Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Linux/Mac users: Hack Lotus Notes 8 to Add the Activities Sidebar

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Linux and Mac users, if you've been missing your Activities side shelf, I've discovered a hack! Follow my instructionis below to hack Lotus Notes 8 and add the Activities sidebar even if you are a Mac or Linux user!!!!!

How? Well, I simply looked at the Eclipse internals and figured out what plugins are needed and copied the plugins from my Windows Lotus Notes 8 Public Beta 1 client into my Mac. How do you get this? Well, first, let's work through some logistics...:

Disclaimer: This is NOT supported by development and is provided AS-IS .

License Agreement: Before you use this, you agree to the following:

  • Post a comment to this blog entry if you install this and it's successful
  • Will not send me an email/ST with 'support' issues
  • Will not hold me responsible if your Notes client breaks
  • Will test the plug-in and post a comment to this blog entry with stuff that works (see below)

Here's what I've tested successfully with Lotus Notes v8.5 Public Beta on my Mac Leopard 10.5.4.

  • Browse activities
  • Drag-n-drop of emails into an Activity
  • Different view options (To Do's, Sections, Recent, etc)
  • Create an activity
  • Create items for an activity
  • Hover over item --> Item preview

As you can see, I haven't tested the offline capabilities.

Here's how it looks:

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Ready to get started ? Here's how to install:

  1. Make sure you are using at least Lotus Notes 8.5 Public Beta 1
  2. Go to File -> Application -> Install
  3. Select Search for new features to install and click Next >
  4. Click on Add Remote Location...
  5. Set the Name to Activities Sidebar
  6. Set the URL to http://kensethdewalt.servicesolution.com/luis/site.xml
  7. Click Ok and then Finish
  8. Follow the remaining steps and restart Notes for the changes to go into effect
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