Following on from the release of R14.4 last week we're re-writing our evaluaton guides to take into account the new features shipped with this release.
The first of these re-written guides (Directory Services Interface & Password Policy) is now on the website. Those who have run through this guide previously will note that it's now considerably quicker to setup due to our bundling of Tomcat and the automatic setup of web applications.
We've updated the Admin guides for M-Vault (LDAP/X.500 Directory), M-Switch (SMTP & X.400) and M-Box (POP/IMAP Message Store) today.
As is usual with Isode, they (together with our evaluation guides, deployment guides and API documentation) are available to download without any restrictions. There's no need to register with or sign in to the website to access them from the documentation page at http://www.isode.com/support/docs.html.
We've released a new evaluation guide today showing how to configure our M-Box server to act as a POP/IMAP gateway (more).
Using M-Box in gateway mode enables email service providers (administering an ISP or company email system for example) to give IMAP access to POP-only email accounts.
As M-Box is fully compliant with the LEMONADE Profile 1 IMAP extensions, end-users will also gain access to LEMONADE features such as IMAP-IDLE (the 'push' email protocol supported by many existing IMAP clients).
We've written whitepapers previously on why IMAP email access is important, especially for mobile devices and workers who need to access mail from multiple locations, and we can envisage a number of different deployment scenarios for this product including companies wanting straightforward IMAP access to POP email accounts, those already offering POP & IMAP access but who want to add LEMONADE functionality to their existing IMAP offering and those wishing to offer IMAP access to popular webmail systems that provide POP but not IMAP access.
Both guides are available from the relevant evaluation pages (here for Anti-Spam and here for Audit Database) and, as with the Internet Messaging Guide, in addition to providing the guides in HTML and PDF formats we've made RSS Feeds available so that evaluators can track changes to the guides as new Isode releases add to product functionality.
The extension of the quick configuration wizard in R12 to include a quick setup option for Internet Messaging evaluations (as discussed in a previous post) has led to a complete re-write of the ISP evaluation documentation.
The three old guides, covering setup of M-Vault, M-Switch and M-Box for Internet messaging evaluations and totalling 52 pages, have been replaced with one new 22 page ISP Evaluation Guide.
We're using Google Docs to write our new evaluation guides as we find that it's approach to collaboration suits the way we author and edit these documents. We've also taken advantage of two additional Google Docs features:
The ability to easily generate the guides in different formats (we've standardised on HTML and PDF but we could just as easily export the guides as Word or OpenOffice docs).
The ability to publish RSS feeds for the guides so that evaluators can keep track of changes.
This last feature is particularly important for us as software authors. We frequently add new chapters to evaluation guides to illustrate new functions and to make evaluators aware of new evaluation packages related to the one they are trying. Encouraging RSS subscriptions to our guides (this is the RSS feed for the ISP Evaluation guide) could turn out to be an efficient way of updating our contacts.
Full API definitions and examples of the core Directory Client API product.
Full API defintions and an exmaple (test program) for the ATN (Aeronautical Telecommunications Network) Directory Client API.
This is a general purpose product, but we believe that it will be of particular interest to Aviation customers, wishing to build SARPs compliant AMHS Terminals and MTCUs that access the ATN Directory. This will add value to customers, and is essential for provision of the Extended ATS Messaging Service.