First, to Charles Robinsons' point: Hannover is the code name, Notes 8 is the version. Lotus Expeditor is the platform on which some of Notes 8 is based (The menu bar, toolbar tabs, the sidebar, and views for the PIM pass, everything else is the Notes framework ). Lotus Expeditor is based on Eclipse. I should, indeed, be more careful in my use of terminology.
Second, Matt asked if the admin can control which sidebar plugins get deployed - yes. So You don't need to worry about your users checking BBC every 15 minutes, of course, Matt, I expect YOU to be using the feedreader to check MY postings :)
As I said in my previous post, Hannover allows plug-in mini applications to appear in the sidebar as panels. As your company or 3rd parties create more and more of these useful applications, we want to provide a way for our end users to have some control over displaying them. (Note: We plan to let Admins control which ones the end users can pick from, this posting is about the Samanthas of the world, I'll probably have another about deployment of plugins.)
A single vertical column quickly gets filled with these applications, even when they are closed. Please take a look at the following FOUR options to provide some scalability for displaying or hiding these application panels (keep in mind, these are initial mockups and do not represent final UI ).
Also, keep in mind that both conceptually and technically, the Hannvoer sidebar and the Sametime client are bascially the same thing. So when you are making your choices below, consider what you'd want in a Hannover Sidebar AND in the next version of Sametime.
The overall idea: Give Samantha a list of all the sidebar panels she HAS and let her choose which ones to see in the sidebar at any time. The second idea is to allow her to save and name various "sidebar layouts" so that with one choice she can switch between "sidebar A" with panels 1, 2, and 3, or "sidebar B" with panels 4, 5, 6, and 7... that kind of thing.
Is that kind of scalability necessary for Hannover? We do not have plans at the moment to tie these sidebar layouts to Notes Locations, although it is certainly something that makes sense to consider.
Option 1 - a vertical widget showing icons for the panels. Yes, this looks like the "skinny mode" that I showed in the previous post, but now, in his case, clicking on one turns the panel on or off in the sidebar. You would be able to turn the vertical panel on or off as well.
Option 2 - a pulldown menu above the sidebar that shows the available panels, and which ones are turned on.
Option 3: We add menu items to the the pull-down menu that already exists on each of the "mini-titlebars"
Option 4: toggle the vertical navigator on from the pulldown menu, and use the pulldown menu to switch layouts.
Here's the proposed Save layout:
One last comment for clarity: The screenshots in my PREVIOUS posting were actual screenshots of working code. Today's posting is just pictures. None of this has been implemented yet.