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From SNAPPS Labs: Introducing the evolution of Quickr templates
Rob Novak    

Today I get to announce five new product offerings from SNAPPS, not really surprising ones but cool nonetheless. You may be aware that SNAPPS produced all the goods over at QuickrTemplates.com in 2007, and updated them through Quickr 8.2. These free templates were a big hit, and solidified IBM Lotus Quickr in many customer environments, as well as helped hundreds of IBMers sell Quickr. These business-focused templates were the key to success of Quickr in many organizations -- I've heard this repeatedly from customers as well as IBM.

The other thing I've heard repeatedly, of course, is "where are the 8.5x versons?!?!?!" and the answer is slowly making its way out. With hundreds of hours of re-factoring for new versions of Dojo, requirements for specific fixes from IBM, and blood sweat and tears, we've evolved some the free templates into packaged products. And, more are on the way. We're also going through a re-branding effort as you may have noticed to more closely align the offerings we have with our company brand, SNAPPS.

So first out of the gate are two of the most popular templates:

SnappImagesTM, formerly known as QPhotos, and
SnappContactsTM, formerly known as QContacts

These two templates have been completely reprogrammed to take advantage of a new UI, native Quickr 8.5.1 Web 2.0 rendering, and optimized for performance on Quickr 8.5.1. Each carries over the same functionality you've become accustomed to in the free version, but with a cleaner, faster and more streamlined interface.

This was only the beginning of the work. There's more.

You may also be aware that way back in in 2006, SNAPPS built blog and wiki templates for then-named Quickplace 7.0. And, after we reprogrammed those and optimized them for translation, IBM licensed them from us for use in the 2007 Quickr 8.0 release. They're still there 4.5 years later, based on the original design and using the same rendering engine (8.2), made to work on an 8.5.1 server.

I'm pleased to announce today that we are making available new blog and wiki templates as native Quickr 8.5.1, Web 2.0, properly rendering templates. Each one has been programmed to use the new editor, native features when appropriate, and had the UI polished up to give your users a more consistent experience in Quickr. Last but not least, we've taken the extra step of creating a combination template -- a single template with a team place, blog and wiki all together. These three are now branded as:

SnappBlogTM
SnappWikiTM
SnappComboTM

All five new templates are available either out-of-the-box for new deployments, or as upgrades to existing templates (for an additional fee -- we had to write quite a bit of conversion code). The only one not requiring conversion is SnappContacts, it's going to just work in place of QContacts.

Keep in mind that some of these products I've announced CAN be combined. For instance, you can easily implement SnappMap or SnappViews or SnappWidgets, even SnappLinks in conjunction with the templates above.

The product pages will be up this weekend with pricing and more FAQ information -- and if you haven't seen the previously announced product pages, have a look at http://www.snapps.com today.

One (maybe two!) more announcements to come...keep an eye out!

P.S. A big thanks for the 118,000 downloads of the free templates and code over the years! It'll still be there...


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