Thanks for your thoughtful comments.
@Nathan: I would like nothing more than impress you. But you are right, and I will not be able to impress you with putting the rich text controls right above the data entry area (of course, that is where I put them in Workplace Messaging, but this blog is about Notes)
@Mark Hughes: the > and >> are ideas for different icons for the "recipient indicators" indicators. We've decided that the arrows do not work-- too many people think they are "twisties" to open something. Currently in Notes 7 we have these round icons, and we're trying to improve the iconography:
@Charles -- about notes assuming the same toolbar. Here is my current plan, based in large part from the responses to my earlier posting about toolbars.
ONLY the context-sensitive toolbars are going to be on by default. However, we have augmented the 3 main context-sensitive toolbars (for views, documents in read mode, and documents in edit mode. ) so that you'll get common things like new, and print. Several of us customized our toolbars this way and have been using only the context-sensitive toolbars just to see how usable we think it is. The idea is that for people like Samantha, this is porbably all she needs and will use. (I wanted to create more context-sensitive toolbars, like a mail-specific one, etc. but we are running out of time for that)
You (or Samantha if she's having a power-user day) can turn on any or all of the old static toolbars. If you have created a totally custom toolbar, we'll retain that and turn it on with the context-sensitive one.
@Pierre, yes our original design also had the tab row configuable (to be set and locked by an admin) so that they coudl be on the bottom as well. We still want to deliver tabs on the bottom, but that will have to wait until the next release.
@Miks yes we will have some level of "themeability", for example, you can edit a CSS file to change the tab color etc.
@stisum, yes, our original designs put the search control up in the upper right on the menu bar, however, since we are using a vanilla eclipse toolbar control, we cannot add such a control in this release.
Also, strictly speaking, for the Mail/calendar and Contacts, the Action bar is the same new custom toolbar control, but since all of your custom apps will still be using the Notes action bar, we cant really let Samantha start dragging the action bar and re-ordering it interspered with the toolbar just yes, cause she'll only be able to do that with the Mail/Cal/Contacts.