Aug 092011
 

After almost exactly one year my blog is now up and running again and a lot of things have happened since I last posted an entry.

I have a new employer and now work as a Sr. Technical Advisor for IBM. I started back in April and my primary job role is helping customers with their XPages in Notes and Domino, Social and Mobile decisions.

I worked for SNAPPS for 11 fulfilling years (about 22,000 hours) and I had a blast together with Rob Novak and my co-workers; Troy, Jerald, Julian and Melissa. Rob wrote a wonderful blog post of our years together on my last day at SNAPPS.

Aug 172010
 

From Rob Novak’s blog:

SNAPP-On Modules for Lotus Quickr are quite simply enhancements to the core product that Quickr users around the world need to make their collaboration experience more productive, easier, and more intuitive. Each module extends the “My Places” area of the product, adding functionality, new tabs, and even customizations unique to a particular company. The first two generally available SNAPP-On Modules are “Favorites” and “Custom HTML,” with several more planned and options for custom modules.

Read more about it here.

Feb 032010
 

I just uploaded a new update to PandaBear: 0.54 with some small bug fixes. The update will download automatically from within the application when you open it.

PandaBear (Beta) is the code name for a desktop application of the research & development labs at SNAPPS, the company that also brings you QuickrTemplates.com. Use PandaBear for uploading, downloading and locating files stored in Lotus Quickr 8.1+.

Jan 282010
 


From Rob Novak’s blog:

Last night, amidst the buzz in Cupertino about the launch of the iPad, we at SNAPPS quietly got an email notification that the fruits of Julian’s labor for the past few months, SnappFilesTM, is now available for sale on the Apple app store. “Sale” is a bit of a misnomer, since like many of our other “SNAPPS Labs” efforts, the inaugural version of SnappFiles is free. Yep, free. Can’t think of a better price.

So what is SnappFiles? It’s fairly easy to grok. Start it up, point it to a Lotus Quickr server (Domino or J2EE), and browse for your files. If there’s a viewer, open and read them on the device. Or, send a link to the page and file to anyone with one click. That’s it. Pretty easy, huh?

And, it will work straight away on the iPad when it’s released. In fact, I think it will be a killer app for iPad in business – ECM integration – as the format is so good for reading documents.

Enjoy, folks. We’ll issue a press release later today. Movies and more coming over the next couple days. And of course, we’ll be doing more of this with Domino and the iProducts…it’s fun! Go get it, or read more about it here: snappfiles.snapps.com

Jan 262010
 

So I have not posted anything here for a long time. I’m sorry about that, but it’s been a hectic fall and winter so far. But now Lotusphere 2010 is over and I can perhaps get a little break. 8-) …or maybe not.

Orlando hosted great weather this year. We had between 70-80º F every day and it was really nice to get away from the cold in Kansas City. (On a side note: The temperature difference between Orlando and KC on Thursday when we went home was 40º.)

My 9th Lotusphere was fun, but busy, as always. Very good to meet new and “old” friends every year. For me as an “old” Swede I really enjoy visiting with the Swedes that come to Lotusphere. The Swedish Dinner Monday night took place at Bongos Cuban Cafe Downtown Disney. I would like to thank Mats Holmberg och Kalle Dettner for inviting me again.

I actually attended more sessions this year than I have in the past.
Sunday I attended SHOW112 How to Build an XPages Application from Start to Finish with Tim Clark and Matt White. Great session with great speakers. I know both Matt and Tim and they are great presenters with some great code skills.

Tuesday I went to BP207 Make Your XPage Apps “Pop!” with CSS and Themes with Declan Lynch and David Leedy. Great session with great demos! I also attended AD111 Harnessing the Power of Server-Side JavaScript and Other Advanced XPage Techniques with Tim Tripcony and Stephan Wissel. Brilliant code and speakers.

Thursday I went to Julian Robichaux’s BP213 Apple iPhone Development Served Two Ways: Extending Lotus Domino Apps to the Cool Kids. Rob McDonagh was suppose to speak but could not attend. Julian, besides being a great co-worker at SNAPPS, is a brilliant speaker. You don’t often see a better or more prepared speaker. The session was great too with great examples and Julian even walked us through creating an iPhone app from start to finish.

At Lotusphere this year I spoke in two sessions:
BP211 IBM Lotus Quickr Development Grows Up: Now This Changes Things together with Troy Reimer.
We showed new ways to interact with Lotus Quickr including using Web Services and REST. Troy also showed the new “hook” events using agents. Very cool.
You can find the download at SNAPPS download site (direct link).

BP210 The Great Code Giveaway 9 – Never Gonna Let You Down together with Rob Novak.
Rob and I changed things a little from last year and instead showed many different ways to add data to and extract data from a database. The code this year included lots of JavaScript, HTML, Java, XML, CSS, ActionScript, MXML and XPages. We demoed how to input feedback into a database using browser, Adobe AIR application, Sametime bot, Lotus Notes Sidebar app and from inside another database. We also exported “reports” using the browser using Dojo and Xpages and to Excel using an Agent. We created a “Devloper History” and exported to PDF. It was a combined effort from many of the developers here at SNAPPS including Jerald Mahurin, Troy Reimer, Julian Robichaux, Rob Novak and myself and we spent +600 hours on the code. Most of you should hopefully be able to find something useful this year.
You can find the download at SNAPPS download site (direct link).

