Hardware or Software tools used by UX professionals to do their work. Also more generally software used by users to shape or modify something they are creating.

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What is a good tool for mouse tracking? [closed]

I would like to be able to track user activity on an HTML page. What I want to achieve is the following, a breakdown of user activity per page, and a total time spent on the entire flow. The ...
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Prototype tool for large application? [closed]

A typical application like ERP, I always need keep look and feel of prototypes consistency every-time I release the prototype while requirements change all the time. Useful tools have these ...
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How can i annotate videos of usability sessions?

What is the best method to take notes from videos of a usability session? Consider the scenario you recorded a usability test (remote or local) and want to do a review of the whole session by taking ...
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OmniGraffle Stencils Recourses [closed]

Does anybody use stencils for OmniGraffle for wireframe design? Any good sources where could I find some? I found http://graffletopia.com http://stenzils.com
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What are some great web-based prototyping tools? [closed]

I'm looking for a list of web-based prototyping tools and I'd like to build one up here by using StackExchange's democratic voting system. There are already some lists around the web, notably these ...
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Anyone used Balsamiq mockups for JIRA? [closed]

As both a Balsamiq and JIRA user I'm interested in this plugin. Has anyone used it? Any idea if it allows you to save the .bmml files in a specific folder, hence allowing the use of project assets?
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Are there any UI pattern sites with a bookmarklet / selective screen capture (think Skitch) tool?

For over a year now I've been trying to get into all of these UI pattern sites, but the fundamental flaw I've found across the board is the level of effort it takes to create/post styles you come ...
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What methods do you use to rate user experience of a page? [closed]

I've been tasked with coming up with a way to quantify / asses the overall useability / user experience of our web application on a per-page basis. What tools and methods do you use to achieve those ...
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Version Control for Help Files

What is the best way to have version control when creating complex help files with new updates and versions coming out quarterly or so? How does one best go about versioning the Help file? ...
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any software or online service to draw web page layout sketch? [closed]

any software or online service to draw web page layout sketch? I want to construct a website , the first step is that I need to sketch a contents layout for every page . this job can be write done on ...
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How to measure UI lag on computer?

Are there any tools available to help measure the UI lag of a given application running on a given computer? There are plenty of guidelines out there as to how "fast" a UI ought to be, but how can I ...
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How do you version-control your wireframe/prototype assets?

How do you version-control your wireframe/prototype assets? I have largely been working with interactive HTML prototypes and as I go through iteration after iteration I find that my process of ...
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Axure Checkbox Interactions, 3 Cases: None Checked, 1 Checked, or 2+ Checked? [closed]

I have a list of checkboxes, and I would like to tie them to a dynamic panel in a specific way: If no checkboxes are selected, display a Dynamic Panel's state 0. If only one (any) checkbox is ...
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Open source / free screen capture tools for user testing [closed]

What free tools are there on the Windows platform that I can use to capture what mouse movements and clicks a user makes during an evaluation? Ideal product would: Not be likely to crash and freak ...
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Is there any vaild free or paid tool that help measuring the effectiveness and usability of products? [closed]

A university professor is seeking a tool that help measuring the effectiveness and usability of a certain product, mostly this product is targeting students and academical fields.
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Best “Cycle” for developing new products?

Given that everyone has their own "nitch" or style for developing new products/applications, I was wondering if there is an ideal cycle that most ux professionals like to follow? This could be ...
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eLearning: Courses on Usability, UI, UX, or XD? [closed]

Considering User Experience Stack Exchange is in itself an educational tool, creating infomation hubs geared to different personas and users is no longer a tedious task. What are the applications, ...
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What is better for wireframing: Photoshop or Illustrator? Why?

I have come across a lot of websites and forums talking about creating PSD wireframes which are later used by UI engineers to build the front end. I always thought Illustrator was more suited for ...
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Prototyping tool for mobile/tablet [closed]

Is there any interactive prototyping tool for creating low to high fidelity for tablets and mobile where the tool generates html output. I came across this tool(http://www.justinmind.com/) which ...
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Fireworks software for prototyping [closed]

How good is Adobe Fireworks in creating prototype mock-ups? I know of other software like Axure and Balsamiq, they come with extra cost but Adobe Web Premium includes Fireworks.
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How do you convince your employer that sketching is important?

I'm a strong believer of sketching UIs before booting up a computer. That said I haven't been lucky in the past where my employers thought otherwise. It has happened to me on a couple of occasions, ...
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Wireframing hardware dashboards/control panels - best practice

For an upcoming customer project, I will be dealing with control center UI, including visualization on-screen software, but also hardware control panels and dashboards. The project emphasizes on ...
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SharePoint 2010 : UX design considerations? [closed]

We are designing a portal with Share Point 2010 platform. Content is more informational oriented with hardly transactional tasks within it. I understand there are many views on SP UX but can someone ...
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What is the best way to organize all UI elements of a website in one place?

