AweSync 7.5 with IBM Notes 10 support is available now!

We are glad to announce that the new major version of AweSync supports IBM Notes 10 client. In this release we also enhanced stability and fixed several performance issues reported by our users. You can download the latest release by trhe following URL – https://www.awesync.com/download/

AweSync.Mail 2.6.0 is released!

In this release we optimized synchronization algorithm on the step 4 related with changes on Google side. Also, AweSync.Mail was thoroughly tested with IBM Notes 10 client and all issued found and reported by our users was fixed.  You can download the latest release by trhe following URL – https://www.awesync.com/download/

It’s time to update to AweSync.Mail 2.5!

Dear AweSync.Mail users, especially the ones who syncronize mail with Google via corporate proxy!

After we switched from IMAP protocol to the new Gmail API web service for synchronizing mail, there is no need to use our intermediate web service to synchronize via proxy. Now you can sync with Google directly via your proxy servers.

Starting from March 1st 2018, our intermediate web service will be stopped and support of AweSync.Mail 1.x will be discontinued, because it stops working through proxy.

So please update your software to the latest 2.5 release for faster and more convinient synchronization – https://www.awesync.com/download/.

AweSync for Non-Profit Organizations with Groundbreaking 30% Discount

Dear AweSync users! We are glad to remind you of our discount incentive program that provides academic institutions, governmental and non-profit organizations with 30% discount on purchasing AweSync, the cutting-edge solution for synchronization between Lotus Notes and Google. No formal eligibility proof required, but you need to specify the organization, which fits into the special pricing category, and how you’re associated with it. We reserve the rights to request the evidence of eligibility proof, such as email verification, faculty or student ID. Please send requests regarding the discount to our support team.

The idea behind the incentive program is to put the program into the hands of more people who represent non-commercial organizations. As the economy continues to be a challenge and budgets are tight, we are piloting the discount incentive program to help schools, colleges, students, teachers, their administrations, and other employees of government and non-profit organizations, as well as independent contractors using the computers in these organizations to get our synchronization software at a reduced price.

How to Remove Duplicates from Your Calendars

Duplicate entries may appear in your calendars for various reasons – whether it be software glitches, misconfiguration issues or human factor. Below please find a general instruction on how to remove such duplicates.

Just in case, before removing duplicates, you can make a backup of your Google calendar(s) as described here and make a copy of your Notes database and save it somewhere on your computer under some other name, as a backup.

1. If you’re using one-way synchronization from Notes to Google, and have no duplicates in Notes, you can recreate your Google calendar and resync your events from Notes to Google as described here  

2. If you’re using 2-way sync, first, you need to remove duplicated events from Notes. You can do this using the special database  – download it here 
Save it on your computer, then run it  (it will be added to your Workspace in Notes client). Then, in Action menu run  the option Clean Doubles Events. The tool will clean duplicated items from your  database calendar. Note that you can use this database as many times as needed to clean duplicated events in your Notes calendar.
 
After you cleaned duplicates from your Lotus Notes calendar, you can recreate your Google calendar to start a fresh sync, as described here

3. Then, if you have some duplicated events on your phone as well, after your Notes and Google calendar do not have any duplicated events, you can clear the calendar on your phone and resync events to it from Google.

Would Like to Get a Free License? Write a Review!

We cordially invite everybody to be the Reviewer of our products! You are very welcome to write a review and publish it to your publicly available blog, or software community, forum, etc.

If you want to request a free key prior to publishing a review, please contact us at support@awesync.com, and we’ll be happy to provide a free key for one-year subscription.

Note that we reserve the rights to revoke a free key in case you don’t provide us with a link to a  review in 30 days from receipt of your key.

When an E-Mail is Sent to my Lotus Notes Account, Will I Receive it on my Google account?

Today we were asked a question concerning this piece of Awesync.Mail functionality. Since the answer may be of help for other users, we publish it here. When an e-mail is received and appeared in your Lotus Notes client, it won’t appear in Gmail right away – it will be sync’ed according to a schedule set in Awesync.Mail settings. I.e. Awesync.Mail will sync your Lotus Notes mail automatically in time periods selected by you.  As you can see on the screen below, if you set synchronization interval to, say,  30 minutes, synchronization will be performed automatically each 30 minutes.  However, you can also perform a manual sync, when needed. 

AweSync.Mail opens full-scale ability to work with IBM Lotus Notes corporate mail through Google Mail

If IBM Lotus Notes/Domino is a corporate email platform in your company and for some reason there is no ability to work with email from virtually any place, at any time, using any device, then our new product AweSync.Mail is right for you.

 
It’s a well-known fact that IBM Lotus Notes/Domino includes iNotes – a Web interface enabling work with Lotus Notes email through Web browser, IMAP and POP3 servers, and Lotus Traveler, which allows Lotus Notes iPhone and Lotus Notes Android sync capabilities for email, calendar and contacts. But the majority of companies don’t provide such services for their employees due to various reasons, for example, because of security restrictions or older IBM Lotus Domino versions. In such circumstances, AweSync.Mail is the best solution. 
 
