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IBM Collaboration Solutions Technical Event - Jakarta, Indonesia, 2014
Mon, Dec 8th 2014 2:33a   Mat Newman
Over the past few weeks we've been notifying customers and partners directly of the upcoming IBM ICS technical event being held THIS WEDNESDAY, 10th December, 2014, hosted by Prisma and AVNET, with the full support of the IBM technical team from ASEAN With over 180 registrations so far, we're looking forward to meeting with you all and discussing some of the awesome capabilities that IBM has to offer. If you haven't registered yet, there are still a few places available, please feel f [read] Keywords: admin collaboration connections domino ibm sametime xpages applications development enterprise mobile

30th Anniversary of IRIS, and the 25th Anniversary of the Launch of Lotus Notes, 7th December 2014
Sun, Dec 7th 2014 3:10a   Mat Newman
In the past couple of days Ray Ozzie has released an awesome series of Tweets recounting the history of IRIS and Lotus Notes. Coming directly from the founder and creator of Notes, this was a series I had to collate and republish here. Thanks Ray! 1/This Sunday, Dec 7, is the 25th anniv of Lotus Notes AND the 30th of my startup Iris! A brief story, in 22 tweets. pic.twitter.com/Q96GsgVLQd— Ray Ozzie (@rozzie) December 4, 2014 2/In July ’84 I pitched an mail/collab ap [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes ray ozzie richtext desktop mac server twitter widgets

New capabilities and increased storage now offered in IBM Connections Cloud in the November 2014 update
Thu, Nov 27th 2014 8:59p   Mat Newman
Today IBM announced a plethora of new features and capabilities on IBM Connections Cloud (Formerly IBM Smartcloud), beginning with increased storage capacity for Smartcloud Notes/iNotes and IBM Connections Files. My favourite highlights from this update: 50 Giga Byte Notes/iNotes Mail Database (Mail/Calendar/Contacts/To-Do/Notebook), 1 Terra Byte IBM Connections Files, and Audio and Video calls on Mobile Phones (previously only a feature on Tablets) Enhanced social capabilities, bette [read] Keywords: connections ibm inotes notes database integration mac mobile

Happy 25th Birthday IBM Notes
Wed, Nov 26th 2014 11:57p   Mat Newman
Yep, it's today. IBM Notes (nee: Lotus Notes) turns 25. What an amazing milestone! Happy Birthday Lotus Notes! [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes

Really excited to have 2 sessions accepted for IBMConnectEd
Wed, Nov 26th 2014 6:38p   Mat Newman
Received notification overnight that I've had 2 sessions accepted for IBM ConnectEd conference in Orlando, Florida from the 25th - 28th of January, 2015. The first is #UserBlast; A session that I've really enjoyed putting together over the last few years to showcase the power and capabilities of the IBM Collaboration Platform, of course featuring the IBM Notes client. This year I'm going back to the format from a couple of years ago and doing 40 tips in 40 minutes, and the big highlight i [read] Keywords: admin collaboration ibm lotus notes notes client application desktop linkedin profile

Mail reimagined for a NewWayToWork
Tue, Nov 18th 2014 12:55a   Mat Newman
In just a few short hours, IBM will be launching the evolution of Mail; reimagined for a new way to work. Stream “A New Way to Work” live Even if you won’t be in the auditorium, you can still enjoy the event. Register now to watch live as experts, authors and futurists share their visions for “A New Way to Work.” Talks will stream live 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. USA: Eastern Standard Time (EST). Replay will be available on demand approximately 3 hours after the li [read] Keywords: ibm twitter

Where does Mail.Next come from
Sun, Nov 16th 2014 3:17p   Mat Newman
In the past few weeks I've been asked a lot of questions as we approach the signature event launch of IBM Mail Next this week on November 18th. If you haven't registered yet for the event on the 18th, do yourself a favour, the link is HERE (http://www.ibm.com/social-business/us/en/newway/event.html) The key to understanding IBM Mail Next is very simple; Mail.Next is NOT a new mail client, Mail.Next is a new way of working! So where does IBM Mail Next come from? I've put togeth [read] Keywords: collaboration connections domino ibm inotes lotus notes notes client sametime applications development enterprise integration interface server


A hidden GEM - Creating links from IBM Connections that will open in the MOBILE APP rather than a browser!
Thu, Oct 30th 2014 8:26a   Mat Newman
Remember the absolutely awesome Google Chrome Extension for IBM Connections that I wrote about a little while ago? No? Ok - go refresh yourself on it HERE (Link: http://www.matnewman.com/webs/personal/matblog.nsf/dx/ibm-connections-search-plugin-for-chrome-browser ) You're back. Now for the good stuff. Did you know that this extension has a hidden feature that will create a link for you from an IBM Connections site THAT WILL OPEN IN THE CONNECTIONS MOBILE APP and not a browser? Yep! A [read] Keywords: connections ibm notes traveler application email google linkedin mobile profile wiki

A quiet farewell Lotus 1-2-3, Organizer and Smartsuite
Sun, Oct 5th 2014 11:45p   Mat Newman
Last week a fairly significant date passed without much fanfare: The Withdrawal From Support (WFS) for some of the best desktop software ever created in Lotus 1-2-3, Lotus Organizer and the Lotus Smartsuite office package. This - of course - followed on from the announcement that these iconic products would be withdrawn from marketing effective the 11th of June, 2013. WFM is the term used to signify that a product will no longer be available for purchase by customers. WFS means that a prod [read] Keywords: ibm lotus symphony applications desktop development integration office openoffice

IBM Notes Traveler now available on the Play Store - more new features and a fix
Mon, Sep 29th 2014 7:02a   Mat Newman
Really pleased to advise that the latest update for IBM Notes Traveler client is available NOW on the Play Store There's a couple of great new features that now enable you to reply without history, and choose whether to include attachments (even those you haven't downloaded!) in your reply email messages. Great to see the development team is including new features with almost every new release of the IBM Notes Traveler client! Importantly: For those of you who have reported 'latency [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes traveler development email google

Introducing IBM Connections Cloud, the new name for IBM Smartcloud
Tue, Sep 23rd 2014 9:54p   Mat Newman
Earlier this morning IBM announced a rebanding of IBM Smartcloud, the new consolidated cloud offering from IBM will be "IBM Connections Cloud", and introduced new Audio-Video and Instant Messaging capabilities: "IBM® Connections Cloud, formerly IBM SmartCloud® for Social Business, provides one-click access to business-grade file sharing, social networking, communities, online meetings, instant messaging, email, and calendar. The power of IBM Connections Cloud is that it is designed to he [read] Keywords: connections ibm email instant messaging networking

IBM Connect evolves to meet the needs of our technical clients and partners
Thu, Jul 24th 2014 12:12a   Mat Newman
Earlier today IBM announced new details on IBM Connect 2015: "We are excited to announce that in 2015, IBM Connect will transform into an even more in-depth technical event -- IBM ConnectED. This event targets our heritage Collaboration Solutions clients and partners, providing a look at the future -- as well as the "nuts and bolts" details that feedback shows is so important to our long-standing technical community. IBM ConnectED 2015 will take place January 25-28, 2015 at the Wal [read] Keywords: collaboration connections domino ibm notes community

