What's new in Lotus Notes 8 client?
Built on IBM's version of the Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP), Lotus Notes 8 was developed on a componenitized service-oriented architecture (SOA). As a result, Lotus Notes 8 is more extensible and, as a server-managed client, less time-consuming to administer.
Table of contents:
New features in Notes 8
New features in Domino Designer 8
User interface changes in the Notes 8
Lotus Notes 8.x client is a single install, and it has two different configurations it can run in: Notes 8 (Standard Configuration) and Notes 8 (Basic Configuration).
Notes 8 (Standard Configuration) is a culmination of new goals, and new technologies to support those goals; it makes use of the Java-based Eclipse technology to enhance existing Notes functionality (mail, calendar, contacts, etc.) and provide new features such as sidebars, etc. Eclipse architecture allows the integration of other applications, such as Productivity Tools and Composite Applications, into Notes.
Notes 8 (Basic Configuration) is very similar in experience to the Notes 7 client. It is available for cases in which the client machine's memory is too low to run the standard configuration. As in previous releases of Notes, clients running the basic configuration can access only applications that reside on Domino servers, and can use only the 3.x implementation of embedded Sametime Contacts.
To launch Notes 8 (Basic Configuration), create a shortcut on your desktop to point to nlnotes.exe in the Notes program directory. Or, simply launch nlnotes.exe. In addition, you can create a shortcut which executes notes.exe within the Notes program directory and add one of two command line switches, -sa or -basic. For example: C:\Program Files\Lotus\Notes\notes.exe -sa.
As of Notes 8.0.2 and Notes 8.5, there is a Notes.ini parameter that can be used to control launching of Basic and Standard. Adding UseBasicNotes=1 to a Notes Standard install will launch Notes Basic instead. If the ini is not present or is set to UseBasicNotes=0, the Notes Standard client will run.
Refer to technote 1318037 for a caveat with Multi-user setup and UseBasicNotes parameter.
Why the two configurations?
From Chapter 2.12, "Lotus Notes 8 'Basic Configuration' "of the Notes and Domino 8 Reviewer's Guide:
The system memory requirements for running the Lotus Notes 8 client with the Java-based interface are higher than those required for running previous versions of the Lotus Notes client. It is accepted that not all organizations will have the required workstation specifications throughout their organizations and therefore might not be able to upgrade to the Lotus Notes 8 client with the Eclipse-based interface configuration at this time. However, for organizations not able to take advantage of the Java-based interface configuration, it is still possible to install the Lotus Notes 8 client without this interface, or to install the Lotus Notes 8 client with the Java-based interface but not to load the option until the workstation has been upgraded to the required specification. The system requirements for this configuration are the same as those for the Lotus Notes 6.5/7.x client. Certain functions and features will not be available with Notes 8 (Basic Configuration). The full list of features and their requirements is listed in Appendix A, Lotus Notes 8 client feature requirements" on page 145 of the Lotus Notes and Domino 8 Reviewer's Guide.
How do you know which configuration you are currently running?
There are several ways you can determine which configuration you are running. The user interface for the Standard Configuration looks quite different from that of the Basic Configuration. See the "User interface changes" section below. Also, if you select Help > About IBM Lotus Notes you will see the current configuration cited. For example, the standard configuration looks like so:
New features in Notes 8.0
Notes 8 Eclipse-based ("Standard") configuration only
Notes 8 "Standard" AND "Basic" configurations
Integrated Instant Messaging
New features in Domino Designer 8
Eclipse-based ("Standard") configuration only
"Standard" AND "Basic" configurations
User interface changes in the Notes 8 (Standard Configuration)
This section cites some of the user interface changes.
"concept" in Notes 7 client
equivalent in Notes 8 client
|Personal Address Book||Contacts|
|Welcome page||Home page|
Notes 8 is a big plug-in to Lotus® Expeditor. Expeditor provides Title bar, Menu bar, “Open List”, Tab management, Toolbar (including Search), Sidebar (Thin, Open, Closed), Status bar, and Visual theme.
|The contents of the "Open list" are the same order as your Notes 7 bookmark bar.
You access the Open list by clicking the Open button in the upper left corner of the Notes client, just below the File menu.
Note the "Databases" item was renamed to "Applications".
Items new to Notes 8 appear at the bottom.
For example, you can see "Documents", "Presentations", and "Spreadsheets", representing the new Productivity Tools that ship with Notes 8. The Open list provides a way to launch a new word processing document, presentation, or spreadsheet.
You can easily get back to the Home page from the Open list by clicking the Home icon at the bottom.
Applications added to your Notes Workspace get dynamically updated in the Open list.
You can right-click the Open list and select "Dock the Open list" so it appears just as the Notes 7 Bookmark bar does, permanently on the left side of the screen. Or, to "undock" it, right-click in an empty area of the docked list and toggle off the "Dock the Open list" option.
Search options on Toolbar
The new default search syntax is more "web like". It is automatically scoped to “all documents” ($Search), but you can easily define your search scope as desired (for example, "All Calendar" searches only your Calendar entries).
|Messaging Applications||IBM Domino Designer||Not Applicable||Windows||8.0|