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Your opinion is requested if you care and have time to give it

Sam Walker
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Joined: Nov 06, 2002
Posts: 65
Hi all,
I don�t know if this topic belongs to this forum but I�m too shy to post it in more popular areas of this forum.
I am looking for your constructive criticism about a web site that I put together. I�m not expecting anyone to go through the whole thing because it�s not user friendly, in spite of my best effort. I�m just hoping for opinions on the home page and the registration screen.
If you find this to be something that you don�t mind helping out by giving a few pointers then please go to www.tutorialwizard.net and there is some sample code at www.tutorialwizard.net/demo.
My objective was to provide an online facility for teachers, for free, to create tutorials from their own content. It proved to be too difficult to do it by myself. Now I know that there are several professional web sites that provide services like that and my site � well, let�s just say it�s just one person�s best effort.
Having said all this, I still appreciate a few pointers.
If this thread doesn�t belong here or you don�t have time to spend then let it quietly die.
Thanks
sunitha reghu
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Joined: Dec 12, 2002
Posts: 937
Its good except some functional errors which u can fix also some naviagtion
problems. You can also improve the asthetics.
Usually "click here" is not very much accepted. Instead u can say "html version and Flash version"

Everything else is good...GOOD JOB...
Sam Walker
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Joined: Nov 06, 2002
Posts: 65
Hi sunitha,
functional errors

Did you mean the problem with registration? I fixed it. I had to change the path to my home directory in my property file.
The web host provider had changed my home directory path without letting me know. My registration program needs an XML file and it couldn't find it. But now I fixed the directory name and registration should be possible.

Thanks for your input
[ September 01, 2003: Message edited by: Sam Walker ]
Sara Jahan
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Joined: Apr 20, 2003
Posts: 120
Yeah, it looks good. Only I wouldn't have used the colors you have used. But just a personal preference - completely ignorable.
From usability POV, I feel you have used too many animation options in the Flash part. I think it should cleaner. For example, the first screen comes from the back, comes really close to the user, and then goes back a little before stabilizing. Also, bulleted text in the 2nd screen comes from right. I don't think it is necessary.
All the Best!
Jessica Sant
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Joined: Oct 17, 2001
Posts: 4313

I agree with Sara about the Flash -- All the different animations is pretty distracting. Also, you should allow the user to click to advance to the next screen (some people read fast, some people read slow). People should be able to go back a screen too.
.... Just to pleay devil's advocate -- why even have a flash animation? Why cant that just be straight HTML? or maybe a few different HTML pages with next/back navigation buttons? Why require someone to install Flash just to see that? Or is Flash needed elsewhere on the site? Don't get me wrong --
Flash can be very cool if its used effectively, but don't use it just 'cause you got a license and you could.
BTW -- I like the color choice
[ September 06, 2003: Message edited by: Jessica Sant ]

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Eric Pascarello
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Here is a link you might find interesting: http://www.colormatch.dk/
Eric
HS Thomas
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Joined: May 15, 2002
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Eric,
That's a great link.
I have used it to alter the colours on my site and the whole gels much better now.
regards
HS Thomas
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Joined: May 15, 2002
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Sam,
The content looks great. Try working on the user friendliness if you are not happy with it ,though, otherwise all that good work will be lost. Also ,get your friends and relations to give you some feedback. I'll be doing the same with mine.
They are more likely to be your strongest critics.
(If you actually convert some of them into using the technology you will have won).
regards
Sam Walker
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Joined: Nov 06, 2002
Posts: 65
Thanks everyone,
I kept checking for comments for a few days and when I didn't see any I stopped checking.
I'm glad to hear everyone's input. As for the Flash animation I thought that would give a visual tour of the site while give me a chance to show off my ability to program Flash. But now that I have everyone�s input I'm going to change my approach.
As far as user friendliness goes, I agree with everyone, I couldn't get it right. I guess I should make that an objective to work on.
Thank again very much.
Sam Walker
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Joined: Nov 06, 2002
Posts: 65
Thank you everyone again,
I'm so glad you took the time to look at the site and give me your opinion. I am very aware that the site is not user friendly but it's been hard to get friends and family interested to spend some time to use it and give me any comments.
Now that I have started I think I'll try harder to make something out of it. I do think that I should probably modify my objectives and make them simpler.
I am just so happy to get your responses that I wanted to thank everyone again.
 
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