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Inside Mobile Design and User Experience

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

The end of the year brings much cheer to the app store, with a new release of Sametime Meetings and now Traveler To Do apps on the Apple App Store and for Android as part of the Traveler Upgrade Pack 2.

Per usual, for the mobile apps, designer Jessica Peter sought to optimize for the primary use cases. I would say our first use case was to be able to quickly and easily enter in a to do and mark it complete, as this is the most basic task (so to speak) for a To Do app to perform. Therefore, all you have to do is enter in the name of the to do and you are done. If you like to enter more info, like start date and end date, you can open the full form up and add whatever you need. To complete the to do, check the box. Done.
Image:Traveler To Do Apps Now Available

The only other thing you might want to understand about this app is that we decided to adopt a more modern terminology that doesn't quite map back to Notes To Do's. Specifically, to do's can be organised into "Lists". So, you might have a list for different projects, personal, work, hobbies, or whatever. It's up to you. In Notes terms, Lists are Categories. Got it?

Important note: You will need to install the Traveler Upgrade Pack 2 on the Domino server where Traveler is running to sync your To Do's. Your Android users should receive a notification to update the Traveler app once you've installed everything on the server. See Mat Newmann's blog for how that works.

You may now start to-do-ing.

Chris Reckling
Mobile UX
Image:Traveler To Do Apps Now Available

Chris Reckling | 13 December 2012 03:15:00 PM ET |


1) Traveler To Do Apps Now Available
David Barry | 12/13/2012 3:45:05 PM

Don't ToDo's in Notes Traveler go into the Reminder App that is part of iOS 5 and greater?

2) Traveler To Do Apps Now Available
Chris Reckling | 12/13/2012 3:49:55 PM

No - there wasn't a good mapping from Notes to Reminders for the function we needed to provide.


3) Traveler To Do Apps Now Available
David Barry | 12/13/2012 9:56:48 PM

Odd. I was able to map when I developed a Sync through notes client for todo's to the iTunes Local Reminders file. To update todo's back and fourth I have to Sync the device to itunes then run agent in notes client to sync the itunes local file with mail file. Then I have to sync device with itunes again very cumbersome but works. Would have preferred to use traveler.

4) Traveler To Do Apps Now Available
Chris Reckling | 12/14/2012 11:30:38 AM

David, you could map some of the features over, but not everything people were asking for that is in Notes.


5) Traveler To Do Apps Now Available
Alan Head (@kil0ran) | 2/20/2013 7:07:32 AM

Loving these new apps Chris (and team). Users love them too. I think To-Dos were under-used in a full Notes client but from a UX perspective they work really well with a touch interface. Certainly since installing the app I've created more ToDos in the last week than I have in the last 5 years of using Notes!

Just one small UI quirk, on the iPad version in landscape mode the input boxes for server details (and the quick create To Do box) require you to click a long way along the box to the right to get an initial cursor/focus. This isn't immediately clear and causes a small amount of confusion until you get used to it.

6) Traveler To Do Apps Now Available
David Willmann | 1/6/2014 12:29:30 PM

Hello, Good App! But One function is missed!? How can i allocate task to a person or a mail Adresse. I Would like to allocate Tasks Tommy employees. This are Users from a Enterprise LDAP wich is Connected to the Traveler.

In Lotus Notes full Desktop or web Client this Function is available!

Maye you can help me?


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