Complexity verus simplicity ( WAS: MotorolaMotofone User Experience)

9 Dec 2006 - 8:37pm
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dszuc
2005

"Build an app with a core feature set and focus all your efforts on
improving the core features and building extensions."

Firefox?

Simpler browser, loads pages quickly and I can add components from the
community. Superb!

Rgds,

Daniel Szuc
Principal Usability Consultant
Apogee Usability Asia Ltd
www.apogeehk.com
'Usability in Asia'

The Usability Toolkit - http://www.sitepoint.com/books/usability1/

-----Original Message-----
From: discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com
[mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com] On Behalf Of Robert
Hoekman, Jr.
Sent: Friday, December 08, 2006 12:00 PM
To: John Schrag
Cc: discuss at ixda.org
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Complexity verus simplicity ( WAS:
MotorolaMotofone User Experience)

> I'd love to be able to buy simpler, low-featured versions of software,
> and then add on additional features as needed. New releases of the
> core software would focus on improving stability and ease of use among
> the core features.

I started thinking about this a couple years ago as a Flash developer. I
used to build lots of extensions for Flash, and I kept finding myself
thinking how great it would be for a whole app to be built that way.

Eclipse is a great example. It's essentially nothing more than a framework
with a bunch of extesnsions. Once you get the IDE going, you just install
whatever extensions you want and you're off to the races. When you need
more, you install more.

It's a brilliant model, I think. Build an app with a core feature set and
focus all your efforts on improving the core features and building
extensions. Users could pay for the extensions as they need them, and you
have a model that lasts. This could also be tied to an account, so when you
switch to a new machine, you just download all your extensions again and
you're up and running.

Why doesn't anyone do this?

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