Updated Zoom Plugin for HCL Notes V11
[blog post update: The new software and documentation from Zoom can be found here.]
HCL Notes users: If you are using Zoom instead of HCL Sametime for your video meetings, you may have discovered that the Notes integration plugin provided by Zoom that made it easy to schedule Zoom meetings in your Notes calendar broke with Notes V11. Well I have good news. Zoom is finally releasing an update that works with Notes V11. See their response in the Zoom support forum. You can find the earlier release of the Zoom plugin for Notes V10 here. The update is scheduled for release on Monday. If that is at a different URL, I will add it here when it is available.
If you want to eliminate this problem altogether, your company should be using HCL Sametime for video conferencing. It is more secure; you have total control of the software; it allows you to keep all of your data inside your company with no harvesting of user data or chats; it is — and always will be — tightly integrated with your HCL Notes and Domino environment; and it’s less expensive.
Follow Up to What’s New in Sametime V10 and Beyond?
Good news with persistent chat and with eliminating WAS and DB2. Persistent chat is coming in V10. WAS and DB2 will be eliminated in V11 or V12. System Console is also eliminated in V10. V10 also supports login on multiple devices concurrently. It is worth listening to the replay (at 1.5x speed). Be sure to listen through the Q&A and the conclusion. There were many useful questions answered. The slide deck should be available in the replay too. But I think the two slides of most importance are these tables showing what features are coming in which release. (these folks are going to be busy!)
You should be able to watch the replay using the same
link to register: https://lnkd.in/dR4cHik
And here is the complete slide deck: letschataboutsametimemay2019rev71558616324635
What’s New in Sametime V10 and Beyond?
Did you know that if you have Notes licenses, then you also have Sametime Chat and online awareness…
If you don’t have Sametime Chat deployed in your environment, you may want to re-evaluate that. Start by watching the webcast tomorrow (May 23, 2019) to see what’s new and what is coming that YOU ARE ALREADY LICENSED TO USE.
Sametime Limited Use V10 and Beyond webcast:
Title: Let’s Chat about Sametime (again)!
Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour
Join Kathleen Brady Jackson and Pat Galvin to learn what new value Sametime Limited Use V10 offers to Domino customers.
You’ll also hear HCL’s vision for the future product roadmap of Sametime, which includes integration with third-party conferencing vendors, Docker support, and improved co-existence with Domino.
This is a webcast you do not want to miss! Sign up today here -> https://lnkd.in/dR4cHik
If you want some assistance deploying it, I can connect you with experts.
How to get Sametime Video Chat in SmartCloud
The maintenance window is over and SmartCloud Sametime chat now includes audio and video. Some details to know:
First, the feature is accessible only via a browser or via the mobile app. It is not available in the Notes embedded client (yet). Also, all parties in the chat must be logged into SmartCloud. That makes sense. If they weren’t, you couldn’t chat with them either.
Once logged into https://collabserv.com website, logged into Sametime, open your contacts list. You will see two new icons available, but they have a red box with a star in it. That means you need to install the plugin.
Just click the icon and it will take you through the process of installing. The first time I tried to install, I got some weird errors, but later I tried installing on a different computer and had no problems. I expect they found something wasn’t quite right after the maintenance and quickly fixed it.
I wouldn’t be surprised if they go through a few challenges as they fine tune the service now that it is available to the entire community. But it is certainly working!
How to download and install the IBM Connections plugin for IBM Lotus Notes
(New versions of these plugins are now available. Read here.)
Summer vacation is over. I was deliberately taking a break from my blog to enjoy the fantastic summer and give focus on the business. While I was quiet on the surface, I’ve been very busy in the background. More on that later, but for now, some useful content…
IBM Connections with Sametime is amazing. It’s like a useful combination of features you will find on Linkedin, facebook, WebEx or GotoMeeting, Skype, dropbox, wordpress and IdeaJam and it’s ideal for any business larger than 1 person. And it is no more dependent on your email client than any of those apps are. But if you use IBM Lotus Notes, as many Connections customers do, you will get even more value with your Notes client by using the IBM Connections Plug-ins for IBM Lotus Notes. There is a version for Windows, Mac, and Linux. So where do you find this cool plug-in? How do you install it? Here are step-by-step instructions. And while you’re in the application catalog, be sure to look around at the other useful plug-ins, like the IBM Connections Desktop Plug-in for Microsoft Windows, or the IBM Connections Widget interface to LinkedIn. Have an iPad? Cool. Be sure to go to the App store and search for the IBM Connections app. In some ways I find it even better than the website. Here is a screen shot of the app. It will give you an idea of the features in IBM Connections:
Now here are the instructions for getting the IBM Connections plug-in for IBM Lotus Notes:
1. Click on this link: http://greenhouse.lotus.com . The following website will appear:
(Addendum: If you don’t already have a Greenhouse account, go ahead and click the Sign Up link now and get the process started. You will need an account before you can complete the download. Among other things it will prompt for an IBM contact. If you don’t have one, mention me and this article. They use this to validate accounts as real people.)
