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4.1 Launching the IBM productivity tools
The IBM productivity tools can be run either embedded in the IBM Workplace
Managed Client or as applications run directly from the desktop. You can launch
them in a number of ways:
Using the “IBM Productivity Tools” desktop icon
This opens a blank application with a dialog box asking the user what type of
application to create. The default launch behavior can be changed by
selecting File → Preferences in the application. See Figure 4-1.
Figure 4-1 IBM Productivity Tools Preferences
Using a file manager application and opening a file that is one of the tools’
associated file types
Using Nautilus or a similar graphical file manager, double-click a word
processing document, presentation, spreadsheet, or project file to open the
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Figure 4-2 File Type Associations Preferences menu
The productivity tools store the file associations in MIME-type files in:
If there are any problems opening files of different types that you expect the
editors to handle, the user can check to make sure that these three MIME
files contain the appropriate entries to associate the editors with that file type.
Tip: The IBM productivity tools make it simple to change the file
associations for various office editor tools. Simply go to the File →
Preferences menu, select File Type Associations, and select the formats
you want to have the IBM productivity tools open by default, as shown in
Figure 4-2. Note that the Microsoft Office file types are not selected by
default and must be changed in the preferences menu in order to launch
the editors automatically.
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Using IBM Workplace Managed Client to open a file contained within a
Opening or creating a file in a document library launches an embedded editor.
You can do this from a productivity file or from a productivity template. For
more information, see 2.5.2, “Working with documents” on page 54.
Launching the desktop editors from a browser using the WebSphere Portal
Document Manager Web interface to a document library
When using the Web interface to a document library, select a document and
click the Edit button. A document description page opens in the browser.
Click the Open File button to launch the local editor associated with that file
type. After making the modifications, save the changes in the editor, close the
editor, and in the browser, select to either Publish the changes to the
document library or save it as a private draft.
Note: In order to shorten the time it takes to launch the productivity tools, IBM
Workplace Managed Client installs a script called preload.sh in
As mentioned in 3.2.6, “Uninstalling the Managed Client” on page 106, this
script loads portions of the productivity tools binaries and libraries into
memory. It is executed whenever the user logs in, or whenever Workplace
Managed Client is launched. It stays in the process table and monitors to see
whether or not the SodcPreload task is running. If not, it launches it. So, if
SodcPreload is killed in any manner, the preload.sh script automatically
If IBM only supports the client and productivity tools under GNOME on Linux,
why is it that they put this script in a KDE directory? Unfortunately, we do not
know the answer to this question.
Turn off this preloading capability in the productivity tools preferences. See