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My MWLUG session for next week
Fri, Aug 12th 2016 16
You could use CKEditor without AppsFidelity but YMMV
Thu, Jun 16th 2016 12
CoexLinks 3.75 available
Fri, Jun 10th 2016 11
First look - exporting Notes mail to MBOX format
Tue, Apr 26th 2016 11
First Look - retrieving Domino data including rich text in JSON
Fri, Apr 22nd 2016 7
Improving XPages rendering in five lines
Wed, Apr 13th 2016 11
Slides and samples for EntwicklerCamp 2016
Wed, Apr 13th 2016 7
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My MWLUG session for next week
Fri, Aug 12th 2016 16
You could use CKEditor without AppsFidelity but YMMV
Thu, Jun 16th 2016 12
To the right To the right... still irreplaceable
Fri, Apr 17th 2015 11
Sharing links on FB - a meta-post
Wed, Apr 6th 2016 11
Improving XPages rendering in five lines
Wed, Apr 13th 2016 11
First look - exporting Notes mail to MBOX format
Tue, Apr 26th 2016 11
CoexLinks 3.75 available
Fri, Jun 10th 2016 11
Judge email fidelity for yourself
Tue, Apr 5th 2016 10
Data mining with MD5 hash values
Thu, Mar 24th 2016 9
You are in a maze of twisty SharePoint passages
Tue, Apr 15th 2014 7


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My MWLUG session for next week
Fri, Aug 12th 2016 11:02a   Ben Langhinrichs
For those who will be in Austin, TX next week for MWLUG, I'm looking forward to seeing you all. I also wanted to invite you to warm up (in Austin in August, who am I kidding?) for the closing session by hearing my talk in at 3pm Friday in Ballroom D. Data Mining in the Mountains of Rich Text and Beyond Whether your company is staying with Notes/Domino, moving to only Domino and a mobile/web/XPages strategy, or moving away from Notes/Domino entirely, chances are you have vast mountains of cont
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You could use CKEditor without AppsFidelity but YMMV
Thu, Jun 16th 2016 3:50p   Ben Langhinrichs
While it is fairly easy to integrate CKEditor into classic Domino designs, the actual results are not great. AppsFidelity can help here, just as it does in XPages. Try for yourself with an AppsFidelity evaluation.
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CoexLinks 3.75 available
Fri, Jun 10th 2016 2:37p   Ben Langhinrichs
Today, Genii Software released CoexLinks Fidelity 3.75, which is intended to be the last regularly released feature version in the 3.x code stream. After CoexLinks Fidelity 4.00 is released, only critical bug fixes will be handled in the 3.x version stream. Version 3.75 includes enhancements in memory management, fidelity improvements and stability fixes. It is available for download from our website immediately.
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First look - exporting Notes mail to MBOX format
Tue, Apr 26th 2016 4:55p   Ben Langhinrichs
One line to export a Notes mail database to MBOX format with the high fidelity rendering engine in CoexLinks Fidelity, one of various formats supported. This feature will be available in CoexLinks Fidelity V4, due out shortly and a free upgrade to anyone currently on a maintenance plan. The best rendering in the business, and you can make it part of your business. We are open to arrangements with business partners who want to use this as part of migration and archiving products or services. You
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First Look - retrieving Domino data including rich text in JSON
Fri, Apr 22nd 2016 12:39p   Ben Langhinrichs
A first look at how you will be able to retrieve Domino data in a myriad of formats, but in this case in JSON. This is a simple demo of an HTML page that retrieves Notes data including rich text and uses it on the page. In this case, it retrieves JSON, but can also retrieve CSV data, HTML, EPUB, MHT and EML from a view, document or field, all using the high fidelity rendering and advanced data mining features of the AppsFidelity Render engine. You can try AppsFidelity for yourself by requesting
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Improving XPages rendering in five lines
Wed, Apr 13th 2016 11:19a   Ben Langhinrichs
A customer wanted to know what it would take to enhance an XPages template with AppsFidelity so that the rich text content looked better on the web but also in Notes. They have lots of apps built on this same template. (I have changed one small point about the request to make it more generic.) The answer in this case was, it would take five lines. Not code, but lines in the NOTES.INI on the servers where the apps lived. 1) A line to load AppsFidelity into a 32 bit Domino system (the appropri
