IBM know that Quickr needs connectors for Linux and Mac platforms.

They also have a long list of other requirements for Quickr that need developer resources.  Therefore, these additional connectors are somewhere on that list (not very close to the top as far as I am aware)...

So, a question!

Do any of your organisations, or your customers, NEED connectors for these additional platforms?  If so, is it the Notes and Sametime connectors that are of highest priority (assuming these are easiest to port/develop), or are the desktop connectors key?

Please comment and let us (and IBM) know.  If there are real users out there that need this feature, perhaps they might raise the priority a little?


By: Stuart McIntyre | 34 Comments | On: 28 May 2008 01:59:09 PM | Tags:  quickr  lotus  linux  mac 



Comments

1) Untitled
Andy Mell 05/28/2008 3:06:05 PM

We are desperate for the Quickr and Activities connectors for Mac. Its crucially important for the health of Notes in this company at least that the Mac client is seen to be at feature parity with the PC client.

The primary benefit of the Quickr connector/sidebar is the ability to easily upload the file to Quickr personal file sharing from Notes 8.0.1/8.5 and send the quickr link instead of the file itself by email. This alleviates pressure on mail quotas.

If I was asked to prioritise, then it would be Quickr connector first, then Activities. We dont need much more than this. Finder integration of Quickr personal file sharing would also be a nice to have.

2) Notes/Sametime plugin
Handly Cameron 05/28/2008 3:48:55 PM

There should also be a simple way to add the Notes and Sametime plugins without using the Windows installer. I suspect (hope?) that these plugins would run fine under the Eclipse framework in Linux or Mac, but Quickr only provides the end user with the option to download a Windows installer.

Maybe have IBM or the local Quickr server host the update site for the plugin and then allow the Notes client to handle the install?

Even if this was an IT level workaround, it would at least give us a way to extend some of the Quickr functionality to users while they wait for the file system integration.

3) Quickr Connectors
Simon Scullion 05/28/2008 4:05:42 PM

IBM want to claim we have an OS choice, but the truth is we find that near-parity between products and their feature sets is still some way off.

Surely this is something that would give them significant value, and avoid clients who have chosen Linux of Mac feeling let down or worse...?

I can appreciate the balancing of priorities and resource, but IBM know their claim is for cross-platform, why not go after that goal from the start?

4) Quickr Connector
Wayne Sobers 05/28/2008 4:37:27 PM

IBM should consider also, that if a feature is NOT available some customers will simply NOT use the respective OS - leading to a "there is no demand for this feature" self defeating cycle.

Quickr connectors for Open Office on Linux is a very strong business proposition.

5) Quickr Connectors for Mac and Linux? - YES PLEASE
Christian Tillmanns 05/28/2008 4:48:11 PM

Me an my customers need that. More and more will move to Mac and they want that.

6) Quickr Connectors for Mac
David Schaffer 05/28/2008 4:51:52 PM

When a user of Notes on Mac receives an e-mail from a Windows user he needs to be able to click on the Quickr attachment and open up the document, or else he will pressure his colleagues to send the document as an attachment and the benefits of Quickr will be lost.

7) Untitled
Andy Mell 05/28/2008 4:55:51 PM

@6, David, yes exactly, you put it very succinctly. For Quickr "attachments" to work, they need to work on ALL platforms in use within a company or there is no point.

8) Quickr Connectors for Mac
Rosemary Arce 05/28/2008 5:48:40 PM

The Quickr connectors for Mac are a must. The mac population is growing daily at our company as more people replace their old Windows machines with Intel based macs (faster and more flexibility). With no new Mac client until 8.5, not having the connectors for Quickr adds insult to injury. Mac users are Lotus Notes customers too. Having to switch to Windows to use the Quickr connectors is NOT user friendly. (I'm the project manager of the Quickr deployment and application at my company and it ticks me off every time I have to switch to Windows just to use the Quickr connectors.. can't even begin to imagine what the typical mac user thinks!).

9) IBM internally are supporting windows, Mac and Linux
Bill Buchan 05/28/2008 6:50:46 PM

Ironically, the Notes franchise is lagging far behind other platforms in terms of platform compatibilty.

Should they choose NOT to port connectors/code/clients for these three clients for ALL add-in products, customers can only conclude that IBM are not serious about supporting these products.

The QuickR connector, frankly, is the best bit of QuickR. As a Mac user, I'm NOT going to use that (or QuickR). And the same goes for Linux.

I'm really angry that we're even having to TELL IBM that this is an issue. Dont they know?

Domino Designer is a case in point. We've been promised Eclipse multi-client support for three years now, and this has been used as an excuse NOT to invest in Domino designer.

How can any new customer in the market take Domino seriously when the very designer client itself is suffering from this lack of investment, old interface, and frankly clunky multi-language support.

