Category Archives: Traveler

The Official Word on Traveler for the Kindle Fire or Nook

In a nutshell….. NO

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Technote 1573745:Can Lotus Traveler be deployed on Kindle Fire or B&N Nook Android devices?

Has anyone tried and got it working on either of these devices?

Check your Traveler Settings on iOS5

If Reminders are enabled in your Traveler configuration on iOS5 you might see a spike in network traffic, and battery drain on your iOS5 device.

I configured a new Traveler account on my iPad, and it defaults reminders to enabled (currently Traveler supports Mail, Calendar, and Contacts), I am not sure what it does with an account configured on iOS4 and upgraded to iOS5, but it’s worth a check of your settings.

Update: Thanks Chris Whisonant for verifying (in a comment below) that Reminders are enabled automatically when upgrading from iOS4 to iOS5.

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From the Technote

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APAR LO65075: Ios 5 Devices May Try To Sync Reminders Continuously (IBM ID Required)

Open Mic Call What’s the Latest with Lotus Notes Traveler?

On October 12th IBM is hosting an Open Mic Call for What’s the Latest with Lotus Notes Traveler?  Lots of new features coming in 8.5.3 which ships on October 4th so get your questions ready.

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Technote 7022364 Open Mic Call: What’s the Latest with Lotus Notes Traveler?

IBM Lotus Traveler, Symbian & Windows Phone 7

In case you were wondering:

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For the time being this answers this question, I have trouble believing IDC’s prediction that Windows Phone 7 will be number 2 in the market by 2015, and Windows Phone 7 are still not flying off the shelves.  iOS, Android, Symbian, even Blackerry I get asked for all the time, I haven’t yet seen the Demand for Windows Phone 7.

Are you seeing demand for Windows Phone 7?

Technote 1470120: IBM Lotus Traveler platform statement for Symbian/Symbian^3 and Windows Phone relative to Nokia announcement

Traveler 8.5.2.2 is available adds Honeycomb Support

Lotus Notes Traveler 8.5.2.2 is available for download from Fix Central, this release resolves APAR L057889 Android Client fails to download on Honeycomb (as in Android 3.0).

The Motorola XOOM is the only device currently on the market running Android 3.0, and was only released a couple of weeks ago so nice turn around on this fix by IBM.

Direct Link to Traveler 8.5.2.2 on Fix Central (IBM ID Required)

What does the Microsoft/Nokia Partnership mean for Lotus Traveler?

Nokia (along with GBS, and Blackberry) was one of the top level sponsors of Lotusphere 2011, they had a huge pedestal in the vendor showcase, and generated a lot of buzz with their Nokia E7 giveaway.

One of the takeaways I had from the Lotus Mobile Strategy session was the fact that Windows Mobile / Windows Phone 7 were not mentioned at all.  Currently Traveler officially supports up to Windows Mobile 6.5, and by all reports the Windows Phone 7 is not exactly flying off the shelves, so I can understand Lotus not running to add Traveler support.

So has Nokia after working to build a partnership with IBM on Traveler, and spending somewhere in the neighborhood of $100,000 to sponsor Lotusphere now jumped ship? Even better question does it matter? Nokia sales are way down (in the US they are basically non-existent) people are jumping to Android and iOS.

Perhaps this is just one less platform for IBM to focus on now, and more effort will be placed on the RIM Partnership, and developing Traveler and Mobile Apps for Android and iOS which to me would be a good thing.

In my opinion Nokia should have looked at Android, though I guess Google wasn’t offering them millions that Microsoft reportedly did to embrace Windows Phone 7.

What do you think? Is Nokia making the right move embracing Windows Mobile, or is this a step in figuring out which three mobile platforms will survive.

Nokia Partners With Microsoft, Embraces Windows Phone 7

Some Tips for Traveler on Android

Having the gold release of Traveler for Android on my phone now for a bit of time, I though I would share some tips for optimizing the Traveler experience on an Android Device.  I am showing Traveler on my Droid X, depending on your device your mileage may vary (remember Traveler for Android is supported on devices running Android 2.0 and later).

Traveler will install 5 icons in total on your Android device, they are

installer The installer is downloaded from the Traveler Server and used to install the other applications

 

 

 

mail calendar These two should be obvious

 

 

 

lookup Used to search the directory

 

 

 

Notes Traveler This is where options are set for Traveler, and where I am going to show a few settings I changed to better suit my needs.

