Lotus Forms Viewer on Ubuntu?? I think so.

Posted: July 26, 2013 in Development
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I just randomly managed to accomplish this today, but I know there’s many of you users out there that have been trying to get Lotus Forms Viewer working on your Linux systems.  This isn’t 100% complete working (haven’t got it pulling admin data from AKO yet, etc..), but it lets you open Lotus Forms Viewer, open files from AKO, fill forms, etc..  I’ll post my fix so far so you guys can jump into it, and I’ll update if I find out anything else useful. I should clarify I’m on the newest updated version of Ubuntu 13.04.  I actually use the KDE’d up version, Kubuntu, but that may not make a difference.  Alright, so here goes..

Install the latest version of Wine if you haven’t already (copy/paste to terminal):

sudo apt-get install wine

Once that’s installed, open up “Configure Wine” from your Programs menu and click on the Libraries tab.. Click in the blank there and type these in one by one, hitting add for each one:

  • formobjectmodelstub
  • mfc71
  • mfc71u
  • pe_cc
  • pe_com
  • msvcr71
  • pe_crt71
  • pe_crtp71
  • pe_java
  • pe_mfc71u
  • pehelper
  • riched20
  • ssce5432
  • unicows (accept the warning and hit yes)
  • uwi_java

Click OK.. now head on over to https://chess.army.mil/cms/a/lotusforms4 and download Lotus Forms Viewer.  You need your CAC up and working to access this link, just so you know.  Open the installer with Wine, and voila.  Word is out that as of FY14 the Army is converting from XFDL files to straight fillable PDFs and that Lotus will be stricken out by FY15, but this should tide you over until then.  ALSO, if by chance you get the tbl not found, run with /REGISTER message when you try to start up… make sure you’ve added the libraries I mentioned above and run this in your terminal (as one line (copy/paste to terminal)):

wine ~/.wine/dosdevices/c\:/Program\ Files/IBM/Lotus\ Forms/Viewer/3.5/masqform.exe /Register

Notice I did this with Lotus 3.5 and not 4.  I downloaded it directly from AKO just today, so I guess you get what you get.

I understand this is a rough set of instructions, but do your best to work with it and I’ll tweak it as needed.  Test it out for yourselves and let me know if it doesn’t work for you.  I’ll try to get some more research going.  It opened up my NCOER from MyForms on AKO and let me fill it out, but it wouldn’t sync it back.  As I said before, I’ll update y’all as I figure out what works.  I’ve scoured Google and not found any posts on getting Lotus working, so I thought I’d be nice and share.

One more note, before asking me about saving to PDF, I haven’t looked into it yet.  There very well may be an app for that already. ;)

Happy counseling.

  1. Using your findings as a base I was able to expand upon it and get version installed. I have created another post over at http://www.randarlabs.com/2013/12/lotus-viewer-on-linux-for-dod-forms.html that details what I did different to get it working. Thanks for your help. Hopefully we can get this more wide spread for Linux users.

    • husseyg says:

      Sounds like a good deal I’ll have to check out. I ironically just switched over to Fedora due to some graphics issues, so I’ll have to get back on this and see how everything works. Downside is, the military is doing away with Lotus again for standard fillable PDFs. We’ll see where it goes.

  2. David says:

    Thank you very much!! I’ll look forward to your updates.

    • husseyg says:

      I let the thread die a bit due to some unforseen circumstances. I’ll be jumping back in soon with some new direction if needed. Until then, check out Randy’s post and see if it fits your needs. Thanks for checking in!

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