Running old Mac OS version or PowerPC hardware?

The latest greatest release of Lotus Notes for the Mac, Notes 8.5, only runs on OS X 10.5 (Leopard) on Intel processors. I can understand why IBM made this the supported configuration, but it does leave users with older software or hardware trying to find out what versions of Notes are open to them.  This […]

“Lotus Support – just a click away”

It’s always a pleasant surprise to come across impressive customer-facing IBM web pages.  This is one of the most comprehensive IBM/Lotus support sites I’ve seen in a while: Including details of the Support toolbar, Support sites (including video tour), Fix Central, Open Mics/Webcasts, Assist On-site, Forums/Wikis, Multimedia Library (more than 1000 task-based Lotus Notes 8 […]

Lotus ’viral’ videos strike again

Folks, I really want to get excited about Lotus’s marketing efforts – I really honestly do. But does anyone else worry about this level of humour? (Click through to see the video) I like the idea of “Two teams – A battle of wits” showing how a Lotus-equipped team might collaborate to win, but surely […]

Regarding negativity

[I could write a long and involved introduction to this post, but you will all have read the posts on Planetlotus anyway, so I’ll skip that.  This started out as a comment on Bruce’s blog but I think it sits better here, it’s my soapbox after all!] Regarding negativity in the ‘Yellow Bubble’… I try […]

Run Notes on the Mac?

… then you need to add your feedback to Mary Beth Raven’s post on the Notes Design Blog: How “Mac” do you want Notes on a Mac to be? Apple Aficionados, I hope you are enjoying the official, shipping version of Notes 8.5 on the Mac. I think it’s the best Mac version we’ve ever […]

Boo Hiss

As if there isn’t enough FUD around the future of Notes and Domino and the supposed flood of customers toward Microsoft platforms, two of Lotus’ key ISVs get in on the act: Binary Tree and CASAHL Technology Partner to Provide High-Fidelity Application Migration and Coexistence between Lotus Notes and the Microsoft Platform NEWARK, N.J. and […]

Lotus execs

We were having a chat in the office yesterday and struggled to come up with any answers for the following questions: Are there: 1) Any Lotus executives that hail from outside the US? 2) Any Lotus executives that live/work outside the US currently? I’d be interested if anyone knows…

Lotus Notes 8 under the microscope

Darren Adams (IBM UK sales lead for messaging and collaboration) takes part in a really useful 10 minute interview, offering an overview of why Lotus Notes 8 is such a benefit to users: Just before Christmas I recorded a video interview with Graham Lewis from IBM Software Marketing. The subject is Notes 8, how we’ve […]

Here’s one to shock you…

… a book focused on Lotus Notes is published! GOVERNANCE BOOK FOR NOTES LAUNCH AT LOTUSPHERE: HERALDS REVOLUTIONARY ‘LIGHT TOUCH’ APPROACH TO LOTUS NOTES GOVERNANCE Compliance leader IT Governance is delighted to announce the publication of a landmark best practice governance guide by a leading expert in the widely deployed collaboration platform, IBM’s Lotus Notes, […]

Now this looks exciting! Sametime on the iPhone

I have a feeling I’ll be making a bee-line for booth 630 at the ‘Sphere – this looks exciting… CallWave to Showcase WebMessenger iPhone Client for IBM Lotus Sametime at Lotusphere 2009 WHAT: (Lotusphere 2009, Booth 630) – CallWave, Inc., a leading global provider of mobile and web-based unified communications solutions, today announced that it […]

VNUNet – IBM unveils Lotus Notes 8.5

Great to see the Lotus Notes & Domino 8.5 news hitting the big IT news sites.  VNUnet leads the way: IBM unveils Lotus Notes 8.5 Collaboration suite beefs up Mac support and cuts email storage requirements IBM has released version 8.5 of its Lotus Notes/Domino collaboration software, bringing updated support for the Apple Mac platform […]

Lotus Award winners published in Computer Reseller News

It’s always great to see Lotus news being published on mainstream business and IT sites, and this is no exception.  Computer Reseller News has listed the Lotus Award winners in their ChannelWeb slideshow format: Lotus Position(s) IBM has named some of the winners and finalists of the 2009 IBM Lotus Awards, given each year to […]

64-bit support

Another useful technote from IBM, as I know there is a lot of confusion as to what products are supported on what versions of operating systems. Support for Lotus Domino Server and companion products on 64-bit operating systems (OS)   Problem Since the introduction of Lotus Domino support on 64-bit operating systems, you require support […]

IBM clarifies support for Lotus products on VMWare

This technote has been around for a few months now, but it has only just found its way onto my radar.   Many of us will already be deploying Lotus solutions onto VMware-based environments – the flexibility and cost benefits of moving to a virtualised environment are well known.  However, most will be making the […]

Lotus Symphony futures

Interesting announcements from IBM’s Michael Karasick at the OpenOffice conference in China, brought to us by Ed Brill:    * Over 3 million downloads of Lotus Symphony — 2 million of which have come since 1.0 release in May, 2008    * Symphony 1.2, with key new features such as data pilot tables (aka pivot […]

New ’HowTo’ videos for Lotus Symphony users

These videos look to be good introductions to a number of topics covering working with the Lotus Symphony applications. Introduction to Graphics Working with Styles Working with Templates and Master Pages Working with Graphics in Presentations I hope that IBM produces more of these kinds of videos in the future. Looking at the URLs it […]

Partial feeds are the work of the devil

As you can see, I sit on the fence on this one! I love RSS feeds – they rock.  Whether it’s for aggregation, or for mobile or disconnected access, RSS feeds are a great way to get the latest info.  This might be blog posts, podcasts, forum entries, bookmarks, comments, tweets or whatever.  Then when […]

Lotus forums

I love the Lotus forums – you know, the product support forums for each of the products, Quickr, Connections, Notes/Domino, Sametime etc.  The community support on them is excellent, better than most other vendor support forums I’ve come across.  A lot of folks outside and inside IBM give up many many hours to answer queries […]

Installers, paths and partitions

Some lessons learnt from installs this week: Before starting a Lotus installer on Windows, particularly Quickr/Domino and Connections, check your %TEMP% and %TMP% variables within Control Panel/System/Advance/Environment Variables.  Ensure they are short as possible, e.g. c:temp rather than c:Documents and SettingsuserLocal SettingsTemp.  Why? The directory structures that Lotus uses for the installers are pretty long […]

Connect, Collaborate, Innovate

This new Lotus strategy brief (entitled ‘Build your collaboration strategy with IBM‘) has just been published, attempting to explain why organisations should look to combine collaborative technology with cultural change in order to develop an IT strategy that delivers real business results. It starts by explaining that innovation is essential in today’s marketplace, and that […]

Lotus URLs redux

You may remember that I had a bit of a moan at the inconsistencies in Lotus’ URLs earlier on this week –{product} and{product} going to different places etc. Well, I’ve just posted an entry to the Symphony Blog and another inconsistency hit me – all the info re: Lotus Symphony is at… […]

Give us back our!

Up until very recently, any URL that started (or would be redirected to and then the rest of the url appended, e.g. became (or http://www-some strange random for short) This was true for all the major Lotus products.  However this no longer works, with a 404 appearing.  I know […]