Lialis has created this straight forward tool (Lotus Notes app), that is also known as the Lotus Notes to SharePoint Converter, to automate the conversion of different Notes forms to the XFDS format of SharePoint Forms Designer and/or Nintex. With this software at hand, you will be glad to know that you won’t have to do any additional work. So, you can rest assured that the overall work you have to do in SharePoint is much less than designing the whole SharePoint Form right from scratch. One of the best features of this Lotus Notes to SharePoint Converter is that, Dell Quest NMSP is supported as well.
The unlimited full version price is € 750. We do not offer an evaluation version.
Please watch the video below where a Notes form is converted to a SharePoint Forms Designer form.
Please watch the video below where a Notes form is converted to a Nintex form.
There are a lot of operations that you can perform with the help of this Lotus Notes to SharePoint Converter. Here are the steps that will make it easy for you to operate the Lotus notes to SharePoint Converter.
The first step is, you can select the Notes database you are converting to SharePoint and it will display the forms in the tool; you can select the forms you want to convert and press 2 buttons to do the conversion of the Notes form (via XML) to XFDS, which can be imported in SharePoint Forms Designer or in Nintex. This conversion will convert Notes from text, (tabbed) tables and put the fields on the right spot in the table in SharePoint. Please check out the manual below.
It is possible that the Lotus Notes to SharePoint Converter will not be able to convert all your Notes Domino forms. If so, you can get in touch with us. We will supply you with an offer, with the hours and consultancy tariff needed to adjust the tool for your specific forms. Our Lotus Notes to SharePoint Converter ensures complete reliability, safety, security, and performance. You will definitely get value for money.
We understand that the operation of Lotus Notes to SharePoint Converter tool might be a bit complicated. This is exactly why we have compiled the steps that you can follow to use this software.
This Lotus Notes to SharePoint Converter tool is used in projects where Notes and Domino applications are converted to SharePoint applications with Dell Quest NMSP and the SharePoint forms are designed with the Forms Designer tool or the Nintex Forms tool.
The steps to produce a SharePoint Forms Designer form are very simple:
When you first open the Lotus Notes to SharePoint Converter tool, enter the license key that was sent to you when you downloaded the tool.
Enter the key in one of the available boxes as shown below, and click OK. When you reopen the license, the User Certifier shows the ID that is licensed to use the tool. Please note that some characters (like hyphens [-]) are removed from the certifier that is displayed. You can enter multiple license keys, for instance, if you use multiple ID’s with different certifiers. This facility has been added in the Lotus Notes to SharePoint Converter in case you forget your user ID.
Error messages are saved in the log. By clicking the ‘logging’ link, a pop-up displays the messages, for example when you use a Notes ID that is not licensed to be used with this tool.
Select the product that you want to use for converting Notes forms.
Both Forms Designer and Nintex Forms conversion follow the same procedure. However, there is a difference in the conversion options for both products. This will be explained in more details later.
Click the ‘Select database’ button to select the Notes database that contains the form(s) that you want to convert. You can select a local database as well as a database on the server. Make sure you have sufficient access to this database.
When you have selected the database, the Lotus Notes to SharePoint Converter tool will generate and display a list with all the database forms. Depending on the size and the location (local/server) of the database, this may take some time.
From this list, you can select one or more forms that you want to convert. When a form is only to be used for the Web, a [W] is added to the form name. The same is used for forms only to be used for Notes [N].
The Base Output directory is the ‘root’ location where the tool writes the output files. You can change this by clicking the button next to ‘Base Output directory’.
The App Output directory shows the directory path where the output files are written for each Notes database.
This is optional. A Transfer Job is a file that has been created with Dell Quest NMSP and is used to map Notes fields with SharePoint columns. In case you have altered the SharePoint columns names with Dell Quest NMSP you may select the Quest NMSP job file here. Please note that:
When you select one or more Notes forms from the list, a button ‘1. Convert Notes to XML’ appears. By clicking this button, the selected Notes form(s) are converted to an XML file that is saved in the App Output directory.
Because forms may contain subforms, all subforms will be converted to XML as well. However, when a form contains a computed subform, this part is not converted.
XML files containing subform data are preceded with ‘sub_’.
Conversion to XML may take some time. When the tool is ready for processing, a message pops up:
After you have clicked the ‘Convert to XML’ button, the ‘Convert XML to Forms Designer (e.g. Nintex)’ button will appear. This button will convert the Notes form xml file(s) to SharePoint Forms Designer or Nintex file(s).
When the Lotus Notes to Sharepoint Converter tool is ready for processing, a message pops up:
The ‘Open Output folder’ button will open the windows explorer in the directory where the xml and xfds files were saved.
When converting to Forms Designer, the output file will be a *.xfds file. The output file of a Nintex conversion will be an XML file, starting with ‘nintex_’.