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Data mining thought for the day
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AppsFidelity 3.3 released
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Seven and a half years later and still non-native
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Office 365 for email with Notes and Domino infrastructure
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Why we need a little Assist
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This week in Midas 1
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Office 365 for email with Notes and Domino infrastructure
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This week in Midas 1
Mon, Oct 19th 2015 15
Why we need a little Assist
Wed, Oct 21st 2015 15
Data mining thought for the day
Wed, Dec 16th 2015 14
Such a small thing... right%3F
Tue, Apr 14th 2015 13
Interested in a 15 minute personal demo%3F
Tue, Sep 29th 2015 13
AppsFidelity 3.3 released
Thu, Nov 19th 2015 13
Seven and a half years later and still non-native
Fri, Nov 13th 2015 12
Announcing CoexLinks Fidelity 3.70 with mobile/web access and Linux
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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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MWLUG presentation available
Wed, Aug 19th 2015 11:01p   Ben Langhinrichs
It is a special kind of challenge to do a session on the Notes C API, although it probably helped to have the sign outside the door say AD104 and not clue people in first. Remarkably, very few people left during the session. I tried to keep it light and fun, and people laughed and went along with my extended relationship metaphor. You can find the slides on my MWLUG2015 page, along with the source code and make files for the samples. To give you a feel for the session, here is a slide I added at
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Last CoexEdit customer upgraded to AppsFidelity
Tue, Aug 11th 2015 2:31p   Ben Langhinrichs
It is always a relief when supporting two code streams when you manage to get everybody moved and can put the old version to rest. No more support should be necessary for CoexEdit, as all customers are now upgraded (for free, mind you) to AppsFidelity. The key driver for this enthusiastic migration has been the support for XPages in AppsFidelity. If you would like to try AppsFidelity for yourself, request an evaluation license today. If you will be at MWLUG next week, stop me and I could probab
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Planned URL syntax for AppsFidelity Render
Mon, Jul 27th 2015 1:28p   Ben Langhinrichs
AppsFidelity Render is the second part of our AppsFidelity product bundle, and will be part of that license. In other words, if you buy AppsFidelity, you get both the Edit and Render (and soon the Export), but can choose to use one or the other or both. The prices are not going up, at least for now. We are working on getting this out the door very soon, but I wanted to describe the URL syntax we are supporting. It is important to note that for security reasons, this is intentionally not forgiv
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Speaking at MWLUG on Wednesday
Thu, Jul 23rd 2015 10:14a   Ben Langhinrichs
I will be speaking at MWLUG on Wednesday Aug 19 at about 3:15pm. My session is all about how to add power and functionality to the Notes/Domino engine (the Pig) without messing up the XPages, mobile apps and other front-end niceties which have been added over the years (the Lipstick). Done right, these additions can be seamless and appear to be part of the core engine I hope this will be thought provoking as well as entertaining. See you all there.
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Announcing CoexLinks Fidelity 3.71
Tue, May 19th 2015 10:27a   Ben Langhinrichs
Last night, we released CoexLinks Fidelity 3.71 on our website, and today will be uploading the revised user guide and additional materials. There are a number of fidelity enhancements, support for custom forms, enhancements for right-to-left tables/sections and performance enhancements. In addition, a number of changes have been made to facilitate our upcoming public release of CoexLinks Client, an optional client component which enhances the rendering of forwards and replies which lose fidelit
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AppsFidelity 3.2 - Paste and resize images on the web
Thu, May 14th 2015 11:51a   Ben Langhinrichs
We released AppsFidelity 3.2 this week, and along with a number of fidelity enhancements and a few bug fixes, we made some changes to better handle images, screen captures and web content pasted from the web into either an XPage-based or Classic web database. This brief demo (under 2 and a half minutes) shows both a screen capture and an individual image copied and pasted into a discussion document and resized. It also shows how a document which was created without AppsFidelity can be fixed by t
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First Verse - Video of my first test of IBM Verse
Wed, Apr 22nd 2015 5:37p   Ben Langhinrichs
