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Sending Email from Lotus Notes using ShellExecute

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Hi,
Could you please tell me how to send a email with attachment through Lotus notes using the shel execute function. my sample code works but unfortunatley doesnot handle attchments.i.e on shell execute it open the lotus notes mail sending screen but the attchmnets are not to be  found

thanks in advance
ps
below is my sample code in delphi which is suppouse to send the mail but some how the attchmnets donot come up

 var
    em_subject, em_body, em_mail,em_mailreceipient : string;
 begin
    em_subject := 'Hi there';
    em_body := 'please help with this'
    em_mailreceipient := 'richythomasv@hotmail.com'
    em_mail := 'mailto:'+em_mailreceipient+'?subject='+em_subject+'&body='+em_body
    +'&attachment='+'C:\sample1.txt';

    ShellExecute(Handle,'open',PChar(em_mail), nil, nil, SW_SHOWNORMAL) ;

Regards
richy
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by:wimmeyvaert
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Just guessing but have you tried to explicitely put " before and after your filename ?
So, instead of :
em_mail := 'mailto:'+em_mailreceipient+'?subject='+em_subject+'&body='+em_body
    +'&attachment='+'C:\sample1.txt';

use :
em_mail := 'mailto:'+em_mailreceipient+'?subject='+em_subject+'&body='+em_body
    +'&attachment='+'"C:\sample1.txt"';


I have not tested this out, but found something similar on the net.
Hope it helps.

Best regards,

Wim.
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by:wimmeyvaert
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Or maybe the following link (code is VB) is a good start too :
http://www.fabalou.com/VBandVBA/lotusnotesmail.asp

You should have ComObj in your uses clause.
Also you should create an OLE-Object at runtime : CreateOleObject('Notes.NotesSession');
And then it is all in converting the methods and setting properties from VB -> Delphi.
Maybe woth a try.

Now I'm leaving home, but maybe I will try to convert the vb-code to delphi-code.

Best Regards,

Wim.
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wimmeyvaert earned 500 total points
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I think I found something :

procedure SendNotesMail( ServerName, MailDbName, Subject, BodyText, Attachment, Recipient: String; SaveIt: Boolean );
var
 NotesSession: Variant;
 Database: Variant;
 Mail: Variant;
 AttachME: Variant;  { The attachment richtextfile object }
 EmbedObj: Variant;  { The embedded object (Attachment) }
begin
  NotesSession := CreateOleObject( 'Notes.NotesSession' );
  Database := NotesSession.GetDatabase( ServerName, MailDbName );
  If Not DataBase.IsOpen Then
    Database.Openmail;
  Mail := Database.CreateDocument;
  Mail.AppendItemValue( 'Subject', Subject );
  Mail.AppendItemValue( 'Body', BodyText );
  AttachME := Mail.CREATERICHTEXTITEM( 'Attachment' );
  EmbedObj := AttachME.EMBEDOBJECT( 1454, '', Attachment, 'Attachment' );
  Mail.Send( 0, Recipient );
end;


Call it like :
SendNotesMail3( 'YourServerName', 'MailFileOnDisk', 'Hi there', 'please help with this', 'C:\Sample1.txt', 'richythomasv@hotmail.com', True );

Can you try it out and let me know if it works ?

Best regards,

Wim.
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by:wimmeyvaert
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Hm, looks like it is working except that when the body contains more than 1 line of text, the mail is not sent.

I found a little workaround for that, assuming that the Body is not in a string, but in a TStrings :

procedure SendNotesMail( ServerName, MailDbName: String ; Subject, Attachment, Recipient: String ; BodyText: TStrings ; SaveIt: Boolean );
var
 NotesSession: Variant;
 Database: Variant;
 Mail: Variant;
 AttachME: Variant;  { The attachment richtextfile object }
 EmbedObj: Variant;  { The embedded object (Attachment) }
 MailBody: Variant;
 intX: Integer;
begin
  NotesSession := CreateOleObject( 'Notes.NotesSession' );
  Database := NotesSession.GetDatabase( ServerName, MailDbName );
  If Not DataBase.IsOpen Then
    Database.Openmail;
  Mail := Database.CreateDocument;
  Mail.AppendItemValue( 'Subject', Subject );
  { Instead of use AppenItemValue, use the CreateRichtTextItem-Method }
  MailBody := Mail.CREATERICHTEXTITEM( 'Body' );
  { Loop all lines of the TStrings-Parameter and add it to body, including CRLF }
  for intX:=0 to BodyText.Count-1 do
  begin
    MailBody.AppendText( BodyText[intX] );
    MailBody.AddNewLine(1); { CR/LF }
  end;
  AttachME := Mail.CREATERICHTEXTITEM( 'Attachment' );
  EmbedObj := AttachME.EMBEDOBJECT( 1454, '', Attachment, 'Attachment' );
  Mail.Send( 0, Recipient );
end;


I tested this out and it is a fully working solution.
I even included an URL in my body and I was able to click on it from my webmail !

So I guess we have found a solution to your problem.

Best regards,

Wim.
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by:wimmeyvaert
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Oh yeah, and call it like (assuming that the body of the mail is in a TMemo on the Form (Memo1) :
SendNotesMail3( Server, MailDb, em_subject, 'C:\Sample1.txt', em_mailreceipient, Memo1.Lines, True );

Best regards,

Wim.
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by:richyt
ID: 18858004
Hi ,
thanks for the info  but what i was trying to do was  not to use the Domino COM Obj. I think the mailto syntax has a problem with inline attachments.

but i found another delphi component on the net called AFQuickMail which works well  and has no problems sending the mail through any mail program be it lotus notes ,MS outlook or even out look express. this uses the MAPI Model to send the mail which i think most mail programs support

any how thanks for the COM solution i will just try it out

regards
richy


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