My primary reason for attending the "DNUG" conference last week in Karlsruhe, Germany, was to gather user feedback on the "pre-beta" build that I brought with me on my laptop. I also had 5 different options of the "Getting Started" page to show people to gather feedback. (I'll show you those options in another posting.)
I also gave a talk on the "Hannover Top Ten" -- Two top fives, really -- the top 5 features that we haven't already shown, and 5 features on which I wanted to gather more feedback. I'll post the top 5 of each here in a little bit of a different format. Sometimes it's much easier to explain a feature in person than in writing.
Overall, I was pleased with the trip. The talk was well attended and I received a great deal of feedback -- some very clear direction on a feature in the personal address book, and, as always, many new feature ideas.
Perhaps the most exciting part of the trip was hearing the reaction to the announcement that the Hannover release of Lotus Notes will include the IBM productivity suite of a word processor, a presentation tool, and a spreadsheet. I began working on those about 2 years ago before I joined the Notes team. We now have a team of three designers, a usability engineer, and some visual designers working on them. I want to "introduce" them here once I corral all their headshots.
I'd like to extend a particular "thank you" to Denise Shaw of the visual design team, who worked many long hours under a tight deadline to produce the press-ready screens you see in the announcement I linked to above.
You'll be hearing a lot more about the productivity tools here in the near future.