How to run TwitNotes on Notes 8.5 beta for Mac

by Volker Weber

twitnotes

Mikkel Helsterberg has created TwitNotes, an RCP plugin which lets you update your Twitter status from the Notes sidebar. Since it is a pure Eclipse plugin, it also works on the Mac.

There are two small points to mention regarding the installation on the Mac:

1. Stop Notes and find the file in your /Applications directory. Right click, Show Contents. Find plugin_customization.ini in Contents/MacOS/rcp.

twitnotes

2. When doing the File/Application/Install step you can't import and paste the URL that Mikkel provides. Just create the update site with Add Remote Location as follows:

twitnotes

Once you have created the update site, the rest is smooth sailing.

Comments

Doh, beaten!

You do screenshots too quick for me… :)

Ben Poole, 2008-03-25

Sorry, did not know you were working on it.

Volker Weber, 2008-03-25

I'm using BeTwittered, the Google Gadget instead. It's much easier to "install".

Martin Hiegl, 2008-03-25

I don't use Twitter, but Notes 8.5 for Mac. Anyway, there is something missing in your installation instructions. You need to insert the line

com.ibm.notes.branding/enable.update.ui=true

into the plugin_customization.ini to see the File/Application/Install menu.

Karsten Lehmann, 2008-03-25

Karsten, that is in Mikkel's instructions. He was just missing the two points I mention.

However, I have no idea, why that is not enabled by default. Eclipse plugins are one of the major innovations in Notes 8 and users can't install them.

Volker Weber, 2008-03-25

Notes defaults are chosen with the big corporate IT in mind. The idea with plug-ins is that you either open an UpdateSite.nsf which would trigger the install or that your friendly neighborhood admin is pushing them to you using a policy.
Just imagine the scared (helpdesk) faces in a 50k user shop when users install whatever they fancy. Of course a little tick-box on install "I know what I'm doing, gimmi power" would be nice.
:-) stw

Stephan H. Wissel, 2008-03-26

And I thought IBM was now concerned with SMB. :-)

Volker Weber, 2008-03-26

Hi,

Just in case it is of interest to anyone reading this blog, I have made a video of how to install twitnotes.

http://st1.rivettassociates.com/Web/Vaughans.nsf/dx/howto-video-for-twitter-and-lotus-notes-twitnotes

Vaughan Rivett, 2008-03-26

Well, I tried TwitNotes now and it's kinda buggy. First all the post are in one line only and then it's not possible to deaktivate or uninstall it. Well I'm sure it's possible one or another way - but not by the common one.

Martin Hiegl, 2008-03-26

I tried the change with Mac Notes Beta 8.5b1, but it still doesn't give me the File/Application/Install menu item. Whats wrong here?

Tim Rand, 2008-03-27

I tried this on Linux with the Lotus 8.0 client, but after modification of plugin_customization.ini, the client would not start until I removed the "com.ibm.notes.branding/enable.update.ui=true".

Jeff Hallett, 2008-03-27

I installed on 8.5 beta 2. I had to open plugin_customization.ini and manually insert"com.ibm.notes.branding/enable.update.ui=true" . After that, I got the option to install and everything sailed smooth from there.

The only problems is what others have mentioned, all tweets display on one line. Is there a fix?

irwin lazar, 2008-12-20

If you have desktop policies applied to your notes clients, you also have to explicitly set "allow user initiated updates" in the policy docs.

Andy Mell, 2009-08-24

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