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IBM Connections for Mac 

Version: 17.11
Published by Andrei Malacinski on Nov 6, 2017
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Description: The IBM Connections for Mac file sync plug-in allows you to work with your synced files while you are offline. When you reconnect, all your changes are automatically synced back to the server. Additionally, while you are online, you can share your synced files, tag them, lock and unlock, etc all directly from Finder.

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Use IBM® Connections for Mac to keep local copies of files synchronized with exact copies on the Connections server.

Version 17.11 (November 2017) update:  The latest release of the IBM Connections for Mac introduces the following:

  • Miscellaneous defect and PMR fixes

Note:  Please refer to this link for important install considerations & troubleshooting tips if upgrading from Version 17.3 (March 2017) or earlier versions. 

If upgrading from Version 17.4 (April 2017) or later versions, after installing you may need to remove and re-add your account in order use the new My Drive functionality.  You can do this through the "Preferences..." menu.

 

 

IBM® Connections for Mac provides the following features:

  • Use sync to keep selected files synchronized with exact copies on the server
  • View file sync properties, versions, and sharing information
  • Share files with other people
  • Receive notifications when sync conflicts are detected, new files are added, or server status changes
  • Resolve conflicts using the conflict resolution user interface
  • Support for IBM Connections Social Cloud and on premises
  • TAM and Siteminder authentication bundles for on premises deployments
  • Advanced user preferences - new tab in Preferences to set logging options, enable beta features, and specify file types to ignore during sync.
  • Administrator policy support - to set preferences and policies controlling how users interact with IBM Connections for Mac.  (Documented here Policies and preferences for IBM Connections for Mac)
  • Support for Share with Communities
  • Supports Finder sync extension badging which allows the display of an icon badge to indicate sync status (note: works in OSX 10.10 and above)
  • Improved context menu support within Finder:  For OSX 10.11 users, there is an enhanced context menu in Finder (with icons and cascading sub-menus).  The IBM Connections menu is moved higher up the context menu in Finder.  And the Finder context menu shows the latest Connections sync date and time.
  • Large file support - upload/download files up to 4GB in size, or as permitted by server configuration and quota
  • Support for Federated login on Connections Cloud through application passwords or SAML.  See administrator documentation for configuration details
  • Policy to give administrators greater control over whether to allow connectivity to sites with untrusted certificates
  • Support for IBM Connections Cloud via IBM Marketplace - customers receiving entitlement to IBM Connections Cloud through the IBM Marketplace (www.ibm.com/marketplace) can use the Mac plugin with their IBM ID.
  • Support for nested folders and My Drive.  My Drive allows you to organize important folders and files which can be synchronized with copies on your Connections server. Always have the latest copy of content you created or that was shared with you.
  • Support for a configuration where Files are stored in Cleversafe rather than in the native files repository.
  • Support for Multi-filing: The ability for the same file to exist in multiple folders.  In this case, the file is synchronized to your Mac desktop and kept up to date in each of its multiple locations.

 

IBM® Connections for Mac supports:

  • IBM Connections Social Cloud (see also Connections Cloud Limitations section below)
  • IBM Connections 5.0
  • IBM Connections 5.5
  • IBM Connections 6.0
  • Mac OSX 10.11
  • Mac OSX 10.12
  • Mac OSX 10.13

    

Connections Cloud Limitations: Some features are not available when you are connecting to an IBM Cloud
server. For example:
  •      Guest users are not supported
 

Important: If you log into IBM Connections Social Cloud using the "Use My Organization's Login" method, your administrator must make some configuration changes before you will be able to login and use the IBM Connections for Mac plugin.

IBMers, please refer to this link for more information: IBM Connections for Mac Support for Connections Cloud

Please refer to this help page for more information about deploying and using the plug-ins.  For information on the specific browsers supported by the server, please consult the Web Browsers section on this page

 

Accessibility: This product is not fully compliant with US Section 508 requirements. 

Link to previous monthly release of IBM Connections for Mac

 

Add or edit the following key in the application property list (plist) to manage the behavior when a site presents an untrusted certificate.   Enter the value as a string. For example, enter "1" rather than 1.

Key/Subkey

Name

Type

Description

Root/Policies

FailInvalidCerts

String

0 – allow untrusted certificates (Default)

1 – block untrusted certificates

When FailInvalidCert is set to 0, the user is warned that the certificate is invalid or incorrect but user can choose to accept the certificate. When FailInvalidCert is set to 1, it will block untrusted certificates. An error message informs users that the certificate is invalid or incorrect.

