With the introduction of Quickr 8.5 came
a massive change in architecture, implementing (as in other IBM products)
but a quite serviceable version 1.4.3. This opened up Quickr Domino for
a new level of customization - no more hacking forms and subforms, susceptible
to corruption and upgrade blockages. By extending Quickr with Dojo widgets
(called "dijit"), one can accomplish what used to take a large
effort faster, and do some previously "almost impossible" things
like, say, a sitemap.
Well with more than a year of practice
under our belts (and a few extra years of just plain Dojo), we're releasing
some of the more helpful and useful widgets we've written as SnappWidgetsTM,
and will keep adding to the collection as we continue. To start off, though,
we'll bring out two widgets that have been some real productivity boosters.
Our attachment organizer SnappWidget
adds sorting capabilities to the attachments area of Quickr pages, in addition
to exposing the date of the attachment (hidden by default). This is quite
useful when you have pages with date-sensitive files attached and need
to find just one. Here's a screenshot of this widget:
Our in-line PDF SnappWidget lets you
preview PDFs using the Adobe reader plugin instead of the PDF-to-HTML conversion
that can lose a lot of fidelity and print capabilities. By keeping the
experience in-line, it's easier for end users to view, print, save, and
work with PDF files. I detailed this widget's construction and some of
the code in an earlier
blog post. Now that it's a product,
we're including the secondary script (and of course, support). Here's a
look at this one:
What's next? We're working on a variation
of the in-line PDF one with Quicktime movies at the moment, and other embedding
options are on the horizon. After that, you let me know...we've written
a couple dozen of these -- most of them more complex or tailored to a very
specific need. Whether it's custom development just for you or something
generic enough to benefit everyone, we're happy to entertain all ideas.
That earlier blog post might give you some ideas. I can say we're working
with another well-known partner on a joint product that will be quite a
hit for all Quickr shops. More on that soon...and another announcement
By the way, all the previous product
announcements now have pages on the website, so feel free to browse www.SNAPPS.com...see
New Kid on the Social Block
Wed, May 22nd 2013 3:30p Rob Novak To say Jerald Mahurin is a “new kid” is a bit misleading. Heck, he’s older than me and I’m practically antediluvian. However after nearly 20 years in the industry, having been my instructor when I first learned LotusScript in 1995, then with SNAPPS for the past ten years and currently its Vice President, it’s my pleasure to welcome Jerald to the not-so-yellow-verse community of IBM Collaboration Solutions bloggers.
His first article is a tutorial-level undertaking, [read] Keywords: collaboration
SnappLinks for IBM Connections adds SlideShare support
Mon, May 13th 2013 12:30p Rob Novak Not long ago we announced SnappLinks for IBM Connections, a set of social link helper plugins for IBM Connections. This week we’re adding a new plugin to the mix, one to embed SlideShare presentations. You’ve seen them all over the web on blogs and articles, and now it’s a matter of a couple clicks to add them to your Connections Blos and Wikis.
Here’s a video introducing them where I grab my IBM Connect 2013 presentation and embed it in my Connections wiki. The video is [read] Keywords: connections
Update on Quickr: Life Support
Sat, Apr 13th 2013 9:20a Rob Novak Last month I shared some of my views on the apparent “death” of Quickr (hint: it’s not dead). As many of you know IBM has withdrawn Quickr from marketing effective April 12. The IBM endorsed upgrade path and in fact entitlement goes to Connections Content Manager 4.5 and includes a full license of Connections 4.5. That in itself is a bargain. However there are many situations where due to custom functionality, a growing user base, infrastructure, training, or some other reason [read] Keywords: connections
IamLUG: Still a few slots left!
Thu, Apr 11th 2013 9:50a Rob Novak IamLUG, the largest user group meeting in the US for IBM collaboration professionals and users, is happening May 6-7 in St Louis. I’ll be there speaking as will Jerald Mahurin from my team. My session “So a gadget and a widget walk into a bar…” is almost done, but I’m still working on the punch line. Of course this is about OpenSocial and iWidgets in IBM Connections. Jerald will be taking the stage on IBM Connections user interface design – themes and more.
Fo [read] Keywords: collaboration