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There are a number of other ways you can look at as well The walk-through approach : The walk-through approach walks your users through the app like how Google does it. Its also called the joyriding approach. To quote this article The “joyriding” approach walks the user through the features of an app or highlights the key features. It’s great ...


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I suggest you to show the 'added date' as additional attribute (column) to the documents and color the date of the new entries: Alternatively you can set the text of the date bold.


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I would ask what does "dull" and "boring" mean? I think you're assuming too much about the end result. As in, that by adding points or stats on the backend that you'll be able to convince them that it was better than it was. I would venture to say that it most likely needs to be more pleasing to the eye as those words they used mostly describe look and ...


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As it happens with Gmail interface, the 'newness' of unread emails is differentiated by a momentary 'new' tag that hides itself after a few seconds. That's how gmail tells today's unread emails apart from yesterday's unread emails. However, this doesn't apply to your case. The solution to my mind is a simple timestamp, visible in each row, for example '2 ...


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Perception is geared in favor of differences and change. For stable enterprises, an ERP system might not be a source of information about changes. One suggestion would be analyzing the various channels of data and look for opportunities to highlight global and local changes that might be "news" for anyone using the system. I strongly disagree that the ...


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ERPs are not intended to be fun. But also, they should not be boring. We shouldn't consider that fun is the opposite of boring. For example, try interesting, or rewarding. I used to have a small ERP system that is being used along a lot of years, and when asked why did they like it so much my users would answer that it was so because my application would ...


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You don't necessarily need to make the software more engaging to avoid boring. To avoid boring, simply avoid boring... Add a few subtle (almost hidden and unnoticeable) goodies here and there... For example: Add a few easter eggs. Create an adaptive layout with skins (eg. based on the weather or season) Do some doodle Add a few quotes Announce those ...


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For most users, web sites and applications don't consume the lion's share of data - media does (especially streaming video). And when it comes to plain websites, most users are naive about bandwidth anyway. What they will notice, however, is a slow loading website, and that's the real reason you need to profile your page size.


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Experience Bias (I don't know the technical term) Despite having 3000+ apps available at launch, many from reputable developers and big-name companies, one of the main criticisms of 3rd-party Watch apps has been that they're slow, clunky, and buggy. Aside from the difficulties of not having access to the actual hardware, developers sharing their Watch app ...


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"If you want sex just say it" Or in other words - convey information in the clearest, and most direct and concise way (rather than using nth degree semantics). Visual features will constitute nth degree semantics. You stated that new documents are always at the top of the list. If new documents are indeed of real interest to users, just give it to them: ...


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Found it! http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh700399 Also for new users on Win8 platform I will ask to commit 1-2 tasks to get used to the Metro style apps such as - "Download a new application from store and update other applications if available..." - The participants should get to know the charms menu, and the app-bar functions before ...


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This totally depends on the task/product and the user-group. As a web developer, you think that your web-site is the center of the world and that your audience keep track of every change and content update you do. But that's not the case. In most cases, the users don't care. They just want to do what they came to do. Be it registration, buying stuff or ...


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You could use a faded background animation (I think Wordpress uses it in the admin panel). It would work as follows: The user lands on the page the page The new items in the the list are highlighted by a background colour (and perhaps even the label new) Over a period of 3 seconds (or less) the highlight and the new label fade to the background colour of ...


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First, there's no easy answer here. Second, from your list of solutions, number 1 isn't really a solution, and number 2 sounds like a non-starter. The question is really about how to incrementally replace a large legacy system, for the purposes of improving experience, and with the minimum possible impact. The Problem of Power and Budget If you don't ...


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This sounds like an easy problem to solve, but it tends to be much more complex than just sticking an icon next to a new feature. You run into questions like: when does xyz widget cease to be new? for first time users who have never visited the site/app before, is it necessary to announce "new" functionality? It's ALL new to them. how many "new" ...


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Don't solely rely on a delay! As you have already experienced, there isn't really a good value that makes the delay technique exhibit good UX. For some users, this delay will be too short, and for others, it will be too long. Break out your protractor Instead, you can use some simple math to calculate the coordinates at which you should perform a menu ...


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The idea of allowing users to customize their front page sounds great. I think the problem in your suggestion is that you split selection from content. The way you suggest it, you a) still show all users all options before they get to the content and b) list the content in a different position from the options, which feels counter-intuitive. And c) it is ...


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I don't have actual research, but from anecdotal cases, I think the answer is YES. It turns your service into a commodity, customers switch constantly to get the cheapest deal. Example - Telecomm (Cable & Internet Providers) Here in Canada, we do not have a large selection of cable/internet providers. The "Big 3": Bell, Telus, Shaw owning majority of ...


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I'm against of using "new", that does not add enough value to an updated item in a list that frequently has added items. Using timestamps like: "1h", "2d" is going be an standard, so people can recognize it, they have the same experience in their social networks app such as facebook, twitter, and gmail, you can also see this representation form in Android ...


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There may be a problem with defining new to the user. Users typically comprehend a date/time for posting, and a freshness seal. You can define a new that is different than that, but you can't expect your users to see it the same way, and that can be a problem for product owners if that isn't what they want new to mean. If you over complicate that, you may ...


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"simpler" is a bit of a loaded term. I think perhaps it's better to say "not unnecessarily complex". The answer to that, of course, is "of course". One should never make the experience unnecessarily complex. But note that the complexity of the UX isn't necessarily correlated to the bandwidth used. A really easy to use UI might actually require some ...


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No, i wouldn´t prefer this kind of front page because the checkboxes waste place on the site and makes its difficult to get an overview. But i love the function to select forums. Maybe it could be a solution to show or hide the selecion with a sliding panel. My interests wouldn´t be changed every 5 minutes. So it should be enough, when i select the forum ...


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Does your system have a dashboard that users could configure? That can allow users to see some interesting and live statistics about the system and create reports. User may also find it useful to create notifications (e.g. tell me when users media cards are almost full).


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I would say you need to understand why people use the ERP system in the first place. What are they there to accomplish? Can they do that easily? In regards to gamification, I think this approach works well under the following scenarios: People don't fully understand what is expected of them in the system Goals, KPIs or other metrics in the system are ...


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The honest answer is it depends. Can you provide a simplified experience which will still serve the purpose of the user without using too much bandwidth ? If that is possible,provide the user with the feature to optionally turn off features which might use too much bandwidth while providing a simplified but effective interface which still gets the work ...


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My favorite idea is to take users to the screen/dialog where they can subscribe to items. This can be done either automatically with a (modal) notification or by placing a big Subscribe to lists button in the empty screen of the subscription list. This way users stay engaged with the app. My second best idea is similar to Marjan's: have a visual indicator ...


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Why not have the icon show as "full" when the user has subscriptions and "empty" when there are non yet? The difference between full/empty could be shown: analogous to the recycle bin empty piece of paper versus a piece of paper with some lines on it hollow circle versus filled out circle empty bird's nest versus nest with eggs in it lean versus fat ...



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