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Fri 28 Jun 2013, 09:03 AM
This is the third in my series, Out Of Notes (see  Part 1 - The Challenge and Part 2 - Capsule Views ), which shows how the Midas Rich Text LSX can be used to take data out of Notes either temporarily or permanently. In this part, I show how easily we can add a Midas export to EPUB from an XPages application. EPUB is the most widely accepted eBoolk format, and qualifies as a Capsule View, as it is a collection of documents exported together with navigation between them. Publishing Notes documents to EPUB makes them accessible to customers, partners and support staff on almost any device. In a very short video, I demonstrate how easy this can be with Midas V5. More information and the script used are at http://mini-lessons.info/Midas10 

Note: Accurate closed captions have been provided, and if English is not your first language, you might want to turn on the auto-translate. I also advise turning on HD and watching full screen so the captions show under the video.

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Wed 26 Jun 2013, 09:32 AM
In my video yesterday, I showed what I call "capsule views", but I didn't really explain what they were or how they fit in a social business.

Capsule Viewa single file collection containing both a set of documents from one or more databases, and the navigation between them.

In a social world, you can't assume that everybody has exactly the same software that you use in your business, whether that is IBM Notes/Domino or IBM Connections or something else. In order to connect and work together, a variety of formats and specifications have been designed to exchange data in well defined, usable, secure ways. In Midas V5, we use some of these formats to allow you to exchange data easily with customers, partners, salespeople and more. Here are some of the formats and possible uses:

EPUB files (.epub): ePublishing a set of documents based on a query or selection allows customers or your people in the field to work with a set of documents on a tablet or phone. All iPads/iPhones read .epub files directly, and most ereaders and Android devices do as well.  For example, a real state agent could use use a database such as Curb Appeal to show potential buyers home listings based on price and location, then send them an EPUB file with their top picks to take with them.

Web Archive (.mht): A MIME-based file format created for Internet Explorer, the Web Archive files can now be read in Firefox, Chrome and elsewhere with a simple plugin. Send a partner a capsule view of four or five business proposals along with related documentation from another database, all in one easy-to-navigate file they can read in their browser without without connectivity or access to your servers.

HTML view (.htm): Give your salespeople the power to download an HTML/XHTML file with data from one or more databases collated into a view, with additional information expandable under each entry. This can offer a spreadsheet-like collection of data for their immediate use, and it can be customized to the access rights and needs of each salesperson, without the weight of navigating a database and with the ease of printing out a result sheet to hand to a prospective customer.

These and other formats empower your company to share snapshots of data via mail, web pages and social media, all in encapsulated navigable form that is readable without special software or devices. Whether you are using a highly customized XPage application from a mobile device in Social Edition or a bog standard Domino web app from a PC browser in 8.5.3 or a classic Notes application from the Notes client in Notes 7, you can use the Midas Rich Text LSX V5 to maximize your social business.

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Tue 25 Jun 2013, 05:49 PM
This is the second in my new series, Out Of Notes, (see Part 1) which shows how the Midas Rich Text LSX can be used to take data out of Notes either temporarily or permanently. In this part, I introduce the new Capsule Views, which as small collections of documents exported together with a minimalist navigation between them. This makes it easy to send a snapshot of multiple documents together in a single file (whether .mht or .eml or .epub or others). In a very short video, I demonstrate how easy this can be with Midas V5.

Note: Accurate closed captions have been provided, and if English is not your first language, you might want to turn on the auto-translate. I also advise turning on HD and watching full screen so the captions show under the video.

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Sun 23 Jun 2013, 03:56 PM
I couldn't help but think of Warren Elsmore. This is awesome on so many levels (even if it has nothing to do with Notes/Domino). They made a nifty video of it as well, which really help understanding (a little bit) of how the mechanism works.


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Fri 21 Jun 2013, 11:59 AM
The planned last release in the Midas V4.x codestream is going on to the website today. The 32-bit LSX download is already there, the 64-bit LSX download will be shortly, followed later by the C++ downloads and more. 

While there are some significant low level changes, the primary purposes of this release are to retrofit a good deal of the HTML/MIME generation fidelity from Midas V5 back into the V4 code, and to collect all bug fixes and small interim releases which have gone out in the past couple of years. V5 will have major enhancements, but some companies may need a solid final version of V4 to use.

More details on specific enhancements will be posted shortly. Also, evaluation licenses for the past few days have been held up, so those will go out now that 4.32 is available. Please note, the series of posts/videos we are doing on Out Of Notes uses either then V4.32 version or the V5.0 version, so results may be different if you use an earlier release.

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Wed 19 Jun 2013, 03:37 PM
This is the first in my new series, Out Of Notes, which shows how the Midas Rich Text LSX can be used to take data out of complex, structured Notes documents and use it elsewhere. Whether a company needs to send small snapshots of documents usable outside of a Notes environment, or needs to export all of its data to an external system such as Sharepoint, they need the data in some different format. Midas allows high fidelity, flexible exports in a variety of formats. The one shown here is the Microsoft Web Archive format (*.mht), which is only visible in Internet Explorer, but which is a very handy single file format containing images, formatting and data together. Future videos in the series will show exports to structured columnar formats such as .csv, ePublishing formats such as EPUB, word processing formats such as MS Word and display formats such as HTML. In addition, the ability to create collections based on selection, view or formula and tied together with exported views will also be shown.

Note: Accurate closed captions have been provided, and if English is not your first language, you might want to turn on the auto-translate.

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