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The idea is simple. At the start of your day - upon completion of your first task - create an entry highlighting what you did and whether you feel it was an efficient or inefficient use of your time. Based on several requests, you can also select the priority, apply categories, or even align your time against a project.
For Lotus Notes Client v8.0 and above, you can use the Time Tracker Widget to make this process even easier!
My Configuration-based Rich Text Mail Merge and Emailing Utility, Zephyr allows you to create rich, data-driven emails to support automated workflow - all via Microsoft Word Mail Merge-like architecture. Dear <firstname> allows you to personalize each email message not only to the individual recipient, but also to the individual application workflow event!
xCopy is a simple configurable xCopy client for the Lotus Notes client. By creating and defining xCopy Profiles, you can batch process your file backup or remote upload jobs. With the addition of the xCopy sidebar widget, you can easily kick-off these jobs, and modify both the xCopy Profiles and xCopy itself.
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How to create whitehat viruses in Lotus Notes (or, I don't *need* you to click on my buttons anymore)!
11/04/2009 11:58:31 AM by Chris Toohey
How many times have you created an email with a Button, which you've coded with Formula or - hopefully - LotusScript that's been designed to perform some function? And how many times do people just ignore those emails? Sure, they open the email once, but they never click on your button for whatever silly reason they have. Ultimately, you're hard work is ignored and didn't get the chance to do whatever you wanted/needed it to do.
08/21/2008 02:56:42 PM by Chris Toohey
I've been cheating. When I have an application that requires some form of automated emailing, chock full of doclinks, formatting rich text, and other mind-numbing exercises in what will eventually leave to hair-pulling and teeth-gnashing... I cheat. See, I won't write on-the-fly emails in an application - aside from being a PITA to get juuuuuuuust right, 2 days after the application is implemented you're getting calls from the project champion asking for tweaks.
I'd rather avoid those calls, and give them the rod and bait that allows them to fish for themselves... if you follow me.
So - very much in-line with my Excel Export utility, I don't create an email on-the-fly, but rather take a configurable Email Template, do the required Mail Merging, and simply send that email on it's way. While it is generated on-the-fly so to speak, it's not as if I have to build everything from scratch.
Okay - enough small talk - we're here to get you this utility application, so you don't have to wrangle Rich Text or settle on simple Plain Text-based, workflow-driven notifications. It's with that, that I present Zephyr!
So... what exactly does Zephyr do?
Well, let's say you have a Helpdesk database where you wish to send out context-sensitive notifications when select tickets are closed. You can create a simple agent that - to make this simple - takes the contents of the source NotesDocument (
sdoc), and copy them to a new NotesDocument (
jdoc) in Zephyr which we'll call a Job Document. ( In fact, we actually need to change the
Form NotesItem to "jobdocument" in order for it to work in Zephyr!)
Once we have our
jdoc in Zephyr, we take a look at the Email Templates (
edoc) within Zephyr. Each Active
edoc contains a
searchcriteria NotesItem, which is evaluated at runtime against a NotesView containing all of our
jdocs, checking for an
@True-match. When found, we simply write a new NotesDocument (
memo) to the Server (where Zephyr currently resides - even works on Local!) mail.box, evaluate pseudo-Mail Merges against the
edoc, and copy all needed items into the
For some added goodness, we update the
jdoc with a stamp that tells us that the given
edoc has evaluated and ran against said
jdoc. If you never wish to process that same
jdoc again, simply add that condition to the
Subject, and even the
Body NotesItems of the
edoc are Mail Merge-friendly, allowing you to completely control the generated email!
So, if you use this application, all you'll need to do is use the typical Rich Text editor to define what your email should contain (including Embedded Single Category Views, placeholders for DocLinks, Computed Text, Attachments, etc.), the Job Document criteria specifying which
jdocs the Email Template should run against, and - lastly - externally deposite whichever documents you wish to trigger such Rich Email Notifications against!
In this release, you'll see a UI-accessible Agent called New Example Job Document. This Agent creates a simple Job Document - which when used in combination with the example Email Template, will send me a simple email! Also - the Notifications Agent is scheduled to run every 5 minutes (decrease that!), and is currently disabled. You can manually run the Notifications Agent to test the utility - which I hope makes your life as easy as it's made mine!