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How to view the version of Verse On-Premises being use

Can a user find out which version of Verse On-Premises is used to access their mail database in a browser?
Yes, but it’s not quite user friendly. Someone would look for it somewhere in “About”, but you need to click a little more.

I have therefore created a new post in the Product Ideas Forum for which you can also vote LINK

I found it in the HCL knowledge database:

To determine which version of the Verse On-Premises is being used, you can examine the “build-number” in Verse. The “build-number” tag is an identifier that is unique to each Verse On-Premises version.

To view the “build-number” number you should:

  • Open Verse in your browser and right click on mouse to select the option: “Inspect”
  • Go to the “Console” tab and find the line that includes the word “Current Build”.
  • Use the table below to determine which Verse On-Premise version is currently in use.
Build-numberVerse On-premises version
12812-2501.0.0.1
12812-2521.0.0.1 IF1
13853-3251.0.1
14893-3421.0.2
14893-3441.0.2 IF1
15909-3761.0.3
16368-4101.0.4
16368-4391.0.4 IF1
16838-4581.0.5
16838-458
*Note this is the same as 1.0.5 as the client code has not been updated*
1.0.5 IF1
17009-4891.0.6
17394-5061.0.7
17667-5291.0.8
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Verse On-Premises 1.0.8 unavailable mail DB archive

You may not see the option to open an archive database after upgrading to Verse On-Premises 1.0.8.

If you have a “simple” solution where you have a manually created archive DB of your mail (without applying the policy), you probably won’t see this new option to open it to the VOP as described here LINK.

I solved this issue with HCL support and this is a bug on which request VERSE-57616 was created.

There will be a VOP 1.0.8a deliverable in the coming weeks that will include the fix for this issue.

More details:

The bug is due to the fact that the code was expecting there to be an Archive Settings policy document assigned to the user. If there was no archive Setting policy document assigned to the user, VOP would not show any archives.
You can work around this issue by assigning an Archive Settings policy document to the user.

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September? News, news, news ….

The beginning of September is really hectic. HCL is rolling out news with us starting with Beta V11, FP3 for V10.0.1, Verse On-Premises 1.0.8 and Domino App Dev Pack 1.0.2.

In addition, we are still faced with various problems related to the products transer from IBM to HCL.

The positive thing about all of this is that something is happening and HCL has been keeping the promised deadlines and news ahead of time. We are still waiting for the Beta Nomad for Android. But I think we have enough toys.

Here is a few links to the latest news:

  • HCL Domino V11 portfolio beta simply register here
  • Notes/Domino 10.0.1 Fix Pack 3 is here
  • HCL Verse On-Premises version 1.0.8 is here
  • HCL AppDev Pack version 1.0.2 for Domino is here
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What’s new in Verse on Premises 1.0.8?

IBM Verse 1.0.8 provides the following new features and enhancements. Release 1.0.8 is scheduled to be available in August 2019.
Detailed information: LINK

  • Enhancements to the calendar event design preview in 1.0.8
    IBM Verse 1.0.8 provides the following enhancements to the calendar event design preview feature.
  • See names in your native language
    In Verse 1.0.8, in work environments that use internationally-recognized names, your administrator may allow you to see names in their native languages and character sets. These are known as alternate names.
  • See your archived mail
    In Verse 1.0.8, if you archive your mail to an archive database on a server using another client such as iNotes, or if your administrator archives your mail on a server for you, you can now open the archive mail file from the folder panel to see the archived messages.
  • More support for encrypted meeting notifications
    There is additional support for encrypting meeting invitations and responses.
  • Font sizes are consistent with Notes and iNotes
    In Verse 1.0.8, the font size is the same as the font size in Notes and iNotes. For example, Arial 14 is rendered the same size in Verse, Notes, and iNotes. Previously, the Verse font size was smaller.
  • Improved web browser experience enabled by default
    An improved experience for users who access Verse from browsers on mobile devices is now enabled automatically.
  • New password and Notes ID features
    In Verse 1.0.8, you can change the password that you use to log in to Verse, change your Notes ID password, and manage your Notes ID.
  • Server support for IBM i
    Verse is now supported on a Domino 10.0.1 server running on IBM i version V7R2 or V7R3.
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What’s coming in Verse On-Premises (VOP) 1.0.8?

Release of Verse On-Premisees (VOP) 1.0.8 is scheduled on Q2.
So what can we look forward to?

