Here is a very innovative approach to providing a user guide, from Samsung :
According to Vitamin Design:
These books actually contain the phone. Each page reveals the elements of the phone in the right order, helping the user to set up the sim card, the battery and even slide the case onto the phone. The second book is the main manual – the phone actually slots into this and becomes the center of attention. Arrows point to the exact locations the user should press, avoiding confusion and eliminating the feeling of being lost in a menu.
It’s a interesting example of user documentation as an emotional experience. (Thanks to Gareth Williams and Adam Wohl for spotting this.)
Yet another sign that quick reference cards are back in fashion:
Plans to be set out in the Families Green Paper will propose better advice and information for couples and address the balance between work and childcare by considering ways to make public services more “family friendly”.
Under the Green Paper, new fathers will be given a manual to help them adjust to the role.
The “dads’ guide”, put together by the Fatherhood Institute, will include an explanation of breastfeeding and tips on how to support their partner. (Source: BBC News)
The ‘Dads’ Guide To…’ cards are A6 sized quick reference cards printed on both sides with important messages for dads and male carers about their child’s development and how they can get more involved in their child’s life and learning.
Sadly, one question asked by many new fathers remains still unanswered: where do you take the baby’s batteries out?
Intellect’s SaaS group has published recently a paper called “The business case for Software as a Service“. The paper lays out the technical and cost benefits of SaaS, together with checklists covering selection criteria, legal considerations and comparisons of SaaS applications to traditional in-house systems.
Cherryleaf made some minor contributions to this paper – so minor we didn’t think they merited our listing as contributors to this paper (a mistake in hindsight).
The report states, SaaS applications are generally easy to use and don’t require a great deal of training and online Help. So why is this?
In part, it’s because:
1. SaaS applications are newlydeveloped applications. This means the developers have been able to build upon the recent developments in usability, when they’ve developed the application.
2. SaaS products typically deal with familiar business tasks, such as finance and sales prospecting. Where a SaaS application does try to explain new concepts or tasks (viz. Google Wave), users can still find they struggle to use the application.
3. SaaS applications can be fixed quickly and are usually subject to continuous improvement. Pilot programmes can be much smaller and quicker to conduct. SaaS applications can be measured and tested more easily, using Web Analytics.