Creating Voice Help for Windows Phone Apps

Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in Articles | 1 comment

Microsoft’s Windows Phone (WP), with version 8, brings the ability for apps to include voice recognition based on a controlled vocabulary. While this can be employed for any type of interaction between the user and the app, I am particularly interested in its potential for serving up Help content. Although voice-enabled interactions have been available previously in WP, iOS, and Android, what we have in WP8 is the first API that supports voice...

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PDF/Print Documentation from Apple

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Articles | 49 comments

Colum McAndrew recently wrote an article in his RoboColumn that noted a lack of manuals for Apple products.  I’d like to note that Apple does offer a full set of very well-done manuals that is available online. The manuals don’t come printed in the box with the device – but very few products do that today. The iPhone 4s did come with a printed booklet called Finger Tips. It fit right in the tiny box. For those who choose to...

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Exploring the Android Development Tools

Posted by on Oct 8, 2012 in Articles | 44 comments

It has been about a year since I’ve done consulting work for an Android app. A new project has me designing UA for that platform again. As with all the mobile projects I’ve worked on, I like to get the developer tools installed so I can experiment with prototype applications. With my Android tools at least a year out-of-date, I knew it would take some work to get going again. My earlier experience setting up Android is chronicled in my book...

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Taking Screen Captures in Windows 8

Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 in Articles | 46 comments

As I’ve been starting to work with Windows 8, taking screen captures is always helpful. For what is called the Desktop part of Windows 8, there is no difference from Windows 7 in how I get my captures. I can use the Snipping Tool or any other Windows-based capture tool just as I have in the past. However, that only works for the Desktop. The new Windows 8 style of apps requires a different approach. I found the following technique to...

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Q&A in Your YouTube Videos

Posted by on Oct 1, 2012 in Articles | 45 comments

YouTube recently announced a new feature called Questions. It gives you the ability to embed multiple choice questions into your instructional videos. I tried it out by adding a question to a short snippet I tool at the Puyallup State Fair last week. The questions pops up five seconds into the video and you can see it here: YouTube video The viewer makes an answer selection. If the selection is correct, the video continues. Otherwise, a hint...

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We Call Them “Windows Store” Apps

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 in Articles |

Mary Jo Foley provided an update on the renaming of “Metro-style” apps on the Windows Weekly podcast (1:02:00) this past Thursday. The new label is “Windows Store” apps. That matches up with the change that I had observed on the MS developer pages and noted last week. I don’t understand this name. The purpose of the Metro-style term was to describe the look and feel of the new breed of Windows 8 apps. While many of...

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