  • Support for IBM I Series
  • Ability to open a server side archive mail file
    Link to archive appears in the folder panel. Control with INI parameterSupport for IBM I Series
  • Ability to display configured alternative name rather than primary names of users in the VOP user interface
    This feature is controlled using policies
  • Rooms and resources are now part of ‘find available times’
    – When searching for available times, rooms and resources will be displayed in the react calendar
  • Repeat dates are now shown to users, and others
    Users can now see repeat dates displayed in the meetings
  • Changed font in VOP to use pt rather than px in order to match Notes and iNotes fonts
    – VOP font size now matches Notes and iNotes
  • GA the ability to view VOP on a mobile web browser
    VOP on Mobile web browser was introduced in VOP 1.0.7 as preview
  • Ability to respond to an encrypted calendar invitation with an encrypted response
    – Now users can respond to a calendar invitation that is encrypted and the response is encrypted
  • Moved Security preferences from iNotes to Verse
    (Dependent on FP changes that will likely be in Domino 10.0.1 FP2)
    They are added to the Security settings section of the Mail and Calendar Settings page.
    Actions include:
    – Change internet password
    – Upload Notes ID to the user’s mail file
    – Change Notes password
    – Sync Notes ID with the ID vault
    – View info about the Notes ID
    – Delete the Notes ID from the user’s mail file
    – Export/Download the Notes ID from the mail file

What about VOP Next?

  • Set new Calendar event forms UI as the default
  • Move more preferences from iNotes
  • Ability to manage Mail Rules
  • Use Picture URL from user’s Domino Directory document for user avatars in Vese UI
  • Color Coding for messages

Source: HCL presentation: “Best Practices for Maximizing your Investment in Verse on Premises (VOP)” – Barry Rosen (Director of Product Management Digital Solutions)

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IBM Verse On-Premises 1.0.7 – What’s new?

  • Enhancements to the calendar event design preview in release 1.0.7
    In IBM Verse 1.0.7, there are several enhancements to the calendar event design preview feature.
  • Enhancements to importing internet calendar events
    In this release, you can import internet calendar events from an .ics file that is attached to a mail message, in addition to importing from an .ics file on your computer. Also, using either import method, you can import up to 100 events from one .ics file. The previous limit was 50 events.
  • Read messages marked as “Prevent copying” or “Keep Private”
    When IBM® Notes® users and IBM iNotes® users send “private” messages that cannot be copied, IBM Verse users can now read those messages. Previously, the messages could be read only through Notes or iNotes.
  • Attachment name used as message subject if no subject provided
    If a new message with an attachment doesn’t include a subject, the attachment name (minus the file extension) is used as the subject. If the message has multiple attachments, the first attachment listed is used.
  • Option to download all attachments at once
    When there are multiple attachments in a message, a Download All option is available to download all of them at once. Previously, you had to download each attachment separately.
  • Improved integration of forwarding addresses
    When a person has a forwarding address – used to deliver mail to an external address – the person’s forwarding address and primary directory address can now both be shown.
  • Filter by unread messages after searching
    You can now filter search results to show only unread messages. Previously, you could show unread messages only for the entire Inbox or an entire folder.
  • Clearer prompt to search directory when using typeahead
    When you use typeahead in an addressing field to find names, the prompt to search the directory is clearer.
  • Support for right-to-left languages
    A preference is now available that enables you to use right-to-left languages such as Arabic and Hebrew.
  • Preview of improved experience for web browser access on mobile devices
    A preview feature provides an improved experience for users who access IBM Verse from browsers on mobile devices. Administrators enable the feature on servers. Once enabled, the improvements are immediately available to users after logging on to Verse using the browser on their mobile devices. This preview feature is available for Safari on iOS devices and Chrome on Android devices.
  • Enhancements for developers
    IBM Verse 1.0.7 provides the following enhancements for developers.

IBM Verse on-Premises 1.0.7 Documentation: LINK

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HCL Factory Tours Milan – Day 2 Summary

After an intensive first day and a great evening followed by an interesting program right from the morning.

The second day I was most interested in the news about Verse 11, Sametime 10, Client Notes 11.