I also sat up on stage during GURUpalooza! but no questions came my way this year. :roll:

Until next time…

Jul 022009
 

Just weeks after the research & development labs at SNAPPS released PandaBear, we are introducing Flippr (Beta) for Lotus Quickr services for Domino.

Where PandaBear is aimed at end users for uploading, downloading and locating files from/to your Quickr server, Flippr is aimed at administrators. The application makes everyday Quickr admin tasks a breeze. Some of the functions that you can accomplish with Flippr are:

  • Lock and unlock places
  • Create and remove places
  • Archive places
  • Add persons and groups to places
  • Rename person and groups in places

Flippr is using a friendly interface including type ahead for selecting places, people and/or groups from the server or LDAP directory. It also features three intuitive screens.

  • On the Commands screen, you get tree-style navigation of the most common QPTool commands.
  • On the XML screen you create your own XML to upload to the server. For the advanced cases where you want to do send in many commands at the same time.
  • On the Settings screen, set up your connection to server(s), check for updated versions and check the latest release notes.

Designed on the Adobe Air framework, Flippr runs on Windows, Mac or Linux using the same application code. Just as PandaBear, Flippr features automatic check for newer version and will download and install it with a one click operation.

Flippr is free during beta, and is not time-locked or disabled in any way. Post-beta plans are still under consideration.

To download now with your QuickrTemplates.com ID (a new one takes just a minute), visit flippr.snapps.com

Jun 122009
 

PandaBear (Beta) is the code name for a desktop application of the research & development labs at SNAPPS, the company that also brings you QuickrTemplates.com. Use PandaBear for uploading, downloading and locating files stored in Lotus Quickr 8.1+.

Designed on the Adobe Air framework, PandaBear runs on Windows, Mac or Linux using the same application code.

Use cases for PandaBear include:

  • Quickr places designed primarily for file sharing
  • Organizations with Mac and/or Linux desktops
  • Transient users of Quickr, who just need access to files
  • Archiving folders, rooms, or even entire places full of files
  • Your unique use case!

PandaBear features three intuitive screens.
On the Download screen, you get tree-style navigation of servers, places, rooms, folders, and files. Highlight a file, folder, room or place, and you can download the file contents to your machine. Double-click a folder and you have a temporary “drop zone” for uploading files. Just drag and drop files or folders over the drop zone and they’re uplaoded to your Quickr place.

On the Favorites screen, set up a list of places where you will commonly upload files, then double-click them to open the drop zone(s).

On the Settings screen, set up your connection to server(s).

PandaBear is free during beta, and is not time-locked or disabled in any way. Post-beta plans are still under consideration but will include a free version with all the capabilities of the beta version.

To download now with your QuickrTemplates.com ID (a new one takes just a minute), visit pandabear.snapps.com

Jan 232009
 

This years version of our Lotusphere session: “The Great Code Giveaway”: The Art of the Possible, is now available for download at download.snapps.com.

Prerequisite:

This application needs to run on a Domino server version 7.0.2 or above. Some Widgets may need version 8.5 or above to run.

This application uses The Dojo Toolkit JavaScript library.
The following is only needed, but required, if you are installing this application on a version of Domino below 8.5.

  1. Download version 1.1.1 or above of Dojo
  2. Unzip the download
  3. Rename and place this directory on your Domino server in the following path:
    path_to_root_data_directory/domino/html/domjs/dojo-1.1.1

This path is hard coded into the MyDomino form. If you want to change the path you can by modifying the HTML shown below in the MyDomino form:

<script type="text/javascript" src="/domjs/dojo-1.1.1/dojo/dojo.js"></script>

This application was tested on version installed with Domino 8.5 (1.1.1) and downloaded version 1.2.3

The application was tested on:

  • Internet Explorer 7.0.5 on Windows
  • Firefox 3.0.5 for Windows
  • Firefox 3.0.5 for Macintosh

Installation:

  1. Change the ACL to match your current environment
  2. Make a non replica copy of the application on your Domino server
  3. Sign it with an appropriate administrators ID

Usage:

Browse to the application and log in as a valid directory user. It should create a myDomino document automatically for the user.
HAVE FUN!

The code is released under the Apache license. You may obtain a copy of the License at:
www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0

Have fun with it.

Aug 152008
 

From Rob Novak’s blog:

The SNAPPS Quickr Templates at QuickrTemplates.com have been updated with various fixes and a new feature I’ll describe here. But first, a note on versions.

We elected to match version numbers with Quickr when 8.1 shipped, so 90 days ago when they were posted, our versions revved to 8.1. Now we also have fixes to the templates unrelated to the Quickr version number or hotfix level, so have taken our versioning out two decimal points – the new version is 8.1.0.1. If we have another release before IBM revs to 8.1.1 (or whatever’s next), our version will be 8.1.0.2. Clear? Good.

Enjoy!

Aug 132008
 

We have updated the agenda and speaker pages for Collaboration University, both in Chicago and London. It’s all done in a very “Web 2.0″ fashion by combining Domino, JavaScript, JSON and the Dojo Toolkit. Dynamic link, using Dojo Tooltip, to the speaker with photo.

CU Agenda - with Carl Tyler

Go over to Collaboration University and click on Sessions and Speakers pages and roll over things, change days, play around – it’s a very cool data-driven Domino application.