We've had some requests to better differentiate the server community icons shown in the My Status toolbar, and the contact list (if you choose to turn them on in the contact list preferences).
These are used to help users know which contacts belong to different server communities, as well as what your current status is set to for each community.
Do you have any thoughts about the following proposal:
New- with color:
New - without color:
We had our first Lotusphere User Experience lab prep meeting last week... We're busy working out new ideas for the coming year, figuring out what we need to improve in our lab. Feel free to post a comment here if there are things you'd especially like to see done and/or changed in our lab.
Hoping I'll see some of you in Orlando!
Hi, Sametime users.
I'm thinking about status settings and how they affect behavior.
you find the "In a meeting" status helpful? Does it change how you
interact with other people, when you see that status by their name? For example, are you less (or more!) likely to IM someone if they have that status?
currently support 4 settings: Available, Away, In a Meeting, and Do Not
Disturb. Do you ever wish we had more settings? If so, what would you
want to have available?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
I love using the Sametime Meetings feature that lets me take minutes during a meeting, because everyone can see what I'm typing, and it's all saved for me when I leave the room. When I flag items as meeting minutes, they are separated out in the meeting report, so I can easily see what was meeting minutes, versus just conversation in the room.
However I notice a lot of my colleagues don't use the feature -- they just type into the chat, without flagging their entries as meeting minutes, so that everything ends up being flagged as a chat entry:
How about you? Do you use this feature? If not, why not?
Greetings Sametime Community!
It was great seeing many of you at Lotusphere. As always, your input was excellent, and I look forward to incorporating your feedback in our design work in 2008. If you did not get the chance to attend the conference, you can still provide product input. We'll be doing more usability testing this year, and you can participate in the lab, or remotely via a web conference. If interested, drop us a note at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or sign up here to be a tester for our other products: http://www.notes.net/usability
We're currently wrapping up our first release of Lotus Sametime Advanced, which introduces persistent chat rooms, new topic-based community chat tools that help you to create and reuse knowledge identified during chat sessions, and an "Instant Share" tool for screen sharing and remote control built directly into the Sametime chat window. Look for this new product by the end of Q1.
In the meantime, if you haven't tried it out yet, you can find trial downloads and feature summaries for Sametime 8 IM, Webconferencing and Sametime Gateway here:
Stay tuned as I'll be asking some questions about Sametime Advanced in the very near future.
Sametime Product Design
A great tip from a couple of my coworkers -- if you need a quick way to easily paste your call-in information in a chat message, create an image file with the information, and set it up as a custom emoticon with a text shortcut (e.g., ":d" for dial-in). Then just type the text shortcut and your call-in information will go right into the chat.
UPDATE -- An even better approach!As Gareth Cook pointed out in his comment below, you can do the same with the "Add Text" button -- enter the call-in information into the text field, and then assign it a shortcut key.
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Lotus Sametime V7.5.1 is a platform for unified communications and collaboration, combining security features with an extensible, open solution that includes integrated Voice over IP, geographic location awareness, mobile clients, and a robust Business Partner community offering telephony and video integration.
Here are some of the exciting new features you'll find in 7.5.1 over 7.5:
- Tabbed Chat - the number 1 request from 7.5. We are providing both horizontal and vertical layout options for a tabs for all of your active chats in a single chat window. If you choose the vertical layout and make the width of the tab column narrow, you can see user photos instead of text names on the tabs.
- Save Emoticons with a right click over the image in the chat transcript - add them directly to your favorite emoticon palette.
- One-on-one Video! - that's right - get yourself a webcam and start video with your Sametime contacts,
- Screen capture annotation - this extends my favorite Sametime feature even further! You can now draw annotations on the captured screen before sending it to your chat partner! Grab a piece of the screen using the screen capture tool icon in the message compose toolbar of the chat window, capture the part of the screen you wish to send, and then click and drag to draw red text on the captured image.
- Chat history search - search across all of your chat history transcripts to find specific text
- Multi-person chat history - now both one and one and multi-party chats can automatically be saved in the chat history, and searched as well
- Spell check entire message at once - not only do typos get highlighted inline, if you want to run a spell check against an entire message at once, like in Notes, you can do it. This is an accessibility improvement based on usability testing as well.
- Plug-in scalability - did the novelty of some contact list plug-ins you installed wear off? Now you can easily toggle the contact list mini-app panels on and off using the View Menu>Application Panels> toggles.
- Expand All/Collapse All - like views in notes, expand and collapse all groups in your contact list from the View menu, or keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+(+) and Ctrl+ (-)
- Primary Contacts - a new contact list plug-in ships with 7.5.1 to let you drag your favorite contacts in and see their photos in the contact list. Choose to see large, medium, or small images, or just a text list.
- Edit your language used for spell checking - if your administrator makes the language files available to you, you can copy them into the plugins directory of the Sametime install location on your computer, then open the Sametime Preferences UI from the client and select a new spell check language under the Spell Checking preferences section.
- Contact list scrub tool - a tool to help you remove contacts you haven't chatted with in a while to clean up your contact list.
Greetings, Friends of Sametime!
