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
That just happened. And by the way, this is what “dead” means in software.
Wed, Jun 11th 2014 1:40p Rob Novak Well IBM’s Lotus Quickr 8.2 is going out of service a bit earlier than I anticipated.
In fact, I was on a web conference with a client just today(!) and they showed me their custom 8.2 site and discussed their desire to export it and get the contents into SharePoint (yeah, I do that, sue me).
Here’s the full announcement: http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?subtype=ca&infotype=an&appname=iSource&supplier=897&letternum=ENUS913-176
And the relevant details [read] Keywords: ibm
Just wait. A Second!
Mon, Dec 9th 2013 10:50a Rob Novak Second session that is. In all the excitement of getting early notice of my first session “Running a Successful Pilot Program with Social Business Software” I somehow had it in my head that it was going to be my only session accepted this year. So I was a little surprised and happy to learn that another of my submissions has indeed been accepted.
This one will be a lot of work, but hopefully worth it for the attendees.
So look for it you Quickr fans and don’t miss it. I’l [read] Keywords: collaboration
A subtle change over there to the right
Thu, Dec 5th 2013 8:50a Rob Novak It was 7:26 AM today when the email came. I am pleased and honored to be included once again in the group called IBM Champions! Here’s what it takes to be an IBM Champion, and what the benefits are…
One benefit is that you can use the logo, so I got to tag “2014″ onto my caption over there on the right.
Per the announcement site:
These individuals are non-IBMers who evangelize IBM solutions, share their knowledge and help grow the community of professionals who are focuse [read] Keywords: collaboration
FCC Small Biz Cyber Planner 2.0
Mon, Oct 21st 2013 2:10p Rob Novak Now that the U.S. government’s back up and running, I wanted to point out a great resource for small and medium businesses – heck even large businesses that are implementing security plans. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has published a simple-to-use tool for generating your own planning guide.
A couple weeks ago I was speaking at a plastics industry conference in Miami, and the executives in the audience were quite impressed with such a public resource. Well, the first [read] Keywords: policies
Another success story on the iPad
Thu, Jun 6th 2013 10:30a Rob Novak Some of you may recall from my old blog, a few years ago I posted about the head of state of a certain unnamed country using our $9.99 app SnappFiles with a Lotus Quickr server to deliver public addresses and speeches. The setup was such that speechwriters could make changes up to the last minute on stage, and the speech could be reloaded in an instant. That was fabulous to hear, and was even moreso when I discovered (again, through the hush hush grapevine) that Steve Jobs actually responded to [read] Keywords: lotus