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GUI Review Revisited: WordPress®

In March 2011 I posted a review of the WordPress® GUI which resulted in a rating of 4 out of 5 GJs. I detailed only two complaints, and apparently the developers at WordPress care enough about my opinion that they have fixed the biggest problem for me. (Who knew I had such influence?) In that article I explained how long it took for me to become accustomed to a pair of icons that had a similar appearance, causing me to repeatedly click the wrong one when I was editing a post. Figure 1 contains portions of two screen shots of the previous toolbar with the mouse hovering over the icons for Add an Image and Toggle fullscreen mode. Notice how similar the icons look to each other. I had trouble with these until I realized … Read entire article »

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GUI Review Revisited: Gmail® by Google®

The GUI for Gmail® by Google® was recently reviewed just as a new GUI display was introduced. This article revisits some of the problems identified in the review and also looks at other GUI items that are new to this release. For the original review refer to GUI Review: Gmail® by Google®. (That review resulted in a rating of 2 out of 5.) All images and icons below are trademarked by Google or their respective trademark holders.   PROBLEMS WITH PREVIOUS GUI Here is a brief summary of some 20 of the problems identified in the previous GUI, along with explanations of any changes. Previous Problem 1 — Main Navigation Options Unclear. DESCRIPTION: The display did not make it obvious that Mail and Contacts are the main navigation options with “floating selections” not connected to the rest of … Read entire article »

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GUI Review: Gmail® by Google®

I currently have multiple e-mail accounts with Gmail® by Google® which I use for various purposes. I was slow to adopt Gmail early on because it had many limitations (including the inability to handle attachments), but I made the jump once it had the features I needed. Gmail has become more and more popular in recent years, due to the many reasons, including: There are great features, which are continually being improved. New features are being added frequently. There are quick links to other Google web applications. This article will briefly explain some Gmail features as needed to comment on certain aspects of the GUI, however this review is for the Gmail GUI alone. All images and icons used below are trademarked by Google and/or their respective trademark holders. Names and text have been altered in … Read entire article »

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GUI Review: WordPress®

I currently use WordPress® for this blog. That could change at any time simply because I enjoy trying new applications and when I discover something better, I generally make the jump—at least until the awful outweighs the awesome. WordPress is my favorite web application for blogging because of the power it puts at my fingertips, in spite of some drawbacks I find in the GUI. This review is for the GUI alone. If you are a blogger, then there is a good chance you are familiar with WordPress. I laughed to myself more than once in the last several months as I have used WordPress to write about good and bad GUI designs and features, because WordPress breaks some of my rules for good GUI design. But let’s begin with some good … Read entire article »

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