Starting in 8.5.1 (and written here), the functionality of Spell Checker has changed where it's uniformed across Lotus Notes, Sametime and Lotus Symphony in one Spell Checker engine.

In addition with this new functionality, additional Spell Checker languages are available as UpdateSite_xx.zip (where 'xx' is the language code), whereas as the "Legacy Spell Checker" feature still utilizes .dic files.

The question is now... how to allow your users to install the new Spell Checker engines? There are a lot of options possible, but because of the reason that we are Lotus Domino Administrators we will use the eclipse update site which will allow our users to use a menu ("File -> Applications -> Install -> search for new features to install") in the Lotus Notes client to install the engines. Or would you like to brother with fileshares? ;-)

This short how to explains you how to build a eclipse update site (to install all kind or Lotus Notes updates and plugins, not only the dictionaries) and add it to your environment to allow your users to install the new spell checker engines.

Please note:

This how to doesn´t explain how to lock the Lotus Notes Client so that only one eclipse update site could be used. For these please

Starting in 8.5.1 (and written here), the functionality of Spell Checker has changed where it's uniformed across Lotus Notes, Sametime and Lotus Symphony in one Spell Checker engine.

In addition with this new functionality, additional Spell Checker languages are available as UpdateSite_xx.zip (where 'xx' is the language code), whereas as the "Legacy Spell Checker" feature still utilizes .dic files.

The question is now... how to allow your users to install the new Spell Checker engines? There are a lot of options possible, but because of the reason that we are Lotus Domino Administrators we will use the eclipse update site which will allow our users to use a menu ("File -> Applications -> Install -> search for new features to install") in the Lotus Notes client to install the engines. Or would you like to brother with fileshares? ;-)

This short how to explains you how to build a eclipse update site (to install all kind or Lotus Notes updates and plugins, not only the dictionaries) and add it to your environment to allow your users to install the new spell checker engines.

Please note:

This how to doesn´t explain how to lock the Lotus Notes Client so that only one eclipse update site could be used. For these please read the IBM Administrator Documentation.

(Click on read more to read the complete article)

 

Read more: SnnT: HowTo allow users to install additional dictionaries with 8.5.1+




Last week I build for a customer a solution to store the Lotus Notes data folder on a network drive, so that the complete Lotus Notes configuration is "roaming" with the user, if he logs in on another workstation (The customer didn´t deployed 8.5 which would allow them to use the roaming feature).

The only file which must exist on the drive (we call it N: because of Notes) must be the notes.ini with the following content in it:

[Notes]
IM_ENABLE_SSO=1
Cache=C:\Temp\Cache.NDK
NOTES_TEMPDIR=C:\Temp
ConfigFile=C:\Lotus\Notes\licences\the_pre_notes.cfg
KitType=1
SharedDataDirectory=C:\documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Lotus\Notes\Data\Shared
InstallType=6
Create_R85_Databases=1
Directory=N:\

 

The "Cache, NOTES_TEMPDIR" mustn´t exist, but then the cache files will be created on the network share and will fill the file server and the backup. So this isn´t really needed and the reason why I added them... I added also "Create_R85_Databases=1" because the customer plan to update to 8.5 at the moment. This isn´t also not a important setting. With these settings the user will be promped to configure the Lotus Notes client. BUT what if you wish that the user must only enter his notes PW and nothing more? What is the minimum notes.ini parameters you must add in the notes.ini? Researching this I came to the following minimum notes.ini and notes.cfg to allow the set-up of a new Lotus Notes user account, without any dialogue boxes except the final one “Setup has been completed” displayed:


[Notes]
Directory=N:\
KeyFilename=N:\user.id
MailFile=mail\mailfile.nsf
MailServer=CN=ServerName/OU=Organisation/O=Company
Configfile=C:\Lotus\Notes\licences\the_pre_notes.cfg
SharedDataDirectory=C:\documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Lotus\Notes\Data\Shared
Create_R85_Databases=1
TCPIP=TCP, 0, 15, 0
LAN0=NETBIOS, 0, 15, 0
Ports=TCPIP
DisabledPorts=LAN0
Location=Online