IBM Notes Traveler - Fix available now for Contacts lookup
Thu, Jul 10th 2014 7:11p   Mat Newman
A couple of people mentioned yesterday that the build IBM released on the Play Store yesterday had some missing functionality with regard the new Contacts lookup and the amount of information being returned. The awesome dev team got onto this straight away. You will find an updated version (build 201407101343) now available on the Play Store which returns the lookup functionality to Traveler Contacts that returns all contact details from your corporate directory. https://play.goog [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes traveler google

IBM Notes Traveler don’t be fooled, this ain’t just a simple point release
Wed, Jul 9th 2014 9:50p   Mat Newman
Don't be fooled, IBM Notes Traveler is more than a simple point release, a completely overhauled interface, new gesture based navigation and tight integration with IBM Connections and Sametime make this release a huge productivity enabler for Android users of Traveler. I've been lucky enough to have had this version installed on my device for the past few weeks and I simply cannot understate how much my productivity has skyrocketed due to the tight integration of IBM Connections and [read] Keywords: connections ibm lotus notes sametime traveler google integration interface

IBM Connections search plugin for Chrome Browser
Tue, Jul 1st 2014 2:22a   Mat Newman
Every now and again one comes across an awesome plugin that demonstrates some fantastic integration between day-to-day applications and IBM's Connections collaboration platform. This one is a Connections search plugin for Chrome, and it's awesome. From the description: "This extension let you search content within IBM Connections. The IBM Connections QuickSearch plugin let you quickly search for users or content within IBM Connections and update your profile picture using your webc [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm applications google integration password profile server

ASEAN - IBM Connect Comes To You 2014
Mon, Jun 2nd 2014 11:15p   Mat Newman
ASEAN - IBM Connect Comes to You 2014 Leading organizations around the world are transforming their business processes to reinvent the work experience. They are energizing their employees, customers and ultimately, their businesses. Attend IBM Connect Comes To You 2014 and learn more about how IBM technologies and approaches are “energizing life’s work.” You will come away with the expanded network, new insights, new tools and capabilities to help your workforce get the mos [read] Keywords: administration collaboration connections domino ibm notes sametime traveler application development email integration mobile network

Ok Timmy ...
Mon, May 12th 2014 9:21p   Mat Newman
The first time we met face to face, we engaged in a deeply geeky conversation about manipulating arrays of rich text objects that I brought to him late one night at Kimono's. It was my first Lotusphere back in 2008 and I had been hunting down the legends of the community to meet them in person for the first time. Tim was one of the folks at the top of my list that I had to meet, for reasons that many others have written about today in lament of his passing. Yes, Tim was a Genius. Capital [read] Keywords: lotusphere rich text community

Sametime contacts, a couple of things you might not know
Thu, May 1st 2014 2:06a   Mat Newman
One of my favourite features of IBM Sametime integration within the Notes client's side-bar is the way you can utilise contacts with Notes address features in Email, Calendar Meeting Entries and Group To-Do's. Many just use their Sametime contact list as a method of looking up contact details, or seeing whether someone is online. But there are some great features of the Sametime contact list that enable you to easily address messages, meetings, To-Dos, and even utilise the contacts from wi [read] Keywords: ibm notes notes client sametime email integration

IBM Connect 2014, AD501 - IBM Worklight for IBM Domino Developers
Mon, Feb 10th 2014 8:35p   Mat Newman
This year at Connect I presented a session "IBM Worklight for IBM Domino Developers". The idea was to show Domino Dev's how easy it was to transition from creating pure browser-based applications utilising XPages with the Extension Library + Mobile Controls that are included natively with Domino 9 to creating a native application utilising IBM Worklight which has IBM DOMINO as the back end data service. There were three demonstrations included within the presentation: Building a mobile [read] Keywords: domino ibm notes xpages application applications database eclipse mobile properties

Totally Unofficial, Totally Unsupported IBM Connect 2014 Notes Session Database - Now with MOBILE via XPages
Thu, Jan 23rd 2014 6:26a   Mat Newman
Thanks to the outstanding work of Giuseppe Grasso, the TUTU IBMConnect Notes database now has an awesome XPages interface optimised for mobile access! Figure 1: Welcome to the Mobile version One of the features I really love about this app is the integration with a venue map to show you exactly WHERE that session you're looking for has gone to. Figure 2: Where's that session? It's a great app, and I'm sure will prove useful to you as you wander the halls of the Swan, Do [read] Keywords: ibm notes xpages database integration interface mobile

Need an iCAL feed for the entire IBM Connect schedule - It’s in the TUTU IBM Connect Notes Database
Tue, Jan 21st 2014 2:40a   Mat Newman
Yep, the Totally Unofficial, Totally Unsupported #IBMConnect Notes Session Database has an iCAL feed for the entire conference schedule. How can you access it? Simple! Open your Notes calendar, Expand "Show Calendars" in the Navigator, and Choose "Add Calendar" Figure 1: Add a Calendar [read] Keywords: ibm lotusphere notes traveler community database mobile server

And we’re BACK - The Totally Unofficial, Totally Unsupported IBM Connect Notes session database
Sun, Jan 19th 2014 10:55p   Mat Newman
As you know, last year a group of enterprising individuals took over where Ben Langhinrichs left off with the Connect 2013 IBM Notes session database. Well, we're BACK, and thanks to a cast of thousand's, this year even better. A HUGE amount of thanks to the following people who did the work to get this IBM Notes Database back online for 2014: Rob Novak: AJAX Parts Karl Henry Martinson: JSON Parts Vitor Pereira: Imports, using the above and killer instinct on finding the data Giusepp [read] Keywords: ibm notes xpages ajax database integration mobile server twitter

My Top 5 reasons to get to IBM Connect 2014
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 1:38a   Mat Newman
For the past few years, the trek to IBM Connect (Lotusphere) has become a pilgrimage for me. It was in the late 90's that I first heard of a conference dedicated to Lotus software held in the USA at the Swan and Dolphin in Orlando. I immediately added it to my Bucket List of "Must Do" things to achieve in my lifetime. Watching the Videos for the first couple of years (yep, I mean VHS cassettes) provided to us by our local IBM/Lotus reps I became very excited at the depth and breadth o [read] Keywords: ibm lotus lotusphere notes community development integration planetlotus planetlotus.org

The number is in ... 4500+ customers REINSTATE Notes/Domino in 2013
Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 4:01a   Mat Newman
IBM don't publish many figures when it comes to Notes/Domino, licences, seats, etc ... but here is a number I can publish: 4500+ IBM Notes/Domino customers REINSTATED their licences in 2013! What is a reinstatement? It results from a customer letting their Notes/Domino renewal lapse - which in my experience has meant that they are actively looking at options other than Notes/Domino for their messaging, collaboration and application requirements - who subsequently decide that they WANT the [read] Keywords: collaboration domino ibm notes notesdomino application

Read the detail *carefully* IBM Notes and Domino V9.0.1 availability of group 1 national languages
Tue, Dec 3rd 2013 3:40a   Mat Newman
READ CAREFULLY WHEN YOU FOLLOW THE LINK TO THE ANNOUNCEMENT ;-) Today IBM announced IBM Notes and Domino V9.0.1 availability of group 1 national languages: "IBM® Notes® and Domino® is a family of client and server-based offerings for messaging and collaboration on a wide variety of operating environments. Designed for businesses of all sizes, it provides a platform for the rapid development and deployment of collaborative and workflow-driven business applications that can support a w [read] Keywords: collaboration domino ibm ldd lotus notes applications development server

