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Pulse News Mini Heuristic Evaluation

Pulse News Mini Heuristic Evaluation

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Published by Filip Mares
My Software Usability assignment as a heuristic evaluation of the Pulse News Mini iPhone app.
My Software Usability assignment as a heuristic evaluation of the Pulse News Mini iPhone app.

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Published by: Filip Mares on Oct 22, 2010
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PulseNewsMiniHeuristicEvaluation
V.FilipMares
 
TABLEOFCONTENTS
TableofContents..................................................................................................................................2
 Abstract...................................................................................................................................................3
Introduction...........................................................................................................................................3
LaunchingtheApplication................................................................................................................4
Problem1..........................................................................................................................................................4
Categorization...................................................................................................................................................................5
SuggestedSolution..........................................................................................................................................................5
Problem2..........................................................................................................................................................5
Categorization...................................................................................................................................................................6
SuggestedSolution..........................................................................................................................................................6
BrowsingMainScreen........................................................................................................................6
Problem3..........................................................................................................................................................6
Categorization...................................................................................................................................................................7
SuggestedSolution..........................................................................................................................................................7
Problem4..........................................................................................................................................................7
Categorization...................................................................................................................................................................8
SuggestedSolution..........................................................................................................................................................8
Problem5..........................................................................................................................................................9
Categorization...................................................................................................................................................................9
SuggestedSolution..........................................................................................................................................................9
ReadingStories...................................................................................................................................10
Problem6........................................................................................................................................................10
Categorization................................................................................................................................................................10
SuggestedSolution.......................................................................................................................................................10
Problem7........................................................................................................................................................11
Categorization................................................................................................................................................................11
SuggestedSolution.......................................................................................................................................................11
ManagingSources..............................................................................................................................11
Problem8........................................................................................................................................................12
Categorization................................................................................................................................................................12
SuggestedSolution.......................................................................................................................................................13
Summary...............................................................................................................................................13
Conclusion............................................................................................................................................13
References............................................................................................................................................14
 Appendixa:...........................................................................................................................................15
 
ABSTRACT
ThispaperperformsaheuristicevaluationoftheiPhonePulseNewsMiniapplication.AlltaskswithintheapplicationareevaluatedaccordingtoJakobNielsen’s1990heuristicsforuserinterfaceevaluation.[1]Forerrorsfound,solutionsareprovided.ThepaperiscomposedasarequirementforaSoftwareUsabilitycourse.Screenshots,materialandfunctionalitydiscussedareinrelationtoversion1.0.2oftheapplication.ThisevaluationisofrelevancetoiPhoneapplicationdeveloperslookingtodevelopbasedonexistinginnovativeuserinterfacedesignsofapplicationsavailableintheiOSAppStore.Furthermore,thisevaluationisofinteresttousabilityexpertsstudyingtheevolvementofmobileapplicationsontouchscreensmartphonedevices.
INTRODUCTION
ThePulseMiniNewsapplicationversion1.0.2fortheiPhonewasreleasedonJul20,2010.TheapplicationisacompanionapplicationtotheoriginalPulseiPadapplication.TwostudentsatStanfordUniversitywhocreatedtheiPadversionasrequirementsforacourseprojectdevelopedtheapp.Theentiredevelopmentprocesstook10weekstocomplete.Oncereleased,theapplicationreceivedgoodcoverageinthemediaforitsbeautifuldesign.[2]Pulseisanewsapplicationthatallowsfortrackingofnewsupdatesfromvarioussubscirbednewssourcesandblogs.Previously,RSSfeedreaderapplicationsfortheiPhonefollowedamorestandardapproachoflistingheadingtitlesastextinalist.Apple’sCEOSteveJobspraisedtheapplicationforitswonderfuldesignduringakeynoteforthe2010WorldWideDeveloperConference.[3]Inthispapertheevaluatorwillevaluatetheapplicationusingthe10heuristicsoutlinedbyJakobNielsenin1990.[1]Additionally,theevaluatorwillusetheApple’siPhoneHumanInterfaceGuidelines(HIG).[4]Errorswillbeidentifiedandthenasolutionwillbeprovidedinordertocorrecttheerror.Inordertoexplaincertainerrorsandofferpossiblesolutions,theevaluatorresearchedseveralonlinedevelopmentresourcesregardingtheiPhonesoftwaredevelopmentkit.InordertomaintainconsistencyofnamingforviewsandUIcomponents,theAppleHIGwillbeused.AlltestsandscreenshotsweredoneonaniPhone4withiOS4.1installed.

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