Does anyone have any examples of web apps that use "HUDs" or "Heads-Up
Displays" to give the user feedback?
I'm talking a really light HUD here - basically a little rectangle that
comes up in the middle of the screen after the user completes an action,
says something like "Your widget has been deleted", and then fades away
after a couple of seconds.
The idea is to create feedback in the user's locus of attention rather
than somewhere else on the page where they might not be looking.
I just noticed Google Docs has a new feature in the Sharing section of a
spreadsheet, called "Invite people to fill out a form".
It seems to me like a pretty neat way to get online feedback/info from your
users. Of course, it has all the limitations a feedback form has as far as
quality and quantity of information, but I'm thinking it could be useful
when forms is what you need anyway.
For example, I was just in the middle of editing some feedback forms as word
docs (e-mailing is the best shot I have to get any feedback in this
I was really surprised to wake up to a new interface for Google Docs &
They now have a "navigation bar" on the left that uses expand/collapse
navigation of different classification types (not exactly folders,
though that is the title of 1 classification type). On the right is a
list of your docs and spreadsheets.
> The mail wasnt meant as an commercial advertisement, it was meant as > news/ raw-material for creating food for thought.. Any inconvenience > caused is regretted.
With the same disclaimer in mind, I'll pitch in. I'm the designer for
Google Talk. I always like it when you can actually pester the designer
about some of the decisions they made, so if anyone has any comments,
questions, or suggestions, fire away. Can't promise I'll answer
everything -- tons and tons to do on Talk -- but I'll do what I can.
I have been an avid user of google groups for a few years now (and was using
deja news before that). The first version of google groups was a bit clunky
but once you worked out how to use it you could find and read messages very
quickly. To keep track you could search for someone and track your posts
just click on your name. Sure the way to find groups meant sometimes groups
where hard to get to. Gradual improvements where that - improvements but
there was some room for a few changes.
A lot of people in the office and friends are raving about Google "Desktop",
but personally I'm quite disappointed by it and was wondering what the
opinion here was.
My dislike of it is mainly due to the disruptive interaction that I have to
through to search. Say I'm in Outlook and I want to quickly find an email. I
have to either open a new browser window (takes time), right click on the
Google Desktop systray icon and choose search (takes even more time) or
utilise an existing browser window, which generally means opening a new tab