VERSE On-Premises 11…

Barry Rosen and Andrew Davis have demonstrated the functionality that will appear in the near future in VOP 1.0.7 :

  • ICS Import directly from an attachment
  • Allow user to download all attachments at once
  • Allow user to filter search results to show unread messages
  • Allow viewing of messages sent with “prevent copy” turned on
  • Better user experience when type-ahead yields no results
  • Change blank subject line to the name of an attachment
  • Continued enhancements on the modernization of the Calendar user interface
  • and several others

VOP features coming to VOC in Q1/Q2 -Subject to change:

  • 24 hour time setting
  • 30 days data sync for offline
  • Accept button added to Calendar Inbox popup card
  • Allow users to minimize the compose and quick calendar create docked windows
  • Dual Time Zone in Calendar Inbox
  • Extension: 3rd party Files repository integration
  • Extension: Custom name Picker enhancement.TO/Cc/Bcc in one action
  • Extension Enhancement: Hook before on Send: provide attachment name & size and bcc info
  • and many others

VERSE TOP BACKLOG ITEMS:

  • Complete New Calendar React UI
  • Complete effort for supporting Verse Web on Mobile (Mobile web alternative to iNotes Ultra Light)
  • Next Gen Lightweight Client

Notes & Lightweight Client Strategy

Another (for me) expected session was Notes & Lightweight Client Strategy by Adrew Davis

Notes 11 backlog sneak peak – Subject to change

  • Windows 64-bit /JVM 11 support
  • Mac 64-bit installer
  • Modernized Look
  • Stretch Goal: Create meetings beyond 24 hours – for all clients !

What does it mean to be “Lighter Weight”

  • Simpler Install and Upgrade – No more provisioning
  • Super fast startup – enough said
  • Single native process – No Java, less memory ….
  • Simpler extensibility model – HTML/JS programming – No more Eclipse, Java, SWT
  • and others

The first beta Lighter Weight Client should be in 2019

Sametime 10

What to expect in Sametime 10 showed Pat Galvin.

What´s in Sametime Limited use V10

  • Concurrent online clients – desktop, mobile, browser
  • Messages received immediately on all online client
  • Received queued messages when logging in on a client
  • Runs on Domino 64-bit
  • Fully compatible with Sametime 9.0.1 FP1

What’s next in V10 or V11

  • Server-side Chat History
  • Multi-Device File Transer
  • Multi-Device Voice/Video Calling
  • No More Browser Plugins
  • Docker for Simplified Deployment
  • Get rid of WAS, DB2, Sametime System Console
  • and many others

What to write at the end?

I did not get any more because I had to go back home to work. The journey by car was long enough and I had time to think about what it was like for 2 days in HCL Factory.

It was a great day with lots of interesting information, and it seems that HCL really means “Domino family” seriously.

I’m glad I could be there to meet a bunch of new people.
I’m glad I do not have to end after 25 years of working with Domino / Notes.

Thanks for the invitation, thanks to the all members HCL team.
You do not stop!
!

I look forward to May – engage.ug and sutol.cz conference

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Verse On-Premises 1.0.6 is available

Verse On-Premises 1.0.6 is available from December 18. You can run it on Domino 9.0.1 and Domino 10.0.x

What’s new in version 1.0.6

  • Import events from an internet calendar
    You can now import single and repeat events from an internet calendar into your IBM Verse calendar. For example, import events from your Google calendar.
  • Choose the language to use in IBM Verse
  • Enhancements to the calendar event design preview.
  • In IBM Verse 1.0.6, the calendar event design preview feature

VOP 1.0.6 of course includes news from version 1.0.5

  • New calendar event design preview. A preview of a new calendar event design offers an improved experience for creating and managing events in your calendar.
  • Add an image of yourself from Gravatar. You can upload an image of yourself to an account on Gravatar web site (gravatar.com) that is then shown in the Verse “important to me” bar. An administrator enables this feature.
  • Minimize a new message or new calendar event in the mail view You can minimize a new message or calendar event that you compose from the mail view. Minimizing collapses the message or event and moves it to the bottom of the window temporarily so that you can read other mail content.
  • Select from suggested folders. As you add or move a message to a folder, Verse suggests ones to select based on the folders you’ve used previously
  • Print your calendar. You can print your calendar and choose printing options.
  • Show an additional time zone in your calendar. Do you have co-workers that are in a different time zone? Now you can add the times from their time zone in your calendar to make it easier to schedule meetings with them.
  • Remove all messages from the Trash at once. There’s now an Empty Trash option to remove all messages from the Trash folder at one time.
  • Put the word Confidential in the subject of a message.
  • As you compose a message, use the option Mark Subject Confidential to precede the message subject with the word Confidential