All Accordent software products required web interfaces, also called skins, that were uploaded to web servers. These interfaces synchronised streaming video with images, documents, urls, surveys, etc., giving rise to interactive presentations available live, on demand, and for distribution on cd.
The software was used by managers, lecturers, doctors, and communications directors to select and configure the dynamic web interfaces, prior to their publication on web servers and depending on presentation needs, for end users such as employees, students, managers, doctors, nurses, journalists, scientists, stock brokers, etc. for purposes including marketing, internal training, e-learning, e-commerce, collaborative research and development, or business communications.
There were more than thirty configurable web interfaces between the three video capturing, publication and post-production products, and each interface offered additional features beyond the synchronisation of video and content (e.g. the possibility to choose different layouts, video formats, dimensions, subtitles, chapters, video/content enlargement, miniatures, question forms, surveys, quizzes, etc.).
This limited the customers’ ability to choose (not all features were available for all interfaces) and required considerable efforts in development, management, testing, updates and support for each new version of the products.
A new design for the web interfaces was needed that would make for easier selection, configuration and use, faster loading in browsers, and less complicated management processes and interface support.
After showing my proposal to the User Interface Development team, the CTO, and the rest of the development team, over the course of six months I guided and participated in the various phases of analysis of the existing interface, research of competitor solutions, research with customers/configurators and end users, definition of personas and user stories, wire framing, prototyping, iterative testing and development of a new set of two web interfaces per software product (five in the case of PresenterPLUS), for a total of nine interfaces.
Browser Compatibility Chart (part.)
Windows Media, Real, Flash, Silverlight
Interactive: Fact, Trivia, Survey, Q&A
User Interface Regions
- Launch Page
User Interface Regions
- Presentation Window
- Header Region
- Media Region
- Sync Region
- Tabbed Region
- Footer Region
Launch Page Pre-Publishing
and Registration features
With the new design, almost all features were combined and made available in all interfaces. The client was given the possibility to activate/deactivate the necessary features and configure the options from the publication and streaming software.
For the release of the new version of the web interfaces, a user manual was created with configuration instructions as well as various other specification documents for internal and external use (release notes, browser compatibility tables, dynamic tag tables, SharePoint pages with UI Knowledge Base, etc.).
We obtained major improvements in interface performance (upload by software, download by browser and user interaction), interface quality and maintainability.
There was a 60% reduction in support calls related to the interface and a 30% reduction in call response time.
The new design improved accessibility of the interfaces which proved to be easier and nicer to use.
The documentation provided throughout the design process instituted a new reference language that simplified product related communications both internally and externally.