Usability testing is an important part of designing any user interface. This helps to give the developer direct input on how real users use the system or application.
SilverBackApp is one of the better products that I've seen and demoed. It is rather unobtrusive, streamlined, and easy to use. The price per license is only $50 and 10% of your purchase goes to save the gorillas. It's a win-win situation.
This app runs on a Mac and allows you to:
• capture the user's screen activity
• record the user as he/she reacts to the software being tested
• record the user's voice
• add chapter markers on the fly, with remote control
• export a "session" to a quicktime video
There is a full functioning 30 day trial, downloadable from their website. We plan to use this application to test our new website's design and functionality.
**G.S.o.D. (Grey Screen of Death)
Well, this past week it seems that Jonathan's laptop decided to go with a GSoD (Grey Screen of Death).
Just in case you may not be aware, what you see in the image to the left is not good.
Fortunately, this "small" setback won't put us too far behind in our project timeline.
We are far along enough in our Phase 1 deployment of our new website that things are still on track for our June 1 deployment.
I must give a shout-out to Chris Hodges in the IT department for getting a temporary laptop up and running quickly for temporary usage while the bad hard drive is replaced.
If you are not a Mac user and were wondering what a working Mac laptop looks like:
(notice the absence of the "?" in the middle of the screen)
Some light reading...
I had someone ask the other day about how our "down time" is spent. I am assuming they were asking about what we did when we weren't working on the website. Well...
At times, reading about the latest and greatest on web-related topics to keep our development current...
Other times, it seems that vacuuming dandelions is how the day is spent...
In all seriousness, a lot of work is going into our new website. When we are not working on the website, we're still working on the website. Hopefully our hard work will make your FHU web experience a much better one.
About the web project, not the dandelion vacuuming...