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Old 03-06-2011, 02:41 PM
sharke sharke is offline Windows 7 Office 2007
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Default Outlook's calendar export is hysterically unreliable

I'm at my wit's end with this thing. I'm using 2010. Every week I export the appointments of all of my employee's calendars for external processing. I export only the subject and the location fields into tab separated files.

Yet Outlook will frequently not bother to export some of the appointments. The problem usually happens with exceptions to recurring appointments. If I change the location on some of the recurring appointments, Outlook is very spotty about exporting them.

I wouldn't mind so much if the bug was "Outlook will not export exceptions," but as it stands, sometimes it will and sometimes it won't. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme nor reason for it.

It means that a major part of the automation I've spent so much time and effort developing is pointless, since I have to go into each exported file manually and check it against the calendar it's been exported from. This annoys me a lot after spending $100+ on a program.

Does anyone know of a fix, or a better more reliable 3rd party way to export calendar items? If not, where and how do I report this bug?
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Old 03-13-2011, 09:20 AM
bschorr-MVP bschorr-MVP is offline Windows 7 64bit Office 2010 64bit
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A fellow MVP suggested this: "Considering the state of the Export function in Outlook, Id bypass it completely and use the csv export tool of CodeTwo instead; http://www.codetwo.com/freeware/outlook-export/"
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:33 PM
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A fellow MVP suggested this: "Considering the state of the Export function in Outlook, I’d bypass it completely and use the csv export tool of CodeTwo instead; http://www.codetwo.com/freeware/outlook-export/"
Thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately, the CodeTwo Outlook Export app is insufficient for my requirements - it does not allow one to export calendar data between a range of dates, unless you manually select each and every calendar item you wish to export. Also it exports text fields with either quotes or apostrophes around them, with no option to turn them off. My external processing software requires the text on its own. It's a good idea but poorly designed.
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