One of the best reasons to upgrade to IBM Domino 9 - Mobile Apps in less than 5 minutes
Fri, Nov 29th 2013 3:22a   Mat Newman
One of the best features of the latest releases of IBM Notes and Domino 9 is the inclusion of the XPages Extension Library and Mobile controls in the core code. Yes that's right, everything you need to modernise your existing Notes applications is included right out of the box. BENEFIT: There is nothing additional you need to install or configure, you don't have to beg your Admin to add any capability, everything is already included in the default install. Recently a number of custome [read] Keywords: admin domino ibm ldd lotus notes xpages application applications database development linkedin mobile profile server wiki

Installing IBM Connections plug-ins in IBM Notes 9 on Ubuntu Linux
Sun, Nov 3rd 2013 5:37p   Mat Newman
A quick one to share today - how to get the IBM Connections Activities, Status updates and enhanced Business Card Plug-ins installed easily in IBM Notes 9: Modify your access to /opt/ibm/notes I found this was necessary because one cannot modify the content of /opt/ibm/notes using the installer from within the Notes client, and one cannot execute Notes as root, so: Open a terminal sudo nautilus Navigate to the /opt/ibm folder Right-Click Notes Choose properties Go to the Permissions tab [read] Keywords: connections ibm lotus notes notes client application archive linux properties ubuntu

IBM Notes and Domino V9.0.1 Social Edition delivers quality and usability enhancements to help power social business
Tue, Oct 29th 2013 11:05a   Mat Newman
Today marks another milestone in Notes/Domino's 24 (well .. almost) year history, General Availability of IBM Notes and Domino 9.0.1. In summary, some of the enhancements include the following: IBM Notes® and Domino software brings social collaboration and business applications together in a single, easy-to-use environment, with just-in-time access to applications and email across a wide range of client devices. IBM Notes and Domino software enables users to seamlessly tap into the kno [read] Keywords: collaboration connections domino ibm inotes ldd lotus notes traveler xpages apple application applications blackberry email integration linux microsoft mobile office security server

Bruce Elgort. Legend. Thanks
Wed, Oct 2nd 2013 12:10a   Mat Newman
Without doubt, one of the strongest forces within the Community over the years has been Bruce Elgort. Knowledgeable Contributor. Gifted Developer. OpenNTF Driving Force. Fierce Friend. For over a decade, beginning with the NotesOSS (Notes Open Source or "Notes Sauce") initiative, Bruce has been instrumental in building the organisation that what we know today as the largest single collection of source code - OPEN SOURCE code - available for everything IBM Collaboration Solutions - O [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm notes community linkedin openntf twitter

The cat’s out of the bag. Yes I have a new job. Thrilled to be an IBMer!
Tue, Oct 1st 2013 10:34p   Mat Newman
The last few weeks have been a roller-coaster for myself and my family. And it all began during a quick chat with Brian Cheng, whom many of you would know as one of the Demo Gods from the last couple of Lotusphere/Connect conferences. After 18 years of being a Notes / Domino / SMTPMTA / Pump / DB2 / LearningSpace / DominoDoc / QuickR / Sametime / Traveler / Protector / Connections ... consultant, Brian asked me a simple question: "How would you like to be responsible for Notes in one of [read] Keywords: collaboration connections domino ibm lotusphere notes protector quickr sametime traveler db2 linkedin

Easily create ANY record in ANY IBM Notes (Lotus Notes) Database
Fri, Jul 26th 2013 4:58a   Mat Newman
Demonstrates the process for adding a new form - ie: any blank database record - in ANY IBM Notes database by adding it to your More Bookmarks, Create folder. Featuring the 'Phone Message' form - a favourite for anyone passing on a phone message using Notes. Enjoy! [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes database

Yes, another year.
Wed, Jul 3rd 2013 6:28a   Mat Newman
Last year I wrote how thankful and fortunate I was that my IT consulting career began with Notes and Domino in July, 1995. 18 years ago today, and coincidentally, the month that IBM made it's offer to acquire Lotus Development Corporation. My 18th year as a Consultant, Educator, Administrator and Developer has been just as full, rewarding, and possibly busier than ever before. I've been fortunate to have sessions accepted as a speaker at UKLug in England, Kundenforum in Switzerland, D [read] Keywords: collaboration connections domino ibm lotus notes consulting development linkedin profile

Easiest Notes upgrade ever
Sun, Jun 30th 2013 11:48p   Mat Newman
Last week was spent working with a customer to finalise their new SOE, with a major feature being the introduction of IBM Notes 9 into their organisation, upgrading from Lotus Notes 8.5.3. Four features of the IBM Domino/Notes environment has meant that the roll out that began this morning is exceeding the expectations of the customer with regard the ease of deployment of Notes to their users: Scripted Setup file, Notes ID Vault, Policies including Roaming user configuration, and Widget Ca [read] Keywords: administration domino ibm id vault lotus notes notes client policies roaming desktop password security server widget widgets

Getting Started with IBM Notes 9 - Part 6: Bookmarks
Wed, Jun 19th 2013 12:50a   Mat Newman
As with IBM Lotus Notes 8, the Bookmark bar in IBM Notes 9 is 'hidden' by default, with the functionality available as the 'Open List' from the OPEN button on the new Notes 9 Masthead. Figure 1: The OPEN button on the Masthead Clicking the OPEN button will reveal the short-cuts available from the 'Open List'. Figure 2: The Open List revealed A quick reminder what 'Bookmarks' can do for the user in IBM Notes: Access anything easily Launch Tabs automatically on sta [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes applications

Using the new IBM ODBC Driver for Notes-Domino 9.0 (formerly Lotus Notes SQL)
Tue, Jun 18th 2013 6:18a   Mat Newman
The following demonstration steps through installing and configuring the new IBM ODBC driver for Notes/Domino 9 (formerly Notes SQL driver). This demonstration utilises Microsoft Windows 8 as the Operating System and OpenOffice to test the configured connection. Enjoy! [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes microsoft odbc openoffice sql

IBM Notes 9 - Hide duplicates in the Calendar Overlay
Fri, Jun 7th 2013 12:39a   Mat Newman
Fantastic new IBM Notes 9 feature that automatically hides duplicate entries (eg: multiple people attending the same meeting) when showing additional calendars using overlays. Here's the Demo: [read] Keywords: ibm notes

Getting Started with IBM Notes 9 - Part 5: What happened to my Toolbars
Wed, May 29th 2013 1:15a   Mat Newman
One of the design goals for IBM Notes 9 was to simplify the user experience and streamline the user interface. Yep, time to fire up the DeLorean and switch on the time-circuits folks, we're heading back to March 1999! Ahhh ... 1999. The world was in the grip of the Millennium Bug frenzy, Bill was in the White House, John was in the Lodge, Cher was 'Top of the Pops' and we waited in anticipation for the first of George Lucas' Star Wars prequel's to hit the cinemas. And Lotus came out [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes bug database eclipse interface wiki

