I just LOVE to try all the new stuff that
gets added to each maintenance release of Lotus Notes. It makes me feel
like a kid opening Christmas presents. I savour and enjoy each one of them.
And I appreciate the effort that the IBM put into improving their product
and listening to the feedback from their customers. I really do. But I
also hate when I discover that some things that were available in previous
versions are no longer working properly, or worse, have been removed purposely
without any notice or fair justification. Especially when it is something
as useful as the Screen Capture tool built into the Sametime Contacts
pane in the Sidebar, which I was using practically every day, I was very
disappointed to find out that after upgrading my Notes client to the latest
8.5.3, this tool is no longer available to Sametime Entry users. The icon
for it is now greyed out, just like the icons for sending files, sending
broadcasts, inviting to a meeting room, and inviting to instant meeting
(which they were from the beginning).
Fig. 1 Sorry to say this, but this screen
capture was taken using Microsoft Windows 7 Snipping Tool.
Yes, I know. If we get the full version
of Sametime, I can continue to enjoy this wonderful feature. But we are
not getting it. It's something beyond my control, which just adds to my
desperation. We have been using Sametime Entry ever since it was released
and bundled/integrated with the Notes client. That is since the release
6.5 in 2003. For eight years the Screen Capture tool was there and available
to the Sametime Entry users like me. Not anymore.
I contacted IBM Tech Support to get
an official answer on this back in November, although I suspected
I knew what the answer will be. Sadly, I wasn't wrong.
got a response from dev about a similar PMR, and unfortunately the change
is most likely fixing a "bug" where the screenshot button was
not greyed out in situations when it was supposed to be."
will be honest with you and tell you that this makes some of us here very
upset. I was fearing this scenario, and it seems like it came through...
I think that it is a really bad move on behalf of IBM that you effectively
take away something that has been made available for many years! It does
not matter that this tool was made available to Sametime Entry users unintentionally,
you should not make the users to pay the price for IBM developers' mistake.
If the goal was to alienate many loyal long-time users and supporters of
Lotus Notes like me, then MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! But is it really what IBM-Lotus
needs these days? "
understand your frustration, and I will pass your comments along to my
manager. Thank you for using IBM Lotus Support."
Sorry for being so negative, but things
like this really get to me. There. I got it off my chest. Now, let's focus
on something positive, like Lotusphere 2012 and the announcements that
will surely come with it. Can't wait! I'll be there...
Wed, Apr 11th 2012 9:11a Bodek Frak When roaming is enabled by the administrator
on the existing Person in Domino Directory, several fields with names starting
with "Roam..." are being populated with data. While most of them
are well documented or their purpose is easily understood, among them is
the one mysterious field called "RoamingUserUpdateFlag". Coincidentally,
this is also the name of the notes.ini parameter that gets added to the
client's notes.ini at the time roaming was enabled.
If you Google "RoamingU [read] Keywords: adminp
Manage private views in Lotus Notes database
Fri, Jan 6th 2012 1:11p Bodek Frak I just discovered that you can now see
and manage all private views inside NSF file using Domino Administrator
client. Not just your private views, all private views including those
that belong to other users as well. I'm not sure when this functionality
was added, I must have missed this announcement. In the past, we used to
have to use some tricks, (like creating new view and saving it without
any name), or scripts to extract info about other user's private views.
Now, you just ne [read] Keywords: administration
Tweak The Auto-Populated Groups Feature In Domino 8.5.3
Tue, Oct 18th 2011 1:09p Bodek Frak Back in 2008, we found this great blog
post on eknori.de on how to "Tweak
The Auto-Populated Groups Feature In Domino 8.5".
It describes a very elegant solution that does not require any modifications
to the existing design elements in pubnames.ntf. Although most likely not
supported by the IBM, this works great and we have implemented it in our
environment with great success. By the way, I'm still unclear why IBM does
not include this in their template..., maybe someone knows the reas [read] Keywords: domino
Moving users to new server occasionally corrupts location document.
Mon, May 2nd 2011 9:08a Bodek Frak Recently, we had a serious failure of one of
the three Domino servers in our cluster. We had to move people to another
server using "Move to Another Server" tool in Domino Administrator
8.5.2. Later, we had to move them back, and we took this opportunity to
split all our user's population evenly between the three servers in the
cluster. In the end, we used this tool on every one of our 2,917 users.
Once I updated their home server assignment
using Domino Administrator, the next tim [read] Keywords: domino