Update of Sametime app for iOS…and the story with .0 versions

Version 9.0.0 of Sametime for iOS is available at iTunes.

It promises a few very interesting features:

  • Softphone (on supported servers)
  • A brand new user interface on the iPad (note: looks very “fresh”)
  • Point-to-point audio on phones (on supported servers)
  • Point-to-point audio and video for iPads (on supported servers)
  • Server-side policy updates
  • Runs on iOS 7 (note: this is definitely not new)

Unfortunately, the app crashes as soon as I open a Sametime contact to initiate a chat (tested on iPhone 5S, iPhone 5 and iPad).

Maybe it has something to do with the combination of the Sametime app and Sametime Proxy version… let’s see what IBM says.

…and I always say “Do not use .0 versions or wait at least a few days” ;-)


Sametime: Security certificate for iOS push notifications expires

Remember to replace apns-prod.pkcs12 on your Sametime 8.5.2 Proxy server before 18 July 2013.

The SSL certificate which was shipped with Sametime Proxy server expires on this date and Apple Push Notifications to iOS devices will stop working if it’s not replaced with the new certificate.

More details and installation instructions can be found here: Updated security certificate for Push Notifications (iOS)

Quality of document conversion in IBM Sametime 8.5.x Meetings

There are two ways to access IBM Sametime Meetings – with a browser or the rich client. Using the browser client has some limitations, but most of them are not that important.

Have a look at “Meeting features in Connect versus web clients” for more details.

What you should consider is the quality when documents are converted for online presentations. Depending on the client you use, the OS and the software you have installed, documents are either converted locally or by the Sametime conversion server.

There are only a few document types (odp, ppt and pptx) which are converted locally (and only if you use the rich client): “What document types are locally/client converted when adding them into a meeting room?

When uploading documents via the browser client, document conversion always happens on the server and contrary to the documentation this is not a “High quality conversion & presentation of PDF, ODF and Microsoft Office files” at all.

The quality can be really poor and sometime even useless – and if I say quality, I do not mean typical conversion artefacts, I mean black boxes in PDFs, where you should see images, mirrored text in Powerpoints and so on.

Apparently, the Stellent converter is not as powerful as it should be.

At least for Powerpoints you should always use the rich client to upload them. The qualitiy is almost 1:1 (of course, without animation).