Outlook to iCal via Google and BusySync

As a user of iCal (at home) and Outlook (at work) it would be incredibly useful to be able to display my work calendar in iCal (and via a Mobile Me sync, on the iPhone too). I don’t need the ability to sync – it is really just a case of wanting to have my work appointments (past and future) available when I’m not at work. For example, I might be out somewhere on a Saturday morning (with my iPhone, of course) and I get an email about an Apple event or an Adobe seminar. I want to be able to check immediately what I’m doing on that day so I know whether I can book the day off. And if I’m going to have future appointments available, I might as well have a record of the past available too. I did a lot of research on this but most of the solutions involve things that I can’t do due to corporate IT restrictions – for example connecting my iPhone to Exchange Server. The solution that I came up with was to upload my Outlook calendar to Google Calendar and then subscribe to the Google calendar. I actually subscribe to the Google calendar via BusySync – but only because iCal’s support for Google calendar is fairly recent – I could just as easily subscribe straight from iCal. Subscribing to a Google Calendar via BusySync or iCal is easy. The time-consuming part is linking Outlook to Google Calendar. Although there are Outlook addins to sync with Google (Google Calendar Sync is a popular one), I can’t install them so the...

Screen Captures with The Snipping Tool (Vista)

When it comes to taking screen captures, Windows users have had to rely on the PrintScreen key or purchase/download a third-party application. My favourite app for taking screen captures on Windows is Hypersnap, although there are several others – some are free and some are paid-for. The problem with the PrintScreen key is that it captures the entire screen to the clipboard and then more often than not, the image will have to be pasted into a graphics program in order to crop and resize it – and for those on a tight budget, that means Microsoft Paint! Windows Vista includes a utility called The Snipping Tool, first introduced in Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. It is a screen capture tool, that allows users to take screenshots of windows, rectangular areas or a free-form area. Once captured, the image can then be saved as either a jpg, gif or png. On a recent edition of MacBites, we were discussing screen capture apps and I made the point that if you wanted to capture a menu, as soon as The Snipping Tool gets the focus, the menu (in the application that you want to capture) disappears from the screen. To illustrate this point, the company that I work for is just about to embark on a global rollout of Vista. Our team is responsible for delivering the training and to accompany this, we are currently building a Vista knowledgebase – a set of PDF files that can be downloaded from our web site. Each team member has been assigned a number of knowledgebase articles to create. One of my articles...