Friday, May 04, 2007

Sneak Peak: Build A Better Burrito...the Notes Way!

Click for animated demo

Want to see more? Make sure you catch me at ILUG 2007 or in my 'Advanced User Interface Techniques for the Notes Client' session at Lotus Developer2007. Was making a burrito ever this good? ;-D

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By Anonymous Nathan T. Freeman, at 4:13 PM  

Cool. But move that drag target closer to your original list. Long drags are the devil's work.

By Blogger Chris Blatnick, at 4:20 PM  

hehe...Isn't that the truth. I was sick of dragging by the time I finished the demo! :-D

Even better than the dragging would be just clicking on the thing you want, but I wanted to show how the option was being removed as it was used.

By Anonymous Elf, at 6:17 PM  

Hmm, would it be possible to ask you to do a blog posting where you show us how you did this? Pretty please? :)

By Anonymous Colin Williams, at 4:47 PM  

Cute but to much mousing for my liking...If I created a UI like this I'd be hung up to dry for inducing so much RSI.

My biggest challenge these days when introducing new complex Notes applications: reducing dependancy on mousey mousey.

By Blogger Ed, at 5:54 AM  

As Jerry Lewis said in the King of Comedy... Whatever "IT" is, you've got it in spades.

By Blogger Joseph, at 10:35 AM  

Heard you on the taking notes podcast and now I am hooked, however, some not so nice comments on this example.

1. There needs to be a way to add all items, or, multi-select items in the left, then drag the group over (yeah, I know, how the heck to do that!)

2. Green bar paper!? wow, haven't seen that in a while, with form feeds too?
Come on, you need to find a font/look that looks like those heat-printed, non-sign-on-able paper receipts that so many places use.

By Blogger Chris Blatnick, at 11:06 AM  

@Joseph...welcome! Yes...if this were a real app, the ability to add all items would be a must. I haven't given away this database or the secrets of some of the techniques yet (I will after Lotus Developer2007), but you certainly could allow for a multiple selection and drag technique. This would be a great option.

LOL about the green bar paper...I was inspired by this hole in the wall place in Tucson that spit out receipts that looked like that! The heat-printed ones are the best, though, especially when they get all greasy and transparent! :-)

By Blogger Chris Blatnick, at 11:10 AM  

@Colin...indeed there is a lot of mouse action going on there. I myself don't mind using the mouse, but my user community is split, with some factions abhorring it and others not knowing what to do without it. Ideally, our apps should have the ability to use graphical metaphors while still providing keyboard access to those that like it.

I doubt that anyone would add all of the techniques that I demo here in one application, but the key in every case is to make sure to do ample usability testing! Cheers...

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