March 29, 2007

A look at Domino Web Access 8 (beta 2)

I took a quick look at the new DWA för notes8beta and compared with DWA7. Although the design of the interface are quite similar there are a few obvious differences. Since this was done quickly I am sure I have missed several new features or design differences. Please feel free to add what you know in the comments.

In the mail frameset the 'All documents' link have been moved out from 'Views'. There is also a new "Open mail for..." which allows you to open someone elses mail in DWA as you have already been able to do in the Lotus Notes client for quite some time. Actually it's not just mail. Calendar, To do, Contacts and Notesbook can all be opened for another person. The contacts are now replicated with the mail application in Lotus Notes 8 so true replication occurs and their is no longer any need to synchronize manually from the Lotus Notes client.

There is a new 'online' category link at the top right of the DWA window. The online means that you're connected to the network and working on the server copy. To create a local copy, use the 'install subscription', which is used for offline use.

The little green arrow in the image above also existed in DWA7 although it was blue and slightly different. By clicking the arrow you can filter and search for mail by entry name and column.

There has been a few additions in the preferences as well.

  • Message Marking. Quickly identify mail that is important to you based on the recipients in the To and cc fields.
  • Rooms Resources. Allows you to have default settings for scheduling rooms and resources in meetings
  • Shortcuts. Provide shortcuts to other peoples mail file if you have been given access to it.

Also some facts from the IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 8 Reviewer' guide:
  • DWA8 offers a new preview pane for horizontal och vertical use.
  • Presence awareness icons are automatically refreshed in the inbox view.
  • Server-based mail thread are supported. DWA8 mail threads are resilient and can include Internet mail messages.
  • Support for dynamic view column updates
  • There is a new ability to publish the inbox through an RSS or Atom feed by clicking an icon.
  • New calendar filter

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1 comment:

Bryan Kuhn said...

Nick, do you know if the new DWA 8 Beta has an option to show folders have new mail in them much like the Notes Client has. Would love to hear your comments on my Blog