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Supplement moderated tests and gain valuable insight on actual onscreen movement by using Mouseflow to capture live user activity on your website.
Sync your ideas, examples, and observations across all of your devices and then share them quickly and easily. We especially love the audio recording and presentation mode features in the desktop version. If you’re feeling particularly creative, make sure to download Penultimate - great for doodling on the fly on your iPad.
Eliminate administrative burden by enabling your team to collaborate on your session results in real-time by using google docs. This way, everyone involved in testing can contribute their observations along the way, and help you focus on what's next - the design! Check out the rainbow spreadsheet by Tomer Sharon on Smashing Magazine's blog a while back for a quick-start file format.
Take advantage of secret boards on Pinterest to create rich persona profiles for your next project. When the board is ready, share your secret board with your team to facilitate collaboration. You can only own 3 secret boards at a time, but you can collaborate on as many as you want - this is a great way to get the team involved.
James Chudley, the author of the pocket guide Usability of Web Photos, has created a handy little checklist for evaluating your use of photos on the web. A quick review of his checklist and you'll have a great framework for your next photo-based project.
A heavy hitter when it comes to features, Axure is a tool that helps you move from concept to interaction. With a cool sketch mode, you can keep conversations in check by focusing on functionality instead of visual design. When you're ready to move into live prototypes you won't have to switch to a different tool, because Axure allows for quick creation of click-through prototypes that can be shared via the web.
Clickable, interactive prototypes? Real-time collaboration and feedback? Yes, please! Streamline your design and iteration process with this powerful tool and see what amazing things you'll create.
This isn't your mother's AIM. Slack connects teams in real-time. Share files, set up web calls, fix things as they happen. Traditional ideas of communication (bye email!) become virtually irrelevant with Slack. Just try it.
Share and review your files, videos, and even prototypes with Notism and get instant feedback from your teams. Its intuitive interface means it's easy for anyone to use, and real-time tracking notifications keep the whole team on track to meet your deadlines.
If you're building a native app, check out Protio.io. Create realistic prototypes using its built-in component library of iOS, Android, and Windows platforms.
Need to do some card sorting, tree testing, or maybe some heatmaps? Optimal Workshop has you covered with their suite of UX tools, all in one place.
Your site or app looks beautiful. The colors you labored over for months have finally come alive. There's just one problem: some of your users can't see it. Colors that look great to you may be indistinguishable for people with color blindness or other visual impairments. Check your colors here first and make sure everyone can enjoy what you've built.
There's no replacing Papa, but it's nice to know there's a site that helps us all try to write like him. Great UX is just as much about content as it is about design, so make sure yours is clear, concise, and to the point. Hem can help you out with this clever, free program.
We couldn't help ourselves. If you're ever in need of copy to round out your designs just remember that everything is better with bacon.
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