First - to make that perfectly clear - I love Flex. I LOVE
it. And I totally agree with the "High Definition User Experience"
approach. Our technology today is finally sophisticated enough that
we can also think about whether it looks and feels good. When using
JamJar however, one feels reminded of the animated gif backgrounds
that plagued the Internet in the 90s. The sounds are certainly the
most annoying part and no it's not just because they don't match
the animation but also because I don't want it to sound like I'm
playing Super Mario just because I happen to be using a Flex
From a usability point of view.... it's not that bad, but
I've seen better Flex apps. Make it faster. Animations are nice,
but they should never exceed 0.3 seconds, otherwise you sit there
waiting for animations to complete all the time. Sure JamJar is
obviously not meant to be a productive application, but to
demonstrate what Flex can do. However, all it demonstrates right
now is what can go wrong if you choose to go with Flex.
bartvbl, Feb 11, 2010 7:11 AM
Well, I guess since no one has any clear winners for
multiuser flex apps here, i'll name a few web apps (AJAX/FLASH).
Google Docs, Talk, Flickr, Maps, Connect , etc... The things that
make these apps usable is , well DIRECTION and a great use case.
epgweb - I share your hate for myspace, but there are some
valid use cases for shared online apps: Google Docs/SpreadSheet,
Wikipedia, IM Clients (google talk, AIM express). We wouldn't have
these if we shied away from a these basic ideals of multiuser apps.