This page summarizes several enhancements made to the Lotus Notes Client in Version 8.5. Additional enhancements made in Version 8.5.1 are covered in Enhancements in 8.5.1.
Performance improved for Notes client startup The Notes start-up sequence has been reordered as part of performance enhancement in this release. Notes users are now prompted to authenticate (log in using their Notes password) before the Notes workbench appears on-screen.
The new NOTES.INI setting for this sequence is "ENABLE_EARLY_AUTHENTICATION" that has a default value setting of 1 enabling the new mode. If the ENABLE_EARLY_AUTHENTICATION setting is disabled (0), the Roaming user functionality introduced in release 8.5 is not functional and performance enhancements gained in the reordered start-up sequence are not realized.
ENABLE_EARLY_AUTHENTICATION with Lotus Notes Standard client Startup process in Windows platform
Lotus Notes standard client process starting order
Notes.exe ==> NLNotes.Exe ==> Notes2.Exe
Notes.Exe ==> Notes2.Exe ==> NLNotes.Exe
Notes.exe : Responsible for initialization of Notes process and service and will exit after dependent services initialization complete.
nlnotes.exe: Lotus Notes client process and it will launch user password prompt during initialization process.
notes2.exe: Lotus Notes standard client Java process implementation.
Apple Mac OS platform now supported
Support for Notes standard configuration installation and usage on the Apple® Mac OS® platform is introduced in this release. It supports multi-user installation as well.
Widgets and Live Text code moved to Expeditor layer
The Widgets and Live Text code has been moved from Notes (and the Notes installation kit) to the IBM® Lotus® Expeditor® layer. The user documentation has been moved to Notes client help.
Widget and Live Text support on Apple Mac OS
Notes 8.5 introduces support for Widgets and Live Text on the Apple® Mac OS® platform; previously it was available on the supported Windows and Linux platforms only.
Citrix platform now supported
Notes 8.5 supports installation and use on Citrix®. See release notes or tech notes for system requirements and operating system version support. This capability was initially made available in release 8.0.1.
Linux platform now available in RPM format
Notes 8.5 installation on Linux is available as an RPM or DEB install kit. The ISMP install kit is no longer available.
RPM is used by SuSe and RedHat and DEB is used by Ubuntu Linux.
Notes Basic AllClient kit no longer available
The Notes basic configuration Allclient install kit is no longer available. However, the Notes-only basic configuration install kit remains available. Customers looking to install or upgrade to the Domino Designer 8.5 or Domino Administrator 8.5 clients must use the Notes standard configuration Allclient install kit. This is applicable to the Windows client platform as there is no Notes basic configuration Allclient install kit for the Mac OS or Linux platforms.