Lotus Notes Gripes

Further to my previous bitch-fests, here is my current list of Notes Gripes. I'll be adding to them.

  • Bugs in the current Form design:
  • Multiple “Illegal Function Code” and “Type Mismatch” errors when trying to set repeat information in a meeting
  • Inability to edit the repeat information in a meeting once initially set
  • My inbox is reporting 2 unread emails.  There are none, and there is no way to resync the database.  The IT solution was to reinstall Notes, which didn't work.
  • Drag and Drop
    • Shift-LMB to select a list of items doesn't work, i.e. selecting a bunch of emails in a row by clicking the first and then shift-clicking the last.
    • Multiple item selections are marked not with a change in background colour (like every single other windows app) but with a check mark to the left of the items.
    • Then, when you drag one of the selected items, only 1 item “floats” as your drag it. You get no visual indication that you are indeed moving more than 1 item.

  • 3 mouse click, involving 2 menus, to mark an email unread
  • To delete an appointment/meeting, non-intuitive steps are: Owner Actions button->Cancel
  • Not all commands are available in the same place. Some are via buttons in the form, some are through the menu bar.
  • All tasks seem to be “in progress”. there is no way to change this to anything other than “complete”
  • When saving attachments, it doesn't understand a “shortcut to a folder”. So I have to save it to the desktop, then move it later.

    The shortcut it there so I don't have to navigate through 6 layers of subdirectory, and scroll 11 times to find the place I want to save. Naturally, one could flatten out the directory structure, but I think Notes should just follow the fucking shortcut.
    Update: I just discovered that “Save All Attachments” does follow directory shortcuts. Jesus wept.

  • Dragging a contact into an email sends a link to my personal address book, which no-one except me can see. So if that is the case, why send a link you know no-one else can see? Expected behavior is to send some sort of attachment (v-card).
  • Email search results don't include the folder that the email was found in.
  • If the mouse is anywhere inside the email window, it will jump to the current curser position. This means, as your are typing, the mouse is jumping along right on top of the cursor, and if you editing a sentence, it is obscuring the next letter to the right of the cursor. Worse still, nudging the mouse is not enough, you have to move the mouse completely out of the mail window to get it to stop jumping around.
  • 1 level of undo.  A colleague laments about the number of times he has accidentally selected all (Cntl-A) and then typed 2 characters, and lost his whole email.
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