As for Eclipse Domino designer on the Mac ? I suspect I'll be a grandparent before thats a reality.

Dont let these new products fail in the same manner.

---* Bill

10) Quickr Connectors for Linux and Mac
Albert Buendia 05/28/2008 7:54:53 PM

Yes **to all**. My company wants to migrate Windows desktops to Mac and Linux desktops but....Where are the Quickr connectors for these platforms? And please give multilanguage support. We would appreciate more powerful to IBM Lotus Sympony (a new OpenOffice 3.x based on, perhaps?)

>load linux connectors now

>load mac connectors now

Thanks. Albert Buendia.

11) QuickR on Linux
Marius Neumann 05/28/2008 8:17:59 PM

Priority number 1 for me is to have QuickR for Domino on Linux first of all. Right now the WinDomQuickR would be the last annoying Windows island in the big sea of Linux servers.

One of our customer plans to put Linux on the clients too next year. So a QuickR connector for Linux would help us here too to get him QuickR licenced soon.

12) Thanks all
Stuart McIntyre 05/28/2008 9:35:49 PM

Thanks to all for your considered and constructive feedback - please keep it coming...

13) Quickr MAC connector
Kurt BInnie 05/29/2008 3:45:29 PM

I think the Mac connector is essential and needed as quickly as possible..In my opinion Lotus will lose sales by not addind equivalent Mac functionality to Quickr.

14) MAC Connectors (and Symphony Connectors) NEEDED
Greyhawk68 05/29/2008 7:25:19 PM

Quickr would actually be used in our organization a ton if we had Quickr connectors for the Mac. Right now Quickr is fighting a losing battle with Basecamp for users, and the Connectors are really what makes Quickr shine.

We need those connectors to work on Mac, badly.

We also need a connector that will work with Symphony (on all platforms as well)

These two things really make Quickr a no-brainer, but without them it's just another online document storage mechanism.

-Grey

15) Quickr Connectors for Macs
Michael Deayton 05/30/2008 2:06:13 AM

I agree with all of the sentiments above.

Our Mac user base is growing and one of the things we constantly fight with here is those users feeling like we don't care, that we are forcing a Lotus platform on them that does not work. 8.5 will address some of those issues, but Quickr is still missing.

Quickr Connectors for the Mac are a must, and soon.

As one of the previous posts states (@6), why would Windows users use Quickr if they are sending links to Mac users who can't use them? They are going to be pressured to send the attachments instead, and we may as well not have invested in Quickr at all as we will get no gain from it.

16) Quickr Connectors for Mac
Michael 05/30/2008 2:07:49 AM

I agree with all of the sentiments above.

Our Mac user base is growing and one of the things we constantly fight with here is those users feeling like we don't care, that we are forcing a Lotus platform on them that does not work. 8.5 will address some of those issues, but Quickr is still missing.

Quickr Connectors for the Mac are a must, and soon.

As one of the previous posts states (@6), why would Windows users use Quickr if they are sending links to Mac users who can't use them? They are going to be pressured to send the attachements instead, and we may as well not have invested in Quickr at all as we will get no gain from it.

17) Quickr Connectors for Mac
Michael Deayton 05/30/2008 2:08:27 AM

I agree with all of the sentiments above.

Our Mac user base is growing and one of the things we constantly fight with here is those users feeling like we don't care, that we are forcing a Lotus platform on them that does not work. 8.5 will address some of those issues, but Quickr is still missing.

Quickr Connectors for the Mac are a must, and soon.

As one of the previous posts states (@6), why would Windows users use Quickr if they are sending links to Mac users who can't use them? They are going to be pressured to send the attachements instead, and we may as well not have invested in Quickr at all as we will get no gain from it.

18) no, don’t need them
Alan Bell 06/01/2008 8:48:31 PM

Nope, Quickr connector for Linux and Mac can be struck off the list.

Bet a few people didn't expect me to be saying that:-)

Whilst you have the red pen out, strike through the Windows connector too.

So why am I saying this? Connectors are not the way to do Operating System level integration. WebDAV is the way forward. Like Alfresco does. I can map a drive to Alfresco or mount it directly on MacOS X and Linux. It just works. Linked spreadsheets just work. Drag and drop just works. Stuff that expects to find files at a UNC path just works. If you like you could do CIFS as well as WebDAV.

Incidentally if you use a browser to move a Quickr folder between rooms it breaks in the connector.

I don't mind application level integration through web services (but stop supporting Microsoft before OpenOffice.org and Symphony, that is just stupid) but Operating system level integration needs standards based support.

19) Quickr Connectors
Jon Mell 06/02/2008 11:57:51 AM

More importantly than conncetors, have a client using the Portal version of Quickr which doesn't support either Firefox or Safari.

Connectors are important to him too though!

20) Quickr connectors for Linux and Mac
Stuart McIntyre 06/12/2008 4:12:43 PM

Thnaks for all your comments. I will ensure that the right people in IBM get to see them...

