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IBM Verse On Premises 1.0.2 is available with some goodies

Following the announcements and roadmaps, the team around Scott Souder delivered the update for the on prem version as promised in August. Besides the features IBM already describes in their announcements, I will highlight some of my favorites features.
From the official announcement:

Among the many user interface enhancements and performance gains in Verse On-Premises V1.0.2, new capabilities include:

  • Calendar Inbox. Make better decisions when responding to calendar notices by viewing your calendar at the same time. The new Calendar Inbox organizes all your calendar notices in one convenient place.
  • Preview attachments. You can instantly view Microsoft™ Office, OpenOffice documents, and PDFs in Verse On-Premises. View documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in Microsoft Office binary formats such as .ppt and .doc; OpenOffice formats such as .odt and .ods; and Microsoft Office XML-based formats such as .docx or .xlsx.
  • Password synchronization for encrypted messages. When reading an encrypted message, Verse On-Premises will prompt you to enter the Notes password, if the password entered does not match the HTTP password.
  • Support for IBM Connections V6.0. Entitlement to IBM Connections V6.0 Files and Profiles are extended to IBM® Notes and Domino users through IBM Domino V9.0.1 Feature Pack 9.
  • Extensibility and Application Registry. You can create, register, and deploy additional features in Verse On-Premises that are suited to your needs. Using Verse On-Premises extension points, you can integrate Verse On-Premises with your applications. Extend Verse On-Premises by designing new actions that users can take when reading or composing an email.

We have been eagerly awaiting the Calendar Inbox, I wrote about it earlier this year, see IBM Verse Calendar Inbox, as the features are a real time-saver and finally the look and feel is adapted to fit the «regular» Inbox.

That’s why as soon as the update was available for download, I got it and we upgraded Verse immediately (thanks to Urs Meli for the support). If you have installed/upgraded Verse before, you know that it is a piece of cake. If not, just check the documentation and follow the steps (or get in touch with us if you need help). BTW the documentation for 1.0.2 is available as well now, that was missing yesterday, links will follow at the end.
The only «danger» with the upgrade is to not read the system requirements, as this time the requirements clearly state, that the recently published Domino 9.0.1 FP9 is mandatory for VoP 1.0.2 to run. And believe me, without FP9 it won’t work 😉

Once that was cleared, it was all about discovering the new stuff. You might see from the Calendar Inbox example, that the coloring scheme has been slightly adapted but the functionality is what I wrote about in January, using IBM Verse cloud.

So let’s focus on the email Inbox.

Threaded emails

A really nice feature, I think it’s “on” by default, is the grouping of emails in a thread. A feature certainly known from other clients as well, it will group emails from a conversation, show you how many emails are in the conversation, if there are unread messages and from whom and you can apply actions to all the emails (delete, mark as read, file, etc)

IBM Verse on Premises Inbox Threaded
IBM Verse on Premises Inbox Threaded
IBM Verse on Premises Inbox Threaded close-up
IBM Verse on Premises Inbox Threaded close-up
Filtering

there are many filter options to apply to your Inbox, I’ll go through them quickly:

1) click on the bubble/avatar to set a filter on that contact
2) type any name, expression etc you want to look for. If you choose option 1) the name gets added automatically
3) Folders
4) Time filter, refine based on «age», see example further down.
5) only emails with attachment
6) unread only

In this example, I use the bubble to filter my Inbox, that’s why the «unread» option is not available.

IBM Verse on Premises Inbox Filters
IBM Verse on Premises Inbox Filters
IBM Verse on Premises Inbox Time Filter
IBM Verse on Premises Inbox Time Filter
Last reaction

There is a small arrow (or not), showing which way the communication is going. In these highlighted examples my email was the last one in the conversation.

IBM Verse on Premises Inbox example
IBM Verse on Premises Inbox example

As mentioned, we got our production updated yesterday and we will need more time to discover other features or issues.

Are there any drawbacks? Well, yes, contacts and To Do’s are still using the iNotes design but I rarely use or manage them on this platform.  Contacts are either in our CRM or I manage them over mobile devices whereas the To Do’s I handle with Kudos Boards in IBM Connections.
What is more «concerning» to me is the offline functionality which has still a max of 14 days available. I know the team is working on it and I’m waiting to see how this will proceed.

