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Thu 6 Apr 2017, 11:27 AM
There is an old saying that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But a corollary i9n the tech world might be imitation is the surest form of interoperability.
 
A long-standing complaint among Notes users has been that many solutions build integrations for Microsoft Outlook/Exchange, but not for IBM Notes/Domino. While there are myriad reasons, it leaves an ISV supporting Notes/Domino with a challenge. Do we only support those solutions with native Notes/Domino integrations, or do we build out own solution/integration? Both choices are limiting. 
 
When we built CoexLinks Journal and CoexLinks Migrate, we faced this challenge again. Did we want to restrict our output to third-party platforms that support Notes/Domino, or did we want to build our own archival solution which would distract from our core business? We needed a third choice, which is where imitation comes in. If we could deliver emails in a format that sufficiently mimics Microsoft Exchange Journals, the data warehouses and email vaults that support Microsoft Exchange would automatically support IBM Notes/Domino (and IBM Verse, as a bonus).
 
So we did that. We render the emails with our exclusive high fidelity rendering engine, package them as EML files and wrap them in an envelope that looks just like a Microsoft Exchange Journal. Now, for our customers who need journaling for compliance, surveillance and analysis or legacy archiving for similar purposes, we can integrate with any of the myriad email vaults or data warehouses that accept Microsoft Exchange. Because the MIME format is standardized, even if the journal envelope isn't, those emails are preserved in a standards-based format that does not require a dedicated Domino storage. Of course, the envelope is just an option, as a customer can also archive or migrate using EML or MBOX format. Regardless of the specific goal, migration or coexistence or archiving or data warehousing, a standards-based solution is more likely to be readable and usablein the future, no matter what happens to the different email platforms.
 
Why not try CoexLinks Journal or CoexLinks Migrate for your company? Or contact us for further information.
 
 
 

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Tue 4 Apr 2017, 04:13 PM
Our newest product, CoexLinks Migrate is available and out there in the wild.. But since you haven't tried it yet (ok, a few of you might have), here is a very brief demo. Like, a minute long. Seriously, it's a back end product, so there's not a lot to see. Soon, I'll have some demos about the results, and why you should care, but if you've been paying attention to CoexLinks Fidelity, those won't come as much of a surprise. High fidelity email rendering to EML and MBOX. If that doesn't quicken the pulse...
 
 
Unlike the results of CoexLinks Migrate, this video is low fidelity. Sorry.

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Wed 11 Jan 2017, 11:40 AM
For the past 13 years, CoexLinks Fidelity has been very successful at helping companies with diverse email systems coexist. From handling doclinks in the early days to high fidelity rendering in recent years, CoexLinks Fidelity has been used by many of the largest companies in the world, as well as some of the fairly small.
 
Over the years, we have expanded the core functionality, but have always focused on email as it moves through the Domino system and out, whether "out" means outbound email to clients, customers, family and friends, or "out" means to mobile devices (via Traveler) and web access of internal email (via iNotes).
 
In 2016, we added capabilities to export email databases to MBOX and EML formats, but only released that capability to select customers. Over the next week or two, we will open this up as a new product, CoexLinks Migrate. Along with the ability to migrate email to files or to a stream, CoexLinks Migrate will allow in-place migration to MIME, thus enabling a Notes/Domino mail database to maintain its fidelity when moved to IBM Verse On-Premises.
 
We are also adding another product to the family, CoexLinks Journal, which allows third party email vaults to receive high fidelity journaled and encapsulated emails via SMTP, file streams or disk files in near real time, supporting corporate governance, surveillance, compliance and retrieval from a trusted archive.
 
Details on pricing and licensing will be released shortly, including bundling information for our customers who already use CoexLinks Fidelity.  If you have a need you would like to discuss or want more information, please give us a call at +1 216‒991‒5220 or send us an email at sales@geniisoft.com. Current customers who are up-to-date on maintenance with CoexLinks Fidelity will receive specific emails about their options for these new products. If you are not a current customer, but would like to try out an evaluation of how CoexLinks Fidelity and its companion products work, fill out an evaluation request.
 
CoexLinks Product Family Roadmap
 
 

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Tue 11 Oct 2016, 11:18 AM
I was reading an article on FiveThirtyEight.com, and noticed a very interesting technique. I imagine some of you have seen it before, though probably some of you haven't (as I hadn't). In the article, certain phrases were highlighted and had an arrow. When you clicked the highlighted text or arrow, a sound clip was played that was related, whether it be a person elaborating on a point or crowd noise to illustrate a different point. Rather than pulling you out of the stream of text to watch a video, this inline audio gave you the option to hear more while staying in the topic. I'll give a not-too-inspiring example below:
 
My MWLUG session was very well received.
 
There are obviously far more interesting ways to use sound, but the technique is very simple. I used SoundCite, merely because FiveThirtyEight did, but there appear to be a variety with different options to implement the inline audio. I used my own MP3 sound file as a file resource, though I plan to experiment and see if I can use a data URI, which would offer the most flexibility for me.
 
Let me know if you have already used the technique for your blog or website, or if you do after reading this, as I'd love to see examples of this outside of the "news article" setting.

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Fri 12 Aug 2016, 11:02 AM
For those who will be in Austin, TX next week for MWLUG, I'm looking forward to seeing you all. I also wanted to invite you to warm up (in Austin in August, who am I kidding?) for the closing session by hearing my talk in at 3pm Friday in Ballroom D.
 
Data Mining in the Mountains of Rich Text and Beyond 
Whether your company is staying with Notes/Domino, moving to only Domino and a mobile/web/XPages strategy, or moving away from Notes/Domino entirely, chances are you have vast mountains of content in databases created over many years. Accessing the simple data can be done in a number of ways, but data mining in the rich text can be more of a challenge. In this session, I discuss the myriad types of rich text and show various ways they can be valuable. There will be brief demos of techniques for extracting rich text, but the focus will be on how to use the data that is there for both analytical and archival purposes.
 
While we talk about unstructured data in Notes databases, we all know that there is a lot of structure built in by custom, policies or process. I will talk about how to take advantage of this structure, as well as how to tackle the really unstructured parts built into rich text. Data visualization will happen. Free beer will not happen unless you bring it.
 
See you there.

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Thu 16 Jun 2016, 02:50 PM
While it is fairly easy to integrate CKEditor into classic Domino designs, the actual results are not great. AppsFidelity can help here, just as it does in XPages. Try for yourself with an AppsFidelity evaluation. By the way, AppsFidelity is not just for applications where you might edit in both Notes and the web, or even for applications where you will ever edit the documents. We have customers who use AppsFidelity so that the documents will render on the web without any design changes or changes to the documents which may be untouchable after signing.
 
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