|This video gives you an overview of some of the new features in the Sametime Connect client for the Sametime 8.5.2 release.
This video gives you an overview of some of the new features in the Sametime® Connect client for the Sametime 8.5.2 release.
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Table 1. Welcome
Improved icons in the toolbar
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With IBM Sametime release 8.5.2 and 8.5.2 IFR1, we’ve made some great improvements to the Sametime client, including:
What’s new in IBM® Sametime Connect 8.5.2?
- Improved icons in the Sametime toolbar
- New chat alerts
- Improved chat history
- Support for widgets and recognized names and numbers
- New mobile clients
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The welcome page displays.
By the way, this video show you these features in the stand-alone Sametime Connect client. But, you can find most of these same features in Sametime that’s available in Notes® 8.5.2, if you have Sametime 8.5.2 in Notes.
Point to IBM Sametime Connect client and then to Sametime in the Lotus Notes® sidebar.
Table 2. Changes to the client toolbar
New chat alerts
While the Sametime client basically looks the same, we’ve made some improvements to the toolbar icons.
Point to Sametime Connect toolbar.
We’ve put icons for the most common tasks on the toolbar.
Point to Chat icon and New icon.
Depending on the features that are available to you, you might see additional icons in your toolbar.
Point to Call Options icon, Call icon, and so forth.
In addition, we’ve also put some other icons for less common tasks under More. What appears here also varies, depending on the tasks available to you.
Point and click More. Send File, Show All Offline Messages, Send an Announcement displays.
Table 3. New chat alerts
Improvements to chat history
Since your day is busy and you’re probably working on many things at the same time, it’s helpful to be alerted whenever someone sends you a chat.
New chat message displays.
Now, with Sametime 8.5.2, there are chat alerting options for both new chats and responses to existing chats.
Click the File > Preferences menu and then click Notifications. Click One-on-one chats.
This should help you differentiate between new text chats you receive and responses to ongoing chats.
The list of alerts displays.
Table 4. Improvements to Chat History
Support for widgets and recognized names and numbers
For several Sametime releases, you’ve been able to view your chat history if you automatically save the text chats you have with your chat partners. With Sametime 8.5.2, we’ve made a number of improvements to chat history to make it easier for you to find the saved chats and related information you want.
Click the menu File and then Open Chat History. The history of saved chats displays.
If you’re displaying all your chats, you can now sort them to help you find the chat you want.
Click All chats. All chats in the chat history display.
You can now click the Date or Person column heads to sort your list of chats.
Click Date. Chats display in date order. Click Person. Chats display alphabetically in name order.
You can also restrict your search to chats from a single person. For example, let’s say you know that you exchanged information about an upcoming staff meeting with your colleague Mike Motler, but you can’t remember when you chatted. It’s easy to list your chats with Mike.
Select Mike Motler’s name. Click a name in the Selected contact only. All chats with Mike Motler display.
There they are!
Because you have had so many chats with Mike, you can’t find the specific chats about the staff meeting. In this case, we’ll enter staff meeting in the Search for text field to display chats with Mike that contain the words "staff meeting".
In the Search for text field, type staff meeting and then click Search. The chats with Mike Motler about the staff meeting display.
The other big improvement to chat history is that any files or links that you send or receive in chats are now saved on a separate tab.
Click Files and Links . The list of files and web addresses (URLs) displays.
This makes it easier for you to find a file or link that you know was sent to you in a chat, when you aren’t sure when it was sent.
Point to a file in the list.
Just double-click the file or link to open it.
Click the file. The opened file displays.
Table 5. Support for widgets and recognized names and numbers
New mobile clients
Sametime 8.5.2 now offers support for widgets and recognized names and numbers. A widget is a small application or tool that you can add to Sametime® to provide additional functionality. To add a widget, start by clicking the Tools menu.
Click Tools > Widgets > Get Started with Widgets.
In this case, we’ll add a widget that opens the IBM Sametime wiki.
Click Web page, click Next. The Configure a Widget from a Web page dialog box displays.
First, we need to specify that we’re adding a web page widget and then we’ll enter the web address or URL for that web page.
Click Weg page by URL and specify the web page URL, in this case, . Click Next and then click Next. The Select a Web Page dialog box displays.
You can select the browser to use when you open the web site. We’ll keep the default.
Point to Open with field. Click Finish. The Sametime client displays.
Finally, we’ll add the widget as a panel to the Sametime client.
Click the My Widgets panel. The panel with the wiki widget icon displays. Right-click the icon and click Open In > Panel. The IBM Sametime wiki displays.
Some widgets can recognize certain parts of text. This is known as recognized names and numbers or "live text." In Sametime, this text is underlined in a chat window or chat history. When you hover your mouse over the underline, a list of options or widgets displays. Each option carries out an action against the recognized text.
Hover the mouse over "Rita Ferrar" in a chat window and click the down arrow. A list of options displays, including Call, Chat with, Open chat history with.
For example, we’d like to start a chat with Rita, but as it turns out, she isn’t online at the moment.
Select Chat with. A chat window opens..
Table 6. New mobile clients
And, there’s more exciting mobile news with Sametime 8.5.2! Now, Sametime is available on the Google Android mobile device. This gives you many of the features that you’ve come to know and expect from Sametime on your desktop or laptop on your Android device.
The Android device displays.
If you have Sametime Unified Telephony on your device, you can even place Sametime calls to contacts or people you find using the Sametime search and change your preferred device to route calls to other devices.
The Android device displays.
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