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Review of Survey Monkey

Survey Monkey is an tool for creating online surveys. In his review Ken Westing from Digital Web Magazine has the following to say about it:

- Easy to use even for non-technical folks
- Flexible when creating questions and accessing survey results
- Offers e-mail lists for custom invitations
- Customization of the design is limited
- Lacks account for multiple users
- Great product for the price
- Offers a free limited account that stores 100 responses

P.S: My friend Jens Hørup would instantly stop hosting GUUUI if I dared to write about Survey Monkey without mentioning his survey tool Dubidu.


  • Review of Survey Monkey Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - August 23, 2005

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Collection of interface design patterns

Jenifer Tidwell has created a collection of design patterns for websites, desktop application, "and everything in between."

"They're common problems, and there's no point in reinventing the wheel every time you need, say, a sortable table -- plenty of folks have already done it, and learned how to do it well. Some of that knowledge is written up here, in an easily-digestible format."

"If you're running short on ideas, or hung up on a difficult design quandary, read over these and see if any of them are applicable."


  • UI Patterns and Techniques Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - May 27, 2005 - via Column Two

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Creating interactive prototypes with Adobe Acrobat

In a two-part article Dave Rogers from gotomedia explains how to build interactive prototypes in PDF by creating your pages in your favourite prototyping tool (e.g. Visio) and linking them together in Adobe Acrobat.

It sounds a bit cumbersome to me compared to exporting your pages to HTML directly from your prototyping tool (as explained in my article Visio - The interaction designer's nail gun). But the approach has the advantage that you can build working forms in Acrobat.


Henrik Olsen - May 26, 2005 - via Column Two

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Encyclopedia of interaction design

Mads Soegaard has started an open-content, peer-reviewed encyclopedia covering terms from the disciplines of Interaction Design, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Design, Human Factors, Usability, Information Architecture, and related fields.

The encyclopedia is not as comprehensive as the Usability Glossary (yet) but terms are explained in more detail.


  • The interaction design encyclopedia Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - March 28, 2005

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Test review of Morae

NetworkWorldFusion has tested Morae, a software tool for usability analysis from TechSmith that records video and audio of the users along with system data (e.g. mouse clicks, keystrokes, web page changes). Their overall rating is "very good".

- Affordable
- Annotates collected data indicating web page changes, mouse clicks, keystrokes, text data appearing on screen, and window events such as opening and closing applications

- Remote monitoring and management capabilities could be improved
- Captured data can get quite large (in the gigabyte range)
- Only supports Windows and prefers Internet Explorer


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  • Review of Morae Recorder Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - February 09, 2005

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Card sorting tools

DonnaM has posted a short summary of seven computer-based card sorting tools. She took a closer look at the two most promising. Her conclusion is:
- IBM's USort was as annoying
- CardZort is nice


  • The post Card sorting tools - final summary Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - October 24, 2004

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Usability Test Data Logger

The Usability Test Data Logger is an Excel spreadsheet developed by Todd Zazelenchuk, which can be used to collect, analyse, and present results of usability tests. It allows you to measure task completion rates, analyse questionnaire data, and summarise participant comments. It automatically generates charts and includes a timer to measure task completion times.


  • The Usability Test Data Logger Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - August 17, 2004 - via Column Two

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Readability analyser

At you can analyse the readability of text and ascertain a multitude of scores and statistic based on common readability formats. The tool can analyse web pages and Word documents.


  • The online readability analyser at Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - May 21, 2004

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Toolkit for creating personas

George Olsen has developed a persona toolkit, which can help you build detailed profiles of users, their relations to a product (e.g. a website), and the context in which they use a product. The toolkit is pretty extensive, but intended to be based on a pick-and-choose approach.

George Olsen also gives advice on how to collect information. Ideally, personas should be based on interviewing and direct observation, but you can also get useful information from alternative sources, such as domain experts, research, and artefacts that reveal information about the users' context.


Henrik Olsen - April 04, 2004

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Zoomify: Fast and powerful web application for high-res image interaction

Zoomify has developed a series of impressive products (Mainly Flash-based technology) that make high-quality images fast and interactive to author, publish, and view online.

Their products meet the high-resolution imaging needs of creative professionals, digital appliance companies, and image-centric businesses such as science/healthcare, education, entertainment, real-estate,...

Zoomifyer EZ is a FREE tool. I find the medical demo of the Zoomifyer Enterprise product very impressive!


  • Zoomify Home Page Open link in new window
  • Free Zoomifyer EZ Web Tool Open link in new window
  • The Zoomifyer Enterprise Medical Demo!!! (Edit features disabled for demo) Open link in new window

Pieter-Jan Pruuost - March 19, 2004

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