Outlook to Omnifocus take 3

Outlook to Omnifocus take 3 outlook

This is another update to the previous releases of my Outlook script. The main changes are

  • no more use of perl
  • much smaller file size
  • uses java now (requires java6)
  • handles arbitrary encodings (even russian)

Install instructions:

  1. Double click the OutlookToOmniFocus-v4.tar.gz to extract it
  2. Copy the contents of the zip file to <userhome>/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Outlook Script Menu Items (you can do this even easier by opening Outlook, selecting the script menu item „About this menu…“ and then click „Open Folder“.
  3. that’s it

Usage instructions (Updated 2010-11-03):

  1. select a mail in outlook
  2. open the script menu and choose  „Send Outlook to Omnifocus“ (see screenshot) or alternatively just press CTRL+O (o, not zero)

Outlook to Omnifocus take 3 script

In case something goes horribly wrong

I obviously dont hope that it does, but please open Console and watch for suspicious messages. Typically this will give you some idea.

Download

Download the file here: OutlookToOmniFocus-v4.tar.gz

Update 5.11.2010

If you have a non-english system then your „Microsoft User Data“ folder might use a different localized name. In this case please replace „Microsoft User Data“ with the correct folder name (e.b. „Microsoft-Benutzerdaten“ if you are using a german system). Thanks to Jens for pointing this out.

Update 15.02.2011

Please check out the latest version here:

http://rainer.jagdkommando.org/wordpress/blog/2011/02/15/outlook-to-omnifocus-take-4

Outlook to OmniFocus take 2

Outlook to OmniFocus take 2 outlook

This is an update to the previous release of my Outlook script. The main changes are

  • no more terminal hackery for properly configuring scripts
  • script now uses absolute path which should allow you to also use it within a mail rule without changes
  • does not leave dead files around spamming your root folder (yay)

One thing that it does not yet do properly is handling character conversion well when you receive mails with odd characters (@Invoker, I haven’t managed to fix this yet even though I spent already quite considerable time with it, will keep looking for a solution. If anyone knows how to convert koi8-r characters properly to utf8 I am all ears).

So summing it up, it fixes most of the problems that people were reporting previously.

Install instructions:

  1. Double click the OutlookToOmniFocus-v3.tar.gz to extract it
  2. Copy the contents of the zip file to <userhome>/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Outlook Script Menu Items (you can do this even easier by opening Outlook, selecting the script menu item „About this menu…“ and then click „Open Folder“.
  3. that’s it

In case something goes horribly wrong

I obviously dont hope that it does, but please open console and watch for suspicious messages. Typically this will give you some idea.

Download

Download the file here: OutlookToOmniFocus-v3.tar.gz

Update 31.10.2010

Wow, today is really busy, released a new version which should fix all known issues as well as be much smaller.

Check it out here Outlook to Omnifocus take 3

Outlook to OmniFocus

Outlook to OmniFocus outlook

So just in time for the public release of Outlook for the Mac this is the update that will make Outlook and OmniFocus play nice with each other. It is an update to the version for Entourage (here). In addition to preventing the nasty error dialog that came up if you used the old script, this will now also process the email content which prevents HTML tags from showing up in your task description in OmniFocus. However, this comes at a price, you have to install a couple of commandline perl tools.

Update 31.10.2010

I have released a new version. Please use that one from now on.

Outlook to OmniFocus take 2

Update 25.10.2010

I have now created a packaged version of the script which does not require you do go through all the trouble with installing tons of dependencies. The downside is that the script file is rather large (15MB). If you dont mind this, it is definitely the easier install.

Download the new script from here SendOutlookToOmniFocus-v2.

Install instructions (updated 2010-10-29):

1. Copy the contents of the zip file to <userhome>/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Outlook Script Menu Items (you can do this even easier by opening Outlook, selecting the script menu item „About this menu…“ and then click „Open Folder“.

2. Go to terminal into the previously mentioned folder and perform

chmod a+x decoder

For the non terminal warriors (level 75): that means you open terminal and then type

cd Doc (hit the tab key)/Micro(hit the tab key)/Outl(hit the tab key)

the terminal will complete this automatically as you hit tab, so you should then see

cd Documents/Microsoft User Data/Outlook Script Menu Items/

then hit enter and type

chmod a+x decoder

then hit enter again, and you are done.

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Old outdated info from last time round:

This might not be for the faint of heart but with a nice time machine backup in your back pocket, what can go wrong, eh?

Installation instructions (out of date)

1. I only tested this with Snow Leopard, so if you are using something older, your mileage may vary

2. open Terminal and type in the following

sudo -s
(you will be prompted for your password)
cpan YAML MIME::Parser

Now you will be asked a ton of questions, I always take the default answer by hitting the Enter key. This will seriously take a couple of minutes (sorry, perl wants to download half of the internet in order to satisfy a single dependency).

3. You can close terminal now

3. Almost done, now copy the contents of the zip file to <userhome>/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Outlook Script Menu Items (you can do this even easier by opening Outlook, selecting the script menu item „About this menu…“ and then click „Open Folder“.

4. now you should be good to go.

In case something goes horribly wrong

I obviously dont hope that it does, but please open console and watch for suspicious messages. Typically this will give you some idea.

Also it might be useful to try and run the script manually and see if it reports issues. You can do this by opening Terminal, navigating to the script menu folder (cd ~/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Outlook Script Menu Items) and then executing

perl decoder.pl

If this returns some errors then you have done something wrong, re-read the install instructions and try and be extra careful when you repeat them.

This program wants to read from the standard input, since you dont really have anything right now, you can hit Ctrl-C now.

Download

Download the file here: SendOutlookToOmniFocus.