2. Click on the link for the IBM Collaboration Solutions Catalog. Info about the catalog will appear:
3. Click on the Launch button. The Catalog will appear. At this point you can click on the Most Popular tab and you will probably find the plug-in at the top. (it’s very popular)
3a. If you don’t find it at the top of the Most Popular list, you can select IBM Connections in the product list.
4. Click IBM Connections Plug-ins for IBM Notes. The description page will appear.
5. Click on Start Download in the top right corner of the page. The License Agreement will pop up.
6. Click I Agree. The download button will now appear in the top right corner.
7. Click the icon to download. It will prompt for where to save the file in the usual way depending on your browser. (These screen shots happen to be in Firefox.) The file is about 80 MB.
8. Once the .zip file has downloaded, unzip it. You will find it contains 3 zip files, one for each supported operating system.
9. Unzip the one you need and run the installer as per your OS. For Windows it is setup.exe. When the installer runs, it may prompt to be trusted. Click Yes. Then the language option appears.
10. Choose the language and click OK. The installer will run.
11. Click Next. The license agreement will appear.
12. After printing and reading the agreement and getting written approval from your legal department, select to accept the license agreement and click Next. It will remind you that Notes must be closed before continuing.
13. Close Notes if it is open and then click Next and then click Install. The installer will take surprisingly long considering how small it is. Be patient.
14. Launch Notes. Pull down File – Preferences. Click on the Connections section.
15. Fill in the info for your Connections server. If you want to test it out on Greenhouse to see everything it can do, enter the server URL of https://greenhouse.lotus.com and use your username and password for your Greenhouse account. (You should have had to create one before you could download the plug-in. Don’t have one? Go back to that browser window where you downloaded the plug-in and click Sign Up in the top right corner.)
16. Click on Status Updates, Files or Activities to expand the section and see content from Connections. Note that when it is first expanded it may take a bit longer to load the content. So be patient.
That’s it. Be sure to search for me in Greenhouse and connect with me there and I can share some communities and activities I have already made to demonstrate how they work within connections. And don’t forget to go back and browse all the other cool apps at Greenhouse as well as the iTunes app store for iPhone/iPad apps on Connections, Sametime, and more!
Let me know if this was helpful. I am considering doing these as a video. Would you prefer that format over an article?
ADDENDUM: If you get the following error:
Then recheck the User Preferences. Click on the Advanced button and make sure it is using the Java Form with the authentication URL of:
If that doesn’t fix it, there are several knowledgebase articles on the topic. Search for that error message to find them.
WOW! An IBM Sametime ad via Google Ad seen while viewing a youtube.com video!
Check out the banner ad in this screenshot of a youtube video. It was served up to me by Google while I was watching a whitewater video on youtube.com.
Could this be part of a REAL advertising campaign showing a REAL product?! It isn’t exactly obvious what in the ad what the product is or does, but it’s getting the Lotus brand in front of people. Hopefully the ad selector doesn’t just show it to people who already know Lotus.
Don’t get too excited about one ad, It’s like one raindrop. But as we whitewater kayakers know, with enough raindrops, a little creek can be turned into a fun, raging river.
Kudos to those responsible.
Join me on Sametime via BleedYellow.com
Hey, why aren’t you on Sametime at bleedyellow.com? Get with the program. With all this talk about social media, If you’re not on this public Sametime community, you’re missing out on one of the best ways to get connected to your fellow Lotus professionals, including me.
Here are the steps to connect to Sametime using the server at BleedYellow:
1. Visit http://www.bleedyellow.com and register an account. Be sure to use your real name.
2. Start Notes. Pull down File – Preferences, expand the Sametime preferences and click on Server Communities.
3. The first time you add a community, Click Reset User (If you are already connected to your internal community, just click the Add New Server Community button). It will prompt for new credentials. Enter the credentials that you just created at the bleedyellow.com website. For convenience, check the boxes to remember password and automatically login.
4. Click Login. It will log you into Sametime and return to the Preferences screen. Click OK.
5. Expand the sidebar by clicking on the Sametime icon on the right side of Lotus Notes.
6. Add contacts to your contact list. Click on the icon to add contacts. Follow the instructions on the screen to add contacts.
Now let me know you’re there so I can add you to my buddy list too. If you see the green dot by my name, it’s OK to send me a message.
The Notes Guy In Seattle, but serving clients around the world.