New Features I: Collaboration

As I already announced, by this series of blog entries we want to introduce some new features that you will be able to see and experience at the Mensch und Computer next week. The first feature are our Collaboration capabilities.

If you ever have used Google Docs with two or more people at the same time, then you know that you can just edit the document and the software cares about how to send the changes to the other users. We have implemented the same mechanism, but for our prototypes. Thus, if several users are logged in to the same prototype, every change you make will be distributed automatically to the others.

While you are editing the login part of your prototype, your colleague can design a content page. After just some second the changes will be available to the others, without any need to take care.

The same applies for running the prototype: while a test user is viewing the prototype, you can modify the same page. If the user reloads the page, the changes will be visible. This way, you can demonstrate different variants of the same page and ask for feedback to both variants.

In case you think this feature is not very interesting to you, give it a try in your next project. You will see how easy collaboration can be.

pidoco° among the winners of the “Gründerwettbewerb”

Yesterday, the winners of the German business plan contest “Gründerwettbewerb – Mit Multimedia erfolgreich starten” were anounced at the IFA in Berlin. Luckily, we were among the 14 winning teams of the second prize.

The funny thing about such occasions is, that you meet other startups that you already know from different events. This time, we met MeinKartenspiel and Telewebber. We know both founders from the first German StartupWeekend 2007.

Congratulations to all winners!

Prototype Creator in Google Chrome

The new Google browser Chrome is available since today. As it is based on Webkit we immediately tried to run our Prototype Creator in Chrome. We’re happy to see just another browser supporting SVG and therefore being a candidate for our Prototype Creator. Just Microsoft is still missing….

The screenshot shows our development version, with the improved design, running in Chrome. You will be able to see the new design together with new features at the “Mensch und Computer” next week. During the next days we will introduce some of the new features in here. So stay tuned!

Meet us at Mensch und Computer in Lübeck

We will be in Lübeck from 7.9. until 10.9. and present pidoco°. Visit us and test our Prototype Creator live at our booth.

As part of the “Usability Tools” session on monday, 8.9. we will showcase pidoco° at 4pm in room AMS2. Attend the session and get your own free account!

New Preview – Now also in Safari

Our new design (at least an early version) is running in our productive system since some days. Today we deployed a new preview with the new design, too. The new preview shows the latest development of the Prototype Creator, free to explore for you.

Use your Firefox or Safari browser and open the Prototype Creator preview. Feel free to try everything you like. Use the feedback form to tell us what you think of it.

Exploiting the possibilies of pidoco°

Today, we were surprised by a work of art done in our editor. Our friend Christian has been playing around with pidoco° and came up with a nice diagram. Amazing. Nothing more to say…

Because we didn’t really know, whether he linked some image files or whether he really drew everything with pidoco° we had a look at the sources.

If you want to do the same, open the original result.

From Paper Prototype to Implementation in 3 days

Since yesterday we have support by three students from Hasso-Plattner-Institute, Marika, Michael, and Sebastian. They will help us implement pidoco°, such that we can reach a version 1.0 in September. Our first impression after one day: excellent students and great support for us!

However, we faced the problem that our not so large office has to accommodate three more people. Being (kind of) usability professionals with engineering background we started with a nice paper prototype…

… then tried some high fidelity implementations …

… to finally have an arrangement that made us happy:

Sponsoring the Mensch und Computer

Now it is official: pidoco° is a Sponsor for the conference “Mensch und Computer 2008”, which is part of the multi conference “Viel Mehr 2008”. We are very proud to be among such great companies that are sponsoring this year.

We will have our own small booth and we will give a short presentation of pidoco° in a tool session. Further details will be posted in here, once they’re fix.

It would be a pleasure to meet you at the conference in Lübeck. I’m sure, there will be excellent sessions and you can meet all the usability guys from the German speaking area. See you there!

Deadline Extension for World Usability Day

We extended the deadline for submitting a session proposal until 10th of August.

In case you are doing some usability project in the context of web 2.0, send us some lines and share your experiences at the World Usability Day. Or maybe you just finished the work on a paper or thesis, feel free to tell us about it and present it in front of about 200 people. You ever wanted to do a workshop and help others learning from your skill set? The World Usability Day is the place for you.

We are looking forward to read your proposal. Have a look at for all the information about our event.

Thanks to Tortoise Design

Some weeks ago we met Fabian of Tortoise Design for a beer to discuss how they could improve their web shop usability. Unfortunately we didn’t have the time to go through the whole user centered design process, but we gave them some advice on what they could do without hiring a usability professional. We also had a look at a paper prototype they already worked on.

Today, Fabian gave us a visit and showed some intermediate work on their redesign. It was interesting to see that some of our ideas made it through their usability tests. Again, we couldn’t resist to discuss the new iteration of designs. In August we might be able to see the final result, as they plan to relaunch the new version by then. It will be interesting to see how their figures will change after the relaunch.

And for these two short meetings, Fabian brought us our own logo as stickers for our laptops. They just look great, don’t you think so?

Thanks again, Fabian!