Saturday, January 4, 2014

EZ Notes Search Supports Searching IBM Notes 9!

We are pleased to announce that EZ Notes Search now supports searching IBM® Notes® 9.0 and IBM Notes 9.0.1.  In addition, we have added official support for Microsoft® Windows® 8.  This support was added in response to very strong interest in the Notes 9 product by both our existing customers and customers who are considering purchasing our product.

EZ Notes Search enables users to search their IBM Notes databases (mail, archives, attachments, contacts, discussion databases, teamrooms, and document libraries) using Microsoft's Windows Search feature.

The search can be initiated from the Start button (on Windows 7), Windows Explorer, or from within Notes itself.  When searching from Windows Explorer our document preview feature works for both Notes documents and attachments (if the associated attachment previewer is installed).

In addition to Notes, EZ Notes Search includes support for searching IBM Connections from Windows Search.

You can learn more about our product offerings on www.notesconnectors.com.

IBM and Notes are registered trademarks of the International Business Machines Corporation.
Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Choosing the right version of EZ Notes Search

What is EZ Notes Search?

IBM®  Notes®  users can search their Notes databases (NSF files) using Microsoft®  Windows®  Search through the use of our  EZ Notes Search connector.  Windows Search is very fast and easy to use: click the Start button and just start typing and you will see search results from your email, archives, other NSF files/applications, attachments and your files all at once.

EZ Notes Search has been available for several years now and we have developed different products to meet different customers' needs.  If you would like to see EZ Notes Search in action you can see it on our YouTube video.

Which Product Should I Buy?

One of the most frequent questions we get from customers is this:

  • What version of EZ Notes Search should I buy?  

The table below should help you answer that question based on your usage of IBM Notes and the version of your operating system.  

Your IBM Notes Usage
EZ Notes Search Product
(Clicking the operating system link below will take you to the appropriate product page on our site)
I read my email and archives of my email.  I have local copies (a.k.a replicas) of both my email and archives on my PC.
EZ Notes Search: Mail and Archives
Windows XP (SP3)
Windows 7 (32 bit)
Windows 7 (64 bit)
In addition to my email and archives I have other applications (a.k.a. databases or NSF files) that I use on my PC.  These other applications could include Contacts/Address Book, Personal Journal, Discussion Databases, TeamRooms or  Document Libraries.
EZ Notes Search: Mail, Archives and Applications
Windows XP (SP3)
Windows 7 (32 bit)
Windows 7 (64 bit)


My email is kept on a server but I would still like to be able to search it using Microsoft Windows Search.  (Note this version only lets you search your email database on the server). 
I am a Notes application developer, an XPages application developer or administrator and want to be able to do a fast search of the design elements across multiple templates at once.
EZ Notes Search: Designer
Windows 7 (64 bit)

How do I find out if I have 32 or 64 bit Windows 7?

The product you choose must be the correct version of EZ Notes Search for your hardware platform.  On Windows XP we only support 32 bit hardware.  On Windows 7 you should determine what version of Microsoft Windows you have by performing the following steps:

1. Click the Start Button
2. Put your mouse over the Computer menu item and using the right mouse menu, select Properties
3. In the System section you will see an item called "System Type".  This will tell you if you have a 32 bit or 64 bit operating system.

IBM and Notes are registered trademarks of the International Business Machines Corporation.
Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.


Friday, January 25, 2013

See EZ Notes Search at IBM Connect 2013


If you are attending IBM Connect 2013 (Lotusphere), please stop by our pedestal in the Solutions Showcase (JPG Consulting, Inc - #C38). 

We will be demonstrating EZ Notes Search:
  • Mail, Archives and Applications - users can quickly search their IBM Notes mail, mail archives and other application databases using Microsoft Windows Search
  • Designer - developers and admins can quickly search their IBM XPages (and legacy) ntf files using Microsoft Windows Search
See you soon!

IBM, Notes and Lotusphere are registered trademarks of the International Business Machines Corporation.
Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.



