Meeting invite translator for iCal updated

October 1, 2007 in Software (E)


John Maisey has released version 1.2 of YAI. YAI is a plug-in for Apple Mail that translates and transfers Outlook, Google Calendar, Zimbra and Exchange style meeting invitations to iCal. It corrects many incompatibilities between Microsoft Exchange style meeting invites and what iCal can understand.

YAI 1.2 includes several options to process the invite emails in Mail. The options include flag, mark as read, color, copy or move the message. These make it much easier to manage a busy inbox. This version also addresses bugs reported in version 1.1 and earlier.

With YAI installed, Exchange style invites received in Mail's inbox are processed as they arrive and are sent to iCal, ready to be acted on. Most invites will appear in iCal's notification pane, but any invites the user sends themselves will be added as an editable event. If there are invites from before YAI was installed, these are easily transferred to iCal by selecting them in Mail and pressing Cmd-Opt-L. They will be processed in exactly the same way as newly received ones.

The incompatibilities YAI fixes include problems with Exchange style invites from different time zones, invites that generate warnings about the recipient not being on your 'me' card and differences in the way event updates are handled that result in error messages in iCal.

YAI will benefit to those using an Apple Mac in an Exchange environment and also those that are likely to be sent un-requested (and unexpected) meeting invites from associates or colleagues.

YAI is £2 GBP shareware and will operate in the background for 14 days without being registered. Version 1.2 is a free update for registered users.

John Maisey is an independent software developer based in London, UK. He has been programming for over 18 years and has been using Apple Macs to do so since 2000.


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