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Slides and samples for EntwicklerCamp 2016
Wed, Apr 13th 2016 7:22a   Ben Langhinrichs
I gave two sessions at EntwicklerCamp 2016, and have created a page with slides for both and some of the samples (a couple more will be added later). http://geniisoft.com/db/EntwicklerCamp2016 The first session was "Turbocharge the Domino Engine - Don't Disturb the UI" which starts with a light discussion of software-vendor relationships and then moves into different types of C API extensions and how they can be used without extensive programming of C API knowledge. The second session was
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Sharing links on FB - a meta-post
Wed, Apr 6th 2016 4:59p   Ben Langhinrichs
This is a somewhat meta post in that I am demonstrating what I am talking about. I have been annoyed for a while about how links shared on Facebook, both mine and others, often have generic titles or wonky images. I finally decided to do something about it, and thought I'd share so that if you have the same problem, maybe I'll save you a bit of effort. The key issue is meta tags (see what I did there?) and specifically Open Graph meta tags. Compute the correct og:image and Facebook won't go
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Judge email fidelity for yourself
Tue, Apr 5th 2016 9:03a   Ben Langhinrichs
I know, I know. You've seen me post about high fidelity email before, but this is Notes, right? The email is supposed to look like crap something from the 1990s. Everybody knows that. But it can be different. If you want to see a few sample emails, fill out the form below and give it a try. Don't worry, we won't harass you or sell your email information. We'll just send you six emails rendered the way Domino does, and those six emails rendered the way CoexLinks Fidelity does. Read them on y
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Happy to give demos to anyone at EntwicklerCamp
Mon, Apr 4th 2016 5:39p   Ben Langhinrichs
I will be presenting a couple of sessions at EntwcklerCamp on April 11‒13, and doing at least one sponsor session, but I'd also be happy to show CoexLinks Fidelity or any of our products to anyone who would like to see them up close and personal. The most popular right now is CoexLinks, especially given our soon-to-be-released addition of migration capabilities which can make a move to IBM Verse much better, but the data extraction features in the Midas LSX continue to be popular (and fun
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Data mining with MD5 hash values
Thu, Mar 24th 2016 2:03p   Ben Langhinrichs
After the relatively simple data mining example I showed previously using the Midas LSX, I thought I'd show a more useful example. In this, I want to find duplicate file attachments, whether or not they have the same name. This could be tracking down how a particular attachment has been circulated, or simply finding out whether replies and replies to replies have duplicated the same attachment many times, wasting valuable space. This could obviously be done with any database, but I wanted to us
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Data mining for random phrases
Tue, Mar 22nd 2016 9:41p   Ben Langhinrichs
Every few years, our Midas LSX evolves to take on new challenges. Sometimes, those are challenges that seem obvious, such as exporting Notes data to HTML or JSON with high fidelity. Sometime, though, the challenges are not so obvious. Over the past year, we have been evolving the data export features to allow data mining, or selective extraction. While I could show lots of details, I thought I'd write a few posts showing different sorts of data extraction. All are done with the Export to CSV sa
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This badge is for you
Mon, Mar 21st 2016 9:44p   Ben Langhinrichs
It is exciting to see my friends in the IBM Partner community sporting their spiffy new badges, especially Theo and Gab with "lifetime achievement" badges. But none for me. I'm not fishing for anything, or even sad. I'm not an ideal IBM partner. Sometimes, I show IBM up by making email look good when they cannot, or enabling functionality they have never seen fit to add. Sometimes, I am critical of their many shortcomings. Most of the time, I just don't play the game. So, why bring it up?