The Lotus Design Team is here at Lotusphere, with a user experience and usability lab, in room Asia 4 of the Dolphin Hotel. Stop by and test drive new product interfaces, and future prototypes, and give us feedback on your experiences with existing products. I'm in the lab, showing new interfaces for a browser-based version of Sametime IM, Sametime Advanced, and an iPhone interface for Sametime IM. I also invite you to attend a deep dive on Sametime Advanced, where I'll be covering UI features, and developer Alan Cooke will be providing architecture and implementation best practices. The deep dive is tomorrow at 4:15, session title ID405, in the Dolphin N. Hemisphere (rooms A-C).
Amy Travis is also in the lab, showcasing 8.5 Sametime eMeetings.
We're also giving away a free registration to Lotusphere 2010 in a raffle - the entry requirements are that you stop by the lab and test drive one of the many Lotus products showcased there by the actual product designers.
Looking forward to meeting you, and reinvigorating this blog in 2009!
Lotus Sametime Product Design Lead
At IBM, we've been using agile development process for some time now, and that process includes designers being part of project scrums. But we've only lately started using agile methods *within* our design groups -- that is, having design-only scrum meetings, and 2-week sprint schedules to address the design work we have across the projects we work on.
As a design lead, I find the scrum process extremely helpful, so I know what all the designers on my team are working on, and can hear what's blocking people. The daily 15-minute meetings take almost no time, and we really hold tight to that meeting time limit.
One of the challenges we face is that design is an inherently iterative process, so we've needed to build iteration into our sprints. Also, new requirements crop up each day, as we learn more details from customers, get Beta feedback, or find that a developer has run into a hitch. So we've had to stay very flexible within our scrum process -- updating sprints as priorities shift.
Overall, though, I think it's been a great win. Much more productive than our older-style weekly "status meetings". I like the fast-pace of 15-minute meetings -- makes me wonder if more of my meetings could be that short!!
Are you using Sametime on mobile devices? Have you considered using Sametime on your device?
The Lotus Sametime team would love to discuss all things Sametime and mobile in the Online UX Lab
. Members of the development and user experience team will be online through May 26.
We've suggested a few topics for our conversation such as:
- How you would like your contacts designed
- Where you would like to access your chat transcripts
- What features you would like for your future mobile experience
You can also tell us what questions you have.
Lotus Design on Facebook
Have you ever wanted to customize the sounds used for your chat (and other) alerts? You can do so with the Notifications preferences:
Below each preference that has a "play sound" setting, you can choose the sound to use. Or choose a single sound for all notifications, to make your notifications stand out from other people's.
Just out of curiosity -- how many of you use sound for Sametime notifications?
Come see some new ideas the IBM Collaboration Solutions Information Development team is working on for videos
We're considering using some animations in our videos, and we'd like to know what you think. Watch some short sample videos in the Online UX Lab
and comment with your thoughts and opinions. Link to the activity: http://tinyurl.com/ibmvideo71211
The discussion is open until Monday, July 25.
Lotus Design on Facebook
Greetings, Sametime community.
This is my first external post to this blog, the first of many to engage you in discussion regarding the design of the IBM Lotus Sametime instant messaging client. Following the success of other design blogs, such as Mary Beth Raven's Notes User Experience blog (http://www-03.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/marybeth), I look forward to your input.
Let's get things started with a question about Sametime extensibility. I'd like to learn how you are extending Sametime. Feel free to respond to this blog, or send e-mail privately to (email@example.com)
- what types of plug-ins are you building?
- how well is the Sametime interface supporting the plug-ins you are building?
- how many plug-ins are you or your users adding to a Sametime client and running at once?
Let's start with these questions and I'll post some follow-up questions later in the week. I'm currently looking at how we should continue to evolve our extensibility model and interfaces.
Sametime Product Design Lead
Are you someone who clicks the "Show details" link in the library, when selecting a file, to find out the information about that file? If you haven't done it, here's how you get this information:
1. In the browser meetings client, select the file, click the drop-down, and click View Details:
2. In the installed meetings client, select the file, click the drop-down, and click View Details.
Or right-click the selected file and choose View Details:
Here's what the file details look like:
This dialog shows you:
1. The actual name of the file (as opposed to the name shown in the library, as you can rename library files)
2. Who added it
3. When they added it
4. How large the file is
5. Where the slides were converted (locally or on the server) ***
6. Number of pages
Is this the information you want? Is there other information you'd like to see?
*** Ever wonder what the "slide conversion" part means? Converted locally means that the native application on your computer was used to render the slides for the meeting -- this will give you the highest fidelity slides. Converted on the server means that an application running on the Sametime server rendered the slides for the meeting. This will almost always give you lower fidelity than converting locally. So how do you control this? In the Sametime installed client, if you have the native application for the file, the file will be converted locally. If you use the Sametime browser client, the file will always be converted on the server.
When a participant leaves a meeting room, their name drops off the participant list. The same occurs in a persistent chat room. However, when a participant leaves a multi-way chat, their name stays in the participant list, but becomes italicized and grey, which is how it looks before they enter the chat, as well:
What do you think of this? Should the name drop out of the multi-way chat list as it does in meetings and chat rooms? Do you like seeing the names of people who were in the chat, but have since left?