3 years ago, when publishing AweSync, we purposely didn’t include email messages synchronization into this product, thinking that any IBM Lotus Notes user can setup automatic mail forwarding to some external email account. We’ve received numerous requests from our users, which forced us to change our opinion. And here are the main reasons mentioned by our users:
 
 – Not all Lotus Notes users can setup automatic mail forwarding to the external accounts. This ability is not supported by all Lotus Notes versions, and moreover can be prohibited on the server level;
 – Even if mail forwarding can be set, one will face a necessity to do their work on sorting out the mailbox twice. After one reads or removes unneeded emails in Google, they won’t be changed in Lotus Notes, and once back to the office, one needs to review the same emails again in Lotus Notes, or delete them again, even though it was already done in Google. And vice-versa, emails already read in Lotus Notes would be shown as unread in Google, and it will be hard to tell, which of the emails are really new.
 
As you can imagine, AweSync.Mail not only synchronizes email from Lotus Notes to Google, applying filters and putting mail into designated folders. By enabling reverse synchronization of deletions and unread marks, you open full scale capability to work with Lotus Notes corporate email at any time from any device through Google Web interface, or using iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, etc.
 
Using AweSync.Mail you can create a mirror of your corporate mail in Google, view your Lotus Notes messages in Google, and delete unneeded ones, being assured that all performed actions will be populated back to your Lotus Notes email messages.
 
Responding from your Lotus Notes email account
And that’s not all! You may not only view your email, you can actually respond and your recepients will think that you’re responding from your Lotus Notes email account. Instructions on how to setup Gmail to change your ‘From’ address are given in Google’s article Sending mail from a different address. For sure, if all emails sent from your Gmail account will have ‘From’ address set to your corporate email address, you’ll likely won’t be able to use it as a regular personal Gmail account, so it’s better to create a new Gmail account specifically for mirroring your Lotus Notes mailbox.
 
Below are details on some particular setup aspects. If you specify your corporate SMTP server when setting up your From address, then no one will be even able to tell that the email was sent from GMail. All outgoing mail will be sent through your corporate mail server, and there will be no Gmail address trace at all. However, to achieve this you’d need to contact your organization’s system administrator to check if this is at all possible.
 
By changing your ‘From’ address to your business one you’ll be able to respond to your business emails via Web interface or from mobile devices connected to Google.
 
Here is brief explanation on setting up mobile devices, using iPhone as the example. Other devices types can be setup similarly.
 
As you know, there is a Gmail app from Google in the App Store. There are no specific settings to be done there, just specify your GMail username and password to start viewing and responding to emails. ‘From’ address will be the same as defined in GMail Web interface. If you prefer use built-in iPhone email client, then you need to add email account in your device, but instead of GMail type, select type Other and specify the following settings:
 
Name: First Last
Address: your Lotus Notes email address
Password: your Gmail password
 
Under Incoming Mail Server, switch to IMAP tab and enter the following:
 
Host Name: imap.gmail.com
User Name: your gmail address
Password: your gmail password
 
When setting up outgoing mail server:
 
Host Name: your Lotus Domino server address
User Name: your Lotus Notes username (for web access)
Password: your Lotus Notes Internet password
 
In the latter case all email messages will be sent through your corporate mail server, and there will be no even trace that they were composed in Gmail, like SentBy field.

How to Start a Fresh Sync to a Googe calendar

There can be many reasons for starting Lotus Google Calendar sync from scratch – you just may decide to create a separate calendar for your work events or recreate calendar with corrupted data, or remove duplicates which appeared after you played with AweSync settings, etc.

The procedure itself is quite easy, but to make sure you don’t loose any data and get it certainly pushed to your Google calendar, please keep in mind several things. First, please check if you have all needed events in your Notes calendar. Second, make sure the synchronization goes in the right direction – one-way, from Notes to Google. And, finally, don’t forget to remove AweSync index – otherwise, all existing events won’t be sync’ed to Google and sync will affect only the new ones. AweSync index stores information about all processed events, that’s why, if you don’t delete the index, your older events will be treated by AweSync as already sync’ed and the program will do nothing with them. Note, though, that you got to remove AweSync index at the right moment, because otherwise you may get duplicate events in your calendar.

To sum up, below is the whole procedure step-by-step:

  1. Disable automatic sync in AweSync if it’s enabled and make sure the sync is set from Lotus to Google one-way (again, this can be done if you have all needed events in Lotus Notes).
  2. Open your Google calendar settings in Web browser and click Delete next to the name of the calendar with which you were synchronizing. If it’s a primary one, the events in it will be removed, if it’s a secondary one, the calendar will be completely erased. If it is a secondary calendar, you’ll need to create a new one after deletion.
  3. Delete AweSync index from the tray icon menu: Debug->Remove Calendar Index, but do not sync yet!
  4. Open AweSync settings and click Retrieve to get your Google calendars list and make sure the right calendar is selected for synchronization and as the default one.
  5. Save the settings and run full sync – SyncALL -> Events from the tray icon menu.

Please ensure you follow the sequence of actions carefully to maintain data consistency and safety. You might vary this plan a bit depending on your particular situation, but always think twice to ensure it’s planned accurately as it’s all about safety of your valuable data! You can always contact our support team if you need help with resolving your particular situation.