Thursday, November 15, 2012

IBM Connect 2013 is just around the corner

IBM Connect 2013 is just around the corner!   The conference will be held in Orlando, FL from January 27-31, 2013.  You can register to attend on IBM's site. 

We will be demonstrating our products again this year (our sixth year) in the exhibition hall.  This year our pedestal is very close to the escalators (C38). 

Please stop by to see our desktop search products for:
  • IBM Notes (mail, archives, attachments, databases, and design elements)
  • IBM Connections
In addition we will be demonstrating our archiving solutions for IBM Domino databases/applications including IBM Quickr.

If you can't attend IBM Connect 2013, you can still see our search products in action here.  All our products are available on http://www.notesconnectors.com.  Please contact us if you would like to have a personalized demonstration of any of our products via a web session.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Searching IBM Connections via Windows Desktop

With EZ Notes Search V2.3 users can search IBM Connections easily from their Microsoft Windows 7 desktop (in addition to their IBM Lotus Notes mail and archive files.)  Users can specify which area(s) of Connections they would like to search:
  • All of Connections
  • Activities
  • Blogs
  • Bookmarks
  • Communities
  • Files
  • Forums
  • Personal Information
  • Profiles
  • Stand-alone content
  • Status Updates
  • Wikis
and can also search more than one Connections server (for example a public server like Lotus Greenhouse and their corporate server).

To start a search, click on the IBM Connections area that you want to search in Windows Explorer (you may be prompted to login to IBM Connections) and enter your query.  In the example below we have a search of the IBM Connections Files for the term: "application archiver for lotus domino" which is in the contents of a file on the Connections server:



Double clicking on the search result will open the found item.

The search query is sent to the Connections server which will query its index of content items and attachment contents.  The search results are returned to the user and displayed in Windows Explorer.

The configuration step is very simple and only needs to be done once:

a. Open the EZNConnector application
b. Select File->New Search Connector... and the following dialog appears:


c. Select the type of Connector and add the server information (here we have added https://greenhouse.lotus.com)
d. You can also change the name of the connector and have the connector automatically added to your Explorer favorites.
d. Select OK and connector is created.

Users can create a connector for each of the areas they are interested in searching.  The IBM Connections server must have basic authentication enabled in order to search the IBM Connections server.

There is a free trial version of EZ Notes Search V2.3 available on http://www.notesconnectors.com

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Searching IBM Connections

We are pleased to announce that we have added support for IBM® Connections to our EZ Notes Search product.  EZ Notes Search V2.3 has these new capabilities:
  • Users can now quickly search their files, mail, archives, attachments and Connections using a single interface
  • Mail and archived mail messages now display the To and CC fields in the search results preview window
There is a free trial version available.  This is a client only install.  No additional software or changes need to made on the Connections or Domino servers making it very easy to use this product.   

This functionality complements the IBM Connections Desktop Plug-ins for Microsoft Windows which does not offer this search capability.  The IBM Connections Desktop Plug-ins for Microsoft Windows are not required to be installed to use the EZ Notes Search capabilities.

Please visit our site where you can download a free trial or purchase licenses: http://www.notesconnectors.com/search-software/

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Searching the contents of PDF files on 64-bit Microsoft Windows

Microsoft® Windows® Search uses a component called an iFilter to extract text from files when indexing.  There are iFilters for many file formats available.

In order to use Microsoft Windows Search to search PDF files, you need to have an iFilter for the PDF file format installed on your system.  Adobe® Reader includes an iFilter for 32 bit Microsoft Windows platforms.  For 64-bit systems, you need to install Adobe PDF iFilter which is available here:  http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4025.

Once the iFilter is installed, Windows Search will index the contents of any PDFs found on your hard drive and allow you to search for text found inside of the PDF.  If you also have installed EZ Notes Search from notesconnectors.com you will also be able to search for text found inside of any PDF attachments in your IBM® Lotus® Notes® local mail or archive files.





Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.  IBM, Lotus, and Notes are registered trademarks of the International Business Machines Corporation.  Adobe is a registered trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated.