I have some questions for our fans of the Primary Contacts panel:
Do you use the panel instead of the main contact list, or as a supplement to it?
How would you feel if we integrated primary contacts as one of multiple views of your contacts which you could select, to display in the single contact panel, to save some space for your other plug-in panels?
Do you like having primary contacts as a second view that can be seen at the same time as your full contact list?
I've recently switched to using a MacBook as my primary machine, instead of a PC -- it's great to be able to switch over so easily, since all my IBM products work in either environment.
How many of you are also using Macs? What's the reach of Macs in your organizations?
Any thoughts regarding the user experience of Sametime on a Mac? Any changes you'd like to see?
I'm Lauren and I'm on the Sametime documentation team.
As many of you know, Sametime 8.5.2 supports widgets and recognized names and numbers (live text). We have some Help about these features in the Sametime Standard and Sametime Entry online Help. But, we wanted you to know that we've now posted to the Sametime wiki
additional end user, power user, and administrator documentation about widgets and live text. We hope you find it useful!
Download a free 90-day trial version of IBM® Lotus® Sametime® 7.5.1. This version extends IBM's award-winning and market-leading instant messaging and Web conferencing solution by introducing new capabilities that include point-to-point video, integration with desktop productivity applications, a tabbed chat interface, client support for Macintosh users, and server support for the Linux® operating system.
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.
Just curious, how many of you use the nested groups feature in the contact list? If so, how many groups have "subgroups" and how many levels of subgroups is the most that one of your top level groups has?
-Joe (Sametime Design)
Do you use online polling in meetings? If so, I have a few questions for you:
1) How often do you use online polling? In what types of meetings?
2) Do you ever use the same question over and over again? If so, in what context?
3) Right now, our polling tools support anonymous responses only. How critical is it to you to see who entered which response?
4) Do you have need from an online meeting tool to tie multiple polling questions together, into more of a survey format?
5) Anything else you'd like to us to know about your use of polls in meetings?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
Hello, Sametime Design Blog followers! I wanted to let you know that I'm now blogging on the IBM Sametime blog:
Please look for new entries there!
In Sametime 8.5.2, there are a number of new server configuration settings that you can use to control your deployment:
Whether managed access is required:
meeting.managedAccess.override (default: 0 or off)
How long people are locked out of rooms after ejection:
rtc4web.ejectionTimeout (default: 300 seconds)
Whether meeting rooms will open in a new window or tab:
meetingroomcenter.openRoomInNewWindow (default: true)
Multiple protocol proxy confirmation:
Whether guests can join meetings on this server:
meetingroom.allowGuestAccess (default: 1 or true)
In addition, there are two new user policies:
- Allow Meeting Room Polls (default: enabled)
Allow Annotations of Uploaded Content (default: enabled)
For Sametime 8.5.2, we've changed the default for launching instant meetings, to make it even faster for you to access meetings when you need to.
Now, in preferences, the default setting for whether to open a dialog when you click to start an instant meeting is OFF:
Meetings users -- did you know that you can easily remove content from your room? Here are some tips:
1. For a quick way to remove all content (discussion and library content) from a room, choose the Remove Room Content command from the Room Tools menu.
2. To remove just the discussion content, click the "x" in the bottom of the discussion widget (only room owners and managers have access to this). If you're on the installed client, you can still get back to the chat content later by creating a meeting report:
3. To remove all content just from the library, in the installed client, right-click anywhere in the library and choose Remove All. You'll be prompted before the content is removed.
For future releases, we're looking at giving you a choice when you end a meeting to also clear out the content. Would you like such a choice? Let me know!
I found out yesterday that a co-worker of mine wasn't aware of some of the nifty things you can do when receiving a file in a Sametime chat. I imagine that might be true for others, as well, so here's a quick note about some mini-features you can use.
1. You can choose another location for the file before you receive it:
2. You can copy the location of the received file and then use the location to open the file in another program (using File - Open):
(Note that this sequence works only on PCs, not Macs.)
3. You set the default location for in the File Transfers preference:
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.
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?
Some great new features are in place for chat history in Sametime 8.5.2:
- View all chats in the order they've been received
- Files and links are pulled into their own tab, for easy tracking
- When searching in chat history, restrict your search to entries from a single person
Here are some pictures to illustrate these features:
In addition, system administrators can turn off presence in the chat history window, with this preference (set in plugin_customization.ini or the managed-settings.xml):
SUT really simplifies my work life. Here are some of the things I really love:
1) I can specify conference call numbers in my phonebook, and then have it just connect me automatically if my preferred device is my computer, or show me the passcode I need to dial if my preferred device is a hard phone. I have a lot of conference calls, so this one saves me a ton of work!
2) I can set routing rules so that my calls come in where I am, regardless of how people try to reach me. For example, I like to use my office phone when I'm in the office, but my computer softphone when I'm working at home.
3) If i need to switch devices, I can easily do that. For example, I can transfer a call to my cell or my home phone as need be (e.g., if I'm walking from one meeting room to another).
4) I can easily click someone's name in my contact list and call them when I need to talk, or turn a chat into a call if the conversation gets complicated.
5) I can use the live text widget to click any name or number in a Notes email or chat history to place a call -- no need to reach for a phone.
Have you tried SUT? I'd love to hear your feedback if you have!
I really like using the photo view in Sametime meetings and photo views in my Contacts list (e.g., the Matrix view of the Primary Contacts list), because I find it easier to find my co-workers by their photos:
How about you? Do you use those views?
Anyone out there work for a company where employee photos aren't used?
We want your
feedback to help us assess the relative importance of
tasks within IBM Sametime. Your input will help us determine what parts of the Sametime UI most need design attention. :-)
To participate, please visit the following URL: : http://tinyurl.com/427ra9z
Thanks for your help! And please pass the URL along to other Sametime users.
Please note: The survey closes this Friday, September 9.
Hello iPhone Users!
Quick question - what are your thoughts on these three chat transcript designs? Do you have a preference, and why?
Sametime 8.5.2 now supports "widgets" and recognized names and numbers. If you have this capability, this means you can hover your mouse over an underlined name or number in chat history or an open chat window - or even in IBM Notes, such as in a Notes calendar invitation - to perform additional actions on that name or number. For example, you can click an underlined telephone number or name to select an option to start a call.
Here's how this looks in an open chat window:
Starting in release 8.5.2, administrators have an easy way to delete meeting rooms that are not being used anymore.
From the web-based administrative UI in the meeting center, you'll see a Delete icon next to individual meeting rooms:
In addition, when viewing the rooms for an individual user, you can delete all that user's rooms, if you need to quickly remove a collection of rooms (e.g., if an employee leaves the company):