Intranet Journal has just published my latest story, Lotus Notes Comes to the iPhone. I go through all of the features and touch on some of the limitations of iNotes Ultralite mode. If you’ve had any questions on what Ultralite can do for you, hopefully they’ll be answered after reading this article. Enjoy.
This month’s Intranet Journal article deals with customizing your Login Forms to your Domino Intranet using domcfg.nsf. I’m always surprised when I see logins at places that are still the default when it’s so easy to at least swap out for your own logo. So hopefully I’ve helped beautify the world of Domino web apps a little bit. 🙂
My latest for Intranet Journal is out now. Collaborating in the Lotus Community is an article I had planned months ago, so it became rather timely when the whole iPhone discussion and John Head’s call to action happened.
Hopefully the article is a great jumping off point for those new to the Lotus community. If you have someone who wants to expand their horizons, please point them to the article and also point them to John Head’s community slides.
I’m really proud to be a part of this community, and the more people we can have join us the better!
You may ask yourself, why do I care about any of this? Well the reasons are simple. By becoming part of the Lotus Notes user community you can easily gain access to some of the best minds ever to wield a Notes client. You can make contacts with these people, interact and learn a lot.
For me, if you join in the fun, I get to hear another voice, another perspective and ultimately we all wind up stronger as a community. It may be pure unbridled selfishness on my part, but in this case, I don’t think that’s a bad thing.
This month’s Intranet Journal article gives you a heads up on some great FREE software that you can use everyday to enhance your Lotus Notes client experience and even help out the admins and developers. I go through the following tools:
- MarvelClient Skinning Edition
- Integra for Notes Personal Edition
- Lotus Notes Diagnostic Utility
- NoteMan Toolbar
- Notes Connect
I give a little blurb on each along with the links on where to find them. Hopefully you’ll find at least one thing in that list that you can use if you aren’t already. Are there any other tools that I’ve glaringly omitted from this list? Let me know in the comments!
My latest article for Intranet Journal is entitled Using RSS in your Lotus Intranet. It’s basically a primer on what RSS is and can do for your company. It also shows how to use the Feed Reader in the Notes 8 client to subscribe to feeds.
We bloggers tend to take things like RSS for granted without realizing that a vast majority of end users have no clue what RSS is or how it can benefit your organization. Now that Domino, Quickr and Connections can all serve up RSS feeds, and Notes 8 can read them natively, I think we really need to let people know how valuable RSS can be.
If your users or organization aren’t yet using RSS, I hope you can use this article to help give them the nudge they need!
Every month in Intranet Journal, I try to write about a Lotus feature or product that you can use for your intranet. Well this month I decided to clue everyone into the Lotus Greenhouse.
The Lotus Greenhouse site is basically a demonstration site to show off many of the capabilities of IBM Lotus Connections, Quickr and Sametime. It’s all put together in a way that I think many companies would enjoy as their intranet. So if you are a Domino reader and haven’t really experienced any of the new Lotus products, then head on over to the Greenhouse and you can see how it all works together for yourself.
I also mention BleedYellow.com from Lotus911. BleedYellow.com is another implementation of Connections from IBM Business Partner Lotus911. This site is also free and can give you a taste what someone else might be able to do with the same technology.
The main point is that you can try before you buy, and see if Quickr, Connections and Sametime can work for you. Check out the article and see what you think.
Okay, so I know this is only Monday, but I submitted this story to my editor last Thursday, so that counts for something!
Anyway, my latest for Intranet Journal is entitled Bring Information into Notes with My Widgets. It’s an article dedicated to the new Notes 8.0.1 feature and I give some detailed instructions on how to add a couple different kinds of Widgets to your Notes install. One of the more interesting ones is setting up a Wikipedia widget that uses Live Text to allow you to highlight a word and right-click on it to get the definition of the word in Wikipedia.
Anyway, since I did submit this last Thursday, it was before I found out about a couple neat initiatives. First, both Open NTF and the Turtle Partnership will be supporting online Widget catalogs! Make sure to check them out. Also, Yancey is covering Widgets over in a forum on PlanetLotus.org. So far it does seem like this feature is a hit with the community!
Anyway, please check it out and let me know what you think!
EDIT: One of the things I was disappointed in was that when you pulled in a Notes view into a sidebar, it brought along the Navigator with no choice to get rid of it. Well Dan King let me know that you can get around that by using the ?OpenView&HideNavigator command. Check out a post on the topic over at Notes.net. Now I have to test to see if it works if the view is associated with a frameset.
My latest article for Intranet Journal is out now. Mashups, SMB Support on tap at Lotus Conference is a round-up of all of the day one announcements surrounding Lotusphere 2008. I’ll have another article next week going into a bit more detail and catching up with the additional announcements that came out during the week! Hope you dig it.
Speaking of Lotusphere, my latest article for Intranet Journal is all about WHY you should go to Lotusphere and what to expect. It’s entitled Lotusphere Survival Guide, and it’s “kind of” true. I do talk about some things you should do, and I link back here to my survival guide I placed on the blog last year. In actuality, the majority of it is meant to tell people what they are missing if they don’t go.
So, if you have a boss that needs convincing to send you, send him the article. If YOU need convincing, read the article. Lotusphere is one of best technical conferences you will ever go to, and if you use Lotus in your environment, you really owe it to yourself to go.
And in case you were wondering, I WILL be there. See you in January!