Lotus notes on Mac??

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  1. dkaek macrumors newbie

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    Hi there,



    After a long time, I finally managed to persuade my manager to let me use the G4 PowerMac, which is sitting in the company’s testing Laboratories, for my daily tasks.

    I can get rid of the dell laptop and enjoy the Mac benefits.

    It seems that I have a little problem though. The company uses Lotus notes as its primary software for communications. I won't be able to use it on the Mac. Any suggestions of compatible applications or even on how I could access the lotus server through the Mac osx default email application?

    Thanks in advance, :)
     
  2. dudeami macrumors regular

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    I am not sure what version of lotus notes you are refering to, but maybe this will help.

    http://www.lotus.com/products/product4.nsf/wdocs/d7fca6822179298f85256d58006bb338

    A qoute from their site

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    With the release of IBM Lotus Notes 6, Lotus software reinforces its commitment to the worldwide Mac community. Mac users can continue to leverage the unsurpassed messaging and collaboration capabilities delivered with Lotus Notes on the powerful Apple operating system. Lotus Notes 6 exemplifies the continued strength of Lotus' relationship with the Mac community.

    As announced at MacWorld Expo 2002, Lotus Notes continues to support Mac OS 9 and will now add support for Mac OS X. The Mac community will benefit from the support for Mac OS X in the release of Lotus Notes 6.0.
    ---

    It mentions the 6.5 client in a couple of places, I didn't spend too much time looking, but I would say they are continuing to develope the Mac client.
     
  3. ftsousa macrumors newbie

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    I'm using it since September last year.

    Hello, I'm using it since September last year with no problems.
    I've first installed version 6 and a few days after I've upgraded to 6.5.
    The only problem I've found was that in order to install it, you need to have OS 9 installed. Then the application runs normally in OS X.
    For you information, our company Notes mail was in versión 5 until last week (we've upgraded to v6), and we use several applications developed for Notes v5 (our CRM is Notes based) that run in OX X with v6.5 with no significant problems.

    I've also managed to sync Notes with my Palm (except mail) using a software called LipSync.

    Hope I've helped you.
    Regards,
     
  4. ftsousa macrumors newbie

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    This is how Lotus Notes V6.5 looks like

    See the attachment
     

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  5. kizterelyk macrumors newbie

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    Does Notes6 need to run thru an windows emulator, if so what does that do to the client and anything else that may be running?
     
  6. DavidLeblond macrumors 68020

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    Notes is a native Mac app. No emulation needed.
     
  7. slowtreme macrumors 6502

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    I tell you what - I bought my wife a PB when she was working at a place that used Notes. We NEVER were able to get her notes to work through her VPN, (while her windows box worked fine, and the Mac could get on the VPN network fine too)

    However, Notes6 worked like a champ inside the network. It almost made Notes not SUCK. Ok that's a huge overstatement. Notes is just horrible, but it was nicer to use the Mac Notes because of Mac, not Notes. And everyone she worked with in her department (Corporate Communications) was very jealous.
     
  8. ftsousa macrumors newbie

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    You don't know Notes

    You're free to have an opinión, but for your statment I understand that you were never a Notes user, and you've only tried to help your wife.
    Notres it's very different from other messaging system and it's essencially a professional envyronment.
    I guess you don't know it very weel and you don't understand what it was made for. It's not about being pretty with lots of colors, windows and skins.
    It's made to be secure, efficient, reliable, upgradable and robust.
    Besides that, Notes/Domino it's also a RAD envyronment, a document database, an application server and a certifier server.
    Over my 8 years as Notes user, I've still have and access e-mails that were send to me in versión 3 (1997) and I can actually access to them and read them, this documents have passed by 7/8 upgrades without any problem. Tell me what other product assures this compability over versions?
    LOL
     
  9. kizterelyk macrumors newbie

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    I would agree with you, Notes is incredably flexable and powerful and like all software like that it can be a bit quirky and takes alot of time and patience to learn, it took me 2 years before I was any good at it, I know of no other client that can do the same things notes does, formula, LotusScript, Java, i would also not expect hardcore Mac users to use or like Notes, but thats ok. I woulod also say the 6 interface is as good as any cutesy app I have ever seen
     
  10. slowtreme macrumors 6502

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    That's where you are wrong. I was never a Mac Notes user. I just helped my wife get her's running. I was a Windows Notes user at a previous job from '98 to '01 and I hated every day of using Lotus notes... but when you work for IBM, you don't have a lot of choice.
     
  11. kevinmi macrumors newbie

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    Lotus Notes availability.

    Lotus Notes is generally available for 10.x for versions starting in R6 up to the new 6.5.1 client. Like one of the other people posted, Notes is a native OS X application. With the OS X version there is the ability to run LotusScript but you can't write it. You can build document collections on your Mac and run through the document collections with AppleScript. In fact you can use AppleScript between the application and another application.

    There are some documentation errors with the installation but those have been reported. In most instances the client has been more stable on Mac than Windows.

    :) Good luck. Hope your experience is as good as mine.
     
  12. DaBuzz macrumors member

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    Notes + Mac OS X = WINNER

    I have been administering, developing, and managing large Notes environments since its 2.1 days (when 200 users was considered large).

    I beta tested R6 from 6.0 to 6.51, all on the Mac. It is a native OS X app, and even in beta, was FAR more stable than the Windows version.

    We have a very secure network, and a custom VPN client written specifically for us by Cisco. Even though the Mac VPN client is "unsupported", I never have a problem using it with Notes when away from the office.

    You will not be able to access your NSF file from Apple's Mail app. While the Domino server can be configured as a POP or IMAP server, it is generally an enterprise-class application, and most users use the native Notes client or iNotes (browser access).

    If you have other specific questions, please email me at dabuzz@mac.com and I would be glad to help you out.
     
  13. leif_ivan macrumors newbie

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    Notes user since 10 days back

    Nice to read that Notes is better on Mac than PC and that it is a winner.

    I am pretty sure that I will learn and appreciate this system. But as a complete beginner I would really appreciate every good idea to be able to integrate Notes with the rest of my more ordinary Macintosh cyber landscape (working on a PB 17").

    Lipsynk is allready bought - but so far unusable because that strange company refuses to run the registration server.... Have tried to get in touch with that company. But no success so far (according to Versiontracker I am not alone with this experience) - but they were active enough to take my money...:mad:

    anyway good ideas are more than welcome and if you happen to know how to make Lipsynk work, that is even better.

    Leif :cool:
     
  14. leif_ivan macrumors newbie

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    Kissworks called me

    Seth called me (quite a call from Florida to Sweden - thanks Seth) and gave me a code. Obviously his mail to me had not arrived - spam filter we guess.

    So now it works. But for some reason I don't get any transfer yet..... Have to study and work my settings for Notes because I would guess the problem lies there. For instance, my persnal addressbook is that one on a server at my work and not on my computer. Probably. But how do I change that. Well I will figure it out... sooner or later. If anyonen here can help to make that sooner it would be great.

    anyway. Nothing wrong with Kissworks.

    Leif :cool:
     

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