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Publishing Zephyr on, but before I do...

Zephyr Today, via Twitter, Denny Russell suggested Zephyr -- my IBM Lotus Notes/Domino Rich Text Mail-Merge and Email Utility -- to someone looking to send 800+ custom-to-recipient emails as part of (what I can assume) a marketing campaign. The only problem I saw with that was Denny's tweet response stated that it was an OpenNTF project. See, it isn't.

But after reading that, I wondered why it wasn't an OpenNTF project...

So tonight I created a new project on for Zephyr.< /p>

If you go to that project now (or at least at the time of this writing), the project page is blank. I did that, as I don't want to publish Zephyr v0.1, but rather clean a few things up and publish v1.0.

For that, I'll need your help: what do you want to see in this reinforced version of Zephyr?

But before that, let's recap what Zephyr does... via this Zephyr Screencast Demo (new window).

Now a few awesome suggestions that I'd gotten before or things that have been on my mind that are definitely going to make the list:

  • Timestamps vs. 1 in the key NotesItems for each jobdocument.
  • Eval-friendly inline formulas: <^@Text(@Date(@Now))^>
  • Cleaning up some of the redundant Rich Text Mail Merge code...
  • Create Preferences-driven jobdocument retention policies: ie, keep for n days

So what else would you like to see in v1.0? Comment with your suggestions and I'll do my best to make sure they get into the build!

About the author: Chris Toohey

Thought Leadership, Web & Mobile Application Development, Solutions Integration, Technical Writing & Mentoring

A published developer and webmaster of, Chris Toohey specializes in platform application development, solutions integration, and evangelism of platform capabilities and best practices.

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