USERWEAVE

For a tool to involve users into the development of software. We initiated the Open Usability Platform UserWeave and liberated the source code - to make use of collective dynamics for the further development.

How people utilize Libreoffice Impress

In the last couple of weeks, we ran several surveys in order to gather user feedback on optimizations we were making to the toolbar and applications of Libreoffice. In this posting we present the results for Impress.more...

Using the Kano method to prioritize requirements

On the basis of data from the user survey about KGet we show how to apply the Kano method for use in massively multi-user online surveys.more...

What people think about KGet

We present the results of the survey how people currently use KGet.more...

How do you use Libreoffice Impress?

Please participate in a survey about your workflow with Libreoffice Impress and how you want to have its toolbar configured by default.more...

Please participate in a survey about KDE’s download manager KGet

Please participate in a survey about KDE's download manager KGet.more...

Results of survey about Libreoffice Calc’s toolbar configuration

We present the results from the survey about toolbar usage in Libreoffice Calc.more...

About the performance of the Sifr icon set

We present results from the recent icon test using Sifr icons and compare it to the findings for Tango and Oxygen inspected in 2013.more...

How designers think about ‘Save as…’

In a short survey we analyzed the association for a couple of newly introduced 'Save as...' icons compared to the classic floppy symbol.more...

Once again: Survey on Libreoffice Calc’s toolbar

Please participate in a short survey on configuration of Libreoffice Calc's toolbar.more...

How do you want Libreoffice Calc’s toolbar configured?

Please participate in another short survey, now on how you want to have Libreoffice Calc's toolbar configured by default.more...

Find the best Icon for ‘Save as…’

Our friends from the World Usability Day in Stuttgart started a competition to create a new icon for 'Save as...'. We ask you to crowd curate the best one!more...

Participate: New LibreOffice Icon Test started

The LibreOffice design team announces the start of a new online icon test. You are invited to participate!more...

Intermediate results of the icon tests: Oxygen

With a series of icon tests we currently study effects on the usability of icon design. This article however does not focus on these general design effects but presents findings specific to the Oxygen icon set.more...

Participate: Tine 2.0 Kristina user survey started

New benchmarking survey for Tine 2.0 has been started.more...

Participate in KScreen Survey: How do you setup your screen(s)?

Call for participation in a study about the requirements for the screen management tools KScreen.more...

Quick wins: Conclusions of the Libreoffice icon test

Some of the icons of LibreOffice are confusing. Based on the findings of our last study we present some quick and easy changes that improve functionality.more...

Participate: New LibreOffice Icon Test started

The LibreOffice design team announces the start of a new online icon test. You are invited to participate!more...

Semiotics in Usability: Guidelines for the Development of Icon Metaphors

In the development of icons, the metaphor plays a vital role to ensure reliable perception and comprehension. We introduce seven guidelines that help to create a balanced set of icons with high usability.more...

How abstract can an icon be? About Copy & Paste in LibreOffice

Functions without natural pendant need special attention, even the well known copy / paste. Designers have to analyze intrinsic functionality instead of simply visualizing computer nomenclature.more...

Where does the Navigator lead you?

We show on the example of the Navigator and two other functions that toolbars should not be toggled on and off by a button in the main toolbar.more...

Can a direction in time be displayed by spatial signs?

It is common practice to assign left and right with sequential steps in processing. It might be surprising that these simple functions may cause problems, but it shows the relevance of psychological knowledge to usability.more...

No Clairvoyance: Data-driven Creation of Personas

Together with Steganos we analyzed their target users. We ran an online survey to create Personas based on valid and representative data.more...

What is a pencil used for?

Which function do you expect when you see a pencil? To draw something or perhaps fill the background... But in the context of a word processor?more...

Methodology of Testing Icons

On the occasion of the large scale usability test of the LibreOffice Writer icons, this article explains how subjective and objective measurements can help to understand the quality of an icon-term relationship.more...

Participate: New LibreOffice Icon Test started

The LibreOffice design team announces the start of a new online icon test. You are invited to participate!more...

Participate: Tine 2.0 Milan user survey started

The Tine 2.0 development team announces the availability of a new online user benchmarking survey for the current Milan Release.more...

2012 – A good year for the user experience of Free Software?

With the start of User Prompt, Users and Usability of Free Software will win. The business model includes efforts in the Open Usability e.V. as well as releasing and developing a new Open Usability platform as Free Software. All employees will support Free Projects during part of their working time.more...

Tine 2.0: Results of October 2011 Survey

In the last weeks the Tine 2.0 team again asked the users to rate the Usability of Tine 2.0. The results show that for the first time Tine 2.0 has met the Usability goals for all sub-application. Also we learned a lot about the use of email and filters.more...

