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Calculate web page display speed

The company Web Site Optimization, LLC offers an online service, where you can calculate the size of a web page and its estimated download time at various connection rates. It also gives you recommendations on how to improve page display time.

Web Site Optimization, LLC is founded by Andrew King, author of Speed Up Your Site: Web Site Optimization.

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Henrik Olsen - September 25, 2003

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Magnetic interface design toolkit

Building prototypes with this tool might not be ideal, but it could be useful for workshops and brainstorms - if it's big enough. Anyway, here you can buy your very own Magnetic Interface Design Toolkit

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  • The Magnetic Interface Design Toolkit Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - May 21, 2003 - via EASE

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Analysing search engine keywords

Wordtracker is a online tool for analysing how often people search for specific keywords at a number of search engines, and how many competing sites use those keywords.

Wordtracker is a commercial tool, but they have a limited free trial version, which will analyse you queries against Altavista only.

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  • The online search engine tool Wordtracker Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - May 11, 2003

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New Version of DENIM Available

Berkeley's Group for User Interface Research have released version 1.1 of DENIM, a visual prototyping system for early stage website design.

The two changes of note are that the input system (SILK) is much more responsive and you can now print the prototypes.

DENIM is designed for sketching of prototypes - a graphics tablet is highly recommended.

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Tim Lucas - April 30, 2003

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Accessibility Extension for Dreamweaver MX

UsableNet and Macromedia have released a accessibility extension to enhance the current options that come with Macromedia Dreamweaver MX.

The extension combines Section 508 with W3C priority 1 & 2 accessibility guideline testing and repair advice.

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  • Download the accessibility extension for Dreamweaver Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - April 16, 2003

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Google diagnostics with Poodle Predictor

To quote one of my colleagues: "Usability begins at the search engines."

Richard Bennett and his mates have developed a tool, which will let you see pages as Google does. It gives you a rough idea of how a page's listings will look, which links Google will find, and how efficient the HTML coding is at feeding Google the right keywords.

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  • The article Poodle Predictor - See your site like Google does Open link in new window
  • Poodle Predictor Open link in new window
  • About Poodle Predictor Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - April 08, 2003

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A test of screen recording systems

Karl Fast has made a thorough test of three screen recording systems to decide which is most suitable in usability testing settings.

His conclusions:
"ScreenCam had the best performance of any program tested, but the lack of support for Windows 2000 and XP makes it hard to recommend."

"Camtasia offers the best blend of performance, features, and ease of use among the programs tested." "The only drawback is price, but at $150 it's still within the range of almost every budget. Highly recommended."

"My first impression of HyperCam was that for $30 I was getting what I paid for. But once I fiddled with it and found the "secret" of using Camtasia's TSCC codec, I was entirely satisfied. Unless you need the extra features of Camtasia, HyperCam will probably do the job..."

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  • The article Recording Screen Activity During Usability Testing Open link in new window
  • Lotus ScreenCam Open link in new window
  • TechSmith Camtasia Open link in new window
  • Hyperponics HyperCam Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - April 06, 2003

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Wireframing tool for Dreamweaver

For those who prefer to design prototypes in HTML, Eric Ott's wireframing extension for Dreamweaver might be useful. Using this tool, you don't have to struggle with tables to design your page layouts, since it relies on layers. You drag-and-drop interface elements from the objects tool bar onto the pages.

According to Eric Ott, the extension adds the best of Visio and Illustrator in Dreamweaver. I would love to do prototypes in HTML, but I still find Visio more effective.

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  • Download the Wireframing extension (search for Wireframing) Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - February 10, 2003

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The Userati

Chris McEvoy, the guy who claims to love HCI but hate web usability, has a nice feature at his site called Userati. Through Google, he tracks references to celebrities within the interactive design community, such as Jakob Nielsen, Lou Rosenfeld and Henrik Olsen (how this punk ended up on this list, I don't know

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  • Chris McEvoy's Userati Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - February 04, 2003

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Visio or HTML for Wireframes

Jeff Gothelf on the pros and cons of using HTML versus Visio for prototyping:

"Design organizations inevitably run across the debate of Visio versus HTML wireframes. The decision for one over the other is never a clear-cut one since, as with all things IA-related, it depends. This article seeks to sort out the issues by describing the pros and cons of each and identifying situations where one may be more effective than the other."

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  • The article Practical Applications: Visio or HTML for Wireframes Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - January 28, 2003

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