Add Skins To Notes Client 
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: Peter Presnell28487 23 Mar 2010
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To make the Notes client as cool and sexy to use as a growing number of applications (including Web browsers), provide a series of out of the box skins/themes/personas for the Notes client along with a tool that allows customization.  Something like this may make Notes appear more modern to a greater extend than the many new features that could be added.

1) Joseph Hoetzl5019 (23 Mar 2010)
I think this could become a support nightmare very quickly. I just don't see it as something that is truly useful/productive in the environments that Notes clients typically live in. Unless Lotus changes the client to be like designer, a free license, I just don't see a home user using it.

Regardless of that, have you seen:

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I know it isn't out of the box, but it does work.

I guess, if you really want to break the mold, use xpages in a web browser with whatever theme/skink and have at it there.

2) Peter Presnell28487 (23 Mar 2010)
@Joseph, Does Windows support for themes make Windows more difficult to support? Does Firefox's recent addition of personas make it more difficult tro support? For that matter, should we be determining what capabilities are added to Notes based upon whether this makes life easier for an Administrator or should we start to consider a little more what the users of the product themselves are wanting? or what make them take a fresh look at the product and whether it is something that they want to be part of their future.
3) Joseph Hoetzl5019 (24 Mar 2010)
In the case of Windows - yes, it can, and for Firefox too. If we move buttons around, change the look of default items, telling a user to click on the "Magnifying glass" only for them to tell you they don't have it because they skinned it to look like binoculars, it starts to be a problem for support.

I can see your point to a degree, and I guess I'm too old school in this respect, but what use are personas other than to increase the memory requirements of the browser?


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