Win Stevens has created a new project
Add-on. Below is how he describes
Everybody is using e-mail. Despite
the availability of new social tools we are still using e-mail to send
tons of information over the Internet and within the company. Mailboxes
become overloaded, system administrators have a difficult time in making
Most SMTP servers impose message size restrictions. I have no global
figures but in my company the mail size is limited to 10 MB. I know
of other servers that refuse mails larger than 2 MB. Gmail is more
forgiving and allows you to send a 25 MB limit.
As Domino administrators we must warn our users and advice them to keep
message size below 5 MB. However the size of a good marketing presentation
in Powerpoint goes very quickly above this limit.
Then came FileSendr.
A wonderful XPage application written by Declan Lynch. It could
be used within your company but also for delivering big files to external
contacts. I rolled-out FileSendr for one of my customers; I informed
all 1000 Notes users but - to my surprise - people were not fully happy.
Yes, they could send large mails. But, each time they created
a mail message, they had to make an estimate of the message size. If
too large they had to look-up the FileSendr URL and create the mail outside
their day-to-day mail client.
With some other Domino administrators we started brainstorming. Could
we come up with a better solution without having to reinvent FileSendr
? And this with a small budget. The answer was a FileSendr Add-on.
The idea is very simple: do tell anything to the end-user. They
are allowed to send big mails (we set the limit at 300 MB). On the
Domino server we created one additional mail rule: "if the mail is
larger than 5MB move it to the FileSendr Add-on database". This
is a standard Domino feature. No need to install a server-hook or
some other tricky software.
When the router deposits the message in the FileSendr add-on database it
triggers a LotusScript agent. After a few minutes (depending on the
amgr settings of your server) the agents code starts running: it creates
a document in the FileSendr database, moves the body of the mail and the
attachments into the document, generates a secret key and informs the recipients
of the presence of the download. Optionally, the sender of the mail
is informed about the interception of the mail message. Net result:
we did not have to train the end users, adoption is automatic, users are
The FileSendr Add-on application has some additional settings:
- blacklist/whitelist: you could restrict
some people of using the system
- max message size
Aren't there any disadvantages ? I would
say a few. First of all the large mail will probably be stored in
the Sent folder of the sender. Secondly, the system works transparent
for sending large mails. Reception of large mails from the Internet
is more difficult. The mail will probably never arrive to our server.
All suggestions and remarks are welcome. Some people have already
downloaded the product. Let us know about your experiences.
Ready for a deep dive into OpenNTF Essentials?
Tue, Dec 10th 2013 2:11p Christian Guedemann OpenNTF Essentials - The last time, we
showed you why, now it's time for the how.
The new OpenNTF Essential project combines
key OpenNTF projects together into one easy to deploy project that is "essential"
for any XPages developer. Come take a deep dive into several of these projects
and learn from the project developers themselves about why every XPages
developer should be using these projects to save time and money!
Join us for a deep dive into OpenNTF
Essentials this Thur [read] Keywords: admin
Winners of the latest XSnippets Contest
Wed, Dec 4th 2013 8:48a Serdar Basegmez OpenNTF continues to award high quality
made to the XSnippets
site. Today we are happy to announce the sixth set of winners of the contest
who will each receive $100 (US).
Four snippets have been
selected among all that have been submitted within the last quarter (Jul.1
The judging panel of Mark
Leusink, Per Henrik Lausten and Serdar Basegmez selected the following
snippets based on originality, technical value, reusability and wow factor:
[read] Keywords: dojo
Philippe Riand: Help Wanted for Bootstrap 3.0 Support for XPages
Tue, Nov 26th 2013 12:15a Niklas Heidloff Philippe Riand posted a new release of
with an experimental 3.0.0 theme.
"This release features several
- Bug fixed in the outline menu renderer
(thanks to Colin McDonald for reporting the issue). It also no longer relies
on the blank gif image from oneui, but uses its own copy.
- New 2.3.2 theme, as this is the latest
2.x release of Bootstrap. 2.3.1 is still provided, but will be removed
soon, so use 2.3.2 instead.
- Experimental 3.0.0 theme. [read] Keywords: xpages bug
Meet OpenNTF at IBM Connect 2014
Mon, Nov 25th 2013 12:30a Niklas Heidloff IBM has announced some of the IBM Connect
2014 sessions on the Social
Business Insights Blog. Our OpenNTF
breakout session has been accepted! As in the last three years we will
present the latest and greatest projects and efforts from OpenNTF:
"Don't reinvent the Wheel - (Re)use
Open Source Software from OpenNTF
Speakers: Christian Guedemann, OpenNTF
/ WebGate Consulting AG, Niklas Heidloff, IBM
Abstract: OpenNTF is THE open source
community for IBM Collaboration Solutions with [read] Keywords: collaboration
OpenNTF Essentials available today!
Wed, Nov 20th 2013 1:27p Christian Guedemann We have made a lot of noise about OpenNTF
Essentials. Thanks to all that joined our webinar. It's really a good sign
of our community. Technically OpenNTF Essentials combines a set of projects
into a single updatesite and delivers this with all the example databases
for each individual project. But the technical aspect was not the challenge.
It was hard to define our starting point. Will we displease people because
we have chosen the wrong projects? But it's a bit like doing a sightseein [read] Keywords: collaboration
New OpenNTF Project: XPT / XPages Toolkit
Mon, Nov 18th 2013 10:20a Christian Guedemann I've released the Version 1.0.0 of the
Project XPages Toolkit,
in short XPT. Like the Extension Library or POI4XPages, the XPT is a plugin.
A example database shows the different capabilities of the XPT. To give
you an overview of the features of the XPT I've made this short video.
Hope this gives you a first impression,
what the XPT is. [read] Keywords: xpages database