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  1. Grok

    Grok New Member This Topic's Starter

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    Hello all,




    I have searched all over the internet, but I couldnt find any app that allows me to sync my Lotus Notes calender with my HTC Magic.
    All I have found are applications that sync Lotus Notes over Google Calender. I DO NOT WANT THIS . It's serious company security guidline offense, and I sure as hell do not want my corporate data to be uploaded to a 3rd party server.


    I cannot believe that there is no app. ( now when the 2nd generation Android phones are starting to emerge) that can sync via USB, without resorting to Google Calendar. This is a serious issue for me, and I am sure for other business users aswell, that do not want their company data to be uploaded to Google.


    I am very well aware that Lotus/Domino is not as popular as Outlook/Exchange, but alas, I have no choice, since it's my companies messaging platform of choice. Am I missing out on something? Can anyone point me towards an app that I have perhaps omitted?


    Just give me my USB-synch back! :mad:





    Thank you,
    a discouraged new HTC Magic user
     

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  2. rizvee

    rizvee New Member

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    Grok,
    I am in exactly the same situation. At first, I used iPhone for a good 2 years, trying different ways to sync lotus notes, but to no avail. I was hoping that since Android is open someone would've developed an application for this, but it doesn't seem to be the case.

    I just need a robust, old-fashioned USB sync that does calendar, todos and contacts (i don't need email). How difficult can that be? I would be quite happy to pay up to 50 dollars for the right app, but just can't find it.

    I tried CompanionLink for iPhone, and its the worst piece of crap imaginable.

    I've finally settled on an entry-level Blackberry (without the BES Connection), as I can atleast get my calendar on it. The itch for a nicer OS (read Android) that supports Lotus Notes sync remains.
     
  3. clarkw

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    Howdy,

    I am also held captive by corporate dictates. We use Lotus, and I just better get used to it. It sure would be nice to be able to sync my calendar, to-do and contacts directly to my G1. USB to USB, not upload to third party server for anyone to access.

    How bout it developers? I would be willing to pay for an application that would fill my needs.

    ClarkW
     
  4. unixguy65

    unixguy65 New Member

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    All,

    I have used mnotes from commontime with my palm phone for almost 2 years. I just checked their website at CommonTime : Home of market leading wireless mobility solutions and they have a version of the product for android. All I can say is that they are lotus notes people as I have never had a product that synchronized so well. I plan on getting this for my next phone which will be android.
     
  5. ScotPjotr

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    I'll happily add $50 to the pot for a decent solution !
     
  6. HollyHayley

    HollyHayley Active Member

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    CommonTime has now added support for Android devices to its individual user product mNotes Wireless(mSuite it for corporates really).

    I would definately recommend a free trial to see how it would work for you. It is a really good product for Lotus Notes and does give the best functionality around. It would be interesting to get feedback on if it give you everything you are looking for. I work for CommonTime and the feedback we have from iPhone and Pre users has been good, but it would be great to hear from Android users too!

    You can try it here www.commontime.com/try

    It is the wireless product that you will need. :)
     
  7. ScotPjotr

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    HollyHayley,
    Yup, seen that, the application seems to have come online in the last few days. Installing it now, had some issues. Contacted CT support who reponded VERY quickly saying it will only work from Notes version 7.02 (I had 7.0 so installing upgrade now).
    Will report back - has anyone got this working successfully yet ?
    ScotPjotr
     
  8. HollyHayley

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    Glad Support were able to help you out :)

    We obviously have had it running here successfully on Android and people have been downloading and activating OK since Monday, when it was released, but of course difficult to know how many of those are Android users as the latest release also added iPhone and Palm Pre...

    You could be the very first :eek:!
     
  9. JackTheMan18

    JackTheMan18 Well-Known Member

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    I also have exactly the same issue. My corporate email and calendar is on lotus notes (version 6.5). No interface is allowed.

    My solution:
    1. I was able to export my calendar entries from Lotus Notes into an ical file, using a tool called ICalendar, available from the Notes website (made up by David Gurney).
    2. Each calendar entry is exported to a separate file, which is then imported into my Google Calendar (using the import calendar functionality).
    3. After my Google Calendar is changed, my phone synchs automatically.

