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What's the best way to create screenshots with callouts to show features of a program?

I'm redesigning a website for a downloadable app. I'd like to create a Tour of the features which has screenshots pointing out how to use it. What are the best tools for doing this? For bonus points,...
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What is the most effective UI/UX paradigm for comment moderation in a CMS?

I've been working on a web CMS and I'm nearing the point where I'll be implementing comments and comment moderation. What are some common ways comment moderation is handled from a UI/UX perspective? ...
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How many CSS Files should there be for one website? [closed]

Well, the title is my question. I (the programmer) want exactly one for caching and compressing reasons but my designer keeps sending me separate files for each site. Maybe there's a designer point ...
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iPhone - Mimic the capture photo animation?

Ive hopped over from the GIS SE site. I am trying to mock up some iPhone dummy apps in photoshop for a presentation. I already found this great link on this site, but have a more specific Q. When you ...
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Are there other options of enabling an irregular shaped clickable area on a web page other than image maps? [closed]

We have some irregular shaped areas...imagine a map of the states of the US. Imagine also that inside each state there is a rectangular region that contains graphics and text. We want to make each of ...
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can we give <div> within <li> [closed]

<li><div>blablabla</div></li> Is it Possible
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What's recommended for the number of users to use in qualitative and quantitative testing?

I'm currently rebuilding our entire intranet from scratch, mostly because the tech behind is out-dated and it has been proved that a lot of information is difficult to find. Though that is beside the ...
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The notification tray at the top of Stack Exchange sites: what is it called? And are there other good examples of this?

I'm trying to clean up notifications for a client site and was wondering if the notification pattern that Stack Exchange employs has a name that I can use to search for more examples.
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Discovering new features

I work with a web-based platform with lots of data and various tools to view the data, perform analysis. Users are often impressed by one or two features and stick with them. The platform adds new ...
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How much space should I leave for a person's name?

How many characters would you feel safe leaving for a First Name and Surname? The users of the system are going to predominantly be from the UK (I mention this because some parts of the world seem to ...
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Facing the Challenges of Working Beyond Job Titles/Descriptions [closed]

As preached by The Elements of UX, Nine Pillars of Successful Web Teams, and Matt; UX Design is needed in all phases of product and service delivery. Job titles and descriptions formally define what ...
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What websites present artwork well? [closed]

I was wondering if anyone had seen some exceptionally good layout design in presenting a variety of paintings. My go-to resource so far has been the MOMA, but they are a little cluttered for my taste. ...
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other wording for a Select button?

I have multiple Select buttons next to player's names in order for a user to choose which player they want in a game. A user can't just click on a player's name because that gives additional stats, ...
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How to manage categories within a rotating image display?

Here is the specifics: I am designing a website where the client wants to feature different services they offer in rotating images on the front page. There will be categories on the side of the image ...
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Why do modern smartphones featuring a touchscreen have several forward-facing buttons?

The iPhone has a touchscreen and one forward-facing button, which is sort of testament to Apple's design ethos of simplicity and aesthetics. But HTC devices tend to have several buttons, and my Nexus ...
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Should I let a user copy/paste into a confirm e-mail field for a registration form? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Preventing a user from pasting from the clipboard into a mandatory form field There was a question of stackoverflow, that a programmer did not wont to let the new users just ...
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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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Displaying _your pop-up blocker is interfering with this_ alerts?

Saw a tweet today from asking if anyone had seen a good example of a site that displayed an alert to users with pop-up blockers turned on (in the case where the blocker interferes with display of some ...
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Swipe-left-to-search (iOS paging model) in iPhone app?

Are there examples of iPhone apps that use the "Swipe-left-to-search" paging model from the iOS homescreen? This is the graphical representation of it: http://bit.ly/a21Tto
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Multi language support for developer tools?

Does a project management tool which is built for software developers need multi language support? Supporting multiple languages can break the user interface, because most languages need more space ...
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How To Display Too Much Data

We're building a web-based platform where the main dashboard shows a table of data for users to view and analyze. As we're growing this tool, we seem to be adding more and more columns and are running ...
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Error-message to indicate invalid data has been entered?

Sorry for the subjective question.... I'm working on the micro-copy that appears on a web-form when a user submits invalid data: eg: invalid date/time. We've used inline validation and date time ...
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Sources of UX inspiration [closed]

UX designers like us could use inspiration to design revolutionary things for people. I scanned some pages of book that describes how Steve Jobs thinks. It served as an inspiration for me. I wonder ...
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Tools for creating mockups for mobile device UIs [closed]

I am looking for tools that can help me to create UI mockups for different mobile phones such as iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 7 devices. Is there any application that can do this?
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Why are foursquare tweets not annoying?

