Monday, January 7, 2008

R8 Addressing, You Worked Where?

As some of you know, Lotus Notes R8 is all about you/me... the user.
Make life better. And it does, it is and Outlook clients want to see it in action.

Now a part which I like is you can now retain email addresses from every email you send or receive in a sort of indexed view. So the email you deleted, you might find the person's email address still there. Thank the Lotus God.

On the other hand you may find yourself amazed at the email addresses you have in your history. I have about 15 that come up now. Cool, but weird since some are 12 years old.

Some users may find this odd that 6 years after the Lotus/IBM merger for instance, you can still come up as joe bloggs/sta/lotus as well as joe bloggs/sta/ibm.

The answer my friend is delving in deeper and you will need to wait for 801 to resolve this in a simpler manner.

In Notes 8, a view is created in the Personal Address Book (names.nsf) which stores up to 2000 contacts to which mail has been addressed. When you address a memo, the client will automatically provide entries from this view which correspond to the text being entered.

But if this is an issue for you or your client and they just can not be bothered to check who they are emailing, then you need to follow this tech note I have copied the text for those unable to link to the file:

The contents of the Recent Contacts view can be reset by shutting down the Notes client, and moving or deleting the contents of the directory,\workspace\.metadata\.plugins\\...

where is the path to your Notes Data directory, such as C:\Program Files\IBM\Lotus\Notes\Data.

Note: The previous contents of the Recent Contacts view may still display until a new message is sent, which populates an entry in the Recent Contacts view and causes the dipTable.ser file in the directory to be re-created.

In the end, moving ahead brings about more possibilities than previously known or thought of, so it is here too.

I look forward to where the 801 and later versions take us for the contacts/pnab/pnames.nsf/personal address book which so rarely gets a 2nd look by so many in the industry.