IBM Sametime 8.5.2 and Growl

We’ve recently completed a full Sametime 8.5.2 installation for ourselves and it’s really powerful. Chat, group chat, screen sharing, audio and video calls, instant meeting rooms, web meetings, chat gateways to other IM services, lots of great stuff. We’ll probably do a screencast on it at some point in the near future. As a long-time Skype and Mac user though, I miss Growl integration. If you’ve not used Growl, it’s a notification system that allows many applications to register with it and post notifications through it. For Skype, this takes the form of a little grey bubble that appears in the bottom right corner (for me) of the screen when a new chat comes in. It’s visible for about 2 seconds, can be clicked to take me directly into Skype, and then it goes away.

It’s great for monitoring conversations as they go by without necessarily having to command-tab over to that application all the time.

Anyway, I’d like to see a Sametime implementation of notifications to Growl. Growl has an API they call GNTP (Growl Network Transport Protocol) http://growl.info/documentation/developer/gntp.php#intro, that has many language bindings, including Java with jgntp, http://code.google.com/p/jgntp/ Sametime has a Java API so it shouldn’t be very difficult to build a client plug-in to add Growl capability preferences. I don’t think anyone’s done it yet, so there’s your roadmap and ping me when you’ve got it done 🙂