Some time ago I was asking for some examples of great UI’s for Lotus Notes applications. All this promote the upcoming roll-out of the Notes 8 client in our organization.
Too bad I did not receive so many examples but the ones I received were very helpful and food for thought.
Criteria I would like to set for a great UI is that it should look:
- similar in both Notes 8 standard (Java) and basic configuration
- familiar to the PIM applications
- like a Notes 8 application
One great help was the document ‘User experience guidelines for IBM® Lotus® rich client applications and plug-ins‘ written by Mary Beth Raven. On Inside Lotus you can also download a example discussion template so you can see yourself how the new templates will look like (in your Notes 7 client).
Also Martin Vereecken wrote a usefull tip about mimicing the action buttons from Java views.
Well here is my so far so good result:
Nothing ‘spectaculair’ but going to the guidelines document and applying the rules in an application brings a lot of ‘logic’ and consistence among other applicatons to the end-user.
Put actions in the Actions menu and action bar. Do not put actions in the outline unless the action is directly related to one of the views or folders.