How to insert your mail signature in a Lotus Notes meeting invitation
Tue, May 28th 2013 12:05a   Mat Newman
A couple of weeks ago Russ Maher flicked me a question via twitter whether it was possible to include a Lotus Notes mail signature in a Meeting Invitation. Well, of course it is! It's Notes, and Notes can do anything! :-) Initially I thought this was going to require a major hack of the mail file. However, further investigation revealed an agent in the mail database design that I hadn't really noticed before; it's called - interestingly enough - "(InsertSignature)". Guess what it do [read] Keywords: acl admin agent domino ibm lotus notes database email interface properties twitter

Using IBM Notes data as a source for Google Maps API
Wed, May 22nd 2013 10:20p   Mat Newman
During the past couple of weeks I've been consulting for a customer who required some heavy integration between IBM Notes data and Google Maps. That project is in it's final stages and is close to coming online. What that experience has shown me is how (relatively) simple it is to take source data from a Notes application and present that information using the Google Maps API on the web for public consumption. To begin with, the complete Google Maps API (v3) is available here for your re [read] Keywords: ibm notes R6 application consulting database google integration javascript properties

Getting stated with IBM Notes 9 on Ubuntu 12.10 or 13.04 x64
Sun, May 12th 2013 9:13a   Mat Newman
IBM Notes 9 installs without any problems on both 12.10 and 13.04 x32 flavour. However, the x64 version has a few tricks that you need to repair before you can run the installation files. Over on Usablesoftware's blog there's a nice reference to the steps required to get IBM Notes 9 installed. With the fantastic assistance of Jason Hatch from IBM, I learned that the only thing required to get Notes 9 running on x64 was to remove some dependancies from the control file in the IBM supplied [read] Keywords: ibm inotes notes sametime application email properties widgets ubuntu

Getting Started with IBM Notes 9 - Part 4: Discovering the new Notes welcome screen
Wed, Apr 17th 2013 6:10a   Mat Newman
One of the features to receive the biggest makeover in IBM Notes 9 is the startup screen, with the introduction of the all-new 'Discover' page (or rather: pages). Previous releases of Notes utilised the notes Workspace (Lotus Notes 1-4) or the Welcome screen (Notes 5 - 8) as the content of the 'display' pane users first encountered when the Notes client is launched. Users familiar with both the Workspace and Welcome Screen will be pleased to know that these features have also received a [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm lotus notes notes client application applications community database interface wiki workspace

Getting Started with IBM Notes 9 - Part 3: The Search Box
Wed, Apr 10th 2013 1:13a   Mat Newman
In Part 2: Introducing the Masthead, we discussed the new Masthead feature in IBM Notes 9, and briefly touched on the Search box, which has now been moved - with the IBM Social them applied - from the Toolbar to the Masthead. The Search box itself has a fantastic new feature which deserves it's own post, which is: IBM Notes 9 can now simultaneously search all Mail, Including the current Users Mail database and all archives configured for that user! YAY! The option needs to be se [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes notes client application applications archive database outlook

#IBMNotes9 Proud to be a ...
Tue, Apr 9th 2013 9:00p   Mat Newman
Notes User: Notes Developer: Notes Administrator: [read] Keywords: ibm notes

Getting Started with IBM Notes 9 - Part 2: Introducing the Masthead
Mon, Apr 8th 2013 5:43p   Mat Newman
With the introduction of IBM Notes 9, one of the major design goals was to implement the IBM "One UI" experience with an updated interface to the Notes client. Within the FRAMEWORK utilised by the OneUI design principals, major navigation elements are located across the top of the 'page'. Feedback supplied to IBM designers also indicated that many users 'lost' the quick links to their Personal Information Management (PIM) applications (Mail, Calendar, Contacts, To-Dos, etc) with the intro [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes notes client application applications interface workspace

Getting Started with IBM Notes 9 - Part 1: Installation
Wed, Apr 3rd 2013 9:16p   Mat Newman
In this series of posts we are going to walk through all the new capabilities contained within the latest release of IBM Lotus Notes, or rather - the newly reincarnated IBM Notes 9. 17 years after the acquisition of Lotus Development Corporation, IBM has dropped the "Lotus" from the branding of the product, finally bringing Notes completely under the IBM brand umbrella and heralding a new era for the most powerful desktop application available. A raft of new features and capabilities have be [read] Keywords: admin domino ibm lotus notes notes client application desktop development password profile server

How to add Birthdays and Anniversaries from your Contacts database to your Lotus Notes Calendar
Tue, Mar 19th 2013 5:08p   Mat Newman
Another one from Twitter: Is there any way to show Birthdays and Anniversaries from my Lotus Notes personal Contacts database in my Lotus Notes Calendar" Natively: No. But that got me thinking. Thanks to the "Show Calendars" overlay feature included in Notes a while ago, ANY Lotus Notes database which includes a Calendar view can be overlaid in your personal Calendar. Problem: The Lotus Notes personal Contacts database (names.nsf on 'local') does not contain a calendar view tha [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes traveler application database twitter

Colour Coding an entire day in your Notes 9 calendar
Mon, Mar 18th 2013 6:02p   Mat Newman
One really nice feature relating to Calendar Colour Coding in IBM Notes 9 is related to All Day Events. When a user configures a category for colour-coding in their Notes 9 Calendar, and then applies it to an All Day Event, Notes 9 colour codes the background of that entire day in the calendar with an opaque variant of that colour: Figure 1: Notes 9 calendar background for a day changed with an All Day Event I really like this feature as it provides easy visual notification in a [read] Keywords: ibm notes

#NotesTip Video demo Adding an iCal feed to your #IBM Lotus Notes calendar (featuring the AusLUG agenda)
Tue, Feb 26th 2013 4:10p   Mat Newman
This demonstration shows how to add a web based iCAL feed into your IBM Lotus Notes calendar as an overlay. This example uses the AusLUG 2013 conference agenda. Enjoy! [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes

How many ways can you customize IBM Notes 9 ... Plenty!
Mon, Feb 11th 2013 11:11p   Mat Newman
Pleased to share the BP104 session from IBM Connect by Margo Ezekiel, Ram Krishnamurthy and myself that shows you how many ways you can customize IBM Notes 9: The exceptional ability to customise IBM® Notes® to fit your customer or business needs continues with the new IBM Notes 9 Social Edition. Learn how to make company-wide changes and tweak Notes to suit your personal work style. Margo, Ram and Mat will show you how to fine tune your client experience and improve your productivit [read] Keywords: ibm notes

IBM Connect-lotusphere 2013 BP101 UserBlast
Wed, Feb 6th 2013 4:52p   Mat Newman
IBM Connect, BP101 UserBlast! This is my session that takes the top 40 user tips I've helped users out with during the last year, and includes some new features dedicated to the new IBM Notes 9 client. As an added bonus, every tip that can be rolled out to users via policy to enable them to make use of the feature is included as additional slides so Administrators can easily deploy them. Enjoy! [read] Keywords: ibm lotusphere notes

Heading to Orlando for IBMConnect, add this iCal feed to your IBM Lotus Notes calendar for the local weather
Wed, Jan 23rd 2013 2:06p   Mat Newman
Quick tip for getting the IBM Connect weather for Orlando into your IBM Lotus Notes calendar, and then sync with your device using IBM Notes Traveler: Follow the instructions HERE in my earlier post. Get the Orlando, FL weather feed from THIS address. Make sure when adding the feed at step 9, choose "view Offline" to enable the feed to synch with your Mobile device using IBM Notes Traveler. See you in a couple of days! :-) [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes traveler mobile

