Working with files from Connections on your mobile device

Browsing and searching files

You need to install two applications from the app stores for iOS or Android to use connections on your mobile devices without a web browser: IBM Connections and IBM Editor. Let’s consider the possibilities that open up for files stored in Connections.

Starting EdtitorYou can edit your own files as well as community files in the app. In Connections, click on the pen to edit files in IBM Editor.

 

 

Add to syncYou can also synchronize files on your mobile devices and edit them offline. All you have to do is open a file in the preview and click on the download option. You are offered to synchronize the file to your device. No more is necessary to have the files available offline. Once downloaded, the synchronized files can be found in the Connections app via the More menu and after Sync   > option. While offline, you can edit your documents or annotate PDF documents using IBM Editor. Once online again, reopen the saved document with IBM Editor and save them. IBM Connections will automatically prompt you to upload the new version and ask you to comment on the changes. I highly recommend to briefly describe the changes. This also helps other people who have access to the file to get a quick overview of the different versions.

Show AnnotationsAnother note on PDF documents: neither in your  web browser nor in IBM Editor annotations in PDF documents are displayed by default. If you are working with your browser, you have to download the file and open it in a local PDF reader (also on your PC) in order to see the annotations. On your mobile device you have to open your document with IBM Editor and then must enable the “Show Annotations” option.

 

 

Adding Location ConnectionsIf you are using an iOS device with iOS 11, you can access Connections files also with the iOS Files App after Connections has been configured and opened. In iOS Files the storage location “Connections” has to be added to you Locations.

 

Browsing and searching filesThe integration into iOS works perfectly, including the annotation of PDF documents while online and searching files from folders or communites. To edit the documents or while offlie, however, IBM Editor launched from the IBM Connections App must be used.
At the moment it is also not possible to access offline documents via files. Dare to venture into these new possibilities!

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40’000 members, including 26’000 students, with access to IBM Connections at University of Zurich

Jason Roy Gary, Uffe Sörensen and Jonathan Muniz presented IBM’s future plans for the IBM Collaboration solutions at the last ICON Switzerland Meeting at the University of Zurich.

At the end of the event it was announced that from September 25, 2017 all members of the UZH, including more than 26’000 students, will have access to all modules of  Connections,  including IBM Docs. Fact today and as promised, the recorded lectures of the event are now available.

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Connections Pink and strategy for Domino/Notes presented at the University of Zurich

As in previous years, the IBM Connect User Group (ICON) Switzerland Meeting will take place on 13 September 2017 at 15:00 at the University of Zurich (KOL-F-104). Those who have seen 2012 Mat Newmann’s presentation on Notes will surely remember his yellow suit. At that time the color of Notes.

Jason Roy Gary (Director of Software Development and IBM Distinguished Engineer with IBM’s Collaboration Solutions) has held the future plans for IBM Connections Pink at IBM Connect 2017 in a pink suit. And his presentations evoke memories of Mat Newmann. We are extremely pleased that we were able to win him over as a speaker for this event. We are also delighted to welcome Uffe Sörensen (Social Collaboration Director – Europe, Middle-East & Africa, IBM Denmark) and Jonathan Muniz (Offering Manager IBM Collaboration Solutions).

Jason Roy Gary will present IBM’s future plans for Connections. For him as for IBM, Connections Pink is not just the next version of Connections. Connections Pink is a journey. This becomes understandable when you have heard what should happen in the base of connections in the future. IBM solutions such as Websphere or DB2 will no longer be the basis of Connections. Solutions such as MongoDB, React. js, Ngnx and Docker will form the basis. This of course means that code needs to be rewritten and the switch to new technologies will not happen overnight. IBM wants to become more agile and move away from releases to continuous delivery.

Uffe Sörensen and Jonathan Muniz will provide us with news and updates from the Domino/Notes environment. IBM Verse, the new web interface with offline functions from IBM for Domino/Notes, will certainly not be missing.

After the lectures, all speakers will ask questions from the audience.

Please register for the event directly on the organizers’ website. There you will also find the detailed agenda.

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Engage.ug – gagnée

Theo opening egnage 2017

Gagnée qui a pris part à l’engage

As last year, the trip to the Engage.ug paid off. How the journey continues with Connections PINK was explained in an impressive manner and Jason Gary has shown very transparently, where the difficulties in the implementation of the cloud and on premises solution lie. Also regarding IBM Verse and IBM Verse on premises, Scott Souder was very open and transparent in the presentation and at a round table discussion. Here it would take somewhat longer, until the real offer in the cloud and on premises is the same. Without doubt, missing features will still be available on premises. Sandra and I were pleased about the interest in our contribution.

