I tried out Apple WatchKit to bring Sorting Thoughts on an Apple Watch and I’m really impressed how simple it is. It takes me only a couple of hours to show the most important task thoughts of a Sorting Thoughts collection in a glance and special app view:
The layout of an app is very simple and focused on the important information. For the glance view Apple advises a couple of default layouts and I think it is a good idea to use one of this layouts because there are well thought and fit for the watch concept. What is interesting is to see that the upper glance layout group always have a right margin – see also the Xcode 6.2 screenshots below. I think it is not understated to see over 10k apps if the Apple Watch will be sold in April 2015.
Apple WatchKit Links
Woohoo! Sorting Thoughts for iOS is now available in the App Store :-)
It feels great to have this milestone behind me. And I look forward to many feedback and to the next release of the desktop version. With Sorting Thoughts for Mac and PC 2.0 the sync cycle will be closed and Sorting Thoughts will be a great tool on desktop and iOS devices with a secure and private sync service.
Interesting introduction of the WatchKit from Apple. See also “11 things we just learned about how the Apple Watch works”
Optimize UX when Design Time is Limited – Eclipse Con 2014 Talk by Tracy Miranda
Eclipse tools for scientific and related industries are often feature rich. However, there is often limited time and/or budget for optimizing the user-experience of these tools. Lean design critique is a 7-step technique to get the most worthwhile optimizations in a short space of time.
This talk follows a case study of applying this technique to the function fitting tool in the Data Analysis WorkbeNch (DAWN). Data Analysis WorkbeNch (DAWN – http://www.dawnsci.org/) is an Eclipse based workbench for doing scientific data analysis used at synchrotrons and scientific facilities throughout Europe. The function fitting tool is a scientific tool that enables the user to methodically find the best fit (in terms of a mathematical function like linear or Gaussian) for a series of data points. This tool was run through the seven stages, namely:
1. Identify the 90% task
2. Do a Cognitive Walkthrough
3. Analyse Eye Travel, Mouse Travel & Clicks
4. Analyse Screen Space Usage
5. Explore Existing Designs
7. Rerun Analysis
I tested out OS X Yosemite for Sorting Thought an Eclipse RCP program and it works very well. OS X looks great with the new design – I like the simple concept of Yosemite.
Xcode comes with a static code analysis tool which can help to find the following issues:
- Logic flaws, such as accessing uninitialized variables and dereferencing null pointers
- Memory management flaws, such as leaking allocated memory
- Dead store (unused variable) flaws
- API-usage flaws that result from not following the policies required by the frameworks and libraries the project is using
see also Apple iOS Developer Guide
A nice feature is the presentation of the problem in separated steps, so it is really easy to reconstruct the detected problem.