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Inside Mobile Design and User Experience

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

Today IBM released an update to the Sametime Meetings app for iPad. This update includes a couple of features to make it easier to join your meeting rooms associated with a calendar invitation. We've also included all the retina graphics so it will look great on the new iPad.

Here's the problem we're solving: Often people will put the meeting url inside of a calendar invitation. On the desktop, this is fine, but on the iPad it is very difficult to copy the url from the calendar to the clipboard to paste into the Join URL field. In addition, the url is usually of the http variety, which ends up launching Safari instead of the app. TIP: Did you know that the iPad app has its own unique url to launch it? Make a Sametime Meetings iPad url by by simply replacing "https://" with "stmeetings://". For example, https://meetings.myco.com/stmeetings/room/etc becomes stmeetings://meetings.myco.com/stmeetings/room/etc.

Our solution reads your calendar on the device and pulls in any meeting that has a Sametime meeting url in it. There is a new view in the lobby that shows those meetings. Now a single tap will join you into the meeting or you can tap the detail disclosure arrow to see the meeting details.
Image:Update to Sametime Meetings iPad app

The second thing we did was to make the Join by URL feature more prominent in the UI. If you have the meeting url on the clipboard it will automatically fill it in for you.
Image:Update to Sametime Meetings iPad app

Hope you like it!

Chris

Chris Reckling | 22 June 2012 11:35:00 AM ET |

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