Michael Gaigg: Über UI/UX Design

5Dec0

Highlights for Week 48/2011

Posted by Michael Gaigg

9Nov0

Evaluation: iPad 2 for Designers

Posted by Michael Gaigg

Along the way I was able to test the iPad 2 to see if it would add value to the life of a designer/developer.

My Goal

My goal was to find out whether I could increase my productivity by using an iPad (2) during my daily routine at work (meetings, workshops, drafting, coding). I wanted to find out if it makes sense during a meeting to scribble on the tablet and be done before I return to my office, if my team mates can collaborate (comment, enhance, brainstorm) with me faster and more efficient and overall if the little black gadget saves me time and energy.

First Impression

My first objective was to install only free apps related to my field. This task alone turned out to be really cumbersome using the iStore. So I turned to the web and found plenty of nice blogs suggesting apps, some of these apps really powerful but other apps turned out to have switched to (outrageous) paid mode.

Next I looked into paid apps and the possibility to snatch a free trial by contacting their customer service. NO WAY JOSE. I was turned down with the argument that iStore controls the distribution of the apps and doesn't allow free trials - what a downer!! Can anybody confirm this? Are there alternatives I haven't thought of?

Thirdly I installed apps that I though might be useful for general tasks like note-taking, document sharing, etc.

Evaluation

I started bringing the little black gadget to meetings and started playing around with it during breaks. Whenever I saw a colleague with an iPad I asked for their experiences using it in a professional setting.

I installed the following apps:

Notehub

Description: Any of the following types can be stored as 'notes': Browser, Canvas, Calculator, Note, Tasks, Map
Features: Share by email, save to photo library, publish to posterous or dropbox
Facit: really useful

iMockups

Description: tool to create mockups very similar to Balsamiq (that I use)
Features: share by email and then export to balsamiq
Facit: no import from balsamiq in free version

Y!Sketch

Description: sketch anything on a map and let the map use this as the area of interest and show restaurant choices
Facit: not really a productivity tool, but i was intersted to see it because a map was involved

SketchPad lite

Description: sketch simple to complex geometries
Facit: didn't quite see the use of it in our workflows

GoToMeeting & TeamViewer

Description: both are meeting/sharing applications and very useful
Facit: nothing that the laptop couldn't do

To Do's Lite

Description: Create todo lists
Facit: didn't see how to share/sync this list, ads are ok, not really distracting and if it helps to pay a free version I'm fine with it

Springpad

Description: nice todo list organizer
Features: see your own 'notebook' or your friend's, sync with your email account or share via facebook/twitter
Facit: good organizer

16Aug0

Highlights of Week 32/2010

Posted by Michael Gaigg