Overview: Lotus Notes Comes to the iPhone | Page 2

In addition to email you have access to your calendar via Day At A Glance. Day At A Glance is simply a daily view of your Lotus Notes calendar. You can move back and forth between days to see all of your meetings, reminders, anniversaries and the like. Be aware that this is view-only however. You cannot create a meeting directly on the iPhone and have it show up in your Lotus Notes. This is a feature they are rumored to be working on for future versions of iNotes Ultralite. Once it’s implemented, it will make this a much more useful feature.

Lastly we have access to your Lotus Notes contacts, and IBM has really done a good job here. If your contact has an email associated with it, there is a little envelope icon next to their name. Clicking the envelope creates a new email to that person. You also will see a little phone icon for users with phone numbers associated. Clicking the phone icon will prompt you to ask whether or not you want to place a phone call to the contact. You can also create contacts directly on the phone.

There is one thing you need to know about Contacts in Lotus Notes that is a little funky. In the Lotus Notes client itself, contacts are stored locally on the user’s machine in a database called names.nsf. By default, these contacts are only accessible on that machine. The user has to push those contacts to their webmail in order for them to be accessible on the web and through iNotes ultralite.

This used to be done manually via an agent, but with Lotus Notes 8, IBM added the ability to synchronize contacts via the Replicator tab. Contact your local IT Support or check the Lotus Notes help to see how to make sure your Lotus Notes contacts are available via the web and iNotes Ultralite.

How to Start Using iNotes Ultralite

iNotes Ultralite is now available as part of the recent IBM Lotus Domino 8.0.2 release. Once you upgrade your Domino server to 8.0.2, the Notes 8 email template will automatically be upgraded to include Ultralite access. As long as your user is on the new Notes 8 email template, iNotes Ultralite is included. There are no additional licensing costs to enable the feature.

While there are some rough spots, iNotes Ultralite gives millions of Lotus Notes users the ability to quickly access many of their Lotus Notes functions on the iPhone today. iNotes Ultralite is a great first step and with updates already showing up in the Domino 8.5 Beta codestream it’s only going to get better. Stay tuned.

Article courtesy of Intranet Journal.

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