iCal v5.0 no longer playing nicely with Lotus Notes 8.5

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by John Greer, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. John Greer macrumors member

    John Greer

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    I have iCal v5.0 (1535) and my wife is running Lotus Notes 8.5 on her IBM laptop. We have always been able to work our way thru the differences. She was always able to send me an invitation without any problems. When I sent her one, she had to open the attached .ics file, but then was able to add it to her Notes calendar. This week that stopped. Now, when she clicks on the .ics file, nothing happens.

    We both swear neither has done anything that could cause this ;)

    Advice?
     
  2. John Greer thread starter macrumors member

    John Greer

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    I figured it out. Somehow the .ICS files were pointed to Outlook. She doesn't have Outlook installed. When I corrected the pointer, all is fixed.
     
  3. r0k macrumors 68040

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    That's one reason I stopped using Windows. File associations are not supposed to change by themselves. Microsoft software (and Apple's quicktime software) on Windows was notorious for "hijacking" file associations behind the users' backs. I suppose the same thing could happen on a Mac. No. Wait. The same thing did happen when I installed Office 2011 on my wife's Mac. Double clicking any file format that might be even remotely possible to associate with MS Office caused an MS Office app to launch (slowly). When her HDD crashed, I "forgot" ;) to reinstall Office 2011 and she hasn't "reminded" me so all is well. :cool:

    In my mind Lotus Notes begs for it's developers to be brought before the Hague tribunal for crimes against humanity. In all of human history there isn't another piece of software that is so bloated, with so many obfuscated context sensitive preference windows, redundant nested scroll bars and menus and tool bars scattered randomly throughout the user interface. Yuck. Just yuck. I find it difficult to stomach Outlook but if I could choose between Notes and Outlook, I'd have to go with Outlook. Unfortunately many corporate IT departments force the use of Notes. I remember "back in the day" when anyone using Notes was immune to the "worm of the week" and Outlook users were shut down. But these days Outlook works well enough that it really isn't necessary to keep using Notes except for to some contractual arrangement with IBM.

    Anyway, glad you got it sorted out. Association stealing is rude behavior and wastes users' time figuring out why something has suddenly changed through no fault of their own.
     

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