I am a die-hard Notes Client user, having worked on the client for the past 17 years. Not much of an iNotes user until the latest 9.0 Social Edition release (maybe I was forced to start using iNotes because of the work I had to do for the Notes Browser Plug-in). But as we get closer to the Public Beta for the IBM Notes 9.0 Social Edition release (& iNotes & Notes Browser Plug-in), one thing that struck me is the ease of switching between the 2 products (Notes Client & iNotes). The development and the UX team has put in tremendous efforts in ensuring that the user interface between these 2 products is almost identical, and easy to use.
- Both the products support the same "Social Edition" theme so overall color scheme is identical.
- Both the products have the same banner at the top to allow for easy launch of common applications (mail, calendar, workspace, homepage etc)
- Here's a quick screenshot just to get you excited about the new BETA coming out very shortly.
You will see the same look & feel if you use iNotes or the Notes Client.
There are lot of cool things coming in the 9.0 Beta, for which I will post updates in the next few days.
Happy waiting for the Beta :-)
Recently I had received some queries from 1 or 2 customers about training videos for Notes Client. I was actually thinking of creating some simple videos and let people know how they can get started in IBM Notes, but thanks to my colleague, Jayant Koppikar (owe you one), who pointed me to a pool of existing videos which are available for anyone to view. This is a great thing, and for me it was a hidden jewel. Not sure if you all know about it. but here they are:
Check them out. You can find small 1-minute videos all the way upto 5-6 minute ones. You can know how to get started with Notes, all the way to how to use a Delegated Mail file, how to effectively search, and more.
One of my favorite is this video about all the cool features in Notes 8.5.3. This clearly explains what those are, how you can use them, and where you need to go to enable them. Simple 5-minute video for you to get effective in Notes 8.5.3.
Check them out. If you find anything missing, we now know who to contact and get them created/added. So do let us know what else you would like to see a video about.
Happy viewing!! And wishing all the readers "Happy Holidays & a Very Happy New Year!"
Modified by RajPatil
Notes Browser Plug-in is a product for accessing Notes/Domino based applications inside your browser, and not require any modification to your applications. For accessing Mail inside a browser, we recommend IBM iNotes (Previously known as Domino Web Access - DWA). We have modified Notes Browser Plug-in to form a mailfile URL in http when the user tries to double-click on the mailfile icon on the workspace or the bookmarks. For example, if my mailfile was on a server xyz/ibm, we find out it's http name (somethinglike xyz.ibm.com) and then append the pathname to the mailfile to it and fire it up in the browser. So it could come up as:
Notice that we always try to use https. But if your Domino Server's URL is 'http' only, where you want the URL launch your mailfile to be :
then simply add the following to your notes.ini file:
Modified by RajPatil
You may have seen lots of new announcement on how you can access you Notes/Domino Inbox from applications other than IBM Notes. Here are links to some of the announcements:
IBM Verse -> http://www-03.ibm.com/software/products/en/ibm-verse
IBM Verse On-premises -> https://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=AN&subtype=CA&htmlfid=897/ENUS216-397&appname=lenovous&language=en
IBM Mail Support for Microsoft Outlook -> http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?subtype=ca&infotype=an&appname=iSource&supplier=877&letternum=ENUSZP16-0324#toc
All of these provide a way to get to your mail, be that on an on-premises Domino Mail Server, or in the IBM Connections Cloud Mail. As you start to use these clients, the question of accessing your existing Notes/Domino applications comes up, with a question - "Should I continue to use Notes Client or is there another way?". The answer to this question is "IBM Client Application Access" (known as ICAA).
Let's cover quickly what ICAA Is:
- Light-weight Standalone client for accessing your Notes/Domino applications (these could be based on standard discussion or other templates, or your own custom designed applications)
- Works closely & seamlessly with the above mail clients (IBM Verse, IMSMO, IBM iNotes, IBM Verse for on-premises etc)
- Redirects Mail operations to these mail clients.
- No Modifications required for your existing applications
- Simpler install/setup
- Auto-Update mechanism built-in for customers using IBM Connections Cloud Mail (reduces your TCO - total cost of ownership significantly)
- available on Windows & Mac
ICAA was released about a year back. We have just recently released ICAA version 22.214.171.124. This is to support IMSMO.