Please note that the notes.ini settings above are based on a shared user (Called Multiuser Installation during the Lotus Notes Installation) installation (using TCP/IP network connection, but I think TCP/IP is used by nearly every company now). Please note that you SharedDataDirectory will be different for multiple OS languages. Here are two examples:

German Windows XP:
SharedDataDirectory=C:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\All Users\Anwendungsdaten\Lotus\Notes\Data\Shared

English Windows XP:

SharedDataDirectory=C:\documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Lotus\Notes\Data\Shared

So if you have multiple languages deployed on your environment you need to have a script which detects the language before it created the notes.ini file. The name and location of the configuration file (C:\Lotus\Notes\licences\the_pre_notes.cfg) can be randomly chosen. In this example we place it on every workstation during the client rollout. The following lines have to be included and the notes.ini needs to point to this file.

UserName=User Name/Organisation/Country
IM.Server=IMServer/Organisation/Country
IM.Port=1533
IM.ConnectWhen=0
IM.Protocol=0
AdditionalServices=-1

 

With this information you should be able to write a small script which created the notes.ini on your network drive if it didn´t exist ;-).


Note:

Please be aware that version 6.5.5 of Lotus Notes is required for these settings. All prior versions will still show the additional services dialogue box as this can’t be suppressed in these releases.

 




I just read Mary Beth Raven Blog entry about the new Notes 8.5.1 spell checking engine.

So if you use the Standart 8.5.1 Client the new engine will use the:

com.ibm.langware.v5.dic.en_.... folders with AU..., GB..., US..., US_IBMTerms... and fr_CA which can be found in your Notes\framework\shared\eclipse\plugins directory instead the old *.dic files.

If you prefer the old spell check engine you need to add SPELL_FORCE_LEGACY=1 to your notes.ini.

 

 




IBM just now released IBM Lotus Notes/Domino 8.5.1

You can download the new version from the passport advantage website.

 

8.5.1 Included the following improvements:

  • XPages are now available in the Lotus Notes Client
  • Domino Designer has now a new LotusScript Java Editor
  • SPNEGO can be used for authentification via web
  • Traveler supports not the iPhone
  • Over 1.000 fixes included

 

Click here to read the System requirements for Lotus Domino 8.5.1

To Install IBM Lotus Domino 8.5.1 select from the following downloads:

32-bit Domino Server

CZ5RTEN

IBM Lotus Domino 8.5.1 for Windows English

CZ5RYEN

IBM Lotus Domino 8.5.1 for Solaris 10 English

CZ5RWEN

IBM Lotus Domino 8.5.1 Linux for xSeries English

64-bit Domino server

CZ5RUEN

IBM Lotus Domino 8.5.1 64-bit for Windows English

CZ5RVEN

IBM Lotus Domino 8.5.1 64-bit for AIX 5.3, 6.1 English

CZ5RXEN

IBM Lotus Domino 8.5.1 64-bit Linux for zSeries English

128-bit Domino server

CZ5RZEN

IBM Lotus Domino 8.5.1 for IBM i English

 

 

Click here to read the System requirements for Lotus Notes 8.5.1

To Install IBM Lotus Notes 8.5.1 select from the following downloads:

CZ5S3EN

IBM Lotus Notes 8.5.1 (standard configuration) for Windows English

CZ5S1EN

IBM Lotus Notes 8.5.1 (basic configuration) for Windows English

CZ5S4EN

IBM Lotus Notes 8.5.1 (standard configuration) for Linux English (RPM Install)

CZ5S5EN

IBM Lotus Notes 8.5.1 (standard configuration) for Linux English (Debian Install)

CZ5S0EN

IBM Lotus Notes, Designer, Admin Client 8.5.1 (standard configuration) for Windows English

CZ5S6EN

IBM Lotus Notes 8.5.1 (standard configuration) for Macintosh English

CZ5S2EN

IBM Lotus Notes 8.5.1(basic configuration) for Macintosh English