I just got my account today (or rather, just found the email saying it was set up on the 17th), so I decided to record my very first email to IBM verse and my experience with it. Since I have been curious how IBM verse would handle highly formatted email, I went ahead and sent several emails through CoexLinks Fidelity to see how Verse would handle them. Remember, I recorded this straight through, and while I edited it down to make it brief and recorded the narration after that, this is my first
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Fidelity matters - Tel Aviv edition
Wed, Apr 22nd 2015 6:43a   Ben Langhinrichs
In case you wonder how collapsed sections render with CoexLinks Fidelity (the kind of thing we have to worry about so you don't have to), remember that whatever we do in Tulsa, we also have to do in Tel Aviv, except backwards in heels, er, I mean right to left. If you don't read Hebrew (I certainly don't), concentrate on the shape of the section titles... or just notice that the section titles are completely missing in the Notes rendering. No matter how important the section title is for cat
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To the right To the right... still irreplaceable
Fri, Apr 17th 2015 12:46p   Ben Langhinrichs
Even when your language is read right-to-left as with Hebrew or Arabic and your tabs on your tabbed table are on the right, the text in those tabs have meaning, but when a tabbed table is sent with standard Notes cllient MIME rendering, the tabs are lost along with other relevant features. With CoexLinks Fidelity, you get a rendering which makes sense. See if you can find all the differences (aside from the tabs being missing). You can try CoexLinks Fidelity just by requesting an evaluation lic
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I sell software... not judgment
Thu, Apr 16th 2015 12:08p   Ben Langhinrichs
I own a business. I sell software, not judgment. It should hardly need to be said, but in this day and age it seems to be necessary. I will sell my software to anybody with money to buy it, be they gay or straight (cis) or bi or transgender, Muslim or Hindu or Atheist or Christian or Wiccan or Jewish or Druid, tall or short or adverse to relative measurements, in Brazil or Russia or the U.S. or Finland, hyperconservative or bleeding heart liberal, pro-whatever or anti-whatever else.I'm not no
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AppsFidelity 3.1 - Attachment icons in Cyrillic
Tue, Apr 14th 2015 1:54p   Ben Langhinrichs
As a follow up to my post on attachment icons in the web-based IBM Discussion database, one customer asked about Cyrillic attachment names and tabbed tables. This brief one minute demo shows those in the standard Discussion database, though AppsFidelity will support the same functionality with both Classic and XPage custom databases. You can try out AppsFidelity 3.1 for yourself. Request an evaluation license today. Best viewed in HD. Closed captions are provided for following in English or im
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Tue, Apr 14th 2015 1:41p   Ben Langhinrichs
As a follow up to my post on attachment icons in the web-based IBM Discussion database, one customer asked about Cyrillic attachment names and tabbed tables. This brief one minute demo shows those in the standard Discussion database, though AppsFidelity will support the same functionality with both Classic and XPage custom databases. You can try out AppsFidelity 3.1 for yourself. Request an evaluation license today. Best viewed in HD. Closed captions are provided for following in English or im
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Such a small thing... right%3F
Tue, Apr 14th 2015 7:31a   Ben Langhinrichs
One of the most requested and most popular features of AppsFidelity is such a small thing, yet difficult enough to manage that IBM has never added it despite customer requests from some very large customers. Simply put, file attachments on the web should show the way they do in Notes, in the place where a user put them. In this very brief demo, I show how AppsFidelity 3.1 not only puts the file icons where they below, it also allows you to edit the document and save it, still preserving this rel
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The three questions I have about Verse
Mon, Mar 23rd 2015 10:38a   Ben Langhinrichs
A lot has been written about IBM Verse, positive and negative. Some articles and posts have applauded or derided technical details. Others have focused on social aspects and whether IBM Verse is properly engineered for different sizes and styles of organizations. Still more have focused on the competitive aspects, and whether IBM is capable of going up against Google's Gmail/Google Apps and Microsoft's Office 365. But the questions I have are perhaps higher level. #1) Do those of us in the I
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Ank√ɬľndigung einer Fusion - Fidelity matters
Mon, Feb 9th 2015 12:57p   Ben Langhinrichs
In any language, fidelity matters, especially when the loss of fidelity includes the loss of important information. Even if you don't read German, you can see that the section titles are lost and large amounts of space left in their places with standard Traveler. Note, this is a different issue than the loss of section titles with the Notes client rendering which are totally lost. In this case, they simply don't appear because the text is white on a dark background and the section background i




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