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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

ShowReminders - Version 1.1


We released version 1.1 of ShowReminders last week and I wanted to talk about the new functionality that we added.

Let me start with what ShowReminders doesShowReminders is an addin for Microsoft Outlook (2007/2010/2013) which brings the Outlook appointment window to the forefront when an appointment reminder is displayed. By default, if Outlook is in the background and an appointment reminder is displayed, the reminder window is not brought to the forefront - instead the reminder window flashes in the taskbar (The reminder window is hidden). This highlighting in the taskbar is easy to miss and you could miss out on your appointment/meeting reminders. ShowReminders fixes this problem by bringing the appointment reminder to the forefront (on top of all the other windows) like the previous versions of Outlook would.

The new functionality - Based on feedback from users, we upgraded ShowReminders to handle another workflow:
  1. User gets Outlook appointment/meeting reminder and the reminder window is minimized (Not dismissed or snoozed).
  2. After a while another appointment reminder is added to the reminder window.
  3. ShowReminders will bring the reminder window to the forefront in this situation without taking focus away from any other application you are working on.


You can download the latest version of ShowReminders here (http://www.sagelamp.com/pages/showreminders.aspx).



Sunday, February 17, 2013

Saving Zoom in Microsoft Outlook 2013


I recently tested out the zoom save functionality in Microsoft Outlook 2013, and it hasn't changed since Outlook 2010/2007. The zoom still does not save - you have to save the zoom everytime you open an email. This is true while reading an email in the reading pane  or in it's own window.

We updated ZoomIn to work with Outlook 2013. ZoomIn works with 32 and 64 bit versions of Outlook 2013 (Note: This refers to bit version of Outlook and not Windows 32bit or 64bit. You can read more about how tell which version of Outlook 2013 you are running in our blog.

You can find the latest version of ZoomIn on our website at: http://www.sagelamp.com/Pages/ZoomIn.aspx

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

How to find out if you are running 32 bit or 64 bit versions of Microsoft Office 2013

Microsoft Office 2013 is the latest release of Microsoft Office suite, and ships in either 32 bit or 64 bit versions. It is important to note that the 32/64 bit versions of Office is different from Windows 8 32/64 bit versions. You can run 32 bit version of Office on 64 bit version of Windows.

The bit version of Office becomes an issue when you are trying to use 3rd party addins (such as SageLamp ZoomIn or ShowReminders). Most 3rd party vendors support only 32 bit versions of Microsoft Office (and even Microsoft recommends that you use only 32 bit version of Office). However, we support both 32 and 64 bit versions of Microsoft Office.

Here are the steps to determine which version of Microsoft Office 2013 you are running:
  • Go to the backstage view of your Microsoft Office product by clicking on the "File" tab: 
  • Click on "Office Account" tab in the backstage view.

  • Click on the "About Product" button (In Outlook, the button will say "About Outlook", in Word, the button will say "About Word", etc). 


  • This will launch the About window with the bit version listed on at the top (as highlighted in the image below)
 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Don't be late for meetings anymore!


One of the best ways to come up with ideas for products is by listening to our customers. A lawyer at a firm that I helped upgrade to Microsoft Outlook 2010 complained that he was constantly missing meetings because the appointment reminder window was not showing up in front of the other windows. 

In Windows 7, because of the new taskbar grouping feature, Outlook 2007/2010 appointment reminders do not display on top of other existing windows; the reminder window stays in the background if you are working on other applications. When Outlook 2007/2010 reminder window is launched in the background, there is an alert sound and a flash in the taskbar to remind you of an upcoming appointment. These alerts are easy to miss if you have your sound turned off or away from your computer.   Microsoft made this change based on user input that people do not want to be disturbed while working on other applications. However, based on our feedback, users like lawyers are usually busy churning out hundreds of legal documents and would like to be interrupted with a pop up reminder to remind them of a scheduled appointment.

We developed ShowReminders to solve this problem. ShowReminders works by bringing the Outlook reminder window to the foreground, but it does not take away the focus from other applications that you are currently working on. So you get the best of both worlds - you won't accidentally dismiss the reminder window or lose any work, but you will still see the Outlook reminder window in the foreground.

We would love to hear some feedback from you on our product. You can download a free 14 day trial version of Outlook ShowReminders and check it out.