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Growing the roadmap for Verse and more
Thu, Mar 3rd 2016 12:41p   Ben Langhinrichs
For the past 13 years, CoexLinks Fidelity has been very successful at helping companies with diverse email systems coexist. From handling doclinks in the early days to high fidelity rendering in recent years, CoexLinks Fidelity has been used by many of the largest companies in the world, as well as some of the fairly small. Over the years, we have expanded the core functionality, but have always focused on email as it moves through the Domino system and out, whether "out" means outbound email
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CoexLinks Fidelity 3.74 now available
Wed, Feb 10th 2016 10:37a   Ben Langhinrichs
Today, we released CoexLinks Fidelity 3.74 on our website via CoexLinks downloads page. The new version includes a number of rendering enhancements including more use of HTML5 and CSS3, enhancements to support edge cases such as image resources and CD Storage attachments with stored forms, and we have also added more crash protection in startup and cleanup phases. Additionally, we have added the capability to assign "Custom Form DBs", so that documents sent from Mail In DBs or using Forms9.nt
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Data mining thought for the day
Wed, Dec 16th 2015 9:28a   Ben Langhinrichs
In between dealing with the horror that is Internet Explorer 9, I am working on a presentation on data mining in Notes rich text. With that in, here is my data mining thought for the day: There is implicit as well as explicit data and meta data. Explicit is there to be read, implicit is there to be discerned. Explicit data is the content (e.g., field in document; audio of phone call). Explicit meta data is the context (e.g., db and views where document is found; identity of callers and time
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AppsFidelity 3.3 released
Thu, Nov 19th 2015 1:58p   Ben Langhinrichs
It's been a long time coming, but we have released Version 3.3 of AppsFidelity. Along with numerous rendering tweaks, the main features/fixes are: Better handling of attachments when deleted via iconFont face and size control of attachment icons (important for those using languages which don't render with standard 10pt Arial)Better handling of image sizes (reading from image data when not specified or partially specified, plus detection of errant size data)Native PNG support (while PNG images
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Seven and a half years later and still non-native
Fri, Nov 13th 2015 2:12p   Ben Langhinrichs
Back in April of 2008, I wrote a blog post called Help make sure PNG is stored natively in 8.5. The issue then, and still now in Notes 9.0.1, is that while Notes rich text stores and renders PNG graphics perfectly well, when a user actually imports a PNG graphic from the Notes client, it is converted and saved as a JPEG file. Aside from other more minor issues, this means that transparency is lost, thus wrecking many images. As a simple example, consider this logo as it appears above converted t
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Office 365 for email with Notes and Domino infrastructure
Wed, Nov 11th 2015 12:06p   Ben Langhinrichs
For a variety of reasons, many companies are moving or have moved to Office 365, and with it the Outlook mail client. But their Notes/Domino infrastructure doesn't disappear or their applications magically migrate with them. For that reason, we have seen a number of our Midas and AppsFidelity customers start to use CoexLinks Fidelity to handle the mail that goes out to Outlook. Not that we care much where it is going, but Outlook (both web and desktop), Gmail, Android and iOS are primary client
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Why we need a little Assist
Wed, Oct 21st 2015 10:28a   Ben Langhinrichs
Users of our AppsFidelity and Midas products will notice something new the next time we release a version (very soon). Along with each there will be an additional Assist DLL/Library. For example, along with the AppsFidelity software there will be either an AppsFidelityAssist32.dll (Windows 32-bit), AppsFidelityAssist64.dll (Windows 64-bit) or AppsFidelity32.so (Linux). It seems likely that we will introduce an AIX version again, so when we do, it will have its own Assist library. The reason fo
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This week in Midas 1
Mon, Oct 19th 2015 9:28a   Ben Langhinrichs
I thought it might be useful to paraphrase a couple of the recent evaluation requests for Midas with the solutions provided. As new evaluation requests come in, I may post more of these. One thing I will try to highlight is when there are existing blog posts which address the problem. Evaluation Request 1) Attachment iconsI am a software developer who came here through the following blog, http://dominogavin.blogspot.nl/2011/01/resolving-lotus-notes−851-and-higher.html , and am intereste
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This week in Midas %231
Mon, Oct 19th 2015 9:10a   Ben Langhinrichs
I thought it might be useful to paraphrase a couple of the recent evaluation requests for Midas with the solutions provided. As new evaluation requests come in, I may post more of these. One thing I will try to highlight is when there are existing blog posts which address the problem. Evaluation Request 1) Attachment iconsI am a software developer who came here through the following blog, http://dominogavin.blogspot.nl/2011/01/resolving-lotus-notes−851-and-higher.html , and am intereste
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On drugs
Mon, Oct 12th 2015 2:07p   Ben Langhinrichs
I received an email newsletter from IBM today. You may have as well. I thought I'd take the opportunity to show how even a lightly formatted email such as this can get altered when it is sent to a customer from the Notes environment. Why not try CoexLinks Fidelity for yourself and see how your company can avoid these problems? (For those who don't know, this is a parody of This is your brain on drugs.) This is your email. This is your email on drugs(or rather, as rendered by Domino 9.0.1
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Interested in a 15 minute personal demo%3F
Tue, Sep 29th 2015 9:01a   Ben Langhinrichs
There are three things we focus with CoexLinks Fidelity: Fidelity (does it arrive looking the way it looked when it was sent?)Accuracy (is all the information still present and unchanged?)Consistency (does it look the same no matter how it is sent?) If you are interested in seeing for yourself, let me know and I can set up a session where I show you how each of the three impacts your IBM Notes/Domino email, whether it is read by an internal user (perhaps your boss) on a mobile device or via iN




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