Working with Widgets in IBM Notes and IBM iNotes


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IBM Social Business Toolkit Webinar 10/09/13

Doug MacDonald, IBM, Software Engineer -Team Lead for Widgets and Live Text
Igor Belakovskiy, IBM, Software Engineer – Dev Lead for Live Text

Widgets and Live Text allow you to recognize data inside emails and Notes documents and easily perform actions upon that data. Live Text actions take the recognized data and, in a single click, passes it to existing applications to provide you with the information you need. In this webinar, you will learn how to create Widgets and Live Text actions. You will learn how the widgets can be installed and used in IBM iNotes clients.

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Working with Widgets in IBM Notes and IBM iNotes

  1. 1. Working with Widgets in IBM Notes and IBM iNotes Doug MacDonald IBM, Software Engineer -Team Lead for Widgets and Live Text Igor Belakovskiy IBM, Software Engineer - Dev Lead for Live Text IBM SBT Webinar 10/09/13
  2. 2. © 2013 IBM Corporation2 Agenda ● Overview of Widgets and LiveText ● Discuss Web Widgets ● Discuss the new Widget type: OpenSocial Widgets ● Demo widget creation and widget installation and use in IBM iNotes ● Dicsuss the using Widgets and LiveText in IBM iNotes
  3. 3. © 2013 IBM Corporation3 Overview of Widgets and LiveText ● Widgets are app-like components of IBM Notes and iNotes, that can render content based on user or application input. ● Widget types include: Web, OpenSocial, Feed, Notes Document, Notes Form, Notes Database, XPages, Plugin Provisioning ● LiveText is the ability to recognize and annotate data inside email and Notes documents ● By combining LiveText and Widgets, users can act on recognized data with a single click. ● These features are supported in IBM Notes and as of 9.0 IBM iNotes. ● IBM iNotes supports a subset of the Widget types (Web, OpenSocial) that IBM Notes supports.
  4. 4. © 2013 IBM Corporation4 Web Widgets ● Web Widgets are widgets that are linked to an external web application ● The widget uses a specific URL to open a resource in the web application ● When using LiveText with a Web Widget, you can wire data into the URL of the widget such that the LiveText action opens a resource specific to that LiveText data ● For example, you could have an external web application that performs a search using a URL of You can create a Web Widget for this application and a LiveText action that can wire any specific data into the URL such that the result of the action is opening the URL in a new window, new tab, floating widow, or sidebar panel
  5. 5. © 2013 IBM Corporation5 OpenSocial Widgets ● OpenSocial support introduced in 9.0 Social Edition ● In Notes and iNotes ● OpenSocial Widgets allow for: ● Use of OpenSocial gadgets ● Embedded Experiences ● Actions on recognized OpenSocial types ● New features in the Widget Catalog include Approving widgets for use by end users. This allows the clients to render the widgets and use the capabilities that the widgets are configured to use. If the widget uses OAuth, it would also allows to configuration of the Oauth data.
  6. 6. © 2013 IBM Corporation6 Demos ● Creating a Web Widget and a Live Text action in the IBM Notes Client ● Creating an OpenSocial Widget in the IBM Notes Client ● Publishing the Widgets to a corporate catalog for others to use ● End user Widget installation in IBM iNotes ● Pushing Widgets to IBM iNotes end users ● Using Widgets features in IBM iNotes
  7. 7. © 2013 IBM Corporation7 Widgets and LiveText in IBM iNotes
  8. 8. © 2013 IBM Corporation8 ● MyWidgets sidebar ● See your widgets ● Launch widgets in panel, iNotes tab or floating window ● Remove widgets ● Set properties ● Open a widget automatically on startup ● Update widgets from the Widgets Catalog ● Browse the Widgets Catalog Widgets in iNotes (Panel)
  9. 9. © 2013 IBM Corporation9 Launching Widgets ● Side panel ● Optionally always open a widget on startup ● Floating Window ● For quick information on the go ● iNotes tab ● For widgets that require a lot of screen space ● New window ● Web Widgets only
  10. 10. © 2013 IBM Corporation10 LiveText ● Underlines recognized content ● Default recongizers ● Custom recognizers ● Server side annotation has no impact on client performance ● Launch Live Text actions ● Just like rich client ● Launch by click on the object or the blue arrow ● Set default action and default launch target.
  11. 11. © 2013 IBM Corporation11 Browsing the Widget Catalog ● XPages catalog ● Launches in iNotes Tab ● Same catalog as the Notes client ● Automatically shows widgets in the iNotes Category ● Drag and drop to widget panel to install widgets.
  12. 12. © 2013 IBM Corporation12 Disclaimers IBM’s statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at IBM’s sole discretion. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for our products remains at our sole discretion. Performance is based on measurements and projections using standard IBM benchmarks in a controlled environment. The actual throughput or performance that any user will experience will vary depending upon many factors, including considerations such as the amount of multiprogramming in the user’s job stream, the I/O configuration, the storage configuration, and the workload processed. Therefore, no assurance can be given that an individual user will achieve results similar to those stated here.
  13. 13. © 2013 IBM Corporation13 Resources and Questions ● Documentation Links: ● IBM Notes Widgets and LiveText Documentation ● IBM iNotes Widgets and LiveText Documentation ● IBM Domino Admin Widgets and LiveText Documentation ● IBM iNotes Admin Widgets and LiveText Documentation ● OpenSocial Deployment Cookbook ● Widgets and LiveText Wiki Articles ● Knowledge Collection for Widgets & Live Text ● Tutorial Videos on How to Create Widgets and Live Text Actions ● Video Demonstration of Widgets and Live Text in IBM Notes 9.0 and IBM iNotes 9.0 ● Related Webinars ● How to enhance Email with Embedded Experiences ● How to add your own OpenSocial Gadgets to IBM Connections
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