This week’s pattern, Rich User Experiences, is another important topic as user experience is what determines whether or not users will continue to use the particular application or ditch it for good.
As discussed in the lecture, there are plenty of alternatives for Rich User Experiences.
A particular framework I wanted to look at however, is HTML5. HTML5 is one of the newer technologies used to create powerful web based applications. Just like any other framework, HTML5 has already been used to create a wide range of applications – whether it be for productivity, design & development, educational purposes and the list goes on.
An example of HTML5-powered web applications I wanted to share was the design tools created by Aviary.
Aviary has created simple and powerful creative online tools, so that anyone can have a seamless editing experience via web and mobile apps.
Aviary provides an image editor, audio editor, colour editor, vector editor, music creator and much more. Basically, Aviary would be a low cost, online alternative to the Adobe Creative Suite. Although Aviary hasn’t quite made it to being the number 1 application by professional designers and creatives alike, Aviary still proves to be quite powerful for something easily accessed online.
Being a web based application, this means that users are able to access their work from any location around the world – with internet access, of course.
So why is Aviary successful? Because their tools are helpful AND of course, their interface is user-friendly. There is no overuse of technology and everything is kept simple.
Web based applications have come a long way and certainly prove to be a huge success, but in relation to the question – “Is the Desktop Dead?” … I personally don’t believe it is.
Yes – web based applications are great for collaborating and accessing online, but relying on something that has the potential to change/upgrade without going back, I don’t think I would primarily use it for ‘major’ tasks. As an example, although Aviary has great creative tools, I would still want to stick to using the Adobe Creative Suite (for intensive projects). I think stability would be the main issue, as once you’ve purchased one version of an Adobe software, it will then be only your choice to upgrade / downgrade. There is also the perk of being able to work offline – especially if you’re in remote areas without data connection.