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  • Spotify is right on the spot | In usability we trust
    music with others One cool thing with it is that you can easily share music and playlists with others This is something that I find very nice since it makes me discover new great music Speed I m astonished by the speed of the application Even though it s a Web based software it responses immediately like if the songs were on my computer Price Spotify is free to use but then it plays a commercial every five song or so To get rid of the commercials you can either pay 99 SEK per month about 10 Euro or buy a daypass for 9 SEK about 1 euro Compared to iTunes I can t help but compare Spotify with iTunes Even though iTunes is packed with a lot more features it s much more intrusive and above all slower than Spotify Why is it that iTunes is so much slower playing and displaying music on my harddrive than Spotify doing the same with stuff from the Internet This leads me to believe that the responsiveness of an application is one of the most important factors for how much we appreciate it Conclusion I think the reason that I like Spotify so much is that it supports me so well in the things I want to do with music I have instant access to the music I want to listen to I can easily find the music I want to listen to It s fast I don t have to worry about files or copyrights It let s me explore music and helps me find new music that I might like It let s me share music with others I can t see any reason that Spotify wouldn t be a huge success I think it s one of the best software I have ever used and I highly recommend it Now I m just waiting for a mobile version so that I can use it on the go as well Learn more at www spotify com Reviews Tools Usability UX Previous post Populating Google Maps with Microformats revisited Next post Ultimate Site Logo 2 For real this time 7 Comments Jan Seidl November 19 2008 at 9 30 pm Neat I m testing the Mozilla s Songbird for now and it works just great too One thing I can observe just thru the sshot is Apple really got really right at the brushed theme specially for iTunes that got spread to many nu music players Thank god Songbird has theme support Reply Gabriel Svennerberg November 19 2008 at 10 21 pm Jan I ve never heard of Songbird before It looks cool I got to try it out Thanks for the tip Yes iTunes seems to have set the standard for how these applications looks Reply Alex November 20 2008 at 6 57 pm Hey Gabriel I was very impressed with your post unfortunately the only way to try it for me is getting an invite from a friend using

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  • Most popular articles of 2008 | In usability we trust
    else on the web Polylines in Google Maps Part 2 This article which is the second part of two articles about Polylines in Google Maps also got linked to from the Google Maps API Documentation It explains how to encode a polyline on the server side User Controls in ASP NET MVC Preview Release 5 During 2008 I have tried to wrap my head around the ASP NET MVC Framwork which by the way is a really great framework One of the confusing issues with it was how to work with User Controls in it This article explains it all Most popular articles on Usability and Interaction Design It seems that the tutorials are the most popular posts but I ve also written some articles on different aspects of Usability and Interaction Design Here are the top 5 articles in that category No undo Redo Undo is a feature found in almost every desktop application How come it s so rare in web applications This article explains the importance of this Gradual Engagement Gradual engagement is the concept of getting engaged visitors This article explains the concept and presents a few examples Visualizing the age of content How do we visualize how fresh a piece of content is This article presents a few possible solutions Page Load Times vs Conversion Rates After reading Andy King s book Website Optimization I was surprised by some of the statistics presented This is one of them Change your focus to locus The late Jef Raskin also known as the father of Macintosh presented some pretty interesting concepts during his life time Here s one of them 2009 I look forward to see what happens with this blog during 2009 As of now I have a few more articles on Google Maps lined up

