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updated Mobile app for IBM Connections

We are busy with different customers projects around IBM Connections and I was happy to see that IBM released an update to the Mobile apps for IBM Connections.

There are quite a few changes and additions
(taken from the Android version)

new features Connections app
new features Connections app

and I really like the new design, well done IBM!

old vs new

further examples

Head over to the app store of your choice to get the update.

 

the new kid in town – IBM Connections Editor

IBM released a new app to enhance the use of IBM Connections on mobile. The iOS version was released today while the Android version was already available yesterday which, of course, I have installed on my BlackBerry.

The description in the store says it all:
The IBM Connections Editor is a companion office application suite for IBM Connections. The IBM Connections Editor is optimized for smartphone and tablets to create, edit, or read Microsoft® Word, Excel, or Powerpoint documents and view PDFs on your mobile device from IBM Connections Files. You have full editing capabilities on your mobile device and can easily share these Files in IBM Connections to collaborate with others in your organization.

I could have used this app last week during a customer presentation because it really is a game changer for some of the requests we get from customers. You can easily create a document and upload it directly to your IBM Connections environment but even better, you can open a document from your IBM Connections Files store, edit it and re-upload it all within one app.

Again, there is no native app for BlackBerry so I’ve used the Android one for testing. As you can see from the images, the procedure is very simple, the only drawback, the online editing does not work on the BlackBerry because the app does not get the edit command directly from the IBM Connections app. Still, if you have an Android or iOS device and are using IBM Connections, this app is definitely something to install and use. Make sure to update the IBM Connections app! There is an update available which will add support for the IBM Connections Editor app. The editing also works on the BlackBerry.

Get the Editor app for Android or iOS

a long overdue “thank you”

A bit over a month ago René Winkelmeyer stirred up some dust with his discovery and blog post about the security issue with the new Outlook iOS/Android App. Shortly after his post, his colleague Detlev Pöttgen posted an easy solution to prevent the app from connecting to the Traveler server on his blog.

Because of the big security issue with this app, I’ve sent out an email, (yes, email, get over it) to our customers with the information about René’s discovery, Detlev’s solution and the recommendation to implement it as soon as possible.

The feedback has been very positive. What astonished me was that most customers had not heard about the issue at all.
Many customers replied and were thankful for the information and solution provided and I would like to forward this “thank you” to René and Detlev, great work guys.

 

an easy way to test Android apps on your PC/Mac

After reading Andy Donaldson’s blog entry about testing Traveler for Android using the Android SDK I thought to add my tip as well.
Besides using the SDK for testing and documentation purposes you should give http://bluestacks.com a try. BlueStacks is a native Android runtime environment for your computer and I have been using it for a few months.
It gives you a “full” Android environment and is much lighter, meaning needs less resources, then the SDK.
It’s still in beta but I rarely had problems with it and since a few days they have also released a version for Mac.

and no.. I have not been playing Angry Birds on it but you could.. 😉