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Setting a preferred browser in Lotus Notes Apps
Here's one that's been a mild annoyance for a while: My options in Lotus Notes for setting the preferred web browser are Notes, Netscape Navigator (which only sees the Classic version), Internet Explorer, and Other. Unfortunately for me, my default system browser is Navigator (Camino), and the "Other" choice only allows a few applications (Norton Antivirus? MS Word? I can't explain it) or any document. While this is clearly a problem with Lotus Notes, the way I got around it may be useful in other situations.

You won't believe how I got this to work: select "other" for internet browser. Click the button to choose the location of your "other" app, and navigate to a blank document that normally would be opened by TextEdit. I picked a readme file for VNCThing - nothing unusual. Now, when you click a link in Notes, it will first open up TextEdit, which is apparently smart enough to hand the webpage request off to the default browser! I can't tell you much more about the type of document - I wasn't able to just make an empty document of my own for some reason. So, YMMV, but it worked for me. This works, but is so hackish and ugly, that I'd love to find some explanation or more "right" way to do it. Any ideas? Should I just wave my hands, cover my eyes, and continue on like none of this happened?

Read the rest of the hint for some background on the various things I tried...

I tried making an alias to Camino - no luck.

Tried setting Norton Antivirus as the browser, quitting notes, and manually editing names.nsf to point it to Camino.app - no luck, this time because of an error in the names.nsf file structure.

Tried making an alias directly to Camino.app/Contents/MacOS/Camino - I initially got an error that the names.nsf file had been saved while I was making the change, and that my change would be saved as a "competing" change. When I clicked on a weblink, first Norton Antivirus started (odd) and then Camino started with the webpage! No problem - went into the location document again, selected Camino again... now it says "unable to launch program."

From what I can tell, Notes is just looking for a document in the dialog box, not an application. I have no idea why a select few applications can be chosen (Microsoft office apps, Norton Antivirus...)

At that point, I said the heck with it, and just picked a random document... and it worked?! I hate when that happens - "any technology sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable from magic" is the quote, but if you replace "advanced" with "buggy"...
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Setting a preferred browser in Lotus Notes
Authored by: pedemonte on Jul 04, '03 02:04:14PM

I have been able to set Camino as the browser in Notes 6.01. However, when I click on a link, it just brings Camino to the front; it won't actually open up the requested link unless Camino is starting up for the first time. I get the same results with Safari.

I tried your trick, and set the browser to TextEdit. Now, TextEdit redirects the call to Camino, and the link properly displays. Thanks.



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Setting a preferred browser in Lotus Notes
Authored by: pedemonte on Jul 04, '03 02:07:28PM

Nope, this stopped working for me also. TextEdit will only properly forward the link to Camino if it hasn't been previously started. That is, it only works if clicking on a link in Notes starts TextEdit.



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Setting a preferred browser in Lotus Notes
Authored by: ethomas on Jul 07, '03 04:39:17AM

Yep, I get the same behaviour in Notes 6.
I tried the Notes 6.5 beta, but it still doesn't work :(



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Setting a preferred browser in Lotus Notes
Authored by: pedemonte on Jul 07, '03 12:52:12PM

Notes 6.5 Beta, huh? Are there any improvements in that one, specifically when running in MacOSX?



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Setting a preferred browser in Lotus Notes
Authored by: tcurtin on Jul 30, '03 02:27:02PM

Not that I've noticed, actually. In fact, I don't really see a difference at all. (But I guess that's good news for a beta.) :)

BTW, updating didn't make a difference, and I'm still relying on this silly little hack, but if it ain't broke, I'm not trying to fix it.

-Tim

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Setting a preferred browser in Lotus Notes
Authored by: jolinwarren on Jul 04, '03 02:33:32PM

I don't have Lotus Notes, but have you tried creating an Internet location file (i.e. a text clipping of a web address) and setting Notes to point to that file. That would be a document and should load your preferred browser. Just an idea.

Cheers,
Jolin



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Setting a preferred browser in Lotus Notes
Authored by: l-i-n-k on Nov 13, '03 05:14:24AM

I have prepared a nice, precompiled Applescript app including a even nicer app-icon.

It will launch Safari with the given Notes-Link, if you select it as your Default Internet Browser in Notes.
As Mike suggested in a recent Notes/Domino 6 Forum post http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/nd6forum.nsf/55c38d716d632d9b8525689b005ba1c0/428daa7753f686c985256dc800478ce5?OpenDocument

Download it here:
http://the.l-i-n-k.to/lab/applescript.asp

Regards, Thomas



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Setting a preferred browser in Lotus Notes
Authored by: Da Buzz on Dec 23, '03 05:58:08PM
Great tip! I'm a fairly new switcher. I downloaded the Open Safari...so now what do I do with it? Sorry to you experienced Mac guys if this sounds like a dumb question.. :-)

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Setting a preferred browser in Lotus Notes
Authored by: yellow on Nov 10, '04 03:21:03PM

For anyone that might run into the same problem as me..

The link above is gone, no longer avilable. You can create a simple Applescript that will do this with:

on run URL
tell application "Safari"
activate
open location URL
end tell
end run

Save it as a "Script". It will then run no matter what. But it WILL open the Script Editor (annoying, I know). If you save it as an Application I think you will find that you have to remove all other applescripts from Mac to make it run the right one when called from Notes (hatehatehatehatehatehate). It's stupid.



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Setting a preferred browser in Lotus Notes
Authored by: inik on Apr 11, '05 02:16:19PM

Well, turns out the script doesn't do anything. Just like the TextEdit trick, Script Editor just passes the URL along to an application that can use it.

However, it works, and I couldn't get an RTF document to do the same thing. So, now I have script editor open all of the time. How retarded is that?

Note is really an amazing piece of crap. I'm just stunned by it every time I use it.



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Off-topic - Notes and Mai.app
Authored by: geoffsaulnier on Jun 20, '05 03:47:33AM

SO, my wife finally allowed me to buy a PowerBook... I took it in to work to abuse the superfast LAN connection to download all the stuff I wanted and do all the software updates, etc. Whiles on the work LAN, I found that it plays quite nicely with our Windows/Unix world there - no surprises... One thing I can't figure out, though, is if it is possible to get Mail.app to read our Lotus Notes mail served up by Domino... Has anyone done this? Note that I have no control over the mail server.

Also, as an aside, the Network bit of the Finder doesn't see any of our Windows servers, etc, and Go To Server can't seem to connect either. DOH!

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Geoff Saulnier - Mac, *NIX, perl, hack!!



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