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Killing two birds with one stone - Or here is a ’new’ IMAP template ... that also uses a familiar interface

Mat Newman  May 2 2012 16:32:13
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:

bynkii @matnewman why is it MY fault for setting up Notes in a way the setup wizard allows me to? Why not bag on IBM for 14 year old templates?
May 2, 2012 8:08:44 AM from
Twitter - Twitterrific for Mac

Fair call.


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:

Nmail

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:

Download Template (<-  Right-Click and Save Target)

Hope this helps, good luck with your review.
Comments

1Steve Pitcher  05/03/2012 0:00:44  
Killing two birds with one stone - Or here is a ’new’ IMAP template ... that also uses a familiar interface

No one, anywhere, does more to wave the Lotus Notes flag than you Mat.

2Dan Soares  05/03/2012 0:34:02  
Killing two birds with one stone - Or here is a ’new’ IMAP template ... that also uses a familiar interface

Beyond the call of duty.. and that's why I love you Mat Newman!

IBM, this is what YOU should be doing to advocate for YOUR product!

Dan

3Ray Bilyk  05/03/2012 6:32:40  
Killing two birds with one stone - Or here is a ’new’ IMAP template ... that also uses a familiar interface

You're too awesome, Matt! I'd run across a room and hug YOU right now!

4Mat Newman

05/03/2012 7:08:42  Killing two birds with one stone - Or here is a ’new’ IMAP template ... that also uses a familiar interface

@1:Steve, @2:Dan, @3:Ray Thanks guys. Remember this is just a technology demonstrator and is not the 'official' IMAP template ;-)

Mat Newman IBM Champion

5Hogne B. Pettersen  05/03/2012 16:53:04  
Killing two birds with one stone - Or here is a ’new’ IMAP template ... that also uses a familiar interface

This only goes to show the power of Lotus Notes. If you don't like the template IBM provides you with, you're free to mess it up or improve it as much as you like.

I really wish more people than you (and for that part, me, as I do my share locally where I live in Norway), could show the users stuff like this.

Great template. I just upgraded my own gmail archive base. Keep up the good work, Mr Newman.

6Albert Buendia  05/03/2012 17:08:15  
Killing two birds with one stone - Or here is a ’new’ IMAP template ... that also uses a familiar interface

A New Man "Mat" Me Happy !

7Lars Olufsen  05/09/2012 17:41:14  
Killing two birds with one stone - Or here is a ’new’ IMAP template ... that also uses a familiar interface

The Man in the Yellow Suit does it again.

Brilliant way to show off the powers and versatility of Notes, Mat!

Kudos.

8J Benoit  10/27/2012 1:58:45  
Killing two birds with one stone - Or here is a ’new’ IMAP template ... that also uses a familiar interface

Thanks so much for placing this out there for the public! You have truly made this experience much better!

9Ewan Husarmee  04/23/2014 19:55:55  
Killing two birds with one stone - Or here is a ’new’ IMAP template ... that also uses a familiar interface

Hi,

I'm having a problem with this template crashing notes when sending an email with an attachment. We are using notes 9.01. Any thoughts?

Thanks

Ewan

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