Getting started with the new IBM Notes 9 browser plug in
Mon, Jan 14th 2013 10:10p   Mat Newman
Once you have an IBM Notes 9 client installed on your machine (under Windows) and selected the "IBM Notes 9 browser plug-in" during installation, you will find that both Internet Explorer and Firefox have the feature available. Getting started is fairly easy: Install and configure IBM Notes on your machine, During the installation process, make sure you select "IBM Notes browser plug-in" from the list of installation options, Start and configure Notes as normal, Shut down IBM Notes (in [read] Keywords: admin ibm lotus notes notes client application database firefox interface workspace

#NotesTip Want even more from the #IBMConnect session database? How about Mobile Access: NOW AVAILABLE!
Mon, Jan 14th 2013 3:14p   Mat Newman
The team working on the IBM Connect 2013 session database have been busily adding features, and now thanks to the guys from Mobilite (especially @GiulioCC), we're pleased to add Mobile (Smartphone/Tablet) functionality. Read the full details over on the goMobilite blog! Demo: How to access the mobile version of the IBM Connect session database Even more features are planned for the coming updates, please make sure you keep your local replica in sync by using the "Sync with Ser [read] Keywords: ibm notes database mobile server twitter

The totally unofficial, totally unsupported IBM Connect 2013 session database - NOW AVAILABLE
Wed, Jan 9th 2013 5:53a   Mat Newman
Over the last few years, one of the most useful tools leading up to Lotusphere (now IBM Connect) has been the outstanding Session Database provided by Ben Langhinrichs. A few weeks ago Ben announced that he wouldn't be producing the database this year. Never fear, it's not gone - a group of people are working on a replacement, which you can download HERE ( [read] Keywords: ibm lotus lotusphere notes database development server twitter

Going on Holiday? The easiest way to set your IBM Lotus Notes Out-Of-Office AND block your calendar as BUSY
Thu, Dec 20th 2012 6:32p   Mat Newman
There are currently loads of social posts about people heading off on their annual vacation (Holiday for those outside the US). Lotus Notes has a really EASY way to set both your Out-Of-Office (OOO) and block out your calendar so that you co-workers inviting you to a meeting see that you are unavailable. All you need to do is create an all day event in your Notes calendar: Here's how: 1. Open your calendar, 2. Click the drop-down arrow on the Action Bar next to NEW 3. [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes office

Going on Holiday? The easiest way to set you IBM Lotus Notes Out-Of-Office AND block your calendar as BUSY
Thu, Dec 20th 2012 6:31p   Mat Newman
There are currently loads of social posts about people heading off on their annual vacation (Holiday for those outside the US). Lotus Notes has a really EASY way to set both your Out-Of-Office (OOO) and block out your calendar so that you co-workers inviting you to a meeting see that you are unavailable. All you need to do is create an all day event in your Notes calendar: Here's how: Open your calendar, Click the drop-down arrow on the Action Bar next to NEW Choose "All Day Event" [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes office

Getting started quickly with IBM Notes 9 on Ubuntu 12.10 using this install script
Tue, Dec 18th 2012 7:41a   Mat Newman
IBM Notes 9 for Linux is included in the latest beta versions. To quickly get installed and up and running with the new version, I've created an install script that does most of the hard work for you. The installation script will get all of the dependencies (even those missing from the current repositories) and then install the IBM Notes 9 standard client on Ubuntu. Note, this script will NOT remove an existing IBM Lotus Notes installation, which you should do FIRST, before running the sc [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes linux properties ubuntu

IBM Notes 9 - very nice new icon’s
Thu, Dec 13th 2012 11:21a   Mat Newman
The new IBM Notes 9 icons ... You will find these by downloading the NEW IBM Notes 9 client, which is now available on public beta here: https://t.co/gYR4KLq5 [read] Keywords: ibm notes

IBM Lotus Notes Traveler 8.5.3 UP2 - new features, and a whole lotta Blue!
Tue, Dec 11th 2012 7:59p   Mat Newman
Today IBM released the latest upgrade pack for IBM Lotus Notes Traveler - Upgrade Pack 2 (UP2). Andy Donaldson was kind enough to tweet about it's availability and part number on IBM Software: For those that don't feel like fishing, IBM Lotus Notes Traveler V8.5.3 Upgrade Pack 2 for Windows and Linux Multilingual eAssembly(CRK3KML) So here's some screen shots of the new native clients for Android Tablet - taken on my trusty Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet running Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandw [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes traveler linux twitter

How to automatically remove meeting invitations from your IBM Lotus Notes Inbox after you have responded to them
Mon, Dec 10th 2012 6:18p   Mat Newman
Another one courtesy of Twitter: Lotus Notes meeting requests and invites--I hate them so much. You can't delete them and they never go away--just get out of my inbox! This is a really easy one to solve! File Preferences Calendar and To-Do Display (tab) Notices (tab) Check: Remove meeting notices from my Inbox after I process them (figure 1) Click OK. Figure 1: The remove meeting invitations option And for those meeting entries that are still in your Inbox: Choose the Drop-Dow [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes database twitter

Get Social at IBM Connect 2013 ... Don’t think, Don’t Hope, DO!
Sat, Dec 8th 2012 1:30p   Mat Newman
I'm really so very excited about the upcoming conference, whether it be called Lotusphere or Connect, since this will be the first time in 5 years that IBM have completely overhauled the Lotus Notes client that I love and evangelise. My first Lotusphere in 2008 was abuzz as the event heralded the introduction of a new Notes client with a completely new interface that was IBM Lotus Notes 8. I remember the conference being so busy that there were actually 2 opening general sessions to cater for [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm lotus lotusphere notes notes client notesdomino interface twitter

MYTHBUSTING Outlook IS NOT better than Lotus Notes, pt 10: I’m so dumb, I don’t know how to handle groups
Sun, Nov 11th 2012 5:12a   Mat Newman
Recently I completed some Lotus Notes training for some very experienced Outlook users. These folks weren't run-of-the-mill end-users, they were serious IT guys; in fact, they ran the help desk, so they knew what they were doing. At the conclusion of the 'This is Notes' phase of the training, I needed them to populate their inbox's fairly quickly, so I had them all send some messages to one another using a Public Group that they were all a member of, and then reply to those messages. [read] Keywords: lotus notes email exchange exchange microsoft outlook

Still using an old version of Lotus Notes? How to create and use a HTML file without using Microsoft Word
Sat, Nov 10th 2012 8:44p   Mat Newman
Read a post today from someone wanting to know why a HTML file created in Microsoft Word doesn't look 'right' when used as a Lotus Notes signature file. The OLD (oh yeah, I mean REALLY OLD) process for using a formatted signature in an OLD version of Lotus Notes typically recommended using a document created in Word, and then saved as a HTML file. Rule No 1. NEVER use Microsoft Word to create a HTML file to be used as a Lotus Notes signature. Rule No 2. If in doubt, refer to Rule No [read] Keywords: lotus notes notes client rich text email microsoft outlook

