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Wed 21 Oct 2015, 10:28 AM
Users of our AppsFidelity and Midas products will notice something new the next time we release a version (very soon). Along with each there will be an additional Assist DLL/Library. For example, along with the AppsFidelity software there will be either an AppsFidelityAssist32.dll (Windows 32-bit), AppsFidelityAssist64.dll (Windows 64-bit) or (Linux). It seems likely that we will introduce an AIX version again, so when we do, it will have its own Assist library. 
The reason for this new DLL/Library is that new functionality we are adding to our products require more modern compilers than IBM Notes/Domino supports for building extensions. From now on, when we want to take advantage of those features, the code will be added to the Assist DLL rather than the core DLL. This also allows us to separate some of the work so that core Notes changes will happen here, and some of the other work will happen in Virginia or one of our other locations.
Why should you care? Well, you shouldn't care much, except that this is also the first step towards separating out some of our Notes-specific functionality into support for other platforms, and also for adding support for features such as PDF generation to our Notes-specific products. We are growing and expanding, and you will see the benefits soon. For those already on our maintenance/upgrades plan, these new features will be in free upgrades, so your ROI will increase without you having to do anything but download.
Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

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Mon 19 Oct 2015, 09:11 AM
I thought it might be useful to paraphrase a couple of the recent evaluation requests for Midas with the solutions provided. As new evaluation requests come in, I may post more of these. One thing I will try to highlight is when there are existing blog posts which address the problem.

Have your own questions? Feel free to fill out a Midas evaluation request and let us know what you would like to do.

Evaluation Request 1) Attachment icons
I am a software developer who came here through the following blog, , and am interested how it works and might help me in future. 

The blog post refers to attachment icons, and I mentioned in a comment that Midas allowed greater control over what they looked like. I was referring to a few different methods, but specifically the RefreshAttachmentIcon method which allows you to change how they look. See my blog post from 2007 called Midas 4.00: More control over file attachments and file icons to show how you can create traditional icons such as [Traditional vertical MS Word file icon] but also ones that take less vertical space, such as [New horizontal MS Word file icon] or with additional text such as  [Lotus Presentations file icon with copyright suffix]or [Horizontal MS Word file icon with author suffix]

Evaluation Request 2) Embedded images and more
We have several thousand documents with a rich text field that has pasted pictures in it. We are trying to export these pictures along with all the other content in the rich text field. The rich text field is currently getting exported as an HTML file... but the Pictures of course are not viewable in the html file.

This is a common request, and falls into that category where users ask for one thing but may actually need another. It is easy enough to export the images using the ExportGraphic method, as showing in my blog post from 2003 called 10 Ways to Use Midas - #7, but given that the user is also talking about extracting HTML and other content, it might be better for them to try the ExportToHTML method. Even better might be to use the Export to CSV sample database and get both HTML file (or MHTML with images embedded) and all the other fields, as shown in the short video, Midas For Non-Developers, Part 1: To CSV.

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Mon 12 Oct 2015, 02:03 PM
I received an email newsletter from IBM today. You may have as well. I thought I'd take the opportunity to show how even a lightly formatted email such as this can get altered when it is sent to a customer from the Notes environment. Why not try CoexLinks Fidelity for yourself and see how your company can avoid these problems? (For those who don't know, this is a parody of This is your brain on drugs.)

This is your email.

This is your email on drugs
(or rather, as rendered by Domino 9.0.1 SMTP).

Any questions?

(such as, why the heck wouldn't you use CoexLinks Fidelity? See below.)

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