I was asked today by one of my customers about consuming a feed from a Team Place in Quickr for Domino with their Lotus Notes client feed reader. My first inclination was to simply drag-n-drop like I do from many web sources, but this was a bit different. It kept resulting in an error: "Unable to parse feed from host". Of course I assumed this was reached in error, but after a bit more investigating, I found that it actually looks like a permissions issue. To achieve this integration, we needed to make the Notes client aware of the credentials and protocol used to access their SSL protected Quickr server. Here is what we had to do:
- From within the Notes client, select File > Preferences.. from the menu.
- Click on the Accounts section in the left hand column, and then click on New Account button along the top of the Preferences window.
- When presented with the New Account dialog, fill in the Account Name, Description, Server, Name, and Password fields. I also made sure the Type field matched the type of account I was adding, in this case a web service, and checked the box to allow other accounts to use this info.
- Click OK twice to close each of the dialogs once you have completed this form.
- In your web browser, open the Quickr place and/or folder you want to subscribe to. Click on the More Actions button and then select Subscribe.
- You will then see the subscribe to this feed page. Drag the address bar from your browser into your Notes client's Feed Reader.
- Your client will load a file or two from the Quickr server and present you with the add new feed dialog instead of an error.
- Give your feed a name and click OK to add it to your Feed Reader. Be sure to set your update interval and retention to values that make sense to you.