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Question: How do I convert email nicknames?

Question: How do I convert email nicknames? Daniel Mao <[email protected]> asks, "I recently purchased a copy of Eudora Pro 3.1 and installed it on my Mac at home. I couldn’t find instructions in the manual for importing email addresses from Netscape Navigator. Is this possible, and if so, how?"

Answer: In classic "code-first, think-later" style, I failed to look closely at the excellent Eudora help sites on the Internet (a few of the best ones are linked on my Eudora page at the URL below) and wrote a Nisus Writer macro to convert from Netscape Navigator 3.0 format to Eudora Nickname format. (Anyone who uses Nisus Writer and wants a copy of the macro, send me email at <[email protected]>). I was feeling quite pleased with myself until Hank Zimmerman, who maintains one of the big Eudora help sites, posted a response to a similar question on Usenet, listing several ways of doing this for both the Mac and Windows. That will teach me to do my research first.


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The neatest service listed on Hank’s site is Interguru’s E-Mail Address Conversions, a converter implemented as a CGI on a Web page (the author, Joseph Davidson, asks for a $20 shareware payment if you use it successfully). The fact that it’s a CGI means you don’t have to download any software at all, and it should operate equally well for all platforms. Even better is the fact that Interguru’s E-Mail Address Conversions supports nine input formats and eight output formats, so you can convert address books to and from almost any common email program (still missing is Lotus Notes in the Convert From list). It may not do a perfect job from some reports, but if you’re switching from one email program to another and want to convert your address book, it’s worth a look. [ACE]


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