21) Untitled
Lance Spellman 06/18/2008 11:40:30 PM

@Alan,

Can't agree with you on this one Alan. I suspect one of the reasons IBM had to build connectors was b/c of the absolute mess MS has made of WebDAV. You can't get a good implementation of it as it has a different set of bugs for each and every build of Windows OS. I worked on this for weeks in trying to get a WebDAV implementation to put files in Notes File Resources section. Yes, you could get it to work (for that guy with XP sp2 build .1354), but not for that guy over there with XP sp2 build .3445. No one's going to write commercial software with that kind of dependencies.

I know you come for a world these days where MS is very low in your day to day presence. Just b/c the rest of the world (linux, mac, etc...) actually do WebDAV well, IBM has to deal with a predominantly MS install base where WebDAV frankly is unworkable.

So to Stuart's point: I just lost the ability to implement a pilot for 1,000 users that could go up to 60,000 users on Quickr b/c Mac capability is not there. Instead we've had to propose an alternate solution that does NOT involve Quickr. Is it important to get Connectors for Mac Finder...um, yes.

22) Quckr connectors for Linux
Anthony Miller 02/04/2009 9:18:56 PM

I'm a "real" user that needs these connectors. It's unbelieveable to me that IBM has went to all this trouble to create a framework the makes the operating system irrelevant and still cow tows to the Windows world instead of doing it "once" for everyone.

23) Connectors for Mac
Mark 03/17/2009 10:57:45 AM

Any update on whether there are Mac or Linux connectors yet? Quickr seems to be a real favorite for those who provided feedback.

24) Update
Stuart Mcintyre 03/17/2009 11:07:11 AM

Hi Mark. Yes, an update was given at Lotusphere. The Mac connector has now been placed as a higher priority on the stack by IBM, and will be released this year, probably as part of "Quickr Next" due in 4Q09 I believe. Cheers, Stuart

25) Quickr Connectors for Linux
Giacomo Baglioni 05/29/2009 1:58:27 PM

We have really needs this connectors.

The most important connectors are the lotus notes connectors.

Also very important is the simphony connectors.

Tahnk You

26) what is the situation for Mac connectors
Eva Ragnar 03/05/2010 2:57:00 PM

The last post is rather old so I wonder if there are som news?

27) I need the Quickr Connector for Mac
Xavier Hernandez 03/12/2010 5:02:46 PM

My organization has had Quickr for some time, but we need the Quickr Connector because it helps to make people really use Quickr

28) Quickr Connectors for Linux and Mac
Michael 07/02/2010 3:21:29 PM

I'm fighting a difficult battle to move fully toward Quickr because it lacks Linux and Mac support. We've got more and more Macs appearing on Senior Level desktops. It needs additional connector support as well. If the product is going to compete it needs to have the tools and resources of it's competition.

29) Quickr Connector
Tripp Black 09/30/2010 4:34:39 AM

Hi Stuart,

This is an old thread, but just incase you are still monitoring. Did they ever come out for Mac.

We need within Notes client support and drag/drop/drive icon for desktop filing. (We are mostly Mac. In fact there is only two production PCs. Mine and the account manager's tablet.)

Thanks.

30) Quickr Connectors for MAC & Linux
Victor 10/05/2010 8:32:41 PM

I'm completely agree with all the people. Plugins must be available in all platforms. I've many customers who ask me every new version what about the connector for linux and mac. IBM please provide a completely soluition for all environments independant.

31) IBM needs it
Rex 10/22/2010 9:11:50 AM

IBM Needs Quickr for Linux.

More and more GBS practitioners in Commerce, Integration, and BPM practices are finding that they can't get all the software they need loaded into a PC running Windows XP. IBM's Open Client essentially Linux (Red Hat, Fedora, Ubuntu) with a bunch of Lotus applications (Notes, Sametime, Symphony...).

No quickr that I know of - yet.

32) Webdav
Marten Vosmer 04/14/2011 12:28:14 PM

I fully agree, so we started the development of a Webdav servlet for the Quickr Domino server.

Quickr Webdav makes it possible to access attachments stored in Lotus Domino Quickr databases directly with your computer, ipad or iphone over the webdav protocol, without using the Quickr place in the internet browser.

{ Link }

If you would like to try it out please email me for the test server details.

33) Quickr Connectors for Mac
Pettrie 01/27/2012 6:51:05 PM

Yes please, a connector for MAc would be so nice.

I see more and more Lotus developers/consultants use a Mac, why is IBM so slow in supporting this platform?

34) YES!! We do need connectors for additional platforms.
Maciej Szeliga 10/02/2012 12:49:43 PM

It is really quite difficult to leave Windows when the software we use is only available for Windows.

Quickr Connector for Lotus Notes should be bundled with Lotus Notes.



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