 

 

Date: Update:
Feb 06, 2015 Misc defect fixes
Mar 11, 2015

Advanced user preferences - new tab in Preferences to set logging options, enable beta features, and specify file types to ignore during sync.

Administrator policy support - to set preferences and policies controlling how users interact with IBM Connections for Mac.  (Documented here Policies and preferences for IBM Connections for Mac)

Support for IC5.0 CR2

April 16, 2015 Misc defect fixes
May 15, 2015 Misc defect fixes

June 11, 2015

Support for Share with Communities
July 23, 2015 Misc defect fixes
Aug 13, 2015 Misc defect fixes
Sept 15, 2015

Send a Connections file link to other people

Copy and paste a Connections file URL

Oct 14, 2015 Basque language support.  Misc defect fixes.
Nov 17, 2015 Supports Finder sync extension badging which allows the display of an icon badge to indicate sync status
Dec 10, 2015

Improved type ahead support

Serbian language support 

Jan 20, 2016 Misc defect fixes.  Updates to NFRs.
Feb 03, 2016 Misc defect fixes.
March 16, 2016 Misc defect fixes.
April 27, 2016

Improved context menu support within Finder

Support for files of up to 2 GB  (Beta feature)

May 24, 2016 Misc defect fixes.
June 14, 2016 Support for Federated login on Connections Cloud through application passwords or SAML.  (See administrator documentation for configuration details).
July 25, 2016

New policy to give administrators greater control over whether to allow connectivity to sites with untrusted certificates.

Misc defect fixes.

Aug 18, 2016 (BETA) - new authentication method called "Web Forms Authentication"
Sep 08, 2016 Support for IBM Connections Cloud via IBM Marketplace
Sep 22, 2016 Added support for Mac OSX 10.12
Oct 06, 2016 GA of new authentication method called 'Web Forms Authentication'. This solution leverages an embedded browser control to surface the authentication login form, and is designed for complicated, customer-specific authentication flows. 
Nov 01, 2016 A new authentication method called 'Web Forms Authentication'. This solution leverages an embedded browser control to surface the authentication login form, and is designed for complicated, customer-specific authentication flows. 
21 Nov, 2016 Miscellaneous defect fixes
7 Dec 2016 Miscellaneous defect fixes
19 Jan, 2017 Miscellaneous defect fixes and an updated license for 2017
2 Feb, 2017 Miscellaneous defect and PMR fixes 
28 Feb, 2017 Miscellaneous defect and customer PMR fixes
16 March, 2017 Miscellaneous defect and customer PMR fixes
3 April, 2017
  • Support for IBM Connections 6.0.
  • Support for nested folders and My Drive (Connections 6.0). My Drive allows you to organize important folders and files which can be synchronized with copies on your Connections server. Always have the latest copy of content you created or that was shared with you.
  • Support for a configuration where Files are stored in Cleversafe rather than in the native files repository.
  • Performance improvements, including the reduction of sync delays. Updates to folders and files are synched immediately rather than being queued for regular sync intervals.
  • Miscellaneous defect and PMR fixes.
10 April, 2017 Miscellaneous defect and customer PMR fixes
26 April, 2017 Miscellaneous defect and customer PMR fixes
11 May, 2017
  • Updated icon in Finder Favorites
  • Miscellaneous defect and customer PMR fixes
25 May, 2017
  • Support for Multi-filing: The ability for the same file to exist in multiple folders.  In this case, the file is synchronized to your Mac desktop and kept up to date in each of its multiple locations.
  • Improved context menu: Restructured the Connections menu options for easier use.  (For example, when you launch the action menu for a Connections file, you will see more options toward the top of the main context menu.)
21 June, 2017 Support for nested folders and My Drive (Connections 6.0 & Cloud) when connected to a deployment in which this feature is enabled.
5 July, 2017 Miscellaneous defect and PMR fixes

3 Aug, 2017

17 Aug, 2017

31 Aug, 2017

Version 17.8 (August 3, 2017) Miscellaneous defect and PMR fixes

August 17, 2017 - Updated v17.8 with additional defect and PMR fixes.

August 31, 2017 - Updated v17.8 with additional defect and PMR fixes including addressing an issue paging large numbers of files;  Clarified large file support in the description above to indicate files up to 4GB are supported.  The statement had previously stated a 2GB limit under beta.

Note: The version number (17.8) remains the same in each of these cases, but the About panel will show a newer build number.

