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Do we need good-looking design for a program internal only to our company?

Do we need to make the user-interface look good (adding images, animations, etc.) for a program internal only to the company? Making the user-interface look good might slow the performance of the ...
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Preferred format to display negative currency (US English)?

Which would be the more readable way to format negative numbers: -$99.99 ($99.99) Some other format I haven't considered Details: Most of our user base has finance experience and but some have ...
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What is the best way to deal with very complex forms?

I'm trying to give the best experience to users of a very huge system (like a CRM). It has a lot of forms and much of these have a lot of fields. My doubt is about if I should use a single column form ...
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Should Dialogs be avoided in modern applications?

I have used a few dialogs on the last system I designed. The application was a business application with many database tables and I used many datagrids to show data. It was common that I placed a ...
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Folding columns of a kanban view

In our enterprise management software, we use "kanban" views for different purposes; pipeline of business opportunities, tasks, recruitment process, bugtracker, etc. The example bellow shows the ...
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Truncating long text labels - Best Practices?

I was wondering whether there are any studies around truncated labels, in case if they ever get too long and layouts can't fix it? Does it confuse users if a label is truncated with an ellipsis ...
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Can an input field be too wide?

Topic of discussion. Is it a usability problem to have an input field be too wide? For example: I am creating an internal management system where users come to view orders in the system. When ...
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Reporting web app - how to design large data tables?

I'm working on a legacy webapp that's mainly focused on reporting large amounts of data - ie tables with 20+ columns reporting financial data. The main problem is table layout inconsistency depending ...
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How to communicate foreign key constraints in a business application?

I have a business app with various business forms where users edit data. When a user deletes a record - it shows "FK_ABC_AA.. constraint violated, etc." I want to do better than that and tell the ...
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Common screen resolution? (In a business environment)

Inspired by "Common screen resolution?" and a debate at work where I defended the teachings of this site... In the debate we argued about how the business environment differ from home environment in ...
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Recommended books for enterprise application interface design [closed]

I've been reading a lot on UX lately with the intention of improving the user experience on the custom applications we develop. Most of the resources I used are targeting informational websites. I ...
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Why most software businesses require the users to “request a demo” to see their products?

I have noticed that on the large majority of software businesses, their products will not be shown to you unless you request a demo from their site, usually from a form by providing your personal ...
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Dealing with Effective Dates in an Administrative Application

When dealing with Insurance based information, we often need to implement the use of Effective Dates on most of our data. There are numerous reasons for this that I won't get into, needless to say ...
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Should large (wide) numbers be truncated differently than text?

Usually, when we have to display a text and we do not have enough space to display the whole text, it can be truncated and this could be indicated by an ellipsis. See for example this question: ...
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How to structure complex forms for business documents?

In our enterprise management software we use forms to record document like customers, invoices, sales order, tasks, products, etc. We wanted forms to look like their hard paper version. Below is an ...
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Do links need to be blue in business application?

I am currently designing a screen for an internal business application, in this screen is a table that contains a lot of orders, each of these orders have many entities associate with it. - Two ...
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Good design for Web Apps with Large Forms [closed]

I've been browsing through the web for good templates/themes but I've never seen a really, really good example for the typical Business App with 20-40 fields per page and 2-5 tabs in between. Most of ...
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How to get the difference between Corporate and Consumer Branding across to clients?

This seems to be a regular question that comes up during conversations at work. We provide solutions to corporate companies but the end users are inevitably consumers. We seem to be in a Design by ...
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upgrade-friendly visual treatment for features disabled in the free version of a freemium product

My company is preparing to launch a "freemium" web application for business users. Most of the surface area of the app will be enabled in the free version, but a few features (e.g. ability to assign ...
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Alternative control to drag and drop for assigning tasks to an individual?

I am working on a web application for Branch Managers at an investment bank to assign accounts that are without Financial Advisers for whatever reason. Some reasons are the Financial Adviser has ...
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How to display a distinction between actions which affect the 'real world' vs. actions that affect only the information in the application?

I have the following challenge: I'm designing a web application that is supposed to manage IT components. Meaning - when the user creates an IT component in the application or updates an existing ...
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How to present a view with large number of inputs

I'm developing a dashboard for hotel managament system application. There's a view that allows the user to set prices for room types in different currencies. Sadly, I can't provide any screenshots as ...
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Deleting object when a related item is in use

I have a problem with an application that I've written. The usage is about to change and now multiple users will interact with the system. Given that there will be multiple administrators what is ...
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Reason that most (business) applications have a blue theme?

Most applications use blue as their central color, particularly business applications (e.g. Windows uses blue in most of it's chrome). I am being pushed to use purple throughout our current ...
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How to manage actions that could be nested 3 or 4 levels deep?

