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#TipOfTheDay: If you use categories in Lotus Notes PIM apps, you MUST upgrade to 8.5.3

Mat Newman  October 13 2011 10:02:16
The good news: in Lotus Notes 8.5.3 the performance of Categorised views has VASTLY improved!

One of the features I LOVE about Lotus Notes is the "Personal Journal"/Notebook database.  It it the place where I store EVERYTHING I need to remember.  From passwords to user guides for devices to favourite recipes to handy hint's and tips, everything that I find useful ends up here.  If you've every seen the Australian movie "The Castle" you will appreciate the phrase I use often in this office: "That's goin' straight to my Journal".

The Notebook database has the ability to Tag entries with "Categories" - a feature that has been around in Lotus Notes forever - which is a great way to add meta-data to any record in any database (including your Mail database) to enable you to quickly classify and search on that information later.

Image:#TipOfTheDay: If you use categories in Lotus Notes PIM apps, you MUST upgrade to 8.5.3

The problem with Notes 8.5.* up until now has been the performance of views in the Java overlaid applications, which include Mail, Calendar, To-Do, Contacts and Notebook, Blog's, etc.  Categorised views have been just a little sluggish when compared to the non-java version.  You can compare performance by holding down Ctrl+Alt while opening a Notes database to launch it in "Classic" mode, where you will see what I mean by the difference in speeds between the java and non-java variants of categorised views.

Thanks to the team involved in optimising this aspect of Lotus Notes in 8.5.3 standard - I really appreciate it!

If you too use Categorised views in your PIM apps frequently, it's another reason you MUST upgrade to 8.5.3

Comments

1Ron Schmitz  02/08/2013 2:14:13  
#TipOfTheDay: If you use categories in Lotus Notes PIM apps, you MUST upgrade to 8.5.3

'just started using notebook database, but keep running into roadblocks. It seems I need a better foundation. Where would I look for an orientation?

2Mat Newman

02/08/2013 8:34:03  #TipOfTheDay: If you use categories in Lotus Notes PIM apps, you MUST upgrade to 8.5.3

@1, Ron: What roadblocks are you facing, how can I help?

Mat Newman IBM Champion

3Mats Boekelund  09/12/2014 22:02:19  
#TipOfTheDay: If you use categories in Lotus Notes PIM apps, you MUST upgrade to 8.5.3

Hi Mat. Found this by searching for something I've wanted to do for years and am still not able to. Just gave it some more tries today, no luck. I would like to set up a view in the mail application so that I can sort/find/locate emails by using categories as it takes me too long to do this with the other classical ways, folders or searches. Looks liek you have something like that set up, judging by the pics here. I can use categories in the ToDo and in Journal (well, Notebook;-) entries but not in eMail. Is this something also a non-guru can do?

Any hints would be kindly appreciated:-)

thx + best rgds

Mats

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