Sandro A.
Group Organizer
Del Mar, CA
Post #: 27
Just have been researching Adobe's new cms: CQ5 (technology from recently-acquired Day Software)­

Useful for integrating computer graphics into Web sites, as well as to make Web pages that are ready for mobile devices and geolocation:

Five different integrated parts to the CQ5 ‘improved Web Experience’:
CQ5 Web Content Management: Web page development within a cms. Has pre-made HTML5 assets (like image carrousel). HTML5-video (and its inherent multi-format difficulties) is a big focus (video is uploaded to CQ5 Digital Assets, and it auto-creates screen-shots; when placed into page in cms, it takes care of trans-coding, and there is a mobile-device simulator).
--CQ5 Mobile (part of Web Content Management; new in version 5.4): Auto video-format (as described above). Mobile also includes geo-targeted promotions. Detects over 17-thousand devices (and Adobe continues to update this database). Main focus is: feature phones, smart phones, and touch phones. Adobe’s philosophy here is about ‘mobile sites’ (not simple ‘transcoding’). They note that, to achieve this (full featured mobile apps), it would normally take months of work. In cms, mobile site exists as its own folder structure (separate from ‘production’), where individual pages are ready to be arranged into a mobile device simulator. So, Web structure is created once again, but it’s easy (I don’t know if content itself is shared, so that one single edit modifies it both in mobile and Web site; they do say that it “enables maximum reuse of content and assets”).
CQ5 Digital Asset Management: ‘Digital assets’ tab within cms. Globally accessible repositories for shared, permissions-based access to digital media assets.
CQ5 Social Collaboration: Includes Forums (tied to ClickstreamCloud).
CQ5 Marketing Campaign Management: Targeting. Integrates into Omniture’s Adobe Online Marketing Suite. ContextCloud and ContextEngine create personal profiles. ContextCloud allows one to design pages and content based on individual profiles (seems very easy). Pushed further, this can create personalized Facebook-like pages for visitors, and blog-forum communications (Social Collaboration, above). On the email side, it has the “most beautiful newsletter editor” (ha-ha-ha; but does it allow good html control?); it has built in simulators for Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, Mac Mail, and some 10+ others.

All based on Adobe CEM Platform (JCR-compliant content repository). Runs ‘cloud-style’ clusters (starts with one; others can be added easily). Looks similar to Ingeniux CMS interface at a glance.
Sandro A.
Group Organizer
Del Mar, CA
Post #: 73
Web usability myths:
UX Myths: Debunking User Experience Misconceptions

Nice to see Web usability tips in a list of 'myths'. Although, I disagree with:

  • “Fewer clicks don’t make users happier.” (maybe it’s not the clicks themselves, but with more clicks you also tend to have longer, and less clear, navigation paths)

I specially enjoyed:

  • “People do scroll down, especially if the page is designed to encourage scrolling.”
    but we need better examples of how to accomplish this, other than:
    “Less content above the fold may encourage more exploration below the fold.”
    “Have a small amount of content just visible, poking up above the fold to encourage scrolling.”

  • “A study to test search-preference… found no search-dominant people”­

  • “Flash is not evil”.

Sandro A.
Group Organizer
Del Mar, CA
Post #: 345
One of the great benefits of the Web, is the ability to connect people and allow for collaborative activities. Meetup itself is an example of this (it allows us to plan real-life events, and also is great for communications and posting files and photos). Here is a good article on the benefits of Meetup:

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