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Inside Mobile Design and User Experience

Thoughts on mobile and social business applications, design, and user experience, by Chris Reckling.

Next up in the series of 8, is "8 Things that Work in Any Notes Application". This is a category of featurettes that cut across the PIM apps and can be used in any Notes application. Without further adieu...

1. Inline spellcheck
- long a feature of word processors and first brought to you from Lotus in the Sametime client, this feature is available in any rich text field in any application. Misspelled words have a little red squiggly underline and right mouse menu with suggestions. Straightforward enough and quite handy. I know, I know, we should add auto-correct next.
2. Multi-level undo
- a much requested addition, works with tables, too! Yeah!
3. Improved printing of tabbed tables and contacts
- a couple of new printing options have been added, particularly for tabbed tables and contacts. You can print tabbed tables out individually (one row after another, essentially expanded down the page) or as seen on the screen. Contacts can be printed out in a number of different formats, as seen in the picture below.
4. Side by side Help
- there's a new Help system available in Notes 8. Basically, when you press F1 a Help window opens up to the right with context-sensitive Help.
5. Advanced Menus option
- Looking to simplify your life? Turn off Advanced Menus!! This really reduces the number of options that you have to look through in the menu. Of course, that menu item that you lost also might be hidden because Advanced Menus are off - use the View menu to get them back.
6. Context-sensitive Search bar
- We heard that users didn't know Notes had a search function! So, we put the Search interface right in the toolbar (by default on the right side). Now, when you are in mail, it will search all of mail; if you are in calendar, it will search the calendar; and so on. Searches are saved and you can always search mail, calendar, or contacts. Plus, the toolbar is extensible so you can add your own favorite search engine to the list.
7. Thumbnail view -
The thumbnail view is a nifty little tool to show you all your open tabs in one place. It's like a subsitute for the Window menu for those visual people out there. Ctrl-Shift-T brings it up and you can type to filter the window list down.
8. Window Tabs pop-up menu (CTRL-F8) - Another alternative to the Window menu and "free with Eclipse" is the Window pop-up menu. I blogged about this and #7 before.

That's it for today - the final installment in this series is called "Notes 8 client is more than email". Stay tuned.

Chris Reckling
Program Director, MA UX Design Studio, Lotus Software

Chris Reckling | 6 September 2007 05:36:09 PM ET | Westford, MA

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