The IBM® Lotus® Sametime® connect client user interface can be customized with images, icons, logos, slogans, design schemes, and more. Users can brand the Lotus Sametime xlient to provide a unique and personal experience. A company can brand the Lotus Sametime xlient so that all employees see the company’s branding when they use Lotus Sametime. This article describes installing and modifying a Lotus Sametime branding plug-in, using the branding plug-in of a fictitious company, Your Co.
Customization of the Lotus Sametime connect client can be achieved through the use of branding plug-ins. Current users might be interested in creating their own personal branding plug-ins. On a larger scale, a company might be interested in using a communication tool that can be branded with the company’s identity. If a company were to adopt Lotus Sametime as their communication and collaboration tool, the Lotus Sametime client could be customized with the company’s branding, and the branding could automatically appear to all company users of the tool.
A sample branding plug-in for the fictitious company Your Co is included with this article as a download. The article provides instructions on how to install the plug-in into a single instance of the Lotus Sametime 8.0 and later client, tips for updating the sample plug-in with other images, and guidelines for creating personalized or company branding. Neither development experience nor an Eclipse integrated development environment (IDE) is required to perform the operations described in this article.
Lotus Sametime allows you to have several branding plug-ins installed concurrently in your Lotus Sametime connect client without causing conflict in your environment. Users can easily switch between brandings if they choose to do so. Custom branding plug-ins can also be installed in Lotus Sametime 7.5, but they require a different plug-in than the one provided with this article.