ICAA vs IBM Notes Browser Plug-in (NBP)
You may wonder as to what are the differences between the 2 and what to use. You can think of ICAA as a next release of NBP, mainly moving away from the Browser Plug-in model which "Notes Browser Plug-in" had and making it a stand-alone application. This also enabled us to provide Mac version of the product. So in terms of functionality, reason - both will allow you to access Notes/Domino applications unmodified" stands as is.
NBP will continue to be part of IBM Notes 9.0.1 fix-packs. Whereas ICAA now has it's own release cycle and we are following continuous delivery model to release when we have sufficient reason to do so. So it's not tied to any other products release cycle.
So continue using NBP if you are happy with it. If you have not, and want a light-weight access to your Notes/Domino Applications, ICAA is your answer.
As I write this blog, IBM Notes 9 is released for general availability (GA). I am so happy about this as me & my team have been working really hard on the Notes 9, and the Notes Browser Plug-in for the past 1.5 years. Good to see it released so customers can also use & love what we have put out. Here are some links on where you can get hold of IBM Notes 9 & rest of the released components:
Passport Online/PSPT -
Customer base: Passport Advantage and Passport Express customers.
Customer received a user name and password when they first enroll in the PA
program. The customers are provided downloads of all DSW products they have
purchased through the Passport licensing program.
Software Access Catalog/SAC
Customer base: Business Partners
Academic Initiative/AI --> https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/university/academicinitiative/
Customer base: Academic customers
IBM Web MembershipIWM --> URL: http://w3.webahead.ibm.com/w3ki/display/iscswias/Home).
base: any (this is where the Trials, Evaluation and Non-Warranted kits are made
I have seen some cool YouTube videos. The most hilarious is this one -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0ydEz3ddeo&feature=youtu.be
The one I like which shows the IBM Notes Browser Plug-in in action as used by one of the user to test is -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSxvayxOfXc
(Thanks Ben for complimenting us)
For folks that want to try the Notes Browser Plug-in, you can definitely use the Standard Client installer, and select the option (under Notes Client twistie) to install the Notes Browser Plug-in also.
Looking forward to more users trying this and providing feedback.
Henrik has a good information on the ID to use for downloading various packages -> http://per.lausten.dk/blog/2013/10/ibm-notes-9-0-1-and-ibm-domino-9-0-1-are-now-available-for-download.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Per_Henrik_Lausten+%28Per+Henrik+Lausten%29
For IBM Notes Browser Plug-in, the code to use is
Notes Browser Plug-in Lite (without JVM) CIQ96EN
Notes Browser Plug-in (with JVM) CIQ90EN
We have also updated the Notes/Domino WIKI and I can tell you that my colleague Archana Pawar has done a great job in putting together all the information for using Notes Browser Plug-in. This also includes all the notes.ini parameters we support. You can refer to it here -> http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/dominowiki.nsf/xpDocViewer.xsp?lookupName=Notes+9.0.1+Browser+Plug-in#action=openDocument&res_title=IBM_Notes_Browser_Plugin_9.0.1_NBP901&content=pdcontent
And thanks to each of the member of Notes and Notes Browser Plug-in team for getting this quality release out.
IBM Announced yesterday the general availability of IBM Notes 9.0.1 release as well as IBM Notes Browser Plug-in 9.0.1 and IBM iNotes 9.0.1. Lots of new features included in this update release, mainly to take care of key customer requirements. One that I would like to write here about is the most asked capability in the IBM Notes Browser Plug-in.
Access to Mail Template based applications - including mail-in databases
This was identified for a good number of customers as a blocker for their deployment of IBM Notes Browser Plug-in. In order to prevent Mailfile from opening, we probably went too far and disabled access to any database which was based on the mail template. And we found out from all your emails that most of you had used the mail template as a starting point in creating new application.
Well, we are now opening access to these applications inside Notes Browser Plug-in. You can freely open these as you wish and work with them. The only application we try to restrict is your mail file and which we re-direct to IBM iNotes (and I strongly recommend taking a look at 9.0.1 iNotes, lots of features you would love). So there you go. This should take care of any blocker you might have and I expect with this removed, and access to mail database in the back-end API, all of your workflow applications should now work.
Please go ahead and give this a try and let us know how it's working.
IBM Notes Browser Plug-in released as part of IBM Notes 9 release
is a great product which allows you to open any existing Notes/Domino
Applications inside a browser. If you have created new applications
using XPages or converted your old ones using XPages, they can be opened
in browser even without this plug-in. The Notes Browser Plug-in is for
older apps which you do not want to or cannot convert to XPages.
