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 raised some valid points regarding his interaction with the product. The reason I reached out to John was because his last review was based entirely on his experience with Lotus Notes using the IMAP template (which hasn't been updated for a loooong time) connecting to IMAP and SMTP services, rather than a Lotus Domino Server.
Many who commented on John's previous review pointed out that his experience would not really show-case Lotus Notes and it's capabilities since he wasn't utilising the typical Lotus Notes user experience while interacting in a Lotus Notes environment.
With this in mind, I tweeted John and offered to create a Lotus Notes account for him so he could experience the software in it's purest form. It would appear that he intends to use IMAP regardless of this offer, as his reply was:
So this one's for you John, an updated IMAP template I knocked up today in a couple of hours, and for you Andy, I've made it look a little 'familiar' to again showcase that Lotus Notes can do anything:
The Lotus Notes IMAP template for R8 with a (hopefully) intuitive and familiar interface:
All you have to do John, is download the following file to your /Lotus/Notes/Data directory, open the IMAP database with the old design and choose "File -> Application -> Replace Design" Choose the Template with the title: "v8 Mail (IMAP)". If this option is not available, you may have to choose "View -> Advanced Menu's" and try again. Because Lotus Notes is a secure system, you will have to click "Start Trusting Mathew Newman/isw" a couple of times so that the code I've re-written will work, but at the end I trust you will have a much more pleasant experience utilising Lotus Notes against an IMAP server:
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