Installing Lotus Expeditor Toolkit 6.2 – there’s an issue with the instructions

In preparation for my Lotusphere session I installed Lotus Expeditor toolkit 6.2 on top of a clean Eclipse 3.4 install in order to test it out. One of the things I noticed was that there is an error in the install guidelines – not critical but if you’re new to Eclipse you might be stumped. The documentation also fails to mention how to configure the Toolkit once installed. Read on…

The error is in the doc/index.html in step 5 where it states

"Select Add Site and browse to the drive
and directory where the Lotus Expeditor
Toolkit update site zip file is located
and click OK."

The problem is that the Expeditor toolkit that I downloaded from IBM Partnerworld didn’t have a zip-file but instead an unpacked update site. In my case step 5 should instead be

"Select Add Site and browse to the drive
and directory where you unpacked the Lotus
Expeditor Toolkit and select the
Expeditor_Toolkit_install directory and
click OK."

The remaining steps are fine and installing the toolkit is almost easy… There is one caveat the documentation fails to mention and that’s how to fill in the dialog that pops up once the Toolkit has been installed and Eclipse has been restarted. I fill in the dialog as follows (with Notes 8.5 installed in C:Program FilesNotes 8):

  • Lotus Notes 8
  • C:Program FilesNotes8frameworkrcpeclipse
  • jre6
  • 1.5
  • Display the first time a new workspace opens

New Sametime 8.0 Toolkit

The Sametime 8 SDK ships with a new toolkit called the Helper toolkit. The following is from the Sametime 8 SDK overview (Sametime_SDK_Overview.pdf).

“The Sametime Helper Toolkit is an API that provides an external interface to basic functionality of the Lotus Sametime Client. The Sametime Helper Toolkit is not intended to directly extend the capabilities of the Sametime Client. This toolkit differs from other Sametime client toolkits by providing an external interface to basic functionality exposed in the locally running desktop Lotus Sametime Client application. Applications that integrate the Sametime Helper API are essentially able to proxy the functionality of the locally running Sametime Client (Managing contacts, Starting chats, Alert notifications).”

Highlights of the Sametime Helper Toolkit

The Sametime Helper Toolkit exposes the following basic functionality of the Sametime Client:

  • Contact Management, Query, and Notification
  • Chat session initiation
  • Instant Share initiation


Be sure to review the API_Changes.txt file in the client/connect/doc directory of the SDK for changes in the public API.