Windows 8 and Lotus Notes, the big surprise is the memory
Wed, Oct 31st 2012 3:10a   Mat Newman
A few weeks ago I downloaded the evaluation version of Windows 8. Of course, the only real thing I was concerned about was it's performance as a platform for my productivity application, IBM Lotus Notes. The following are screen-shots of my Notes client running on the new OS, which I must admit; I really kind of like! Running inside a VM allows all sorts of configuration changes to be made to the guest, and I wound the settings down as far as I dare to test the performance of the new OS [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes notes client application applications database desktop eclipse interface java linux outlook vista vm workspace ubuntu

#TipOfTheDay Retrospectively running Mail Rules in IBM Lotus Notes 8.*
Tue, Oct 30th 2012 2:19p   Mat Newman
One of the items I see frequently in the "Lotus Notes can't do that" comments on the internets relates to retrospectively running Mail Rules within the Lotus Notes Mail Database. For those that aren't aware, Bob Balfe contributed an excellent plug-in called Mail Rule Utilities located on OpenNTF that does exactly that! Once installed, the Mail Rule Utilities plug-in adds a new tool on the tool-bar: "Run Mail Rules" Figure 1: the Run Mail Rules toolbar The process is quit [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes notes client database linkedin openntf profile twitter widget

The change is coming ... make sure you’re registered!
Tue, Oct 30th 2012 12:16a   Mat Newman
Special Broadcast: IBM Notes and Domino Social Edition Preview and Announcements Calling all IBM Lotus Notes and Domino customers, Business Partners and developers! The change is coming. Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something BLUE! Nov 13, 2012 http://bit.ly/S7Si0W Join IBM on November 13th at 10am Eastern Time US for an important series of announcements and previews. Learn how IBM Lotus Notes® and IBM Lotus® Domino®, better than any other platform inves [read] Keywords: collaboration connections domino ibm inotes lotus notes community

Renai LeMay of Delimiter ’show me the money’ fame makes an astounding admission: Lotus Notes Domino ... has far greater capabilities than either Microsoft or Google can offer
Tue, Oct 2nd 2012 9:07p   Mat Newman
Following on from the ABS announcement a few days ago regarding their commitment to IBM Collaboration Solutions, Renai LeMay (of Delimiter and 'Lotus Fanboi's: Show me the money fame') made a startling admission in a comment in his article analysing the decision: There is no doubt that Lotus/Domino is an excellent enterprise collaboration platform, and there is also no doubt that it has far greater capabilities than either Microsoft or Google can offer, especially when it comes to its e [read] Keywords: collaboration domino ibm lotus notes application development enterprise google microsoft

LotusKnowsSwitzerland 2012
Sat, Sep 29th 2012 8:46p   Mat Newman
Back at Lotusphere 2012, Roberto Mazzoni (University of Zurich) along with Andreas Ponte and Sandra Buhler (Belsoft AG) approached me about speaking at the University as part of the Lotus Knows Switzerland meetings. An opportunity like this was obviously too good to pass up and I gladly accepted. With preparations made, I headed over to Zurich for the event following UKLug 2012. No visit to Switzerland is complete without visiting a Chocolate factory, and Andreas was kind enough to give [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm inotes lotus lotusphere notes sametime applications twitter

UKLug 2012
Sat, Sep 29th 2012 7:09p   Mat Newman
A couple of notes about UKLug 2012. Once again, an outstanding conference run by Warren Elsmore and his team of champions. Smooth, well organised, a great agenda and an amazing social evening for the participants. As with all of the events I've attended in the past couple of years, this was as much a gathering of 'family' as it was a technical event. The friendships formed with like-minded individuals underscores the strong feeling of community felt by those involved with the IBM techno [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm ilug lotus notes community

The Global Lotus Notes and Domino Holiday Project
Mon, Aug 27th 2012 8:03a   Mat Newman
Is there a Local "Holiday/Vacation/Bank Holiday/Day Off" you can share with EVERYONE around the world? Why not submit it to the Global Lotus Notes and Domino Holiday project? Gabriella Davis from The Turtle Parntership has kindly offered one of The Turtle Partnership's servers to allow EVERYONE around the world to share local holidays to make it much easier for Admins to give their users the ability to Add Holidays to their Lotus Notes Calendar. Simply download the attached file, [read] Keywords: domino lotus notes community database server

How to send an email to only SOME members of a group in Lotus Notes
Thu, Aug 23rd 2012 3:44a   Mat Newman
Scenario: One of the members of your team has a birthday coming up, and you would like to inform everyone else in your team that you are planning an event without informing the suspect. What's the easiest way to do this? Well, in Lotus Notes, one would just send an email to the Team, but exclude the 'birthday boy' from this one message. Here's how: Compose a new Email message in Lotus Notes (with Ctrl+M, of course!), Type the name of your group, as though you were sending the message t [read] Keywords: lotus notes database email

How to update your Contacts database and ensure it’s features are current
Tue, Aug 21st 2012 11:33p   Mat Newman
A question from twitter. The user in question had updated their Lotus Notes client to a current release, but didn't have all of the newer features available to them in their Personal Address Book (Contacts) database. To ensure your Contacts database is up to date, which means it has the latest features and options, as well as providing your Lotus Notes client with the most up to date preferences and settings, follow these steps: 1. Within your Lotus Notes client, access the Worksp [read] Keywords: lotus notes notes client application database twitter workspace

Updating Group To-Do’s, how to send updates to assignees
Sun, Aug 19th 2012 8:12p   Mat Newman
A question from a user this morning regarding the use of the Group To Do functionality in Lotus Notes. The user had assigned a Group To Do, but when they modify the content of the To Do and choose "Save and Send Assignments" the people who have accepted the To Do assignment don't receive any updates. Group To Do's in Lotus Notes actually have 3 options available to them: Figure 1: Editing a Group To Do Entry after the assignments have been sent In Figure 1, you see 3 (th [read] Keywords: lotus notes

This message was sent from IBM Lotus Notes - MORE than an Inbox
Fri, Aug 17th 2012 4:03p   Mat Newman
A great suggestion from Fredrik Norling (@XpageDeveloper): Fredrik Norling ‏@XPageDeveloper Let's do a social group activity. Add this to your email signature!! Sent by Lotus Notes - more than an inbox. I've now updated my IBM Lotus Notes message signature: Mat Newman Principal CLP, CLI, IBM ASA, IBM AAD, MACS iTeam This message was sent from IBM Lotus Notes - MORE than an Inbox Feel free to copy the tag line above into your own signature file. [read] Keywords: clp ibm lotus notes email twitter

How to manage groups and their members easily in Lotus Notes Admin
Mon, Aug 6th 2012 12:37a   Mat Newman
One of those simple little Domino Administration tools that makes it so easy to manage Groups and their content from within IBM Lotus Domino Administrator. Last week while training this was another of those gems that the participants found exceptionally useful. How do you access the Domino Group Management tool? From within Domino Administrator: 1. Go to the people and groups Tab, 2. Expand the Tools on the right hand side of the screen 3. Expand the Groups headi [read] Keywords: admin administration domino ibm lotus notes

