Rest in peace Mail Rule Utilities!

Five years ago I posted an open source utility called “Mail Rule Utilities” on OpenNTF. I designed this utility when I was on the Lotus product development team. The primary function of the utility was to be able to run mail rules locally on your database. Using the same rules you created in the interface, the utility could run locally without a server involved. This made Notes usable for multiple email accounts in my opinion and is a feature that has been in Outlook for years.

I also blogged about it several times, even offering a download here on my blog for those not familiar with OpenNTF. Between the two sites the utility was downloaded over 7,000 times. Now, according to Mat Newman, it was announced in a session yesterday at IBM Connect that this function will be part of Notes 9.0.2! Here is the tweet in case you missed it:

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So, I will leave the utility out there for those still on 8.x and 9.0.1 for a bit so don’t worry, it’s not a total rest in peace statement but it’s coming. I had been contacted by the Notes dev team earlier this year and was actually excited this function was going to be put into the product. While the Mail Rule Utility was not a huge effort to support, I would infrequently get enhancement requests, some install issues, etc. Unfortunately I have found the open source concepts on OpenNTF is not truly “open source” as no one else really contributes to the authors projects.

In ending, I really do thank everyone for all of the kind words over the years and the dozens (probably more) of great emails stating they loved the plugin. Thank you, because that is what makes open source worth it!

You can read about the Mail Rule Utilities on the original DeveloperWorks article here.


New Mail Rule Utility posted on OpenNTF

I put a small fix into the Mail Rule Utility – it now supports the field Importance as a condition in the rules.  If you had rules that keyed off of the Importance field prior the rule did not execute properly.  You can now download the code changes on OpenNTF.

You can also install the widget from here using My Widgets:

Drag this to My Widgets in Lotus Notes

Check out the new version here on OpenNTF.

New Mail Rule Utilities Widget is available

I had gotten this request several times over the past couple of weeks so I figured I would just create a widget to install the latest Mail Utilities.  I also posted the link to the OpenNTF project for convenience.

You can drag and drop this extension.xml into your My Widgets panel in Lotus Notes 8.5.1 and above.  For a quick video on how to enable My Widgets in your Notes client you can watch the video I created for the Attachment Viewer.

New Mail Rule Utility for Notes 8.5.1 and 8.5.2

I have just updated the OpenNTF project with a new version of the utilities.  The new version puts the icon in the global toolbar and gets shown when you are in a mail or notes view and hides otherwise.  This uses the org.eclipse.ui.actionSetPartAssociations extension to associate it with the various Notes Java  views.  I will be writing up a nice post on how to do that soon.