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  • Page Load Times vs Conversion Rates | In usability we trust
    before The audience is more demanding and the competition is harder A great start if you want to learn more about how to optimize your site is Andys book Website Optimization Illustration by Paul Moline Designs Articles Performance Usability Previous post Basic operations with markers in Google Maps Next post I m going on vacation 5 Comments andreas January 19 2011 at 8 26 pm Do you have a link to these numbers Highly interesting but what are your sources a Reply Gabriel Svennerberg Post author January 19 2011 at 9 28 pm Well as I state in the article the numbers are from page 48 in Andy King s book Website Optimization Reply Irshad Ahamed December 13 2011 at 4 41 pm Thanks for sharing this piece of information Reply Burçlar December 29 2011 at 11 05 am Would you give us more optimization examples Reply Abd April 9 2012 at 8 22 am great thanks Reply 37 Pingbacks Schnellere Webseiten und höhere Conversion durch Komprimierung IT und Entwicklung Alexander Langer Steven Harms Blog The Cherokee Webserver Great choice for VPS s Wordpress load time how to speed up your blog loading time Social Media Stuff Justin Parks ferebee net Blogarchiv Crumpler Flash Website des Todes Performance counts Simon Kenyon Shepard justLikeThat Donnerstag 26 11 09 Web Tweets abtwittern How To Make Your Website Faster Part 1 Best Tutorials And Tools To Speed Up Your Website Argument 10 LAZYLOVE Optimise Your Images For A Faster Loading Portfolio Articles FrogsThemes com Optimise Your Images For A Faster Loading Portfolio Articles FrogsThemes com How to Speed Up Your Joomla Site KSSP 10 SEM Optimise Your Images For A Faster Loading Portfolio FrogsThemes Blog 10 Page Load Time Significantly Impacts Conversion Rates The Primm Company Blog Archive 10 Learning Javascript Huge Aim

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  • Shopping for groceries in style | In usability we trust
    can tell from the video it s very much inspired by the iPhone interface It s probably the touchscreen and visual effects that gives that impression The user interface looks really cool but it do seem to lag and respond a little slow The UI has a lot of 3d effects One pretty cool thing is that you can choose a product and then rotate it to read the text on the package I m not sure though if that s the optimal way to display that sort of information but it sure looks cool Technology Apparently it s built with Microsoft s WPF technology the same technology that Silverlight is built upon I haven t seen much built with this technology so it s nice to a example of what you can do with it In the video Paul Dawson and Matthew Adams demonstrates and explains how it s all supposed to work They also tell some about how they built it Right now it s an early beta but they re soon going to perform trials with customer Read more about Conchango and the Tesco project on MSDN Thanks Peter for showing me this Articles Interaction design UX

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  • jQuery + ASP.NET = true | In usability we trust
    According to Scott Guthrie there will be a free download with the jQuery Intellisense support in a few weeks The ASP NET MVC download will also contain it and the jQuery library Read more about it on Scott Guthrie s blog and in John Reisig s blog post on jQuery com Articles ASP NET Javascript jQuery Programming Previous post Visualizing the age of content Next post User Controls in ASP

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  • Visualizing the age of content | In usability we trust
    s about it And often even those cues aren t used New ideas Robert Hoekman Jr has written some about in the book Designing the Obvious and in the article Design Stories Sorted link lists using ambient signifiers on rhjr net His idea is to show the age of links by displaying them in different colors The older they are the lighter the color The term to describe this is ambient signifiers It s not restricted to just illustrate the age of content but is the concept of giving subtle cues to help people interpret context Ross Howard has written about this in the article Ambient Signifiers on Boxes and Arrows which I think is where the term got coined He describes his experiences with the Tokyo subway system where a unique chime is played on each station giving a subtle cue for the frequent commuter of where he currently is This gave him the idea of ambient signifiers in digital media Currently there are some use of ambient signifiers in the applications we use In Firefox for example the address bar turns yellow when you enter a secure site On sites the current status is often visualized in some way like if you re logged in to a site or not Aurora Mozilla Concept Browser Adaptive Path and Mozilla Labs has developed a concept of a future browser with lot of new ways of interacting with data It s kind of a zooming interface where you can browse your content in a 3d view where the z axe represents time They visualize the age of content in two ways First of all the farther away the content the older it is Secondly the content fades with time I think that is a very natural way of visualizing it and