Resource Reservations: Setting ’Owners’? Make sure you use groups
Wed, Aug 1st 2012 11:02p   Mat Newman
When setting the 'Owner' for a Room or Resource in the Resource Reservations database, please ensure you use groups rather than explicit user names, even if that group only has 1 member in it. The reason is simple: Only owners can cancel existing reservations. If a user leaves the organisation, you only need to put someone else in the Group that owns the resource for that new person to be able to manage the existing reservations. [read] Keywords: database

Can we do it all with the IBM Client for Smart Work? Yes. We Can.
Fri, Jul 27th 2012 6:12a   Mat Newman
Just over 2 (two) years ago today I first wrote about The Alternate Reality. After seeing an excellent presentation from Ray Davis (IBM Malaysia - @Rayd123) that demonstrated the IBM Client For Smart Work - and following yet another terrible experience with a well known operating system - I was motivated to give the IBM Client for Smart Work a try. And I haven't looked back. What is IBM Client for Smart Work? Take an open source operating system (Ubuntu Linux) and install IBM Lo [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm lotus notes notes client sametime symphony traveler xpages application applications desktop development linkedin linux mobile office twitter vm widget widgets ubuntu

Thinkin’ ’bout bein’ my Baby It don’t matter If you’re black or white
Thu, Jul 19th 2012 5:27a   Mat Newman
Two significant releases of software will be coming soon, IBM Lotus Notes 8.5.4 SE and Microsoft Outlook 2013 For those who haven't seen the screen shots yet, compare the following: Figure 1: Microsoft Outlook 2013 (Image from pocket-lint.com) Figure 2: IBM Lotus Notes 8.5.4 SE (Image from edbrill.com) Over the next few months I am privileged enough to have speaking sessions at UKLug, LotusKnows Switzerland at the University of Zurich, and DanNotes. During these sessions there [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes email microsoft office outlook twitter

How to view Message Headers in Lotus Notes
Tue, Jul 17th 2012 5:03p   Mat Newman
A question I get asked frequently by Admins and Help Desk staff about Lotus Notes is how to view message headers in Lotus Notes email, you know - the information that gives all the details about the routing paths, times and delivery details for a message that originated from an internet address. There are two ways to do this, the first is to browse through the document properties of a selected message. Choose the message in question, and the press [Alt]+[Enter] on your keyboa [read] Keywords: lotus notes email properties

More Lotus Notes calendar tips: Add Holidays and automatically enable Out Of Office
Sun, Jul 8th 2012 5:42p   Mat Newman
One of those great 'hidden' features in Lotus Notes is the ability to have your Out Of Office automatically enabled by creating a calendar entry. All you need to do is create an 'All Day Event', choose 'Vacation' in the category field, and then 'Save and Close', Lotus Notes will then prompt you whether you would also like to enable your Email's Out Of Office. Here's how: 1. Create a new Calendar entry with 'All Day Event' as the type, 2. Make sure you don't h [read] Keywords: lotus notes email office

Saving the world, one Lotus Notes user at a time
Sun, Jul 8th 2012 7:11a   Mat Newman
This afternoon while watching my beloved Hawks wipe the floor with GWS (162 point win - if you don't mind!), a lady sitting near me in the hotel noticed the Lotus Notes background image on my Thinkpad Tablet. "Excuse me, I noticed the Lotus Notes logo on your iPad." (giggle- let that one go!) "Do you know much about it?" Yep, this was her lucky day ;-) Let's call her 'Siri'. Siri then asked me why it might take so long for her to open her mail in Lotus Notes. A quick check, a [read] Keywords: connections lotus notes notes client email laptop server

#TipOfTheDay Enable Auto-Save in Lotus Notes
Fri, Jul 6th 2012 5:16p   Mat Newman
How to enable Auto Save of every Lotus Notes document open in edit mode (which of course includes draft messages): The steps: 1. go to the File menu, 2. choose Preferences, 3. go to the Basic Notes Client Configuration option, 4. Check the box for Autosave, 5. enter how many minutes you would like Lotus Notes to autosave your documents for you. Figure 1: the Enabling the Autosave option in Lotus Notes preferences Now Lotus Notes will automati [read] Keywords: lotus notes notes client

MYTHBUSTING Outlook IS NOT better than Lotus Notes, pt 9: the grass isn’t always greener
Fri, Jul 6th 2012 4:44p   Mat Newman
Sometimes you hear of people complaining about all sorts of things to do with Lotus Notes, often lamenting how they would prefer to be using Outlook. To balance the story, here's a sample from twitter of the things Outlook users are saying: The ZMan (Andy Dunn) ‏@The_Zman ...outlook is still compacting my PST... almost an hour without email... all hope is fading here.. what can I do... Fairwinds Hawaii ‏@FairwindsHawaii #Please wait while #Microsoft Outlook exits. #ff [read] Keywords: lotus notes application email integration mac microsoft outlook twitter

Thank you Iris, Lotus, IBM
Tue, Jul 3rd 2012 6:16a   Mat Newman
Today, 17 years ago, I earned my first dollar as an IT consultant. Well, not exactly a dollar; the going rate back then was $25 an hour. And it was for 3 hours work, so that was $75 ;-) For the past 17 years Lotus Notes and Domino - in one form or another - has paid the bills, and enabled me to experience some amazing people, places and things. Whether it was a server room in sub-zero temperatures down South (and "up North"), trouble shooting connections in tropical Timor-Leste, or wat [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm lotus lotusphere notes consulting server

How to automatically enable Alarms for new Calendar entries in Lotus Notes - Plus 2 HUGE Calendar Tips
Mon, Jul 2nd 2012 7:28p   Mat Newman
During last weeks Lotus Notes training a question that came up frequently was why Lotus Notes doesn't have alarms on the users Calendar entries. Of course, Lotus Notes does have the ability to enable alarms on each individual entry, the option is located in the top right-hand corner of every Calendar type: Figure 1: Tick the Alarm Box Once the user has clicked the "Notify Me" check box, the calendar entry will have an alarm set on it, which can further be customised for that parti [read] Keywords: lotus notes email mobile office

A question for you: ’Pencil In’ or ’Mark Available’: Why do you mark yourself as ’Available’
Fri, Jun 29th 2012 3:52p   Mat Newman
Had a really insightful discussion with some users this week that centred on Calendaring and Scheduling inside Lotus Notes. The focus of the training was Meetings and your Calendar. During the training we discussed almost every preference within your Mail database that affects how the calendar works, and what the options actually mean and do. Personally, I use the Pencil In (Notes [read] Keywords: calendaring lotus notes database

How to use Categories to create a navigable ’folder’ structure
Mon, Jun 25th 2012 2:44p   Mat Newman
One of my favourite features of Lotus Notes is the Notebook (Journal) database. The Notebook database in Lotus Notes is an excellent way to quickly jot down ideas, or capture information from another place - like an email message or web site - that you want to reference later. Although the Notebook has the ability to use folders to organise information, I prefer using Categories. Categorising a document is more flexible than putting it in a folder (I customise my own mail database so it has [read] Keywords: lotus notes database email

How to automatically update the status of Lotus Notes To Do’s
Sun, Jun 24th 2012 5:48p   Mat Newman
By default Lotus Notes does not update the status of the To Do's in your own Mail Database, for example a To Do that you create with a start date of next Monday will not automatically change to "In Progress" by itself on Monday morning, unless you enable the "Update Tasks" agent by turning on the feature through your Mail preferences. Last week I was demonstrating how to enable this feature for a user, and noticed that IBM have moved the location and wording of the setting to enable aut [read] Keywords: agent ibm lotus notes database properties