12 Sept, 2017

Version 17.9: Miscellaneous defect and PMR fixes

September 27, 2017:

  • Updated v17.9 with additional PMR fixes, including sync operations involving very large numbers of files.
  • Listed support for MacOS v10.13 (High Sierra)

 

13 October, 2017

Version 17.10:

  • Miscellaneous defect and customer PMR fixes
6, November 2017 Miscellaneous defect and customer PMR fixes

 

Comments

 commented on 11/22/14 5:30:58 AM
Only Cloud? What about onpremise installations?
 commented on 12/2/14 1:01:34 PM
Only Basic authentication is supported when connecting to an on-premise server. We will claim full support for on-premise servers once we complete and release all required on-premise authentication bundles (Basic, TAM and SiteMinder).
 commented on 12/4/14 6:41:18 PM
Anyone have instructions on how to remove this plug in?
 commented on 12/9/14 1:06:37 PM
There is no un-install script for IBM Connections sync, you can run the commands below in Terminal to un-install and remove all data. note: Be sure to backup any local sync files you wish to preserve before executing any of the uninstall commands. To completely uninstall the App, all configuration data, and remove all local sync files, run these commands in a terminal session. Replace in the command below with the logged in Mac user name. 1. Launch "Terminal" - Open Finder and navigate to Applications → Utilities → double-click “Terminal” to launch it.. 2. Type these commands to uninstall IBM Connections sync sudo rm -rf "/users//Library/Application Support/com.ibm.AutoSyncMonitor" sudo rm -f "/users//Library/Preferences/com.ibm.AutoSyncMonitor.plist" sudo rm -rf "/Applications/IBM Connections sync.app" 3. This command will clean up ALL sync folders created by IBM Connections sync rm -rf "/users//IBM Connections sync" I will get the documentation updated with this info.
 commented on 12/9/14 1:29:54 PM
There is no un-install script for IBM Connections sync, you can run the commands below in Terminal to un-install and remove all data. note: Be sure to backup any local sync files you wish to preserve before executing any of the uninstall commands. To completely uninstall the App, all configuration data, and remove all local sync files, run these commands in a terminal session. Replace in the command below with the logged in Mac user name. 1. Launch "Terminal" - Open Finder and navigate to Applications → Utilities → double-click “Terminal” to launch it.. 2. Type these commands to uninstall IBM Connections sync sudo rm -rf "/users//Library/Application Support/com.ibm.AutoSyncMonitor" sudo rm -f "/users//Library/Preferences/com.ibm.AutoSyncMonitor.plist" sudo rm -rf "/Applications/IBM Connections sync.app" 3. This command will clean up ALL sync folders created by IBM Connections sync rm -rf "/users//IBM Connections sync"
 commented on 1/18/15 12:23:55 PM
When trying to connect to on-premise I get this problem: "The server does not support sync or you are not authorized to use the sync feature for this site." Which version of connection is needed?
 commented on 1/20/15 9:28:22 AM
Hi Stefan, As mentioned in the details of this document Connections 5 is required. I also think CR1 is needed.
 commented on 1/23/15 2:24:46 PM
@Sander: Thank you - so blind... reading helps ;-))
 commented on 2/18/15 5:00:40 PM
Please do provide som release notes here as well so we know if we should update this one for our users.
 commented on 3/1/15 4:06:20 AM
With 5.0 - "The server does not support sync or you are not authorized to use the sync feature for this site.". So, please confirm, which fix-pack is required? Recently CR2 was announced. In its release notes - there is nothing on the MAC plugin.
 commented on 3/2/15 9:22:11 AM
All releases of 5.0 support File sync including CR2. However, the server must be configured for File sync, and for on-premise users, they must be enabled to use File sync. If not, then the client will report the error message you describe. You can tell if File sync is configured and enabled for a user by going to Files in the Web UI. You will see an entry for "Sync" in the menu. There is a section in the CR2 documentation covering the Mac sync plugin.
 commented on 3/2/15 9:28:14 AM
@Jacob: The major features added in iteration 37 were official support for Yosemite, admin policy support (similar to Windows sync policies), and additional error logging support. There was also an update made to the Cloud Authentication bundle. Defects reported by the test team were also fixed. Iteration 37 did not provide a UI interface to the policy support (this is provided in iteration 38), so if the user is interested in using this feature it would be best to wait for iteration 38. We are in a continuous delivery model now. So we will continually improve the product each iteration (ie 4-6 weeks). There were no PMRs reported or fixed in iteration 37.
 commented on 3/12/15 2:57:18 PM
@John THANK YOU! This kind of information is most useful and exactly what we continuously would like to get for both the plugins (and the Sametime webplayer plugin btw but that's not on your table of course) to determine if we should distribute. Thanks for your work! Appreciated!
