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New functions included in IBM Connections 5.0 CR2

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IBM Connections 5.0 CR2 includes new functions that may be optionally used or enabled by making changes to the configuration files.


IBM Connections 5.0 CR2 includes new functions that may be optionally used or enabled by making changes to the configuration files. This document lists each function, along with a brief description and steps to enable them. For information regarding IBM Connections 5.0 CRs, please review the Upgrade Strategy for IBM Connections 5.0 document.

Integrating Connections Content Manager (CCM) libraries with IBM Docs

    If the IBM Docs application is deployed, IBM Docs integrates with the library application to add new features and to enable co-editing of library document files.

    The library interface changes if IBM Docs Editor 1.0.7 is deployed. First, new buttons are added to the main library page for creating documents, presentations, and spreadsheets directly from within a library. In addition, a new Edit in Docs button is displayed for document files; use this button to edit library files with the IBM Docs editor.

    Linked libraries also support IBM Docs starting with IBM Docs Editor 1.0.7. However, to use IBM Docs features within a linked library, the library must reside on the FileNet server used by libraries on your Connections Content Manager installation.

    During the installation of IC 5.0 CR2 the Update-FNCS-ceclient script will prompt to enable a setting which makes draft files visible to all members. If you will be using IBM Docs within the library widget, you must say yes to this option. Here is an example of the prompt:

    If you complete this script without enabling the option, you may enable it after the fact by setting the "enableSharedDrafts" flag to "true" within See Site preference parameters in the IBM Content Navigator Knowledge Center for instructions on updating

Viewing thumbnail images of files in the Library or Linked Library

    Starting with IBM Docs Viewer 1.0.7, there is now a Grid View in Library/Linked Library which displays thumbnails of the files like so:

     Hover over a file thumbnail and the thumbnail transitions to show details such as who last updated the file and when.

    1. To download and open the file, click the Download Icon.

    2. To view a file, click the back of the thumbnail or the Preview/View icon.

    3. To view file information, click the file name or the View file details Icon.

    Enable grid view in Connections Content Manager libraries and linked libraries by setting the ccmMediaView flag to enabled in the LotusConnections-config.xml.


    <genericProperty name="ccmMediaView">enabled</genericProperty>

External users support for Connections Content Manager Libraries

    If Connections Content Manager (CCM) is used in your deployment and external user access is enabled, those users will now be able to access CCM libraries. If you want to give external users access to Connections Content Manager (CCM) libraries, you must run the  migrateAuthUsers script during migration. This script is in the same location as the other scripts for the ccmDomainTool automation tool in the  connections_root /addons/ccm/ccmDomainTool directory. Run the correct script for your operating system:
    • Windows systems: migrateAuthUsers.bat
    • Linux and UNIX systems: ./

    Note that this script affects only access to libraries and teamspaces created using IBM Connections, not linked libraries created using IBM FileNet.

    After this migration step is complete, you can add the Library widget to communities that are shared with external users.

Editing a file locally for Files and Connections Content Manager Libraries using the desktop plugin

    If you have the IBM Connections Desktop Plug-ins for Microsoft Windows installed and configured, you can perform round trip editing on a file. This means that you can check out a file, edit it locally, and then check it back in to Files. The file you want to edit must be a file that you own or a file that has been shared with you and for which Editor access has been assigned. Use the Edit on Desktop button to launch to open the file for editing.

    Enable Roundtrip editing for files in libraries and linked libraries by setting <enableConnectionConnectors>true</enableConnectionConnectors> true in library-config.xml. For details to enable roundtrip editing for files in libraries and linked libraries refer to the topic "Enabling round-trip editing for files" under "Administering Files" in the online documentation.

Enhanced Lotus Quickr for Domino Pages:

    Users who migrated Lotus Quickr for Domino Pages to the Connections Content Manager (CCM) Library will see the uploaded content of the file display in an iframe. The HTML inside the iframe is inlined and filtered for active content. Any script found within HTML will be turned off as a safety feature. The size of the document is limited to 40960 bytes. For best results, use the Lotus Quickr for Domino to IBM Connections Libraries Migration Tool when migrating content from Quickr (pages) to Connections 5.0 CR2.

Improved consistency for the error message when the description character limit is exceeded

    There is now a consistent error when the description character limit is exceeded for all components in IBM Connections.

Document information

More support for: IBM Connections

Software version: 5.0

Operating system(s): AIX, Linux, Windows

Reference #: 1695145

Modified date: 15 April 2015

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