I'm looking for a good way to help us organize and keep track of the latest version of UI elements. The simple way I've found is to have one big file, maybe 10000 X 10000 pixels with all your UI on ...
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Do online-feedback tools generate useful feedback?

We'd like to gather feedback from our users after the re-launch of our website. We do usability tests and interviews but I'd like to provide an easy way to give feedback for any user. There are tons ...
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How can we improve the internal wireframe review?

Our developer team uses Reviewboard for code, but the UX team doesn't have a good solution for mockup reviews. Currently we are using piles of emails in Outlook. I know Reviewboard should work, but I ...
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How reliable are heatmaps generated by cursor positions?

Heatmaps are one of the best tools we have to mesure the impact of a design, not just in UX terms but also in marketing/conversion terms. I've found that most of the free or less-expensive solutions ...
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Tool for work between UI/UX Designers and developers to show animations [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can animations be depicted in wireframes effectively? Are there any standard tools for work between designers and developers, especially for designer to explain flow ...
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Document-specific menu?

I'm making a kind of editor that have tool views (on sides of the main window) and documents being edited. In fact those documents are themselves "views" of a specific document, so you can have ...
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Is there a tool for managing user stories? [closed]

Background on what User Stories are: The UX of User Stories part2 An ideal tool would: Be online Enable quick collecting of story titles Enable to map/share/group the collected stories Allow ...
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Have you used Patternry (or used/built another patern library management system)?

I need to create a proper pattern/component library for our organization. Ideally, it would include: images (examples of the component) attachments (wireframes) description title notes/conversation ...
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Creating beautiful User Interface Designs [closed]

I usually have a hard time designing a good UI for my applications/websites (especially the websites). Are there any tricks to this? Are there good books that can help/guide me? Or libraries eg. ...
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What are some tools / techniques to manages screenshots? [closed]

Whenever I need to design a new control, I search the web for similar patterns, and take screen shots of interesting interfaces. I later use those screen shots for reference and brainstorming. I'm ...
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Which software do you use to write your reports?

I've been writing reports for a long while using Microsoft Word. Now I'm getting really tired of it. I'm looking for something more "automatic" where I have to format my report only once, then ...
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Are there any survey tools that are optimized to render correctly on mobile devices? [closed]

My company would like to run a NPS survey off of our Mobile experience (app and website), are there any tools that will work well with mobile screens? We use Vovici, cvent and surveymonkey in house ...
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Usability testing software with Eye tracking tools

I took a course in Human Computer Interaction last semester, and I find it very interesting. I am working on a website project, and thought I would try some user involvement. I was thinking about ...
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A service like Usabilityhub's Navflow but featuring branching?

For testing navigation flows of static screens/image mockups Usabilityhub's Navflow is a pretty nifty service/tool. However, to my knowledge it only allows the test creator to specify one single path ...
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With straighten, do we really need rotate?

Related to Combining rotation and straightening of images. Rotate: Grab a corner, drag it to its new location, rest of image follows. Straighten: Either click-drag-drop a line on a horizon, or click ...
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What tools are sitting in front of a creative user experience designer during most of their workday? [closed]

There may not be a "typical" UX Designer, but if there was a normal one, what is the main tool or tools that is in front of them as they craft, plan, think, and create an incredible UX that shows real ...
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Technology used in user experience / interaction design

I would like to be a software engineer (I am a computer science grad), but I would like to focus on user interaction/experience/interface design. Although I would love to get more into the design I ...
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What high fidelity tools are best for detailed prototypes? [closed]

My team and I currently use Dreamweaver, but we're rethinking our UX process now and we're exploring new tools. We decided on Balsamiq for low fidelity. What do you recommend for high fidelity tools?
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Simplest, cheapest solution for hosted A/B tests? [closed]

I'd like to test two designs for the same call-to-action before deploying the winner in anger. An ideal solution would host both designs on a single URL, record the results and generate usage ...
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Combining rotation and straightening of images

Topic may seem weird as the two terms seem to mean the same. Clarification: Rotation: The typical way of grabbing a corner and pulling in the direction you want the image to rotate. Straightening: ...
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What is the best diagram tool? [closed]

During UX work there are many times when you need to build a flow chart, a sitemap or any other type of diagram. I've been using OmniGraffle on my Mac but at work I have to use a PC, so I gave Dia a ...
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What are the best A/B tools? [closed]

I have a few pages to A/B test, and I am looking for the best tools to use for this? Is there a "standard" or favorite industry tool?
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Standardized free survey besides SUS [closed]

Do you know of any standardized surveys freely available such as the System Usability Scale (SUS)? If it is only free for academic purpuses it's also good (I want to use it during a practical course ...