Lotus Notes is a *brilliant* CMS, Sorry if you use IE 6-7, welcome to my new blog layout
Thu, Jun 14th 2012 2:46p   Mat Newman
Tables have been the great leveller when it comes to web site layout. Until today, this blog used Tables to maintain it's major layout components, which meant that most web browsers back to Mozilla 3 and Internet Explorer 6 could view the content using the layout I intended. Now the tables have gone so I can take advantage of 'modern' web site layout techniques, features and options. Which means for Internet Explorer 6 and 7 users, you're probably not experiencing this blog in the manner [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes notes client application applications firefox google interface twitter

MYTHBUSTING Outlook IS NOT better than Lotus Notes, pt 8: Reply without History
Wed, Jun 6th 2012 9:49p   Mat Newman
Lotus Notes has fantastic message tracking capabilities. By combining the 'Reply Only' and 'Display, Original Message' commands when composing email replies, Lotus Notes 'conversations' functionality will help you save space and make it easier to track message history in Lotus Notes Mail. Here's how to use these fantastic features of Lotus Notes: [read] Keywords: lotus notes email outlook

User is still receiving ’Disable your out-of-office’ notification email’s ... simple fix, and a warning
Sun, Jun 3rd 2012 10:27p   Mat Newman
This has come up a couple of times in the last few weeks, so I thought I'd share it with you. Problem: User receives a notification to warn them to disable their Out-Of-Office, but when they choose "More -> Out Of Office..." the dialog is telling them that O-O-O is disabled. The Solution: Check the users agent is not enabled using the "View->Agents" menu command, if it is: click the O-O-O agent, and choose the "Disable" action. Figure 1: O-O-O Agent in the Mail Database' A [read] Keywords: acl admin administration adminp agent domino ibm lotus notes notes client applications database email office server

DAOS is so great! It will save you oodles of disk space ... what the?
Tue, May 29th 2012 7:11a   Mat Newman
Yep, one of those amazing moments where you've convinced the customer that implementing features such as Transaction Logging, Activity Logging and ... DAOS (the Domino Attachment and Object Service) is just so easy and such a no-brainer idea that they are enthused enough to do it. The all-important additional disk configuration for the Logs and DAOS data, the server restart, the console reporting that everything is working .... and .... An empty DAOS disk and folder! While the customer [read] Keywords: admin administration domino ods applications database properties server

Apologies for the public post, this one’s for Nokia...
Wed, May 23rd 2012 8:11a   Mat Newman
G'Day NokiaHelps and Nokia_Connects , Here is the content of the .jad file for Sametime on Nokia E-Series for anyone who has a corporate Sametime server. If you could provide us with a patch for Symbian Belle, I'm sure there would be potentially millions of Sametime users who have been rendered inoperable by the update who would appreciate their Sametime client back on their Nokia device: MIDlet-1: Sametime,/iIcon.png,com.ibm.sametime.connectmidlet.Sametime MIDlet-Jar-URL: Sametime.ja [read] Keywords: ibm lotus sametime profile server twitter

More uses for iCalendar feeds - How to add Facebook Birthdays and Events into Lotus Notes
Wed, May 16th 2012 8:48p   Mat Newman
Just worked out how to get Facebook birthdays and events into my Lotus Notes calendar using an iCalendar feed ... here's how to do it: 1. Log into facebook, choose Events, then choose the drop-down and select birthdays: 2. Go back to the drop-down and choose "Export Birthdays" 3. In the "Export Birthdays" dialog, highlight and copy the link 4. Back into Lotus Notes Calendar, choose the "Add Calendar" option and paste the link from step 3 5. Facebook birthdays now in [read] Keywords: lotus notes facebook

The Open Document Epiphany ... It’s time to add real functionality to Lotus Notes field types
Wed, May 16th 2012 4:28a   Mat Newman
Remember OLE? Remember the Lotus Notes Microsoft Office and Lotus SmartSuite document Library databases? The great thing about OLE was that while on a Windows operating system, users could edit data directly in a Lotus Notes document utilising the other programs available on their machine. One could do anything from embedding a drawing, to creating a presentation. And yes, I still have databases containing e-suite content ;-). Even today, it's still possible to choose 'Microsoft Word' [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes notes client rich text symphony apple application applications database email linux microsoft office server twitter

Adding the Weather to your Lotus Notes Calendar
Tue, May 15th 2012 4:53a   Mat Newman
Following up from a question on yesterdays iCalendar post enquiring about the Weather feed in my Lotus Notes calendar: "On another note, I would love to know how you got the weather data into your calendar?" One of the comments pointed to Darren Adams excellent post on the topic, and here are the detailed instructions updated with Weather Underground's current site design. The steps to add a Weather Calendar feed to Lotus Notes: 1. Visit Weather Underground: http://www.wundergroun [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes traveler database mobile

How to create an iCalendar Feed from a Lotus Notes database
Mon, May 14th 2012 12:27a   Mat Newman
One thing coming up over and over again on Twitter recently is how much users hate Lotus Notes because it can't provide them with an iCalendar Feed that they can sync with another service like Google or OSX iCal. Interestingly, the iCalendar standard was actually co-authored by a Loti (a Lotus employee), Frank Dawson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICalendar) Out of the box Lotus Notes accepts iCalendar feeds as a consumer (you can add feeds to your own Lotus Notes calendar using the "Add [read] Keywords: domino lotus notes database google mac server twitter wiki

Killing two birds with one stone - Or here is a ’new’ IMAP template ... that also uses a familiar interface
Wed, May 2nd 2012 1:08a   Mat Newman
As a few of you may be aware, a couple of weeks ago I entered into an exchange with Andy Pattinson (Twitter - ‏ @APACloud) regarding Gmail, it's ease of use, etc, etc... In addition, I recently reached out to John C Welch (Twitter - @bynkii) who announced he was about to trial Lotus Notes again. You may remember his post from a couple of years ago when he last reviewed Lotus Notes which caused quite a stir. While the language he used in his follow up left something to be desired, he [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes ntf R8 application database exchange exchange interface mac server smtp twitter

Digital Literacy, it’s more than just process
Sun, Apr 29th 2012 7:56p   Mat Newman
This Week in Lotus episode 97 resonated soundly with me this week, especially the discussion surrounding Digital Literacy. Darren Duke made the comment: "...If you're doing a 4 year degree ... the technology you use today is going to be invariably different to the technology when you come out..." As an educator, one of the most important things I impart to my participants on any subject are the concepts they are learning about, before moving on to the process. Sure, I can teach the [read] Keywords: connections lotus notes symphony application microsoft openoffice sharepoint

Symbian Belle now available in Australia
Mon, Apr 23rd 2012 5:32p   Mat Newman
Wandering around the Qantas lounges last week it was obvious that Nokia's market share in Australia is declining - as it is in other parts of the world - with the most visible device being the obligatory iPhone. My own device preference remains the Nokia E7, mainly due to the excellent Telephone capabilities (it is a Phone after all), in addition to the form factor; including a large physical keyboard, and the flip-up screen, which I really like working with. The hardware is just as important [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes sametime traveler application applications iphone profile widget widgets

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