Serious question - Lotus Notes on iPad?

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    Hey friends,

    now that I think more and more how I can integrate my iPad into my business life, I come to the issue, that with my new job Lotus Notes is a must.

    Does anybody else had this issue already? How do you address calender and email-sync?

    TIA

    Khel
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    Before retiring, I had the same situation. Our IT department however, said they did not support Apple products and wouldn't help. There was no way to sync calendars, address book, e-mail, or anything else.

    At one point, I'd worked out a link between Outlook/Entorage and Lotus, then synched with the Entourage to MAC, but it was so "iffy" that I stopped attempting to do that. I went to the IBM/Lotus site and found some information there.

    But basically, the only way I could use my work related Lotus was the web interface. That's been at least two years ago, but I doubt much has changed in this regard. At the time, it didn't appear that either Apple or IBM/Lotus was interested.

    Good luck.
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    Our organization has implemented Lotus Notes Traveler.
    (free to many Lotus Notes user organizations)

    I just did a quick register, and I just get it through the Mail app, and it syncs my calendar, mail, todo, etc.
    Push, not just at sync times.

    Check with your administrators to see if you already have Traveler.
    It works with many other devices too. Phones, Windows Mobile, etc,





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    @Stever

    I owe you a beer! Many thanks man, that probably will solve my issue. And I will meet my Notes expert later today (as well as my iPad most likely finally arrives today).
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    I have traveler and it works great for calendar, email, and contacts, but how are you syncing "to dos"
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    Thanks for the tip. Work with Lotus Notes and always feel limited by its "sync" ability with Apple products. Maybe this will fill the void a bit?
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    My organisation has yet to implement traveller. I use doublenotes to sync to outlook and iTunes from outlook to iPhone I will do the same with the ipad.

    Steve
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    what I heard recently on a Lotus-Notes-User-Forum was, that iNotes should work without any issues.

    Emails works very well over Traveler, Calendar mostly - you can't send out invitations to others and even worse, can't accept invitations.....
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    I wrote a very long article on this issue, which is going to be published next week. In any event, I am very disappointed by IBM's entire mobile strategy and Lotus Domino/Notes is the worst offender. The whole raison d'etre of Notes is to provide document management and workflow - of which email is just one component - and mobile is CLEARLY the most ubiquitous, most pervasive and most convenient way to share documents and workflow processes. Why they have ignore the iPhone/iPad platform completely escapes me. It has to rank up there with other incredible strategic blunders like when IBM let Bill Gates keep the MS-DOS OS for himself. What in the world is Lotus thinking??

    Anyway, my rant is over...

    I, too, have tried to sync Notes and iPhone/iPad. I don't have a solution for iPad - other than to do what another person in this forum suggested and access it through your Safari browser. On the iPhone, I would suggest the Exchange connector with the Notes Traveller on Domino. This syncs most things but not notebooks. It's also buggy.

    Even better, my preference would be to use the middleware from CommonTime. They've been in this business a long time and they run server-side software that mediates between your Lotus Domino Servers and your iPhone/iPad devices. It will sync most of the data you need with a few exceptions (there's that notebook issue again). I have been a happy customer of CommonTime for over 8 years. I just wish that their custom design tools were easier to operate. This is useful when you want to have a custom Domino database made available to your iPhone/iPad.

    One especially nice feature of CommonTime is the ability to combine the data from several server-side contacts db's into the one contacts app on the iPhone.

    If you don't want to run middle-ware, then I would suggest using Google as the intermediary. I have successfully used Google to sync my iPhone back to Domino. Google supports iCal and the Mac Contacts as well, so that your Notes calendar and contacts information will appear in Google and in iCal on your Mac desktop, as well as on your iPhone. In some ways, this might be the best scenario if it remains future-proof. Google seems to be a pretty open player in this regard.
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    Hi there,

    Traveller is working very well with the iPad, except, that you can't invite others to a meeting, or accept invitations. Arrggghh.
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    The doublenotes solution mostly works for those without travler as an option.

    It isn't issue free though. I've found it most reliable if I sync one way with all updates done through notes. 2 way sync is hit and miss if too many changes in each direction. Not ideal, but gets me by.

    I've also had the occaisional new calendar entry or calendar entry update not sync. I have to have a quick look at outlook to make sure the change got there. Once in 20 I need to edit the subject line or something to force a resync.

    Pain in the arse, but sort of works when you can't get a server side change made.

    Steve

    Sent from my iPhone.
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    I think there are some issues with the web mail on iPad. The domino server doesn't recognize the iPad in the browser detection script because it's newer and as such down't push the iPhone mail interface. The normal webmail interface is unusable on iPad in my experience. I've not really looked at fixing it in my world because Traveler is the much better solution anyway.
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    I THINK that's slated to be addressed in the next release....
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    I see this is an older topic, but i don't see this in the app store for iPad, just iPhone.
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    Anyone know where I could find a "traveler for dummies" documentation? I was on the phone with my it guy from India. But I need some help figuring out what exactly has to be done.
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    Lotus Notes, Traveler and iPad

    I don't know if there's a great guide out there - probably is but here's the skinny.

    Traveler is a FREE addon that's installed on the Domino server. Version 8.5.1 or greater. So you need one of those servers open to the Internet. But you do NOT need to have your mail file on it, or even upgrade your mail server. That can remain on an older version. how cool is that? :)

    Anyway, once traveler is installed. You just navigate to it with your iPhone or iPad. Since it uses native apps - no app store needed. Typically it's something like this:
    www.company.com/servlet/traveler

    Then the browser will walk you through entering your name and password and that's about it. It installs a profile on your phone. Basically Traveler is Active-Sync and makes domino look similar to an Exchange server.

    It works wonderfully really. Mail, contacts and calendar.

    As Info - I do a screencast on Lotus Notes topics called NotesIn9. I did a show that talked about Traveler a while ago. If interested it's here:

    Episode – 005 – 8.5.1 | Notes In 9

    Hope that helps!
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    Integrate your business on your iPad with Lotus WebDAV

    With Lialis Lotus WebDAV it is possible to access (upload, download, synchronize) Lotus Domino databases on your iPad (or iPhone, Blackberry, etc.). The free download will be available in October.
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    A quick follow up: if you want to synchronize your Lotus Notes or iNotes Notebook (Journal) database, you can now do it with an App: NotesBook. Just search for it in the Appstore. Or have a look at youatnotes.com/notesbook.

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