Morae usability testing

Morae is a tool that has made its place in the Usability Testing space in a short period of time. It is a combination of three software’s. In the early days the users interactions with the system is recorded with a camera and it was analyzed for the usability tests results.However, the advance of software’s has made a big leap in Usability testing. This software’s can do the following kool things.

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Kool 1: Once installed on the users system they record user’s actions and even differentiate the users mouse clicks. The left hand click will be displayed in a different color with a circle around it & the right hand click will be shown in another color.
Kool 2: The software will generate evaluative graphs that can be used by the analyst to come to issue conclusions by him.
Kool 3: The analyst can observe the users action on a separate screen by installing the Observer on his system. There will be delay of some seconds in the broad casting of the videos.
Kool 4: The analyst can manage the usability tests & projects generate graphs & reports in the Manager module.

THREE DIFFRENT SOFTWARES IN MORAE
1. Morae Recorder: This exe file is software that is installed on the user’s machine on which the user will take the tests.
2. Morae Observer: Installed on the analyst machine to view the user’s action.
3. Morae Manger: Used to manage different projects & generate the usability reports.




 

10 Simple steps to work with Morae.
Step 1 : Download the software
You can download the software from Morae website
http://www.techsmith.com/company/contact/moraetrial.asp

Step 2: Install the software on your machine. There will be three exe files. Install them one after the other.
Step 3: Install the Recorder software on the user’s machine (If you want to have a separate machine for the user and want to view the users actions at the same time.
Step 4: Check the connection of the system. See that the computers are connected via a LAN network or through internet.
Step 5: Run the recorder software on the users machine. You will get the below screen. Click on the red button to start recording. To run the application click on the red button present on the right hand top corner.
Step 6: Let the user work on the system. Run the Observer application on your machine. Enter the ip address of the users system to connect to it in the pop up window. Once you are connected you can see the users actions right here on your machine.


Step 7: After the recording is done. Visit the user’s machine & click on to stop the recording. You can stop the recording by right clicking on the right hand panel icon. Once the recording is stopped Morae Recorder will prompt you to save the file that will be a .rdg file in the local machine. Save the recorded file on the users machine.
Step 8: Once you come & see in your machine, Morae Observer will ask you to save the file in a video format on the machine. Save the file in the video format.
Step 9: Open Morae Manager on your system. Create a new project. Import the .rdg files & the video files and start playing with the reports.


Step 10: Generate reports using Morae manager & impress the clients. Get your usability test done with a Big check from the client.

For more information & DEMO VIDEOS , visit the link below
http://video.techsmith.com/morae/latest/demo/ondemand/index.html




My Choice - User Experience Online collorabation tools

Today UX teams are spread across the globe, accounting the facts that each individual has adopted the role of an expert. You name it, for example Information architect, visual designer, usability analyst, usability researcher etc. Have you ever thought to conduct a discussion with all these people when they are spread in 5 different countries? The possible solution is via a telephone call however what about the white board & post it notes that is a common ingredient in a UX meeting trying to find out an intuitive solution.

How will one person convey the design message? How can we understand the initial wire frames etc.

I was thinking on the above lines for quite bit of time & figured out how it can be achieved in an easy + cost effective manner. I have selected few tools that are good keeping User Experience in mind. These tools are good for team collaboration online. Some of them provide a whiteboard online that can be used to work on ideas. You can even voice chat & browse in to explain some of the usability problems in online applications.
I have created one instance of a meeting in the below link. Click on it & see the magic. Many of you will figure out the magic in the url.
http://www.twiddla.com/88239

Just give some time on each one of the tools below & use them as per your needs. Hope some of them can help you to make initial prototypes + mind maps + comments + notes etc in collaboration with the global team.

Favorite 1: Twiddla is a free application that helps to browse websites and draw on them, share files, and chat with your team. Voice chat is also possible. There is an inbuilt browser in the application that helps you to browse and annotate. This can be effectively used in drawing wire frames & prototypes.



Favorite 2: Bubbl us help in beautiful mind maps that you can share with team members. You can save, email, and print your mind maps and even embed in Web Pages

Favorite 3: Protonotes is a free annotation widget for your HTML prototypes. You can embed the simple java script in the HTML code. Once it is done your team members can open the web page and comment using notes on the screen. The notes can be easily moved & re sized to suit your requirement.

Favorite 4: Vyew is a web based conferencing tool. No need to buy a costly account. You can try this one for free. I think the maximum number of people that can join in is 20. It is somewhat similar to WebEx sessions but allows having a free account. Try this out.
Favorite 5: Wetpaint allows you to create a wiki site in collaboration. It can be effectively used as a tool to create content from different sources.Favorite 6: Dabble board helps to create wire frames, flow charts, network diagram. It is an online whiteboard where you can improve your creative skills.
Favorite 7: Stixy is a flexible, online white board. It can be effectively used to create wire frames & mock ups. I suggest it to use it.
Favorite 8: Last but none the least. Google Docs is an excellent application for collaboration. You can share documents and spreadsheets and collaborate with your team/clients in real-time.


Hope you visit all the above tools & figure out which one suits your UX & collaboration needs.
Happy collaborating. :-)
Image source is from the respective applications