    A little clunky, but it definitely works.
     
  10. ScotPjotr

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    YES !
    Installed Notes 7.03 yesterday. Already had mNotes wireless installed before, and as soon as I relaunched Notes it kicked into action ! Within minutes all my calendar items, mail and contacts had been sync'ed, just as I was used to on Windows Mobile (sorry for using those words on this forum).
    /me is :)very:) happy now (untill the free trial period ends at last).
     
  11. Kazakaz

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    The Missing Sync does not appear to have support for Lotus Notes. Please correct me if I have missed it.
     
  13. Alphadroid

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    Wave Global are due to release an app called MyLink that does just that. It lets you synchronize mail, contacts, calendar, to do etc
     
  14. HollyHayley

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    ScotPjotr Glad you got this up and running and it is working out for you! Good news is that by the time your free trial is up the price for mNotes Wireless will be reduced significantly - I will let you know as soon as it is all official :).
     
  15. Kazakaz

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    I just downloaded Touchdown with Exchange Activesync, and was able to connect to our Lotus Traveler 8.5.1 server. I can get my email, calendar, and contacts. You have to view everything in the app though, it doesn't integrate into the built-in Android apps.
     
  16. borderless

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    It also doesn't allow you to do lookups on the corporate directory (GAL).

    In addition to that, most emails don't get properly rendered as HTML (at least for me).

    Finally, the most annoying is that when the email can't be rendered as HTML like most the emails I get, the URLs and phone numbers are not clickable.

    I'm waiting for mNotes to work with the native EAS on the Droid (should happen next week) to see if that works.
     
  17. HollyHayley

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    mNotes Wireless price has been cut by 50% as of today. Now just $69.95 sub fee - work out at under $6 a month for the year.

    CommonTime : Products : mNotes

    As far as I know Droid fix is on track for this week so hope that helps you out borderless. Anyone with HTC Hero should be able to download a free trial and get it working now though. Will keep you updated on the fixes for Droid and other devices as they come along. :)
     
  18. borderless

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    Thanks Holly - looking forward to it.
     
  19. rwrife

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    The Seven client for Android w/ Seven for Workplaces on the desktop (server) seems to work pretty good for pushing email, contacts, etc to the phone. You can register for the beta at SEVEN Beta Program.
     
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    Hi JT3 - latest I have is will be fixed this week. As soon as I can be more specific I will be. I know the waiting is frustrating, but as with every new phone th Android OS is slightly different, it requires a load of fixes and full testing before we can be sure the solution is right. Don't want to put something out their that is a half fix. Taking a bit longer than expected I think so apologies for that and will post more news as soon as I know - which I hope to be very soon! :)
     
  22. spiff72

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    Uh oh - I just saw something mentioned above that mNotes wireless require Notes version 7.0.2? That's bad news for me - we use 7.0.1! And I have no control over when we will be upgrading to a newer version.

    Crap. This wait for the new version of mNotes wireless may just be in vain...

    Can anyone else (or Holly) confirm that this is true?

    Thanks
    Jeff
     
  23. HollyHayley

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    Hi Jeff - what a different a 0.0.1 makes...I am afraid the Exchange Active Sync device support- which obviously included Android - is only compatible wih 7.0.2. So sorry to be the bearer of bad news there! I will try and find out what the implications of trying to use with 7.0.1 are as it may be there is a work around or it hasn't been tested, but it is pretty set in the documentation for 7.0.2 so there must be a reason for that. Fingers crossed you can upgrade soon! :(
     
  24. spiff72

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    Actually i found out we are upgrading to 8.5 by the end of the year - hopefully that is compatible?
     
  25. HollyHayley

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    Hi JT3 - Droid fixes finally fixed and mNotes Wireless 5.12 online now!

    To download go to:

    CommonTime : Products : mNotes

    You need the WIRELESS version. Desktop only works for Windows Mobile.

    Also working now for Nexus One so list of Android devices supported is, Eris, Motorola Cliq, Motorola Droid, HTC Hero, Acer Liquid and Nexus.

    Hope it works out for you!
     

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