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:
known as QPhotos, and
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.
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
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
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
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