There’s an app store for your teleprompter that looks like an iPad

In this episode of the podcast Alan Lepofsky, Thomas “Duffbert” Duff, Mary Beth Raven (at the end) and Chris Miller join Bruce, Jess and Carl (Sean was out sick) to talk about:

  • Lotusphere 2010
  • Project Vulcan
  • A Lotus application store
  • Teleprompters
  • iPads
  • Leftovers in the fridge
  • and much more…

Episode 15 – There’s an app store for your teleprompter that looks like an iPad


6 Responses to There’s an app store for your teleprompter that looks like an iPad

  1. Chris’s comments about a shift in how people build apps for the app store are entirely correct. But I imagine I don’t need to tell him that. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Glen says:

    on the whole (long) Notes App Store conversation, Carl mentioned trust of the apps but what about the fact that nearly all apps are single threaded and poorly written and Eclipse / Java is inefficient. I tried running four apps in the sidebar and my Notes client feels like it’s running on an old 286 !

  3. Tripp Black says:

    Chris and Jess talked about what users expect.

    The group also talked about how there are mountains to move.

    As a consultant to mostly very small shops and relatively larger ones…
    The mountains are not technical, but they are very real. They are politics/turf, and paradigm – they are cultural. We technically could do this already. We have the widget cataleg and the update site.

    Here’s my 10 cents worth. (It’s going to be long. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

    As for security, that should be vetted before being allowed in the app store. That is no different than the flashlight app. There is nothing stopping the coder of the flashlight app from putting something stupid (like black color option) or malicious. (like e-mail personal data back). When I buy something for that phone, I have to assume someone has vetted it. Same should be for the Notes app store.

    New Notes users expect it to either:
    1. Only be e-mail because they were told that Notes was now their e-mail client. (e.g. not Outlook). So they don’t expect much except for it to work like Outlook. Not good since R5 (Outlook 98 was copy of R5) until R 8.x (which far blows past Outlook and competes with Gmail GUI). This can be addressed with an upgrade to 8.x.
    2. Don’t understand why Notes is awful because they cannot do all the stuff they can do to it like they can on their iPhone or GMail client. (from FT Search, to live text links).
    They don’t complain long because, their peers tell them Notes sucks and that’s why it cannot do cool things, and their admins tell them, no it cannot do that, when the truth is that the admins want user scaling and relative performance and supportability = CONTROL.

    Old users:
    1. Are jaded.
    2. Teach the new ones to be jaded (as described for new users above).
    I have various clients and friends who are “forced to use that *** software” at work. In every case, it’s the same old story. It’s not that Notes sucks at all. It’s that their implementations do.
    – FT searching is disabled. They cannot find anything.
    – Rediculously small quotas w/o archiving. They cannot find anything.
    – Old version of Notes clients where the servers are 8.x but the clients are 6.5 and 7.
    – Old mail templates from 4.x or 5.x where they hacked the template (for cool things back then) but now are locked into 1995-1998 code and the users think Notes hasn’t improved.
    3. No way to create quick collaboration spaces so they can expand out of e-mail. They cannot do anything but e-mail and the corporate digital paperwork which they hate, too, when it was paper and then when it became digital. Where’s something to love, where’s something that helps them do their work?
    4. Don’t know there’s more except they know it by gut because they have it their Gmail and iPhones. They don’t know they are being basically screwed.

    How an app store could work w/relatively little code updates for an admin:
    1. You purchase the cool plug within YOUR updatesite.nsf template via a new button that lets you browse/search the app store.
    2. You then choose what you want, pay for it (or use your pre-paid credit) and the plugin is downloaded to your updatesite.nsf and deposited in a “downloaded” category.
    3. Any configuration should then be auto-prompted or for simple apps, have GOOD setup document e-mailed to you. (the e-mail address in the store).

    The other way is subscription. Two ways:
    1. The app store could just be a meta-data house of update sites for IBM/Lotus and partners. You would buy a subscription to an update site and then get linked over to that partner’s update site and get all apps within that update site. (This would require some way for this type of app store to send a notification to generate an ID/access to that update site.)
    2. The app store could be one BIG update site, where you pay a subscription and get everything at that some tier. Basically, I would think apps would be at several teirs: Free, $19.99/mo, $99.99/mo, etc. A list of what’s in the site would be browsable and searchable so I would want to pull out my wallet.

    With the subscription model, updatesite.ntf, should be extended so that these updates are automatically downloaded from the update site.

    For the user downloads (if admin allows) or the subscription, it must be regular Notes Client driven – NO admin client. Note: Just a gripe. And this should work on a Mac client, too. These admins and users are likely first use candidates (like me ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). For example, I could not get Widfire or the File Navigator installed in either our 8.5 Mac clients. I had to actually install them in our updatesite.nsf using my PC VM inside my Mac, and then push down to my client.

    Which brings me to the next item. It has to be SIMPLE. No looking at crash code to figure out why it wouldn’t install on your Mac.

  4. 1352report says:

    Tripp – my head just exploded. This doesn’t sound easy to build. Trying to figure out how a trusted 3rd party could do this.

  5. Tripp Black says:

    Exactly. That’s just it. It would work how Apple got it to work. Why invent the wheel. IBM/Lotus controls/hosts the store.

    The customers have a account which gives them access to the store (Which we can call our .Notes account. It’s cool and copy-cat. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

    As business partners, the 3rd party would have be vetted/trusted when they apply to be developers/app sellers in the app store where they would submit their cool things… (widget catalog, updatesite, NTFs on server, etc.)

    So if Mindwatering wanted to sell one if its apps in the store, we’d have to sign up, be vetted/approved, and then get to submit our apps/widgets/etc along with price, etc, depending on how IBM structures the store.

    You can do the same thing with Avid/Digidesign with plugins on their store, although it’s not very automatic to the user — there’s manual steps. It shows, that we, the Lotus community, could have long already been there. With Digidesn, you can buy your plugins or rent them for a couple days, week, etc from the store, and then download. Or, you can still buy them from the their business partners. It’s not very integrated with Pro Tools at all really, but it works: you just buy, download and install. (They chose USB stick to hold the licenses/plugins as the deploy method for features/plugins which works pretty well, but is a PITA.)

  6. Glen says:

    I’ll be as frank as possible (given various gag orders and death threats) … I use Lotus Notes for email and calendar. I’d like to see less not more. the challenge is that the Notes Client is a general purpose programmable container. To be such, in needs lots of capabilities. Then you build email and calendar on top of that. It’s huge and much of the bulk goes unused (or inefficiently used). I can imagine a fast, clean, Notes eMail experience. Perhaps the answer is HTML5 with localStorage. Building a great web experience may be the answer.

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