Mouse tracking

29 Oct 2008 - 8:11pm
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Gustavo Gawry
2006

I've thought many times on using mouse tracking data to evaluate usability
but I never saw a tool for doing this
as many (or most) of us I don't work only with web so this is can't be used
by folks who are working on desktop applications.
recently I find out a online service that do mouse tracking, replays ( as
many others ), but the real difference is that they
create heat maps and shows the mouse movements path, because watching mouse
movements videos can be really time wasting.

http://vulabs.com

I thought about doing my own tool for that joining these 2 (shown bellow)
open source tools but
I'm not really a programmer so if anyone here can do that and release to the
OSS community I ( and many others) would appreciate.

http://smt.speedzinemedia.com/smt/demos.php
http://www.labsmedia.com/clickheat/index.html

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30 Oct 2008 - 6:35am
Kordian Piotr Klecha
2008

I am afraid that writing from scratch is the only way.

I've tested both ClickHeat and SMT - both of them are bugged.

ClickHeat renders heatmap on improper page (some of archive pages
instead of index), works slow and needs lot of RAM on server-side
(rendering map from monthly use of about-200-uu-per-day-page
sometimes drives to insufficient memory error).

(smt) is rather nice sketch than working software - there's a lot of
problems with usability, deleting logs, recording proper coordinates
and so on. there is even important error on main .js file (smtPath
set to "/smt/smt" instead of "/smt" in smt_record.js).

Still looking for something better. VuLabs discourages me with bugs
on its site - I can't add a website to track, getting worthless info
instead ("Whoops. You landed on our error page. Rest assured that we
are working hard to fix the problem...").

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30 Oct 2008 - 7:54am
Gustavo Gawry
2006

I've just find out that OGAMA (OpenGazeAndMouseAnalyser) can record mouse
movements (and be used for eye tracking data analysis). But only in a
slideshow that you create inside the application. I'm not really sure of the
kind of usage that can be made with that but I think that might be
interesting.

http://didaktik.physik.fu-berlin.de/projekte/ogama/

ps: You will need SQL Server express and .NET 2.0 to use OGAMA

On Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 9:35 AM, Kordian Piotr Klecha <kpklecha em gmail.com>wrote:

> I am afraid that writing from scratch is the only way.
>
> I've tested both ClickHeat and SMT - both of them are bugged.
>
> ClickHeat renders heatmap on improper page (some of archive pages
> instead of index), works slow and needs lot of RAM on server-side
> (rendering map from monthly use of about-200-uu-per-day-page
> sometimes drives to insufficient memory error).
>
> (smt) is rather nice sketch than working software - there's a lot of
> problems with usability, deleting logs, recording proper coordinates
> and so on. there is even important error on main .js file (smtPath
> set to "/smt/smt" instead of "/smt" in smt_record.js).
>
> Still looking for something better. VuLabs discourages me with bugs
> on its site - I can't add a website to track, getting worthless info
> instead ("Whoops. You landed on our error page. Rest assured that we
> are working hard to fix the problem...").
>
>
> . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
> Posted from the new ixda.org
> http://www.ixda.org/discuss?post=35061
>
>
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30 Oct 2008 - 9:07am
Eva Kaniasty
2007

Clicktale is another solution, but their heatmap stuff is still in beta as
well.

Eva Kaniasty
http://www.linkedin.com/in/kaniasty

On Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 7:35 AM, Kordian Piotr Klecha <kpklecha at gmail.com>wrote:

> I am afraid that writing from scratch is the only way.
>
> I've tested both ClickHeat and SMT - both of them are bugged.
>
> ClickHeat renders heatmap on improper page (some of archive pages
> instead of index), works slow and needs lot of RAM on server-side
> (rendering map from monthly use of about-200-uu-per-day-page
> sometimes drives to insufficient memory error).
>
> (smt) is rather nice sketch than working software - there's a lot of
> problems with usability, deleting logs, recording proper coordinates
> and so on. there is even important error on main .js file (smtPath
> set to "/smt/smt" instead of "/smt" in smt_record.js).
>
> Still looking for something better. VuLabs discourages me with bugs
> on its site - I can't add a website to track, getting worthless info
> instead ("Whoops. You landed on our error page. Rest assured that we
> are working hard to fix the problem...").
>
>
> . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
> Posted from the new ixda.org
> http://www.ixda.org/discuss?post=35061
>
>
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30 Oct 2008 - 9:09am
Eva Kaniasty
2007

(Next time I'll pause before hitting send)

Try crazyegg.com, which actually works pretty well for click maps, as long
as you don't have ajax in your pages, and your pages are not dynamically
generated.

Eva Kaniasty
http://www.linkedin.com/in/kaniasty

On Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 10:07 AM, Eva Kaniasty <kaniasty at gmail.com> wrote:

> Clicktale is another solution, but their heatmap stuff is still in beta as
> well.
>
> Eva Kaniasty
> http://www.linkedin.com/in/kaniasty
>
>
> On Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 7:35 AM, Kordian Piotr Klecha <kpklecha at gmail.com>wrote:
>
>> I am afraid that writing from scratch is the only way.
>>
>> I've tested both ClickHeat and SMT - both of them are bugged.
>>
>> ClickHeat renders heatmap on improper page (some of archive pages
>> instead of index), works slow and needs lot of RAM on server-side
>> (rendering map from monthly use of about-200-uu-per-day-page
>> sometimes drives to insufficient memory error).
>>
>> (smt) is rather nice sketch than working software - there's a lot of
>> problems with usability, deleting logs, recording proper coordinates
>> and so on. there is even important error on main .js file (smtPath
>> set to "/smt/smt" instead of "/smt" in smt_record.js).
>>
>> Still looking for something better. VuLabs discourages me with bugs
>> on its site - I can't add a website to track, getting worthless info
>> instead ("Whoops. You landed on our error page. Rest assured that we
>> are working hard to fix the problem...").
>>
>>
>> . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
>> Posted from the new ixda.org
>> http://www.ixda.org/discuss?post=35061
>>
>>
>> ________________________________________________________________
>> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
>> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
>> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
>> List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines
>> List Help .................. http://www.ixda.org/help
>>
>
>

30 Oct 2008 - 9:13am
Todd Warfel
2003

Well, that rules out most of our stuff :(

On Oct 30, 2008, at 10:09 AM, Eva Kaniasty wrote:

> Try crazyegg.com, which actually works pretty well for click maps,
> as long as you don't have ajax in your pages, and your pages are not
> dynamically generated.

Cheers!

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24 May 2013 - 4:41am
Anna Kitowska
2013

There are lots of useful tools for mouse and click tracking, most of them, however, don't work on java-based elements.
If you're looking for software that works on dynamic elements on the webstes you should try out this: http://usabilitytools.com/tools/click-tracking/#tool-description , afaik this is the only software that allows for this kind of research.

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