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Inside Mobile Design and User Experience

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

Exciting news! You can now access IBM Docs on your iPad from within the Connections app. You can create and edit documents and view spreadsheets or presentations created with IBM Docs on the desktop. All of the files stay within the Connections app on the device, which removes the worry about information being sent to other apps and potentially to an insecure place.

To get started, you will need to download and update the Connections iOS app from the Apple App Store. Then log in to either IBM SmartCloud (provided your company is entitled to use IBM Docs) or IBM Greenhouse, to try it out. iPad IBM Docs is not yet available for on premises deployments.

IBM Docs is seamlessly integrated with the Files service in Connections. Therefore, go to Files in the left navigation and press the + sign in the upper right to Create a new document. The other option is to create the document on the desktop browser first, then open it for editing on the iPad. Since this isn't a tutorial on how to use it, I will leave you with one important tip: After you have finished editing a document, you must "Publish" it for others to see the new version. We really didn't want to put out a new version every time the doc was saved, so publishing the doc will create the new version.

On the screenshots!
Figure 1 shows the editor open. You can see that 2 people are working on the document, Gardner and Betty. Betty's updates are shown in the pink color. Gardner is on the iPad and Betty is using the desktop browser.
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Figure 1. Co-editing experience.

Figure 2 Shows the comments that Betty has added on the desktop.
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Figure 2. Doc comments.

Figure 3 goes portrait and shows some of the editing controls.
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Figure 3. Bulleted lists.

Figure 4 is the add table dialog box. There are a bunch of pre-defined styles to choose from.
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Figure 4. Adding good looking tables is a snap.

We hope you'll try it out and let us know what you think.

Chris Reckling
Mobile UX

Chris Reckling | 21 July 2013 06:00:00 PM ET |

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