As can be seen from the above picture, a combination IBM Notes Browser Plug-in & IBM iNotes together provides the same functionality in a browser as you would expect from an installed Notes Client. Your Mail access will be via iNotes and the applications can be accessed via the Browser Plug-in, all within the context of the same Browser. And you will have support for all the features you are used to in the Notes Client - mainly, Local Replica, Replication Page, Workspace.
Key functionality here is the tighter integration between the Notes applications running inside the browser & IBM iNotes. I will try to summarize the integration capability added in the IBM Notes 9 release.
As we talk about Mail & App integration (iNotes & Browser Plug-in), following are the integration points supported:
Access to applications when in IBM iNotes:
- We have provided a button on iNotes so you can launch to the welcome page of the IBM Notes Browser Plug-in: ->
- If you have a Document Link/View link or DB Link in an Email you open up, as long as the link has a URL of "notes://" (look for the link url on the status bar), this will then launch the Notes Browser Plug-in and open the content inside the same browser (a new tab). Please make sure the Domino server has a setting to format the link as Notes:// link instead (or in addition to) http://
Mail integration in IBM Notes Browser Plug-in
- IBM Notes Browser Plug-in does not allow you to open mailfile or mail applications in the plug-in.
- Trying to open your mailfile via the workspace, or mail bookmark will get re-directed to your mailfile in iNotes. So it's seamless for the user to open his/her iNotes mail from the Plug-in.
- Any mail operation you do in your application, such as "Action->Forward", will create a new memo in iNotes and include your document in the BODY of the email.
- Any back-end mail operation done in your application will work as is.
- We do not expect any issues when using your applications and any mail based workflow you might have.
- There is also an icon on the Notes Browser Plug-in menubar to launch iNotes similar to the above icon on iNotes launch bar.
So all you need to do is to upgrade to IBM iNotes 9 to get the new icon to launch the IBM Notes Browser Plug-in, and install the Notes Browser Plug-in 9 on your desktop, and use these together to get your work done. For this release, we only support Windows & Citrix OS and IE/Firefox browsers. But hopefully that will cover a major sets of users who can try this new functionality in the product. Give us your feedback on your experience.
On my way to IBM Connect (formerly Lotusphere) being held in Orlando @Swan & Dolphin, from January 28 to 31. There are 2 Notes Browser Plug-in sessions that might be of interest to you if you are going to be at IBM Connect.
"ID111 - All you wanted to know about IBM Notes Browser Plug-in" on Wednesday 30th January, from 10am to 11am in "Toucan 1" in Swan
In this session, Hiro and I will be going through everything that's in NBP for the Notes 9 release and also talk about some futures.
BOF 304 - IBM Notes Browser Plug-in (Wednesday January 30th in Macaw 2 in The Swan from 5:30 - 6:30 PM)
This is an important session where we would like to hear your thoughts on what you will like to see in the future in the IBM Notes Browser Plug-in. We will share our thoughts and get your feedback so we can firm up our plans.
And you can always find me in the "Meet the developers Lab" and ask any questions you have on the Notes Client (or share any feedback).
Since IBM Notes Browser Plug-in is a new product released couple of days back, we have tried to gather all the information that could help you get started with it, and also help you use it with iNotes. All the information has been posted on our Domino Wiki at this place:
Please refer to this for any questions you might have. If you find something that's missing and would like to see added to the Wiki, do let me know via comments to this entry and we will do the needful.
Just completed my presentation at IBM Connect 2014 along with my co-presenter (Hiro - Hiroyuki Okamoto), and I think we had a great attendance and response from the customer. Bumped into a few people who had good things to say about the session. Thanks for those who attended.
Here's my presentation that you can view on SlideShare -> http://www.slideshare.net/rajeshpatil/id111
I will try to post the examples which Hiro covered around customization at a later point.
Wow! What a response we have received for "Notes Application Browser Plugin for Windows" (what a long name - but that's just the 1st attempt). It's mind blowing. Never expected such a response from all the customers. So a quick recap of what it is (& I am proud to have been working on it along with some of my colleagues)
- A small Notes Client package, which includes:
- Components of Basic Notes Client which are needed to run notes applications
- browser integration components
- Allowing, customers to run their Notes applications nside a browser, UNMODIFIED. The last word has huge significance for customers. No Modifications needed to get their application running inside a browser.
