Monday, August 02, 2010

SDMS Version 4.5.10 for Lotus Notes released (03 August 2010)

The very popular free Lotus Notes application SDMS (a Simple Document Management System) was released today (3rd August 2010).

SDMS has been upgraded to incorporate NotesTracker Version 5.2 which itself was released only yesterday.

image There’s also a fix for the Category and Sub-Category fields (the drop-down list was being blanked in edit mode).

It was one of those simple bugs that was “staring me in the face” and for some unknown reason I only just twigged to it a few days ago. … Duh!

Go get your free copy of SDMS Version 4.5.10 either here (Dallas server) or here (Sydney server), and ENJOY.

NotesTracker Version 5.2 released (02 August 2010)

I’m extremely happy to announce that version 5.2 of NotesTracker is now available for download, as is the updated NotesTracker Guide which fully describes NotesTracker: its features, why and how you would use NotesTracker, together with planning and technical guidance for managers, administrators and developers.

You can download the evaluation or licensed (purchased) editions of NotesTracker v5.2 from either of two sites:

The NotesTracker Guide is downloadable from the same web page:

The overview section of the guide has been  rewritten to better present the rationale behind the development of NotesTracker, and to describe some ways you might use NotesTracker for such things as database content tracking, compliance and privacy auditing, live feeds within the Lotus Notes desktop client (analogous to Web browser RSS feeds), and more.

A section was added describing the new function of tracking changes to attachments, which enables you to get a handle of the names and sizes of attachments in a document in NotesTracker’s usual “before” and “after” fashion. For example:


This example shows that one attachment was removed (circled in red) from the Notes document, and one was attached (circled in green).

Amongst many additions to the NotesTracker Guide is a description of a really great way to visualize the NotesTracker Repository usage log views, courtesy of (which is is devoted to enabling groups of individuals all over the world to collaborate on IBM Lotus Notes and Domino applications and release them as open source).

In this case I’m talking about Notes Reconn which enables you to create reports and Charts from any Lotus Notes database (via an interface to Microsoft Excel). For example, a NotesTracker usage log view like this:


can be quickly charted like this:


or like this:


The chart legend for the chart displays the single-letter NotesTracker “Action Type” values, which are:


Why not find out a lot more about NotesTracker by reading the NotesTracker Guide and requesting an evaluation.