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Sync mail.app flag colours across multiple macs?

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Oct 4, 2011 9:36 AM

I have two macs, an iMac and a Macbook. I have started to use different colour labels in Mail.app on my primary IMAP account (not gmail). I do not have MobileMe or any other sync for the email - I have just created the same setup in Mail.app on both computers.

 

No problems with using different colours on the first mac. When I open Mail on the other computer, the email items are still flagged, but all the flags are red.

 

Is it possible to sync the flag colours? Or is this a limitation of the IMAP account itself?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • ilearn.jr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 3, 2012 6:45 PM (in response to blisspix)

    Hi Blisspix, I have a similar question:

    Flag color sync in Apple Mail with Gmail and Yahoo?

    It appears that colored flags sync through iCloud for your @me.com email address. Is there a way to get the colored flags to sync across computers for a Yahoo or Google account?  (I used to use Flagit but that is not available for Lion).  For example, if I flag an email in my Gmail account with a Green Flag on my Apple desktop computer in Apple Mail, is there a way to get the flag to show up as Green on my laptop in Apple Mail? Currently, the fact that the email is flagged syncs across computers and accounts, but not the particular color of the flag. Also, highlighting an email a certain color does not appear to sync, even for my @me.com account. And lastly, now that Apple has switched from Mobile Me to iCloud, they have given up Mail Rule syncing... is there a way to get my Apple Mail Rules to sync between computers? Thanks!

  • ilearn.jr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 3, 2012 7:09 PM (in response to ilearn.jr)

    Upon further investigation, I have determined that flag colors DO sync through your iCloud @me.com email address AND through a Google gmail account. However, flag colors do NOT sync through Yahoo. Email highlight colors DO NOT appear to sync through iCloud, Gmail, or Yahoo. If anyone figures out a way to enable any of these features that at the moment do not sync (flag color in Yahoo, highlight color, mail rules), please respond!

  • Zacharias Beckman Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)
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    Jan 4, 2012 12:17 PM (in response to ilearn.jr)

    ilearn.jr, I think you've figured it out, but here's a little more information.

     

    Basically, the iCloud API provides a fairly rich information conduit. Amongst the information passed between iCloud systems are custom fields, flag colors, and more.

     

    The IMAP interface is not quite so rich. It has limitations that basically mean there is no "slot" into which a color can be sent, so disparate systems using IMAP as a conduit are out of luck. Some systems (e.g.: Microsoft Outlook) has "solved" this by attaching a big, nasty, proprietary, binary (well, hexadecimal actually) blob of data to the "Notes" field of contacts. This is great if you use Outlook -- and they stuff all kinds of things in there, including pictures, metadata, and more -- but unfortunately it makes a simple contact record (vCard) Really, Really Big, and also for anyone NOT using Outlook, you get this weird, big, nasty, proprietary, binary attachment that you can't do anything with. Bleah.

     

    But I digress.

     

    So the short answer is: No, IMAP systems cannot usually map things like colors and custom fields, but iCloud systems can, because it's a different and more customizable interface.

     

    There may be a ray of hope, though. While tinkering with this, I did notice that colors seem to be pretty "sticky." So, I theorize (and lightly tested to prove, but haven't used) that if you get all the colors to "line up" on each side of IMAP connection, they'll stay lined up.

     

    What I mean by this: I wanted my appointment calendar to be green. I connected iCal to Google Calendar, where it was green, but iCal made it blue. So I went back to Google and changed it to blue, and so far both calendars have remained blue. Granted, I couldn't get them both green (you get what you get, on the iCal side, I think), but at least they are the same color.

     

    Not sure if there's a way to make that work for flags or not.

  • ilearn.jr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Zacharias!

  • DanIsaacson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Zach,

     

    You can set the color of your calendars in iCal as well as on the iPhone / iPad (iOS 5 and later).

    If you > right click (or control click) on the calendar in the calendar list in iCal > then click Get Info, you can name your calendar and choose a color there.

     

    Also, on the iPhone, form the Calendar app > tap on Calendars (in the upper left) > then Edit (also upper left) > then tap the calendar you want to chage you can assign 1 of the 7 basic coulours there. Sorry no shades of chartruse... :-P

     

    Cheers,

    Dan

     

    It took me awhile but I got there...

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