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Avoid starting problems with IBM Notes on MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

IBM Notes 64-bit client runs on a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar only when Interim Fix8 is installed. If you install Plugins for Connections or Sametime after Interim Fix8, IBM Notes usually no longer starts. At least this was often the case with us. Installed in the following order, this problem can be avoided.

  1. 64bit Notes Client
  2. Sametime Plugins for Sametime 9.0.1
  3. Connections Plugin
  4. Notes_901IF8_MAC64_Standard

If IBM Notes no longer starts after you install the plugins, uninstall IBM Notes completely and install in the above order.

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Opening General Session an der IBM Connect 2017 – Remote mitverfolgt

In den vergangenen Jahren gehörte der Besuch der Lotusphere/Connect Konferenz Ende Januar/Anfangs Februar fest in den Kalender. In diesem Jahr habe ich darauf verzichtet, die Konferenz zu besuchen. Die längere Reise nach San Francisco, die kürzere Dauer der Konferenz, die guten Informationen, welche ich unter anderem auch an der MeetIT Ende Dezember in Mailand von IBM erhalten haben und der Zugang zu Informationen im IBM Champion Channel, gepaart mit der Erwartung, dass nicht viel Neues auf uns zukommen würde, haben uns dazu bewogen, dieses Jahr auf die Teilnahme zu verzichten. Was nicht bedeutet, dass die Konferenz nicht verfolgt werden kann. Die beiden Opening General Sessions (OGS) wurde Live gestreamt. Diese Streams haben mich eines Besseren belehrt! Seit der Lotusphere 2011, an welcher wir die Implementation an der UZH präsentiert haben, wurde nie mehr so häufig Domino, Notes, Sametime und „on premises“ an der Eröffnung der Konferenz wie heute erwähnt. Die Tweets mit dem Hashtag #ibmconnect bestätigen diesen Eindruck.

An der Closing Session der letztjährigen Konferenz wurde Inhi Cho Suh als neue General Managerin für IBM Collaboration Solutions vorgestellt. Sie hat es verstanden, schon nach wenigen Monaten Aufbruchstimmung zu vermitteln, was bereits an der Engage 2016 zum Ausdruck gekommen ist. Wie sich an den OGS‘s gezeigt hat, nicht nur für die Cloud- und Watson Lösungen. Domino/Notes und Sametime sind neben Connections „on premises“ ganz offensichtlich endlich (!) wieder in den Fokus gerückt worden. Diverse Ankündigungen während der Eröffnung lassen auf Verbesserungen in die etablierten Lösungen hoffen. In den letzten Jahren haben diese etwas gefehlt, auch wenn mit IBM Verse eine neue User Experience basierend auf Domino auch „on premises“ angeboten wird. So hat Ed Brill angekündigt, dass Sametime „on premises“ bis mindestens 2021 unterstützt wird. Das ist insofern bemerkenswert, dass IBM letzten Sommer eine Partnerschaft mit Cisco (WebEx) angekündigt hat. Im Bereich Domino wurden ebenfalls endlich wieder wesentliche Neuerungen angekündigt. So werden unter anderem REST-Api‘s, auch für das Domino Verzeichnis, verfügbar gemacht werden und weitere Ankündigungen lassen positiv aufhorchen und eine spannende Konferenz erwarten. Vielleicht doch schade, haben wir auf eine Teilnahme verzichtet.

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Windows 10 Mail-App Nutzung mit IBM Traveler

Mit Windows 10 kommt standardmässig die “Mail”-App auf einen Windows Rechner. Es handelt sich hier um eine traditionell dem Microsoft-Betriebssystem zugehörige Applikation, welche stets die Anbindungen an E-Mail und weitere Funktionen erlaubte. War dies früher häufig eine Outlook-Version mit geringerem Funktionsumfang (sozusagen “Outlook light”, auch teilweise offziell Outlook Express genannt), so wurde insbesondere mit Windows 8 diese Betriebssystem-Applikation nochmals kräftig modernisiert. Unter Windows 10 hat die App nach einer weiteren Komplett-Renovation nun eine sehr elegante Oberfläche erhalten, die natürlich auch im Hinblick auf die mobile Nutzung und Touchscreens optimiert wurde.

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Windwos 10 Mail-App: E-Mails

Seit kurzem kann Windows “Mail” direkt in eine Domino E-Mail-Umgebung eingebunden werden und dies nicht nur (wie schon immer möglich) per IMAP oder POP. Auch die Anbindung per ActiveSync funktioniert. Diese Möglichkeit wird vom Hersteller offiziell nur für den Einsazt auf Windows-10-Tablets (Windows Phone) unterstützt. Das hindert die Anwendung aber nicht daran, auch in Nicht-Tablet-Umgebungen von Windows 10 problemlos zu funktionieren.

