Lotus Notes on Mac OS X

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  1. angel_benet

    angel_benet Active Member

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    I use Lotus Notes at work everyday. I was just wondering if anyone here has experience using Lotus Notes on OS X, and what the differences are.

    I was hoping I could just bring my iBook to work, plug it in, download my e-mail, and go home and write my drafts.

    Would appreciate any inputs.

    By the way, we are running Windows 2000 and Windows XP at work. The eMacs are for training purposes only. Don't even know if this is relevant, but thought I'd mention it.

    [Edited on 7-11-2005 by angel_benet]
     
  2. brain1976

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    Unfortunately Lotus Notes does not create a local copy of your email on your computer. (At least from my experience). You still need to be connected to the Domino server in order to browse your email. Unless your company has website for checking you mail through a web browser or you have remote access to your office network, you won't be able to check your mail using the Notes app on OS X.

    I do find Lotus Notes for OSX crude. Well at least the version I'm using. But it gets the job done. How can a company using this app work efficiently when not all of the features available to windows users are not available on mac?? And they expect us to use this? IBM hello!?!?!
     
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    actually brain, you can have a local copy of your mail on your machine.
    you can have an archive of all your old mail, your current mail and the mail that is on the server.

    If you are out of the office, just set your LN to use the Mobile mode instead of Office/Local Network. After doing such, just hit replicate.

    i first started using LN 6.0 for the Mac on Panther. But now that I'm using Tiger, stability seems to be an issue. It's prone to crashing lately. I have yet to check to see if we have a newer version that is more compatible with Tiger.

    Will let you know as soon as i find out.
     
  4. angel_benet

    angel_benet Active Member

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    i was actually hoping lotus notes for tiger (or even panther) would be more stable than its windows counterpart. at work, i can't count the number of times i've cursed out every time lotus notes fails to open.
     
  5. Maverick

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    what version are you using for the pc? I'm using 6.5.2 and it is quite stable. the Mac version isn't though. If you have issues with your LN client for the PC, just use a small app called killnotes.exe so you don't need to restart your pc in case of a crash.

    although i can't even recall the last time it crashed on me. probably when i was still using 6.0. nothing so far on 6.5.2.
     
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    http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/subscription/descfiles/not65mac.htm
    new v. 6.5.2 for Mac available there.

    although you need a developerWorks Subscription. Maybe your LN Admin has one.
     
  7. Sabonis

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    Hi guys,

    Am using Lotus Notes on my iBook but it runs thru OS9 (Classic Mode). Luma na yata ito? Hehe! You can "replicate" the files to your local hard drive to serve as back up and para to asnwer your emails at home and then send them out when you get back to work the next day.

    Stability-wise, I haven't encountered any problems so far, maybe I am using an old version nga? Everything seems to be working fine for me. Have been using it for around a year na.

    Maverick was right in saying that you can shift to mobile mode but I personally haven't done that yet.
     
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    there's a newer 6.5.4 client now... hope i can get this soon and see how stable it is.
     
  9. brain1976

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    It's just so tiresome to archive my email and have a local copy on my computer. I'm currently using 6.5 on my mac running Tiger. So far so good, it runs. Just as long as the disk permissions are repaired occasionally.

    My office can allow us to check it but I need another set of configurations from our Notes admin for that to work. We are very serious with our net security. :sigh:
     
  10. andrewmendoza

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    I noticed that the posts were a little outdated. Anyway, I requested our office IT to install Lotus Notes version 7.02 (the one we have in the office) on my macbook. Unfortunately, Leopard runs on version 7.03 already. Long story short - I will have to wait until the office upgrades to 7.03 or someone (kind enough) could help me figure out a way to install 7.02 in Leopard, whichever comes first.

    Guys, help please... *wink*wink*

    Thanks.
     
  11. ricocamus

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    I have attempted to live with Lotus Notes for about a year, but finally gave up on it.

    I would recommend you ask your administrator to give you POP access and use entourage as a mail client. It simplifies things especially if you access your email out of the office. Quite a number of folks here (not just mac users) also gave up on Notes and just use Outlook.

    You will be so much happier and more productive.
     
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    Hi folks,
    I am an avid Mac user that recently joined an organization completely Windows-based. We use Lotus Notes (on Windows). The only way I could continue to use my own Mac was to run windows on Parallels. Our IT support is completely Windows-oriented, hence the hesitation to support Lotus Notes for Mac.

    Having said that, I have had no problems at all running Lotus Notes.
    The only problems I encounter are printer-related. Our windows tech support staff have not been able to configure my mac to print from Mac OSX to the network printer (Ricoh Aficio). so all my printing has to be done from Windows.

    Hope this helps...

    Cheers....
     
  13. andrewmendoza

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    thanks guys, your comments are helpful. i'll probably just access my email from then web until we get the new LN software by mid-year.

    cheers.
     
  14. brain1976

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    You can have you Notes admin download the beta version 7.5 which runs on Leopard. But it's still very slow. There is a way to install 7.02 on Leopard but it's not for the faint of heart.
     
  15. angel_benet

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    pardon my ignorance, but is there a free download of lotus notes for mac?
     
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    You can download a beta (8.5) version here. You'd have to register though.
     
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    follow up question, when you say "beta", it means free forever? or does that mean it will become useless at some point when some trial period expires?

    thanks. :)
     
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    Well, not exactly. Based on the license agreement, the "evaluation" period begins when you agree to the license agreement and ends when either the program disables itself or when the product becomes commercially available. Here are excerpts from the agreement (italics mine):

     
  19. angel_benet

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    ok that clarifies it then. thanks!
     
  20. andrewmendoza

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    I found it!!!! I found a way to install Lotus Notes 7.02 on Leopard and it worked. Now I dont need to do bootcamp anymore.. Haay.. Thanks to this site:

    http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20071028171758588

    10.5: How to install Lotus Notes in Leopard

    By: EpaL on Tue, Nov 27 '07 at 3:03PM PST
    I think I have a safer solution:
    Open the Lotus Notes 7.02 DMG
    Drag "Lotus Notes Installer.pkg" to the desktop
    Right-click the .pkg and choose "Show Package Contents"
    Navigate to Contents/Resources
    Right-click "InstallationScript" and choose "Open With..." -> Other... and choose TextEdit from the applications folder or choose your favorite text editor.
    In the script, comment out lines 13 to 18 by inserting '#' at the beginning of each line (you'll see similar lines with comments in them further down in the script if you get confused).
    Save the script.
    Double-click Lotus Notes Installer.pkg on your desktop to launch the installer.
    Run through the installation as normal (you should now no longer get the "Lotus Notes Mac cannot be installed on this computer" error message)
    Enjoy!
    For best results, install the 7.0.3 upgrade (linked to in the previous post) after you've installed 7.0.2.
     

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