my addresses on the iPod is just "because I can". It is amazing how many utilities exist in this space (see the iPod Lounge.

I found that I can set the address format on the Palm and its Desktop. I don't know whether I could take it from there to create decent mailing labels. I have never had a need to do that.

Volker Weber, 2003-02-05

I just took a look at the iPod lounge and found this gem - beautiful!

(By the way, I hope this works, having hacked the link together by hand - if it is screwed up, delete the comment)

John Keys, 2003-02-05

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