This is huge for customers that have thousands of applications, and cannot move all of them to XPages. Yes, they do want to move applications to XPages, but it takes time. New applications definitely can and will be on XPages, but existing applications, especially the old ones which are used rarely, can now be webified with the help of this plugin, no modifications needed.
This allows customers to also move earlier to the Web for their notes/domino needs. They can use iNotes for Mail (and if you have not, please check out the 8.5.3/8.5.4 version of iNotes - lots of new features), and use the Browser Plugin for the rest of their applications.
I will write more on this in the coming months as we have customers use this and provide feedback. Here's a quick snapshot of my discussion database opened inside the browser.
Good article on the reason & benefits of the Browser Plugin in Ed Brill's Blog -> Ed's Blog Link
Ed is calling it the App-player, but I am sure in the next 2-3 months, final name will come out.
So, LS2012 is over and behind us. Judging from the response we had for the Notes 8.5.4 release, and especially the Notes Social Edition, I can see that we @Lotus have our work cut out. There's lots of enthusiasm amongst our users for the features in these, and we need to work hard to deliver these, in time, with quality. We will do our best!!
Embedded Experiences was another hot topic in the conference. In the final "Ask the developer" session, there were a number of praises doled out for the this. Kudos to Andrew Davis and his team for all the hard work that has gone into it. It's going to raise the Notes Client way above the rest of the pack. Read a lot about it in Ryan Baxter's
"Ask the Developers" is the last session at Lotusphere (besides the "Closing Ceremony"), where customers get to ask questions to the developers developing all these COOL Lotus applications. As always, the room was packed, and the stage was filled with senior techies from ICS/Lotus products (oh yah, this time, I was amongst one of them :-) ). Interestingly more than 50% of the quesitons were around C&S (Calendaring & Scheduling). Great news was that we have already implemented some of the key asks (such as Rolling Month, Weekly Planner view) in the 8.5.4 release. But sure, there were few that we will take back and look at over the next few releases. Great feedback from the users though.
Another successful, busy and crowded Lotusphere. Great meeting customers and interacting!!
Looking forward to the next one, planned from January 27th onwards.
(Now back to Littleton and a little bit of snow).
that's the official name as we have it. "Lotus Notes Browser Plug-in". There have been a number of questions which I will try to address here..
- This is not a replacement for XPages. Although both Xpages and the plug-in give you the ability to run your application inside a browser, XPage has huge advantages since it truly gives you WEB capabilities. The Notes Browser plug-in is mainly geared towards notes apps that you cannot move to XPages because you no longer have the original developer, nor believe it's cost beneficial due to it's in-frequent use.
- Notes Browser Plug-in will surface your notes application unmodified in the browser. Same UI, same actionbar, navigator, frameset, forms, embedded elements, views, etc etc etc.
- All the Notes components like dialogs (Ctrl-O), infobox, workspace, replicator will be available in side the browser.
- Some screenshots of the new welcome page, workspace inside Internet Explorer. (showing recent apps, link to Workspace), and some tips.
- Do post comments if you have further questions.
Recently we have started to look at the road-blocks customers find when moving to web based interface for their Mail. iNotes has come a long way, and you will find that in the 8.5.3 release, iNotes is way superior to most of the web based email products. And you have Domino as the back-end, which is the most secure and scalable messaging server you can have. I like the speed when using iNotes. I have used all the 3 different flavors of iNotes (Full, Lite, and ultra-lite) and find them useful in different situations. Just the other day, I wanted to check my email from my mobile (yes, I could install Traveler, but I did not). So I just tried the iNotes Ultra-lite, and was amazed how quickly the inbox showed on my mobile and how easy was it navigate around my mail and read what I needed to read. Truly amazing & fast (no 3G for me yet).
So for customers that do not require a full-blown Notes Client for their email, iNotes is great product. It is also something that can be used as an alternate method for checking mail, when you are away or at another office and do not have your laptop with the Notes Client on it.
I am sure that most of the customers are investigating moving their Notes/Domino environment to access via a browser. Are you thinking the same? Have you tried the latest iNotes & Lotus Traveler, and does that meet your requirements? What stops you from going ahead with this strategy?
Post away if you have thoughts around this.