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The goal of user experience design in industry is to improve customer satisfaction and loyalty through the utility, ease of use, and pleasure provided in the interaction with a product.

So far, user experience studies have mostly focused on short-term evaluations and consequently on aspects relating to the initial adoption of new product designs. Nevertheless, the relationship between the user and the product evolves over long periods of time and the relevance of prolonged use for market success has been recently highlighted.

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I know this is not the best place, considering the blog’s title itself claims to be “Flash”.  I don’t wish to get into this debate of Flash Vs Silverlight or Flash Vs HTML5. I am a programmer and I see technologies as tools. The more tools I can effectively use, the more stronger I become. As a part of my role at Nokia as an evangelist, I have been doing some programming for Windows Phone.

I recently created an application for my Alma Mater called the NTU Guide, along with one of my friends. The application helps you to find places, food and other amenities within the Nanyang Technological University Campus in Singapore. It is a FREE app, and would like if you try it and give some feedback.

Hi all,

I first apologise for the long break from blogging. Yes, the last quarter has been busy as an evangelist at Nokia. Recently out of my love for Flash, I re-skinned one of my old keypad games and published it to the Ovi Store. It’s currently available for Free – limited period.

Word Hunt is a keypad version of my own popular game, Happy Sun. Happy Sun made enormous amounts of downloads on the Ovi Store. The game is basically jumbling letters to make meaningful words. You can also request for clues.

Yes, I have been away for blogging for quite sometime now and my apologies for the same. The last few months have been quite happening with new launches of innovative products by some companies like Adobe and some new events and work at an induvidual front as well. Now that I got a little bit of time, I thought I would post a recap and my perspective of it.

Flash 11 and Adobe AIR 3 is on its way. Molehill will be present full-on in this release. Also coming is Captive runtime for AIR, meaning you can package the runtime along with the app and users don’t have to download AIR separately before installing the app. There are some other cool features in this release as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With respect to Adobe, we saw the launch of Adobe Muse(codename). For those who missed it, it is a tool for interaction and experience designers and artists to create highly interactive webpages with no programming. It runs on Adobe AIR technology and from its early impressions, it is likely to mature or get integrated into a big software like Adobe Dreamweaver. Why is it amazing ? Cuz you only need a design or aesthetic sense to create rich webpages and don’t have to know jQuery, or <html> tags. You simply design on a canvas and it gets reflected into a website.

Another fascinating tool that has garnered some early interest is Adobe Edge, that makes animating HTML components or elements easy. In the dawn of HTML5, it is important it’s learning or adoption is smooth. I would say, this is Adobe’s yet another attempt in capturing the supply chain. The idea was very simple, if HTML5 was gonna make animations, transitions smoother, then it also has to be simple for designers to create those rich animations. It was pretty much the premise in which Flash started gaining momentum. Good designs can be planned and improvised only on a canvas and not from a HTML or text editor. So, Adobe Edge provides a canvas for animation which gets translated into HTML5 codes, making life the way it is meant to be for designers.

Seeing such tools emerge, I think interaction designers are gonna be key players in moulding tomorrow’s internet media future. As things evolve, my prediction is that there will only be two major kinds of techies in internet companies – interaction designers (who do all the art/design and basic interaction level coding) and back-end developers (those responsible for data engineering behind the scenes). My argument is that if more and more code components and tools/frameworks( like ones mentioned above) are readily available to make apps/websites quickly and easily, then the work of a front end UI programmer is gonna diminish slowly. With people advocating MVC programming, interaction designers don’t have to bother about data, their schema etc. All they need to do is make sure they have space(real estate) and navigation modes(scrolling and moving between) through that data.

What about HTML5 and Flash ? Yes it’s a hot question. With Flash now available as a tool to develop for iPhone/iPad, does it mark its dominance again ? Not necessarily, because it is not available on the browser yet. Consumers or developers don’t know if the app is running off Flash(translated objective-C bytecode) or native code. With the absence of Flash for 3-4 years on mobile platforms, developers have to an extent learnt to live life the hard way, writing native code. And the huge base of 4 million and 2.5 million apps and games on iOS and Android devices are an evidence to that. On the contrary however, we have seen Flash/Flex apps (like Politifact or Machinatum) top the charts of AppStore. Hence, we are getting positive response for using Flash to develop engaging mobile content. However, on the broader context Flash is beginning to disappear. I even heard recently that Slideshare adopted HTML5 leaving behind Flash. Microsoft (announced during showcase of Windows 8) that only a very small percentage of popular websites have Flash content (other than ads). Slowly, we should begin to accept that HTML5 will be the medium of delivery of advertisements on the internet. Adobe has also understood that and pushing its bet on Rich media applications like 1024px Video rendering, extensive use of GPU rendering for improved performance and 3D content as well. Hence we are seeing a shift in roles, the laggard HTML has caught up with Flash Player of ,say early 2000s.

I recently launched a FREE app for Blackberry Playbook called Confidential manager. It essentially speeds up the time taken for online purchases, by storing all your Credit / Debit card numbers in one place. All you need to do is swipe between apps and copy-paste the numbers. It comes with a very simplistic and user centric design and interface.

Since the app does not connect to any network and stores all information securely on the device, users can be sure of protection of their data.

Here is the description to the app 
Do you struggle doing online payments from your BlackBerry® PlayBook™ ? Experienced the hassle of opening your wallet and keying in the card numbers everytime to pay online ? Well, all that is OLD STUFF. You shouldn’t do it that way. Because time and security are important to you.

Introducing Confidential Manager that reduces online payment hassles to simple copy-paste actions. Launch the app, flick through your credit cards and COPY-PASTE into desired location. The application never connects to the internet and stores all your information securely within the device. So you don’t have the fear of loss of security. Additionally, you set a master password which controls entry into the application itself. Meaning, full protection to your data.

The application supports multiple cards including Mastercard, VISA, Diners Club, American Express, Discover. Even if your card is not supported you can include that information in your Bank Name field, giving you complete flexibilty. Copying of numbers is simply a button click away.

Users of this application are observed to have reduced payment times by 7 times. Experience a smarter online shopping lifestyle.

*COMING SOON*
Support for general email and web logins.

Extending Adobe AIR…!!

(Via adobe) Prior to Adobe AIR 3 release candidate, only Adobe could add core features to the runtime. Developers requiring new features could only wait. Now developers can extend the runtime themselves. This new capability allows developers to:

  • Achieve deeper integration with target devices
  • Incorporate legacy native code in their application
  • Achieve maximum performance for critical code

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