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Transfer Data to/from Sidekick

Convert SK97/SK98 files to Lotus Organiser and from Organiser to Outlook by james33
Posted: 27 Aug 03 (Edited 10 May 09)

See also FAQ807-4807: From SK Calendar to Outlook 2003 XP via Lotus Organizer
which is nearly identical to this but written a couple of years ago I thought I would add this a while ago forgetting that peter144 had already written his one.

This is quoted from:
SmartSuite Migration & Resource Guide

http://www.lotus.com/products/migrationresource.nsf/0/7cc47b8f3ce15cdf852567910068ea08?OpenDocument

Converting your Sidekick 97 or Sidekick 98 file to Organizer [Steps]
This document was created on: 06-15-1999 ----

How to convert your Sidekick 97 or Sidekick 98 file to Organizer
1. From the File menu, choose Convert. The Convert Competitive File dialog box appears.
2. Select "Sidekick 97/98" and click Next. The Select Sections to Convert dialog box appears. The path to your default Sidekick 97 or Sidekick 98 file appears in the "File" field. Click Change to select a different Sidekick file.
Note: You must have Sidekick 97 or Sidekick 98 installed and running on your computer while you convert Sidekick 98 files to Organizer.
3. (Optional) If the Sidekick 97 or Sidekick 98 file you select uses a password, enter the password.
Once you've selected the Sidekick 97 or Sidekick 98 file you want to convert, the sections in the file you selected appear under "Application."
4. (Optional) Deselect any Sidekick 97 or Sidekick 98 sections you don't want to convert to Organizer. By default, all sections in your Sidekick 97 or Sidekick 98 file are selected for conversion to Organizer.
Sidekick 97 or Sidekick 98 section
Organizer section
Events
Calendar
Card File
Contacts
To Do
To Do
5. (Optional) Click Advanced to change the default field mapping between your Sidekick 97 or Sidekick 98 file and Organizer.
6. Click Next to complete converting your Sidekick 98 file to Organizer.


Details: Converting your Sidekick 97 or Sidekick 98 file to Organizer
Setting a password for your Organizer file after converting your Sidekick 97 or Sidekick 98 file
The Sidekick 97 or Sidekick 98 file password isn't kept when you convert the file to Organizer. If you want the converted Organizer file to use the same password as your Sidekick 97 or Sidekick 98 file, set the password in the converted Organizer file.

Selecting Sidekick 97 or Sidekick 98 files to convert to Organizer
When you select a Sidekick 97 or Sidekick 98 file to convert to Organizer, each of the files or card files within the Sidekick 97 or Sidekick 98 file you select appears in the "Application" field. For example, let's say you select a Sidekick 98 Calendar file called "John's Calendar" to convert to Organizer. This Calendar file ("John's Calendar") has files within it called "John WorkEVEN.skw," "John WorkCALL.SKW" and "John WorkTASK.SKW." These files appear under "Application" and convert to an Organizer Calendar section called Calendar.

Sidekick 97 or Sidekick 98 sections that aren't supported in Organizer (such as Expense) won't be converted to Organizer.


Seeing where your Sidekick 97 or Sidekick 98 sections will appear in Organizer
In the Select Sections to Convert dialog box, a table lists where your Sidekick 97 or Sidekick 98 files and card files will appear in Organizer after you convert them:
"Application" lists all of the files and card files in the Sidekick 97 or Sidekick 98 file you're converting to Organizer. For example, you may want to convert a Sidekick 97 or Sidekick 98 Calendar section called "Events."
"Organizer Section" lists which type of Organizer section the Sidekick 97 or Sidekick 98 file or card file under "Application" converts to. In this case, "Events" will convert to an Organizer Calendar section with the same name.

Changing the default field mapping between your Sidekick 97 or Sidekick 98 entries and Organizer entries
When you click Advanced, you can make changes to the default field mapping between your Sidekick 97 or Sidekick 98 files and card files and Organizer. For example, you can map multiple fields from your Sidekick 97 or Sidekick 98 file or card file to one field in your Organizer file, or select a different field to map to.

Also from Microsoft's web site:
Converting data from Lotus Organizer 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 or 5.0 to Outlook
To import an Organizer file to Outlook, you must have the Organizer program installed on your computer. The Lotus Organizer Converters that come with Outlook are installed automatically during a typical Setup.

Three different Outlook converters are supplied for different versions of Organizer. One for version 97 (3.0), one for Version 4.0, and one for version 5.0. It is important that you choose the proper converter for the version of the file that is being converted.

The Outlook converters for Lotus Organizer versions 3.0, 4.0, and 5.0 do not support Lotus Organizer 2.0 files. Organizer 2.0 files can be exported as comma-delimited text files and imported into Outlook. In addition, you can use a product named IntelliSync for Microsoft Windows CE for direct-connect synchronization with a Windows CE based Handheld PC (H/PC) that uses Organizer 97 and another PC that uses Outlook.

NOTE: When converting Lotus Organizer 2.0 data into Outlook using the Comma Separated Values (.csv) format, it is necessary to correctly map the data fields in the Comma Separated Values file to the proper Outlook Contact fields by using the Field Mapper.

To import Organizer 3.0, 4.0, or 5.0 files:

   1. On the File menu, click Import And Export.
   2. Click Import from another program or file, and then click Next.
   3. Click either Lotus Organizer 3.0 (97), 4.0, or Lotus Organizer 5.0, and then click Next.
   4. In the File To Import box, type the import file name, and then click Next.
   5. Click Import '<filename>' to '<foldername>', and then click Map Custom Fields (where <name> is the file or folder name that you want to use).
   6. Map the <Organizer fieldname> to <Outlook fieldname>, and then click OK.


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General Lotus Organizer Conversion Issues
Single Categories Imported
For those Organizer entries that contain more than one category, only the first category in the list is imported to Outlook.
Calls Are Not Imported
Organizer Call entries are not imported to Outlook.
Notes Are Not Imported
Organizer note entries are not imported to Outlook.
Planner Entries
Organizer Planner entries are imported as appointments in the Outlook Calendar. Those appointments that occur for multiple days are imported as recurring appointments.
Repeated Events
Organizer Repeated Events are imported as a series of individual events in Outlook.

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