Mat Newman 17 April 2012 06:20:23 AMDuring the AusLUG 2012 keynote address, Ed Brill was kind enough to lift the covers on my NDA and allow me to demonstrate the upcoming IBM Lotus Traveler client for Android Tablet to attendees. Ed has also recently extended this offer to enable me to blog about the upcoming release. The new client will be available with the 8.5.4 release of IBM Lotus Traveler coming later this year.
First impressions: WOW! The new IBM Lotus Traveler client for Android is a complete departure from the current release, which is actually the same client available to Android Smartphones. The new client takes full advantage of the extra screen real estate on the Android Tablet, has more features, and additional options for both Mail and Calendar.
As a heavy calendar user, I am particularly impressed with the new Agenda and Month views, especially when selecting a date in the month view where a pop-up appears allowing one to scroll through the details on that day without having to switch back to a day view for the information. Being able to create meetings and invite participants easily using the completely redesigned calendar form is also quick and painless.
Demo time: here are the screen-shots!
The Mail Client
The Main Mail screen
Mail: Selecting a message
Mail: Download full content
Mail: Message options and menu
Mail: Selecting multiple messages
The Calendar Client
Calendar: Agenda view
Calendar: Day view
Calendar: Week view
Calendar: Month view with a day pop-up
Calendar: Calendar form
I'm really looking forward to this release becoming publically available. Great work IBM!
Edit: I've been using this version for a few weeks now on my Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet and am really happy with the client from a Mail, Calendar and Contacts perspective. For an early beta everything has been running flawlessly. For those who have followed this post through twitter, I remind you that these are screen-shots of a beta version that is NOT currently available to the general public, and will be released later this year with the 8.5.4 version of Traveler.