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Windows 10 Mail-App: Kalender

Im Vergleich zur Anbindung per IMAP oder POP ergibt sich bei der Anbindung per ActiveSync der Vorteil, dass auch Kalender und Kontakte direkt unterstützt und synchronisiert werden.

Kontakt mit Windows 10

Kontakt mit Windows 10

Die Kontakte App in Windows 10 erlaubt auch direkt die Suche im Domino Verzeichnis. Auch diese sind dank Active Sync wie unter iOS für iPhone und iPad oder mit IBM Verse für Android nahtlos integriert.

UZH Directory in der Kontakt App für Windows 10

UZH Directory in der Kontakt App für Windows 10

Wer also auf der Suche nach einem schnellen und leichten Client ist, könnte hier fündig werden.

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Mulitdomain multisite WP3 Installation

Welcome! This post describes how to enable wordpress 3.x for multiple domains and allow each site to enable subdirecroty blogs using the network multisite option.

Each domain will use a different table_prefix as described by Richard. But using a diffent approach to dynamically select table_prefix. You must be able to point your domain or subdomain to your wordpress installation directory.

      1. Install WordPress
      2. Enable multisite option in wp-config.php
      3. Before setting up your first site, ad following lines in wp-config.php to ensure each domain uses a different table prefix.
        In wp_config.php look for

        $table_prefix = ‘wp_’;

        and add follwoing lines after $table_prefix = ‘wp_’;

        $table_prefix  = ‘wp_’;
        if ($_SERVER[‘HTTP_HOST’]) {
        $http_hs=explode(“.”,strtolower($_SERVER[‘HTTP_HOST’]));
        $table_prefix = $http_hs[count($http_hs) – 2].’_’;
        $table_prefix = str_replace(“-”, “_”,$table_prefix);
        }

      4. Now, create your first blog in the first domain you want to use.
      5. Next, enable the WP3 Network for subdirectories. This allows WP3 to split the content. Follow the instructions given for .htaccess and wp-config.php.
      6. Before log in next time to your first domain blog, change wp-config.php, Replace

        define( ‘MULTISITE’, true );
        define( ‘SUBDOMAIN_INSTALL’, false );
        $base = ‘/’;
        define( ‘DOMAIN_CURRENT_SITE’, ‘<domain>’ );
        define( ‘PATH_CURRENT_SITE’, ‘/’ );
        define( ‘SITE_ID_CURRENT_SITE’, 1 );
        define( ‘BLOG_ID_CURRENT_SITE’, 1 );

        with

        switch ($_SERVER[‘HTTP_HOST’]) {
        case “<domain>”:
        define( ‘MULTISITE’, true );
        define( ‘SUBDOMAIN_INSTALL’, false );
        $base = ‘/’;
        define( ‘DOMAIN_CURRENT_SITE’, $_SERVER[‘HTTP_HOST’] );
        define( ‘PATH_CURRENT_SITE’, ‘/’ );
        define( ‘SITE_ID_CURRENT_SITE’, 1 );
        define( ‘BLOG_ID_CURRENT_SITE’, 1 );
        break;
        default:
        ;
        break;
        }

        This allows to control which domain should use the network configuration of wordpress

      7. Next, you must ensure that all domains use different upload directory paths. WordPress ensures this for all subdirectory blogs except the first blog you created. Login in to your domain blog, in SuperAdmin select your first blog and edit your configuration. For the blog with ID 1 change the upload path from

        Upload Path: wp-content/files

        to

        Upload Path: wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files

      8. That’s it, your are fine for your first domain!
      9. Now, create the blog for your next domain and again enable Network for Subdirectories.
      10. Logout from your <domain2> and modify your wp-config.php. Change

        switch ($_SERVER[‘HTTP_HOST’]) {
        case “<domain>”:

        to

        switch ($_SERVER[‘HTTP_HOST’]) {
        case “<domain>”:
        case “<domain2>”:

        This allows your domain to use subdirectories and automatically split the content of the blogs also for this subdomain.

      11. Login to your <domain2> blog and modify again the upload path option for the first blog (blogid 1):

        Upload Path: wp-content/blogs.dir/101/files

        Choose for the subdirectory a number as high as you expect never to reach for subdirectory blogs in your first domain!

      12. Next, you need to ensure that blogs created in your new domain use automatically a directory path which is different from the previos domain path directorys. To ensure that, login to your mysql database and insert a row in the table <domain_prefix>_blogs where blog-id is, in this case, 101. Remove the row again. Next entry to the row will have the id 102, files will be placed in a separate directory by default for the next blog you create.
      13. Now create your first site in your domain, which will automatically have id=102.
      14. Repeat steps 9-13 for all domains you will use.

 

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