(First off, this is from the perspective of UX and behavior analysis) There are a bunch of services that use platforms like twitter or facebook to publish the change of state in their own systems. ...
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What name is this text effect known by?

upgrade your career today in the SO careers advertisement below the letters PS in the CS4 logo How do I tell people that this is what I am talking about. Is there a commonly used name for this text ...
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Documents similar to Microsoft's guide on creating the best user experience

For several years, I've refered back to Microsoft's best user experience guide document but I'm starting to think that by just using one guide as my, uh, guide, I may be narrowing my horizons a little....
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Is Google Instant good or bad UX? [closed]

For power users, it clearly saves time in some circumstances. It also jumps around alot and does things that are very different than before. One person said it is like a guy who finishes your ...
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Dynamic search results - a la google?

We've a few apps where I work that make use of content search. EG, you can search for specific text within a document held in our system. One thing we've been looking at is having the search start as ...
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UI Matrix for Mobile Devices [closed]

Does anyone have or seen a nice Matrix or Dashboard listing the capabilities between viewing a mobile website on a smart phone and on a non-smart phone?
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Wizard interaction - which of the following methods serves the user better?

One of the classic wizard formats is as follows: I've also encountered a slightly different version using the master-detail paradigm, where the appropriate step is highlighted on the left: If the ...
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Pros/Cons of PSD mockups vs. HTML mockups

I've read some articles (this one and this one) recently that are opening my eyes to HTML mockups as opposed to the usual PSD mockups. In the article they cite certain pros: Changes are a lot faster ...
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Preselect Text On Selection

I'm wondering if there is a rule of thumb for the scenario where a user selects a textbox that has content in it. Would it follow that all the text in it should always be selected to allow a user to ...
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Closing modal dialogs

I come across modal dialogs everyday and I see different implementations all the time. Most modal dialogs have a [X] in the upper right hand corner of the dialog along with a Cancel/Close button. ...
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iPhone/iPad: Do people use landscape mode?

I noticed that I nearly never use landscape mode except when I have to (apps with fixed orientation) or when watching videos. But of course I don't want to consult customers based on my own behavior. ...
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Check all / uncheck all checkboxes with regards to usability

I'm just wondering as to your thoughts on the best way of providing check/uncheck all functionality for an HTML table with multiple rows, that has a column of checkboxes. Some possibilities: Extra ...
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Do I really need a login button?

We've been having a discussion in the office surrounding a login page we're developing for a new web application. The web application is in intranet-based application, and is mainly used by users who ...
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Using wheelchair symbol in CAPTCHAs?

More and more websites that use CAPTCHAs have started to cater for visually-impaired users who cannot solve a visual (text-based) CAPTCHA by providing an audio CAPTCHA. What I find bizarre is that ...
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Recommended UI / UX / IxD Master Studies? [closed]

I'm looking for recommendations for Master degree programs where I can learn UX / IxD, especially in Europe (but not limited, other people from other parts of the world could be interested in this ...
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Designing for the fold

What is your advice for designing for 'the fold'? Is this still a concern? Is the concern that people won't scroll? Can't you use visual cues to help users understand that there's more content below ...
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Sorting with a Click or Double Click? Better ways?

I have an interface allowing a user to search for various Wines. You start by selecting a Type: Red, White or Sparkling. This will pull the from the database all the Varietals for your selection. You ...
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Select All & Clear All vs. Invert

I met with situation when I have to use the long multiply check list. I have to add some usable buttons Select All, Clear All or Revert Invert. I know that the common practice is using "Select All" ...
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Best practices for online help

we're currently developing a fairly complex web portal. To improve the user experience, we want to provide a context-sensitive online help system that can aid the user in understanding certain aspects ...
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What we should write inside “Search box”?

What we should write inside "Search box"? Blank (noting) Search ....Search Search here Enter you search term Type here....... Or something else.
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UX vs IA core competencies

What core competencies differentiate a User Experience Designer from an Information Architect?
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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 reports....
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User Profile, My Account, or just Settings?

I am writing a little webapp, and am stuck on a UI hangup. I have a global menu bar at the top of the screen, that when the user is signed in consists of: Signed in as Joe User (with username as ...
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Any good design patterns for managing columns in data-intensive/spreadsheet views?

I'm trying to move away from the "build a list" pattern we currently employ to manage what columns are shown. The disconnect and lack of "directness" between the table itself and this dialog is ...
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Should a toggle button show its current state or the state to which it will change?

I have a quick question about buttons that toggle between two states. (Think Play/Pause, or Shuffle/Regular Play.) As the title says, should the toggle show it's current state or the state to which it ...
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What are your eCommerce Shopping Cart best practices and notable UI examples? [closed]

What are the best shopping carts you know in terms of visual design and usability. In addition, provide best practice tips when designing a shopping cart as @scunliffe did.

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