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Wed 27 May 2009, 03:52 PM
These two questions usually comes up fairly quickly, especially with smart Notes-savvy consultants:

1) What is the point of iFidelity when most email is just plain text, without tables and sections and graphics and doclinks?

2) My clients are all moving to Notes/Domino 8.5, so won't that fix most of these rendering issues?

Both are good questions.  I'll pose one back: what do most management people like to use with their email that is improved in Notes 8.5?

The answer is, formatted signature blocks, which can be created in rich text in Notes 8.5.  I get a lot of emails from higher-ups at IBM and many other organizations, and virtually every one has a signature block.  There is often a logo, an email address, a phone number, etc.  Most of these people care a lot about appearance and professionalism.  So, since I am President of Genii Software, I'll fill in for these ladies and gentleman in the following example:

Let's assume that I would like a slick, professional signature block that reflects my status.  (Incidentally, you may not care about these things, but would the CEO or your boss?)  I use Notes 8.5, so I add my signature and say it should go on every outgoing message (although this example would work just as well if I inserted with the action instead.  Now, what would be the difference if I used iFidelity for Lotus Notes or just plain vanilla MIME rendering?  The difference may or may not matter to you, but it will likely matter to your boss.   And remember, this is just a one word answer.


Here is my email in Notes which answers the question "Could iFidelity help a one word message look professional?"  Note the rich text signature block below the one word message.

HTML signature in Internet Explorer


Here is my email as received in Outlook 2003 mailbox WITHOUT iFidelity rendering

HTML signature in Internet Explorer


Here is my email as received in Outlook 2003 mailbox WITH iFidelity rendering

HTML signature in Internet Explorer


Here is my email as received in another Notes 8.5 mailbox WITHOUT iFidelity rendering

HTML signature in Internet Explorer


Here is my email as received in another Notes 8.5 mailbox WITH iFidelity rendering

HTML signature in Internet Explorer

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