One of the frequent questions we have gotten about our soon-to-be-released new product CoexEdit is whether it will support the Mac, or whether it can be used if the company has iSeries or Linux or Solaris. The answer to this is Yes and No. If you have CoexEdit running on your Windows or AIX server, you can use it from the Mac, and if you have CoexEdit running on your Windows client (yes, there is an optional client component), then you can handle databases that are on your iSeries or other server. (Of course, if you have a Mac running with an iSeries, you will have to wait for a while until we release a CoexEdit for the Mac or for the iSeries.)
One of the cool things about the CoexEdit implementation is that handles failover very gracefully. The base assumption is that when you save on the web, the server version of CoexEdit will convert the HTML automatically (and silently) to rich text, but if it doesn't, the client will do it for you when you go to open the document. The same can be said in reverse. This means that some early adopters are planning to use both the client and server versions at once, since then the client can then be set to preempt the server, so there is even less load placed on the server than there normally is. It also means that at least one innovative early adopter is looking at exposing rich text edited with Websphere portal to also be edited by a Notes client, using the Notes client to do its on-the-fly translation. Too soon to give feedback on that, but it is interesting how quickly people are looking to push the envelope.
All that said, I would like to say that we would strongly like to support a native Mac CoexEdit client, and plan to start that process next fall, and we hope to have a Linux server version even sooner, although no promises.
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