Import Lotus Notes to Apple Mail in an Effortless Manner

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    January 11th, 2017
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Nowadays there are numbers of email client available for our ease. So its not a big deal for the users to switch from one email client to another email client. As all the email clients have their own Pros and Cons. People opt for one according to their preference and needs. In this blog, We will discuss how to Convert Lotus Notes to Apple. But before going directly on the technique of importing Lotus Notes NSF To Apple Mail, Let us understand why we need to import Lotus Notes to Apple Mail and what are the challenges we face during the conversion.

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What is Lotus Notes?

Lotus Notes, a client-server cross-platform environment that provides a user-friendly interface which works as a popular email client. This software is formally works collaboratively to reading and compose the email, calendars, contacts management, to-do lists etc. For every mailing account, it stores the mail in the Notes Storage Format (NSF) in its database, where to exist a couple of NSF file named as usernames.nsf file (all the contents of data ) and names.nsf file (Address Book). One of the big drawbacks of Lotus Notes is that its file format NSF do not support any other email clients like Apple Mail.

What is Apple Mail?

Apple Mail is email client work operating systems like MacOS, iOS , OS X and very common for the Mac users. Apple mail is designed to work with few email providers which includes yahoo mail, AOL mail, Gmail, iCloud and Outlook mail. The mail stored in the database of Mac mail is in .emlx and MBOX file format which is supported by many other email clients like Thunderbird, Window Mail etc.

Why do we need to import Lotus Notes to Apple Mail?

People who are switching from windows operating system to Mac OS. They require to change their email platform, But if  you are choosing for Lotus Notes, then you might find it difficult to open their NSF database file into Apple Mail because Apple Mail stores all their emails in MBOX file format which does not supported by NSF file format. Because of this unsupportable factor of Lotus Notes, we need to import the Lotus Notes database files to Apple Mail that is NSF file to MBOX file.

Challenges faced during conversion of NSF to MBOX

Users using Lotus note came with various queries like how to import lotus notes files into the Apple mail file format without putting in any effort because of its limited features. Challenges that came in our way while import of NSF file to MBOX file of Apple Mail:

  • As both, the application has different file formats, unable to open the imported files.
  • No manual way to open NSF in MBOX mail.
  • Software should be accurate for importing the large data(mail) files.

Follow the Steps to Import Lotus Notes to Apple Mail?

1: Download and install the SysInfoTools NSF to MBOX Converter.

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2: Launch Software and Convert the NSF file to MBOX file.

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3: Open the Apple Mail software, Go to File Menu->Choose Import-Mailbox


4: A pop-up Window will appear, Now Choose Files into MOBX format option-> then Continue.

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5: Specify the file location where you have saved your converted MBOX file. Choose the file and click on choose button.

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6: Once you Upload the file, the entire mailbox will be imported to the Apple Mailbox.

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Now users can access all their NSF Files in their Apple Mailbox i.e in NSF Format.

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