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HCL Verse On-Premises 1.0.9 offers a new calendar event form design. How to enable it? Caution of the issue.

Verse On-Premises 1.0.9 offers a new calendar event form design. This provides an improved environment for creating and managing calendar events.

The new form opens quickly and is smaller and streamlined. Controls allow users to show just the options that they want to use. This is a preview feature that is off by default. To make this feature available to users, you must add new parameters to the notes.ini Domino server.

While testing this new “feature”, I found the issue that HCL Development will fix in future releases. More on point 2.

There are two options – two parameters:

  1. To enable the new event form for all users and prevent them from disabling it, add : VOP_GK_FEATURE_168=1
  2. To keep the new event form off by default but allow users to enable it, add: VOP_PREVIEW_REACT_EVENT_FORM=1
    Then, to enable the feature, users select the option New Calendar Event Form in Feature Preview section of Mail and Calendar Settings

If you use this setting (point 2) and the user selects a new form, the form will then appear completely blank when in use. HCL Development is implementing a fix for this issue. The fix will be included in a future release of VOP. For now you to use the workaround which has been described in point 1.

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HCL Verse On-Premises 1.0.9 released for download – System Requirements

VOP 1.0.9 is available for download only a few days before the release of Domino, Notes and Sametime V11. Do you have to wait for Domino V11 or can you implement the changes already? Complete documentation LINK

There is System Requirements

  • Domino 9.0.1 with Feature Pack 10 or higher on Microsoft Windows (64-bit 2008, 2012) or Red Hat Linux (64-bit 6).
  • Domino 10.0 or higher on Microsoft Windows (64-bit 2012, 2016), Red Hat Linux (64-bit 7), or AIX (64-bit 7.2, TL1 or higher)
  • Domino 10.0.1 or higher on IBM i version V7R2 or V7R3.
  • Domino 11.0 on Microsoft Windows (64-bit 2012, 2016, 2019), Red Hat Linux (64-bit 7), or AIX (64-bit 7.2, TL1 or higher)
  • Mail files require a design derived from the mail9FP9.ntf template or a later version.
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What’s new in HCL Verse 1.0.9

Part of the HCL Factory Tour in Tokyo was the presentation of Verse On-Premise. Andrew Manby had this presentation about Verse. This build can be expected some time after releasing Domino / Notes V11.

What should appear in VOP 1.0.9?

  • Calendar Event Form Improvements
  • New “Change Password” link menu option
  • New Verse version menu action
  • Double click open event in the calendar bar
  • Time zone enhancements
  • Read and open meetings 24-hours or longer
  • Verse can update the iwaredir.ntf template
  • New action that creates a QRCode for calendar meeting URL

At the same time the plans for Verse 1.0.10 were mentioned, which of course can change.

  • Search for emails within a specific date range
  • Implement mail rules from within Verse
  • Message “send and file” capability
  • Attachments and links meet UK Cyber Essentials requirements
  • Preview events contained in ICS file prior to importing file
  • Create a meeting that is 24-hours or longer
  • More Calendar Event Form UI improvements
  • Send mail on delayed basis

Source: Andrew Manby Presentation (HCL Factory Tour 4)

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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