I have a site that has a main menu that is tabbed, and a sub-menu that always displays actions for the current selected tab. For more areas on the site, this works perfectly, but one of the tabs is ...
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How do you convince people that social software applications are good for business? [closed]

We're trying to introduce social software applications into our organisation but attempts thus far are meeting resistance because: we're a large, conservative organisation that will always be a late ...
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How to create bands of number ranges for a field?

I have a field in a system called "Score" which ranges from an undetermined negative number to an undetermined positive number. I am trying to figure out a UI for the user to create "bands" of ...
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What is the best way to deal with very long form labels?

I have very long labels in some forms, including forms in modal windows. There are some cases we have labels with more than 80 chars, which is bad because: Users need to read/track all the labels to ...
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space-efficient UI to choose between auto-generated text or manual text entry

I'm building a part of an HTML form (titled "New Commission Rule") in a web application used by business users to enter and report on sales commissions in a retail store. See ...
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Has anyone had any experience with inputs similar to apple's calendar “create quick event”?

For the past few years apple's calendar app has used this concept of "create quick event" where the user types a sentence in a format that allows the application to separate the data, and create the ...
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Name of the logged off part of an application/a website

I'd like to know how you would call the part of the application which is not the showcase, not the app itself, but the part between both. Let me explain with more details. It is something very common ...
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Where and when to show currency symbols for TextFields containing currency?

How should I design a form that is easy to use and understand that has a few textfields for currency? Should the currency symbol be put outside or in the textfield? One variant is to show the ...
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What is the preferred way of creating a help section for applications?

I'm wondering if there is a modern and preferred approach of the manual format from the standpoint of users. I thought about making a CHM file but my manager told me that feels very "Windows 98ish" ...
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Usability concerns for managing queues of items to be worked

Here's a genericized story for an issue I'm curious about: A secure website for ACME Company has a table of thousands of widget orders in an "initial" status that need to be processed online. ...
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How should I design an MS Access application for Excel users?

I work for a public health study, and I have been asked to help manage the workflow for an upcoming project. We will be choosing subjects, tracking our contact with them, interviewing them, placing ...
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Reporting in a CRUD application

It is yet another enterprise related app dilemma. Most professional apps use report writers that are way too complicated for the general user, even though most of them are wysiwyg. Some simple apps ...
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Showing/Hiding vs.Enable/Disabling form fields

I would like to know the benefits and drawback relative to form design of "dependent fields". For example, in my form I have a Marital Status field, and depending on it's value, I need to know the ...
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WebApp User Login Screen

I am currently considering options for a web/intranet application login screen and this seems like a good place to share. Not much work has gone into the current screen since creation and it exists ...
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“mandatories” to take into account for a wide 32" touch screen interface?

What are the best practices/"mandatory issues" to be taken into account and implemented on a 32" wide-aspect touch screen for a totem-kiosk application? Especially appreciated issues on usability, ...
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Using icons as checkboxes?

How unusable is it to use icons as checkboxes? It's a cool concept when it is implemented, however I am worried that it is not obvious that the icon is clickable. What are people's opinions about a) ...
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Has anyone used a hamburger style left nav in a web application (not a website)?

Has anyone used a hamburger style left navigation in a web application (not a website)? We are looking to see how you handled? If it is even popular thing to do for an application (not mobile) but ...
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Forcing users to take a specific path

I am all for providing flexibility for users in their interface, because I know that users are different, and want to find things and process things in different ways. This is especially the case when ...
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How to optimise our data entry page for tablets

SetUp: In our Inventory Control application, we have updated our Stock Count page so that restaurants can count by counting area which then adds up to a total for each item. The old way just allowed 1 ...
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web application redesign suggestion [closed]

We had built a application using Ext JS web desktop. Something similar to: http://dev.sencha.com/deploy/ext-4.0.0/examples/desktop/desktop.html The application is basically a web based ...
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This feels too bland

Take a look at this communication app I am making for our small company (you might need to open it in a new window to see it clearly): The application is docked on the right side of the screen. It ...
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Can we build UX into old, large legacy systems?

For huge corporate, legacy applications we dont tend to have the luxury of re-vamping the UI after assessing the UX of the process that those apps support. However, just because there has been a lack ...
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Keyboard shortcuts in a new business web application

I have read so many articles here on UXechange and did not really get any further, so I dare to ask this onceagain. We're planning a new web-application for inhouse business (we are using IE9). Our ...
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Best Way to Illustrate Creating Charts based on Dynamic Data

I'm developing a application that allows business users to create forms with fields such as text, select boxes, check boxes, radio buttons, numeric, etc with a easy drag-n-drop UI like: Once the ...
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How do you measure performance/success of web based applications?

When I find/read articles about analytics and especially setting KPIs, they're always about websites & web shops. As I'm now more into web based (business) applications including mobile versions ...
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When to apply/save a modification of a nested list of objects

I have a customers detail view with things like their name. At the top there is a toolbar where they can save, reload, delete etc... On of the properties they can edit is a list of phone numbers. ...