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How to create the best user experiences with Macromedia Flash

Flash is a very powerful tool, but is of no added value if the designer does not master the tool or the medium. Macromedia has the Usability Guidelines you've been looking for. Designed for the 21st Century Flash Designer q;)

Links:

  • Macromedia's Flash Usability Guidelines, Tips & Tricks, Examples, Cases, and Whitepapers Open link in new window

Pieter-Jan Pruuost - October 17, 2002

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The truth about download time

When UIE did a study on how visitors perceived download time on 10 different sites over a 56 kbps modem, they found that there was no correlation between the actual download time and the perceived speed reported by the users.

Instead they found a strong correlation between perceived download time and whether users successfully completed their task, suggesting that if people can't find what they want on a site, they will regard it as a waste of time.

This suggests that download time might not be as important, as many usability experts claim.

Links:

  • The article The Truth About Download Time Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - October 10, 2002

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Creating better web interfaces with Flash MX

According to Christine Perfetti from UIE, Flash MX and its improved backend integration gives us the ability to build better and more sophisticated web applications.

Compared with HTML, Flash has the advantages of:
- Immediate responses to user interactions, without having to wait for new pages to load
- More sophisticated client-side interactions, such as drag-and-drop and zoom
- The ability to integrate a workflow in one visual display

In the article, Perfetti reviews some examples of product configuration applications build in Flash. You should also take a look at the BMW Virtual Center. Especially its model selection step, which would be very difficult to build in HTML without reloading all the time.

Links:

  • The article Flash Strikes Back: Creating Powerful Web Applications Open link in new window
  • BMW Virtual Center Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - September 26, 2002

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Fluid Thinking

Apart from being the most... er... graceful term in the web's working glossary, "graceful degradation" is a simple but powerful technique. The first step in adapting that technique successfully is fluid thinking: accepting the unpredictability that rules the user interface of the web.

Links:

  • fluid thinking Open link in new window

Nick Finck - September 25, 2002

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Web standards

Jeffrey Zeldman and A List Apart have long been advocating for Web standards

Links:

  • An interview with Jeffrey Zeldman about the new era of Web design Open link in new window
  • The online magazine A List Apart Open link in new window
  • The Web Standards Project Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - August 13, 2002

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Macromedia Flash: A New Hope for Web Applications

A white paper from User Interface Engineering (UIE) takes at look at how cutting-edge applications have demonstrated Flash's potential to surpass the power of traditional software applications. These web applications leverage the strengths of Flash to help users make better sense of large amounts of data, presenting information in an easily accessible, graphical visual representation.

Links:

  • Download the white paper Macromedia Flash: A New Hope for Web Applications Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - June 17, 2002

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How people feel about flash intros

It's boring, it's nonsense, it's utterly useless, and it goes on and on...

Links:

  • The Flash movie Skip Intro Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - May 27, 2002

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Technography

At thecounter.com you'll find some statistics on browser usage. The statistics are based on the users of the counter.com statistic tool.

You'll find statistics on:
- JavaScript (88%)
- Java (87%)
- Operation Systems (63% Windows 98)
- Browsers (MSIE 5.x 62%)
- Screen resolution (52% 800x600 / 3% 640x480)
- Colour depth (52% 16bit)
- Visits by domains
- Visits by weekday

Links:

  • Statistics from thecounter.com Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - February 12, 2002

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