 commented on 3/18/15 3:15:03 PM
An option to disable synching, or to quit the application would be great. Lots of customer access on premises connections through vpn. So a stop sync or quit app is needed.
 commented on 4/8/15 9:08:31 AM
I found it not easy to find the documentation for activating the sync on server-side. So here it is : 1/ activate sync in files-config.xml () 2/ grant access in wasadmin, in the FILES app, through the role "filesync-user" 3/ resync node, restart app
 commented on 4/22/15 2:49:49 AM
The help page about the plugin for Mac is not in the right language (I think it is Danish or Norwegian instead of Dutch)
 commented on 4/27/15 9:16:52 AM
@Christoph - There is both the ability to Suspend sync and to Quit sync (although not recommended). From the dock icon, you can access these menu options. To reactivate sync once suspended, choose Resume sync.
 commented on 4/27/15 9:19:42 AM
@Marion - I will contact the documentation and translation teams to look into this issue.
 commented on 4/29/15 6:47:19 AM
@Marion - The issue was confirmed and will be corrected.
 commented on 5/26/15 8:26:49 AM
Tnx John!
 commented on 6/3/15 4:12:52 PM
I can't connect / authenticate on our on premise installation with mac plugin. Windows plugin works OK.
 commented on 1/20/16 5:13:46 AM
It works fine with Connections 5 but I have problems to connect to a Connections 5.5 on prem. Windows works fine
 commented on 5/1/16 10:25:33 PM
Hi, I have installed the version from the Mac@IBM Apps store, and removed it and installed the latest version from here as well later but the effect is always the same - all set up successfully (Connections Cloud Authentication, my credentials, icon in finder and the top bar .... etc.) but when I click it, I can not see any icons, files etc. any idea why?
 commented on 5/25/16 6:39:48 AM
The version posted here is more recent than the one currently posted in the App store. Try forcing a restart of Finder. Also check under System Preferences -> Extensions to see if the Finder extension is enabled.
 commented on 8/12/16 1:48:15 AM
Will there ever be a version that integrates completely into Finder, like the integration we have in Windows Explorer....I know the sync feature integrates with Finder, but it's not all files that are relevant to have in the sync folder ....we have a bunch of Mac users (including me) eagerly hoping that this feature will be available .... something like the kind of finder integration which Dropbox have made would be great....
 commented on 8/20/16 6:44:24 AM
The level of integration into Finder will not equal the level of integration into Windows Explorer. There is no "Namespace" extension accessible within Finder. So it is not possible to provide this level of support. That being said, we can improve the functionality over time with the inclusion of features such as nested folder support, allowing more content to be synced more easily.
 commented on 8/22/16 2:09:58 AM
@John Mccarthy I'm aware there are some short commings in the API's available on the Mac. But taking a look at how Dropbox have managed to integrate into OSX tells me there are some possibilites. The reason for me comparing to Dropbox integration is it's what my users always do when I tell them that it's not possible to integrate better than the Connections integration we have now, and well I can't argue against that, if it's possible for dropbox why is it then not possible for mighty Big Blue :-) ?
 commented on 11/16/16 9:40:57 PM
@John McCarthy, Has the nested folder support been integrated for OSx - Sierra?
 commented on 11/17/16 6:41:53 AM
Hi, I am still getting sync problem on mac. I have downloaded from this website plugin and also I have used the one which is available on Mac@IBM - no luck. Where can I find plugin which is actually working and which will allow me to sync up with W3 connections?
 commented on 2/14/17 11:03:58 AM
We also hope for an integration of the nested folder support for OSX.
 commented on 4/4/17 2:41:28 AM
At the beginning of this document in the "New to this release" section, it say "The latest release of the IBM Connections Desktop Plug-ins Microsoft Windows consists of:". It should say "Mac" and there be no mention of MS Windows in this document.
 commented on 6/5/17 6:51:00 AM
With 5.5 on premise and the desktop plugin installed on both osx 10.12.2 and 10.9.5 i receive this message: "The server does not support sync or you are not authorized to use the sync feature for this site." Using Windows the sync works fine.
 commented on 9/27/17 2:01:09 AM
With connections 6.0 and the desktop plugin installed on High Sierra 10.13 I get a sync error when trying to upload 50+MB files: The reported problem is: Requested upload size is not specified or invalid. Uploading the same file with a Browser (Firefox) or with the windows Desktop plugins are working. Downloading larger files to OSX with the Mac Desktop plugin also work.

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