Windows Photo Gallery for user testing?

7 Sep 2009 - 6:25pm
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Janna
2008

Hello fellow IxDers,
I am getting ready for some user testing for a web site upgrade. I'm
working with a company who is mostly interested in feedback on the
taxonomy and general look and feel of each page of their web site. I
am using .jpgs for this test.

However, I prefer scenario based testing whenever possible to add a
dose of reality to how they see the page, ("See if you can find
information on plant nurseries in your area"). This test will likely
be a combination since you cannot actively "click through".

I don't have a developer on the project so I am realizing I don't
have a great way to seamlessly flow from page to page or jpg to jpg.
Windows Photo Gallery seems like it will do the trick. Has anyone
else out there figured out a good solution for this? Thanks!
-Janna Kimel
third brain studio
www.thirdbrainstudio.com

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7 Sep 2009 - 6:57pm
Stephen Holmes
2009

I hate to say this - given the flame wars a conversation about
PowerPoint often brings, but I do use Powerpoint to hold multiple
in-sequence screen dumps of the application or web site.

It doesn't need to be a HiFi version - you can do it in simple
wireframes as well. What you really want to know is, given an
instruction, what will your user focus on. You hope that the layout
and visual clues are there and this is a great way of presenting
them.

Powerpoint also allows you to add buttons or "hotspots" that can
have an action associated with them so that the screen only goes to
the next page IF the user clicks in the desired spot. Just look under
the Tools menu in PowerPoint; if you can do Transitions in PP you
should have no trouble with Actions.

I've done this successfully on quite complex task flows with good
results (and the clients love them ;-).

regards

Stephen

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7 Sep 2009 - 10:04pm
Janna
2008

Stephen,
Thanks, I just wrangled a colleague on the phone tonight who said the
same thing. I'm excited about this option! Have you had much luck
getting a long, scrolling page onto a PPT slide? When I change it to
portrait, the whole page gets awfully small and the landscape pages
look funny. I may need to look for a larger monitor for testing.

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7 Sep 2009 - 10:31pm
Dante Murphy
2006

Powerpoint is OK for wireframes or screen-sized applications, but if your document is longer than one screen height (and most are) you might have to use a clickable PDF.

There are other solutions that require a little bit of technical know-how, but not much...such as HTML pages with image maps, HTML using sliced images that contain links, or even an Axure prototype. All are pretty basic, and will allow you to design to whatever scael you desire.

Dante

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Subject: [IxDA Discuss] Windows Photo Gallery for user testing?

Hello fellow IxDers,
I am getting ready for some user testing for a web site upgrade. I'm
working with a company who is mostly interested in feedback on the
taxonomy and general look and feel of each page of their web site. I
am using .jpgs for this test.

However, I prefer scenario based testing whenever possible to add a
dose of reality to how they see the page, ("See if you can find
information on plant nurseries in your area"). This test will likely
be a combination since you cannot actively "click through".

I don't have a developer on the project so I am realizing I don't
have a great way to seamlessly flow from page to page or jpg to jpg.
Windows Photo Gallery seems like it will do the trick. Has anyone
else out there figured out a good solution for this? Thanks!
-Janna Kimel
third brain studio
www.thirdbrainstudio.com

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7 Sep 2009 - 10:44pm
Laura Klein
2009

I have another option if PPT doesn't work out for you. With very
little HTML, you can easily turn your jpgs into quite interactive
wireframes.

All you have to do is put the jpg into an HTML document and then
create image maps with hot spots. I tend to use Dreamweaver since it
has a nice GUI to help place the hot spots in the right places, but
I'm sure there are other products that do this as well. This would
solve your long, scrolling page problem too.

If you need help or want to see an example, feel free to contact me
directly.

Good luck!
laurak

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9 Sep 2009 - 2:20am
Stephen Holmes
2009

Long scrolls can be achieved in Powerpoint by slicing your screen
dumps in Photoshop and putting down arrows at the bottom of each page
(and up arrows on following pages to go back) to approximate
click-scrolling.

With a bit of graphics savvy, put a mock scroll bar on the right-hand
side and the clickable hot-spots top and bottom! It is enough to give
the user the feeling.

Good luck.

Stephen

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