Some links:
Official release statement from IBM
IBM Verse on Premises 1.0.2 System Requirements
IBM Verse on Premises 1.0.2 Documentation

IBM Verse – Calendar Inbox

Last week the IBM Verse Calendar (Cloud only for now..) got a major redesign. It had been announced some time ago, finally it has been released and I must say, well done IBM. It has a nice design and the enhanced functionality helps organizing your “calendar day”.

When logging in the first time after an upgrade/update you get the tour of “what’s new” and this is where most screenshots are from.

Five reasons to love the new Calendar Inbox

Of course the Inbox, where you will find invitations, meeting notices and so on.

IBM Verse Calendar Inbox 1

The footer, where you see notification(s) of your next meeting(s), no matter if the same day or in the future. It will change to a minute count-down when the meeting is closer or notify you of further entries, i.e. «first appointment tomorrow». If there is a conflict, two or more meetings starting at the same time, you can see what is scheduled with one click. -> I really like this one

IBM Verse Calendar Inbox 2

Block out time for yourself by simply clicking on a free time slot. It will create a calendar entry, neither appointment nor meeting, rather a reminder for yourself.

IBM Verse Calendar Inbox 3

The narrow red line will show you the current time of the day

IBM Verse Calendar Inbox 4

and of course you can change the view and choose the day, week or month overview.

IBM Verse Calendar Inbox 5

Detailed views:

IBM Verse Calendar Inbox Example 3
Calendar Inbox with Day view and footer notification
IBM Verse Calendar Inbox Example 1
Scheduling an appointment – Calendar view on the right and notification at the bottom
IBM Verse Calendar Inbox Example 2
Scheduling a meeting – Calendar view on the right and conflict notification at the bottom
Calendar Inbox Example Conflict Detail
Conflict notification details

 

Now eagerly awaiting the on premises release of this new Calendar, which I think could give IBM Verse a new push.

#IBMDomino 9.0.1 FP7 Interim Fix 1 addresses critical issues for Linux64 & zLinux64

As reported by Daniel Nashed and others, there have been issues with FP7 and some problems were only seen on Linux. IBM has released an IF1 to address the critical issues on Linux.

If you have installed FP7 on Linux and have not downgraded yet, I suggest you look into this alert.

Extract:

Interim Fix 1 for Domino 9.0.1 Fix Pack 7 is now available for download from Fix Central. This Interim Fix is available for only Linux64 and zLinux64, and it addresses critical issues affecting those platforms. The issues stem from a threading mismatch and can surface in Domino as problems with cluster replication as well as potentially other critical issues. These issues are tracked as SPR KBRNAEMPX2.

Fix for iNotes error after installing FP7 for Domino 9.0.1 coming soon

You might have heard about this issue

When an iNotes user opens their mail file on a Domino 9.0.1 Fix Pack 7 server, a “Formula Error” appears. This issue is known to occur on servers with non-English OS Regional Settings.

from different sources or maybe ran into it after installing FP7. Moments ago, IBM Support published an update to the technote mentioning that a fix is coming soon:

“by end of September at the latest”

IBM Support also documented three possible workarounds, from reverting back to a previous FP to changing regional settings or numbering format.

Go read the full story in the published technote

Availability of #IBMDomino & #IBMNotes 9.0.1 FP6 – Download links

After having much fun providing links to customers for other software downloads today I thought to share this list right away.
Thanks to @stevencpitcher for notifying us about the availability of FP6 for IBM Notes/Domino 9.0.1 and see Johnny Oldenburger’s post for a preliminary fix list description.

Here are the generated links to the Fix Central page:

IBM Domino: FP6

IBM Notes: FP6

Good upgrade everyone

New JVM installers & Interim Fixes available

The fixpack galore goes on with new updates for Notes and Domino on the different platforms.
Fix lists and download links can be found in technote 1657963 for 9.0.1.x and in technote 1663874 for 8.5.3.x

Good to see that the following has been fixed as we had some issues with clients crashing after a recent key rollover.
Fixes intermittent Domino Server and Notes Client crash when organization is doing a key rollover. Crash occurs on both client and server side when trying to connect.

and yes, this time the installation of the interim fix did not break my Notes client on the Mac.

update: see Matteo’s blog for more information about the IBM Sametime 9 Rich Client Cumulative hotfix for March 2016
Sametime March update