During BrainShare this year in Salt Lake City, customers expressed excitement about the new features that were demonstrated in the Keynote, Solutions Lab, and break out sessions. However, we also heard from several people a standard complaint - Does engineering EVER implement those enhancement requests that we have been asking about for years?
I am here to declare - YES. We listen, we implement and we will deliver!! This list is not completely exhaustive, but pretty closely represents the many features, enhancements and usability improvements that our customers have requested. These are not the Headline features or even the ones that get the most attention, but they will help make Bonsai irresistible to avoid.
Here is the list - in no particular order.....
- Personalization – in addition to ‘my subject’, add notes, attachments to received messages
- Sort by due date in the tasklist (Sort by any field)
- Rule trigger on marking an item complete
- Click on ‘forward/reply’ indicators to see entire thread of messages
- Threaded View on any message
- Items with Attachments filter
- Sort ‘Find’ results by Folder
- Invite more people to an existing appointment – modify distribution list
- Spell Check ONLY the sender’s text
- Print Checklist/Message List
- Find Contacts capability from main mailbox – ButtonBar access
- Email Home Folder configuration
- Frequent Contact Book settings in ConsoleOne
- Color options on internet style replies
- Separate Reply and Reply All Buttons – no intermediate dialog
- Select Text and Reply
- Folder List visibility override for each folder
- Categories – Text and background color control
- Easier access to setting Categories on an item
- Easier to find other items with same category
- Mailbox size limits greater than 4 GIG
- Lock clean-up options from ConsoleOne all the way to caching mode
- Auto-accept your own appointments
- Favorites Folder
- Collapsed recurring appointments in mailbox
- Native RSS reader in the Windows client
- Accepting of appointments directly into a sub calendar. When accepting an appointment, you have the option of immediately accepting it into a sub-calender. (Versus now where you accept it and subsequently drag it into another calendar)
- Ability to send an email without anyone in the “To” field, CC or BC only recipients
- For a contact with multiple email address…When adding that contact to a group, you can specify which address to use with that group.
- Improved attachment handling…If you edit an attachment, the edited version is saved in a user defined directory and upon reply, original and edited documents are available as options to attach in replied email
- Drag and Drop Contact pictures right into the Contact Properties dialog
- Close Folder List – drag and drop triggers the appearance for dropping emails into other folders
- Use native applications to view attachments like Adobe, Office, Open Office, QuickTime, Flash and Auto Vue
- Message Preview mode
- Access to multiple email addresses during Name Completion
- Teaming + Conferencing Integrations
o Workspaces displayed in Folder List
o View ‘workspace’ available while name completing
o Teaming Calendars available as one of your multiple Calendars
o Personal Workspace field in Contact Properties
- Journaling through Contact Notes displayed in Calendar
- Export Contacts to CSV format
- Birthdays and Anniversaries for a Contact display in the Calendar
- Notify – preview sound files for notifications
- Contact Picture displayed as part of Name Completion
- Update address from company information for a Contact
- Copy Contact to clipboard
- Auto Save while composing emails
- Use Word/Open Office as your email editor
- UI to support Short vs Long distribution lists on printing of emails
- Better handling of encrypted/signed email – fewer dialogs, more usable
- Ability to reply/forward from Trash
Of course, I know I am going to hear about several more that we missed or did not get to, but I wanted to 'prove' that we listen and that we are making significant progress to make our users productive and our products usable.
Disclaimer: As with everything else at Cool Solutions, this content is definitely not supported by Novell (so don't even think of calling Support if you try something and it blows up).
It was contributed by a community member and is published "as is." It seems to have worked for at least one person, and might work for you. But please be sure to test, test, test before you do anything drastic with it.