If you aren't reading Mary Beth Raven's series of postings on what's new and great in the Notes 8.5.1 client, you're missing out.  She's been highlighting a whole lot of usability work that went into this release...some of it subtle, some of it in-your-face.

I'm not trying to compete :-)  but I just loaded up 8.5.1 today and I have some first impressions.  I'm sure it comes as a surprise that I have not loaded 8.5.1 earlier.  I did this is a solidarity move, really -- I wanted to run what you were running.  Now, when we start working on our next feature release, I'm sure that I'll be running early betas again like usual, but this time around, I waited, in order to get the full impact at once.  After reading about all the improvements, I was excited to see them real time.

Here are a few subtle things that I noticed specifically on my Macbook.

1) Search box close button is now a Mac "red circle":
Image:Notes 8.5.1: More Mac-like in several ways

2) The main screen font is smoother:
Image:Notes 8.5.1: More Mac-like in several ways

3) Creating a hyperlink is now a menu option as well as a button (OK, this one isn't Mac specific, but I am really happy to see it)
Image:Notes 8.5.1: More Mac-like in several ways

I'm sure there will be many, many other niceties discovered in the next few days, but for now, I'm just happy to finally see this:
Image:Notes 8.5.1: More Mac-like in several ways
and sometime tomorrow, you will be, too. :-)

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