Notes 6 on the Mac 01 Sep, 2003
Argh! That old chestnut in Notes for the Mac is still here: font sizes. You can’t read anything in the default installation! Let me take your pain away…
The default installation of Notes for the Mac, from R5 through to ND6, results in fonts that are painfully small. The solution in R5 is an edit to your Notes Preferences file, which itself is no small feat owing to the nature of this file. Whilst in the PC world you simply open your
notes.ini file in any old text editor, the Notes Preferences file on the Mac is not in text format, so no dice.
You have two options in R5:
- Write some simple Lotusscript that updates the Display_font_adjustment variable or
- Download the Notes Preferences Editor application from the IBM download site (see link below) and edit said file by hand.
- We don’t have a Designer client. So how you gonna write your Lotusscript now eh?
- No such luck. You can try the prefs editor, but beware: it’s a Classic only app. I have no idea whether it still works in ND6, as I can’t run it at all, what with my machine being an OS X-only Mac. *
Well, here’s another bit of help. A simple database with a button in the "About…" document that, when clicked, prompts for a new increment to add to font sizes. I find a value of "2" is sufficient. See how you get on. Download and unzip the file (Stuffit can handle it), and off you go.Feb. 2004 update: IBM have released an OS X editor which works with Notes 6. You can download it here.
*Update - July 2003: KissWorks have an OS X Notes Preferences editor application in the offing.