LibreOffice user research – Summary

This is the last post about our LibreOffice survey done with UserWeave and we sum up the main findings. Find out about the users of LibreOffice and how motifs can help you to create better personas.more...

LibreOffice user research – Results vol.4

Do users want Ribbons? This post about the software preferences of LibreOffice users answers this and other intresting questions and is part of the results of our extensive user research.more...

Yes, you can contribute to Forge Sprint 2011!

The KDE Forge sprint 2011 will be held in Madrid this year. We are looking for your contribution.more...

LibreOffice user research – Results vol.3

Impress is for people that want to impress and Base and Calc will become extinct? Read about the users and the usage of LibreOffice applications as part of the results of our extensive study of LibreOffice users.more...

LibreOffice user research – Results vol.2

Motifs have the potential to make the creation of personas easier and more scientific. We have done some research together with the users of LibreOffice and show how to work with motifs.more...

LibreOffice user research – Results vol.1

More than 5400 people took part in our LibreOffice User study. The results give insights about who the users of LibreOffice are and how motifs can help to describe them.more...

Impressions of a usability guy on the Berlin Desktop Summit 2011

On the joint KDE / GNOME Desktop Summit the developer community showed great interest in working closer with their users.more...

First LibreOffice user research survey closed

The first user research survey for LibreOffice has just been closed. About 5400 participants exceeded our hopes and expectations by far.more...

Results of Tine 2.0 time tracking survey April 2011

The April 2011 survey with Tine 2.0 users shows a great satisfaction with the current implementation. A "quick add" seems to be the most useful add-on.more...

Tine 2.0 Timetracker Survey

We just started a quick new survey on UserWeave for our ongoing project Tine 2.0.more...

Feedback pouring in!

The last Tine 2.0 user survey shows great satisfaction. Most of the wishes users have are actually in the pipeline for the next release.more...

Wanted: Feedback on Kontact Mobile

We just have published a new version for Kontact Mobile on Maemo. I would like to encourage you to tell us how you like it.more...

The Kontact Mobile Team is looking for Testers

For the development of the new KDE Kontact based Free Software PIM client for smartphones, we are looking for testers.more...

Kontact mobile – new beta out for public testing

Kontact Mobile - the new KDE Kontact based PIM client for your smartphone - has released a brand new beta version. And we are asking you for your feedback!more...

Results of past Tine 2.0 User Surveys

The results of our last Tine 2.0 user surveys show that we are taking the right way in the development. Our Usability benchmarks are reached and we are adding the most wanted feature to the next version of Tine 2.0.more...

Results of KMail Icon Test #2

The 2nd KMail icon test with almost 2000 participants revealed that most icons are working well, but there still is room for improvement for some.more...

Participate: Icons of KDE SC put to the test – KMail, part 2

Please invest 5 minutes of your precious time and participate in our little survey to improve the quality of the oxygen icon-set!more...

Age distribution from last Icon Test

The age distribution of the last KMail icon test.more...

Results of KMail Icon Test #1

More than 3000 people took part in the KMail Icon Test. Most icons are working well, but some need attention. Interesting results are touching cutural aspects of the design of icons.more...

Some thoughts on testing icons

Icons are used to visualise a term. An icon test evaluates the strength of this relationship based on subjective and objective indicators.more...

Participate: Icons of KDE SC put to the test – KMail, part 1

Today we announce the start of a new study to evaluate the quality of KMail icons. Please participate.more...

Hello planet KDE!

From today our User Prompt blog is aggregated to planet KDE. We will be blogging about usability and user involvement in KDE.more...

Results of Tine User Survey (September 2009)

The results of the last Tine 2.0 user survey give great insight in the usage and quality of the individual components of Tine 2.0 and sho that we are on a good track with the development.more...

Lessons from Season of Usability

Read the personal experiences from Julia who participated as a student in the Open Usability Season of Usability, working on Gallery.more...

Icon Test Results Revealed

The results of the Tine 2.0 icon test show the problems when icons are chosen from a standard icon set and are not developed individually.more...

Which are the best icons for Tine?

We announce the immediate start of an icon test for Tine 2.0. Please participate!more...

Survey Results

Our last survey with Tine 2.0 users shows that synchronisation is the most important feature for calendar users.more...

Survey on calendar use

We announce the immediate availability of a new Tine 2.0 user survey on calendar use and ask you to participate.more...

Results of TV-Browser Icon Usability Test

The development of a new testing methodology for icons has matured. The test of TV-Browser icons shows a varying quality of icons.more...

Icon Test with TV-Browser

The development of a new test for the quality of icons reaches the final state. In our validation study more than 22000 tests have been conducted.more...

Testing the Quality of Icons

We announce the availability of an online test of the quality of icons used in TV Browser. Please participate!more...

Looking back at LinuxTag 2008

Tine 2.0 technology preview was presented on LinuxTag 2008.more...