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  • Articles | In usability we trust | Page 2
    been released This is nice since I ve been trying to wrap my head around this framework for a project I m currently working on The MVC framework certainly solves a lot of the issues I have with ASP NET and actually makes it possible to create standard compliant websites without having to bend over backwards with all the awkward quirks of the ASP NET Web Forms model Continue reading 5 essential books on usability July 10 2008 Gabriel Svennerberg 1 Comment I ve compiled a short list of book on usability and UX design that I ve found both valuable and inspiring All of these books have given me important insights and helped me to better understand the different aspects of the area I ve listed them in the order I think one should read them and I ve also written a small text about each Continue reading I miss X Ray July 9 2008 Gabriel Svennerberg 3 Comments I really hope that Stuart Robertsson the maker of the ingenious Firefox Add on X Ray updates it to work with Firefox 3 soon I don t think I ve realized how much I ve relied on this add on in my daily work until now that it doesn t work anymore Continue reading No undo Redo July 4 2008 Gabriel Svennerberg 7 Comments Why is it that web apps very often lack something that we take for granted in most window applications namely the undo function Is it because it s not needed Is it too hard to implement or is it simply just because it s something that developers don t think is needed The most common solution to prevent user errors is to simply throw an alertbox warning about potential damage or loss of data that the action might cause Even otherwise awesome web applications often resorts to this behavior Take for example Backpack from 37 signals which I regard a very usable and overall great product When you try to delete a note they throw this alert in your face This is from the developers point of view the easiest way to handle it It s almost too easy to implement an alert and many developers habitually do it without giving it a second thought A far better solution is to use an undo function Although harder to implement it maps so much better to the users mental model and behavior patterns As Alan Cooper puts it in About Face 3 Users generally don t believe or at least don t want to believe that they make mistakes This is another way of saying that the persona s mental model typically doesn t include error on his part Following a persona s mental model means absolving him of blame The implementation model however is based on an error free CPU Following the implementation model means proposing that all culpability must rest with the user Thus most software assumes that it is blameless and any problems are

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  • Announcing MapTooltip | In usability we trust
    Code Extension Google Maps Javascript Library Previous post Updating images with Javascript Next post ListDJ song lyrics in Spotify 20 Comments Pamela Fox April 1 2009 at 10 45 pm This is great If you re interested in adding it to the utility library send me an email http code google com p gmaps utility library dev Reply parxier April 14 2009 at 3 12 am Great I was looking for something like that for quite a while Reply Dave Parsons April 20 2009 at 11 21 pm Something strange is happening in the demo The marker works as expected but the polyline and polygon don t show the tooltip until the cursor leaves the item of interest Reply Gabriel Svennerberg April 21 2009 at 7 29 am Dave The problem you re experiencing is due to that Google is changing the API I thought that running version 2 151 I would be safe and yesterday when I checked it worked but today it doesn t I tested again right now and now it seems safe to run version 2 149 or below of the API I have updated the example accordingly Naturally I need to find a way around this issue so it s possible to run the latest version of the API but so far I haven t come up with a solution Thanks for noticing Reply zizou May 19 2009 at 3 46 pm hi congratulations for this library its work fine when i use tabloPolyline new GPolyline pts colour width but i have this warning when i try to use it with an array of polyline ie 8 ff tabloPolyline a new GPolyline pts colour width Message e a la valeur Null ou n est pas un objet Ligne 313 Caractère 28 Code 0 URI http maps google com intl fr ALL mapfiles 149f maps2 api main js regards Reply Rajeev July 19 2009 at 8 42 am Nice job bro but unfortunately i cannot use it in v3 the tooltips displays unconsitently with large number of polygons some time even more than one tooltips shows when the number of polygon is high hope you will try in more than 10 polygons and fix the bug as soon as possible thanks Reply Angie Tootle July 27 2009 at 9 37 pm LOVE THIS but can t get it to work I really want to use this code and cannot figure out how to implement it into my code I took over some javascript duties and am still pretty new I tried to paste my code into this window and it s a total mess If you re not too busy maybe I could send you my code and you could give me a pointer on how to use your code with mine I would be so thankful Reply Angie Tootle July 28 2009 at 2 48 pm OKAY GOOD DAY Got it to work and looks great I just had to move my code around a

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