 

 

 

After Launching Notes Traveler use the Menu key on your device to bring up the settings menu, and select Applications

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The first setting I like to tweak is the Signature option, by default it is enabled and set to “Sent by Lotus Notes Traveler” My personal preference is no signature at all, but even in cases where I want a signature, I never use a device specific one, so I simply disable, you can disable or set the default to suit your preferences:

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The next step is to customize the Inbox view, and notification settings, from the Applications Menu select preferences:

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The Message Preview option determines what you in your inbox, and also as a result how many messages will appear on your screen at once.  On the left is an example using message preview, on the right is an example with preview off:

5 - Preview Enabled 6 - Preview Disabled

As you can see disabling message preview gives you 3 to 4 more messages per screen, personally I prefer to see more messages per screen and forgo the preview.

While in Preferences you can also set your notification options on receipt of new mail:

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Finally the last option I am going to cover today is Auto Sync which you can use to control how frequently your Device syncs with the server.  There are two periods you can define, peak and off-peak, the default is for peak to be “Always Connected”, and off-peak “Every 15 minutes” To access these preferences select the Auto Sync option from the Settings menu, here you can set the peak and off peak time windows as well as the sync option for each:

Auto Sync 9 - peak off peak options

As you can see I have changed my peak time period from “Always Connected” to “Every 15 minutes”, I find it is less of a drain on battery life (again you know I worry about these things), and I can always initiate a manual sync from my inbox if I need something more immediate.

I hope these tips help you customize your Traveler on Android experience, and if you have a good tip, do please leave a comment.

Why Not Put Lotus Traveler in the Android Market?

In case you missed it, yesterday Lotus Notes Traveler 8.5.2.1 shipped, officially adding Android support to Lotus Notes Traveler. There is a lot of positive I can say about what IBM has done in providing Android support.  From making the right decision to write their own clients, as well as being responsive to suggestions given during the design partner and managed beta process, to delivering a client that throughout beta has been stable, lots of good stuff, however there is one thing I don’t understand and that is the distribution method they have chosen for the Traveler client.

Don’t get me wrong Installing Traveler on your Android phone is a rather simple process, you log on to your company’s Traveler server from your device, select the option to configure your Android Device, which downloads the Lotus Installer, which installs the components of Traveler.  The Installer also provides a mechanism to provide updates to the Traveler client as they become available.  So what is wrong with this? (should this sound at all complicated to anyone, I assure you it is not, and it is very consistent with the process to install many Android applications from the Android Market)

First in order to install an application from a source other then the Android Market, the “Unknown sources” option must be manually checked on the device:

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Second, if you read the announcements carefully there is this little nugget

“AT&T: Lotus Notes Traveler for Android installs and run well on all Android devices, with the exception of Android devices  from AT&T, due to an AT&T policy decision that supports the installation of applications only from the Android Marketplace. AT&T is planning to resolve this issue in early 2011.”

Yep that’s right AT&T currently does not offer the option to allow “Unknown sources” so Traveler can not be used by anyone who has an Android phone from AT&T.

Both of these issues could be easily solved by distributing the Traveler client via the Android Market, I can not understand why this is not being done.  While you need to be licensed to use Traveler, with out a server I am not sure what one would actually do with the client, so I don’t see the downside of having it available free in the Market.  In the iOS world IBM Lotus Notes Traveler Companion which adds support for encrypted mail in iPhone and iPad is freely available in the App Store.  Why would you treat Android differently.  Also a Lotus Software presence in the Android Market would be a good thing, since they have virtually none today

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Yes there are a few Lotus related applications, but nothing from IBM.

So why not put the Traveler client in the Android market, I can not see the downside, but I do see ease of use, and a real presence for Lotus in the Android Market as a huge upside.

Additional Information:

Lotus Notes Traveler Product Homepage

Lotus Notes Traveler 8.5.2.1 Product Documentation

Traveler 8.5.2.1 With Android Support has Shipped

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I am downloading now, beta has been great, looking forward to upgrading to the gold code.

Technotes for Lotus Notes Traveler

Lots of ND 8.0.1 Technotes are appearing today, including more information about Lotus Notes Traveler. Technote 7011701 Detailed system requirements – IBM Lotus Notes Traveler 8.0.1 Technote 1294566 IBM Lotus Notes Traveler 8.0.1 – Troubleshooting Technote 1294477 IBM Lotus Notes Traveler 8.0.1 – Limitations and restrictions There are a number of items to be aware of detailed in the technote, but probably most importantly is this one regarding mail deleted on the mobile device.

Items are deleted immediately on the mobile device. They are not moved to a trash folder on the device.

As previously announced Windows Mobile is the only supported platform for this release, but I expect to see more mobile platforms in the near future, which is good news, I have been running Traveler for a while now, and as I have mentioned my only complaint so far has been the Windows Mobile device, not traveler itself.  Since the first beta drop install and configuration has been easy, and it has been very stable, and of course if you are already running Notes/Domino you can’t beat the price.