Address Autocompletion in iCal with Kerio Mail Server

How to get iCal to know your Address Book exists. It’s a “simple” as telling your Mac to look at the Kerio Mail Server as an Open Directory Server. Follow me here, it’s simpler than it sounds.

 

Open the web interface to your mail server

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Usually you do this by entering https://mail.mycompany.com in either Safari or Firefox. Don’t log in! Click the link “Integration with Mac.”

Use the Auto-configure iCal option

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Click the Auto-Configure iCal link. It says it needs Mac OS X 10.5, but I have tested this in 10.6 and it works.

Enter your Email username and password

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Make sure you enter your email username (and depending on your mail server it might just be the part before the @ symbol, or your entire email address. If you don’t know your email password because your computer stores it for you, click here to learn how to retrieve it from the Keychain.

Click OK to save the file to your computer.

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It will go to your Downloads folder, which is the folder that your web browser saves files to. It could be a folder called Downloads in your Home directory, the Desktop, or elsewhere. Read on if you don’t know where this is, I’ll explain further how to find the resulting file. This picture is from Firefox, but Safari is nearly identical.

Firefox Downloads Window

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If this window does not pop up after you hit OK in the previous step, navigate to the Tools menu and select Downloads. Note – this file should not be shared among users, because it may contain some information specific to your email account. Each user should download this file individually.

Reveal the download

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After the download completes, control-click (or right click if you have a two button mouse) and select Show in Finder. This will switch to the Finder and open the folder that the file was saved to.

Double click on the file

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Double click on the Kerio-iCal-Config-Tool.zip to decompress the file and you will then zee the Kerio iCal Config Tool.mpkg. Then double click on the Kerio iCal Config Tool.mpkg to open the Installer.

Install iCal Config Tool

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Click Continue

No changes here

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Click Install

Enter your COMPUTER password

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NOT your email password.

Close iCal

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If iCal was running when you started this process, it will stop and ask you to quit that program before you continue. Once iCal is closed, click OK

Enter your Email username and password

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This is where the program is configuring your computer for your access to the Mail Server.

Wait a while…

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This step can take a few minutes, so allow it to complete. On the two machines I tested this on, it took 4-8 minutes, so be patient.

Open iCal…

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and if it asks you for a password, enter your Email password.

Create a new Event

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And click Add Attendees….

Type in the name of the person you want to invite

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And autofill should now be working. Type as much as you need to identify an attendee, or use the mouse to select an attendee. After the first attendee has been entered, start typing again to add another attendee. Once you hit Done, an email with the event is sent to those users.

View Multiple Contacts in Address Book

View Multiple Contacts Instead of single-clicking a contact in Address Book, double-click on the contact to open up that card in its own window. You can do that for as many contacts as you’d like, for easy viewing and editing of multiple contacts.Look at four contacts or more simultaneously with just a double-click.

via Address Book Power Tips | Mac|Life.

Create Custom Fields in Address Book

If the default Address Book cards don’t have enough fields for all the info you want to collect for your contacts, head to the Template screen in Address Book’s preferences, and click Add Field to add additional fields onto all of your cards. You can also click the little green plus signs to add even more variations of the same type of fields.

Address Book also lets you create your own custom fields. On the same Preferences > Template screen, you can click on most of the field labels and select Custom, where you can name your very own custom fields that will appear on each card.

We’ve already added the custom fields Hours, Referred By, and Rates. You can add even more by choosing Custom from almost any field label.

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See a Contact’s Group in Address Book

It’s easy enough to click on an Address Book group and see which contacts are part of that group. But what if you want to go the other way around and see which groups a particular contact belongs to? Simply hold down the Option key after you’ve selected the contact’s card, and Address Book will highlight all the groups that person is a part of.

Holding down Option shows us that this contact belongs to six groups.

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Dial Your Phone with Address Book

If you have a Bluetooth cell phone that supports this feature, first pair it with your Mac (go to System Preferences > Bluetooth, click the Plus sign for Set Up New Device, and follow the prompts). Then just click the label of a phone number on one of your address cards, choose Dial from the pop-up menu, and watch in amazement as your cell phone dials the phone number for you.

Our iPhone 3G doesn’t support dialing over Bluetooth, but we could still dial this number in Skype.

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Sort Your List with Smart Groups in Address Book

Address Book doesn’t give you a way to see the creation date of your contacts. It also obscures the updated date if your notes extend beyond the window size. In either case, you can never sort your list by any other criteria except for First Name or Last Name. If you need a list of recently updated contacts, you can create a smart group (File > New Smart Group) where “Card has changed in (x number of days, weeks, months, etc).”

This Smart Group will contain any contacts that we have modified within the last three days

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Claim Your Identity in Address Book

Safari’s AutoFill feature (in Safari, choose Edit > AutoFill Form) makes it easy to fill out online forms with your personal information. But where does Safari pull this information from? From the Address Book card that you’ve designated as yourself. To do that, simply find yourself in Address Book and then choose Card > Make This My Card.

When you claim a card as your own, the little icon to the left of your name changes to a human silhouette.

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