Sometimes the rebranding and redesigning of products, web sites and logos are disliked, and even hated by customers. In the past we heard horror stories of eBay’s homepage redesign, or Coke’s introduction of New Coke. I recently saw the newly redesigned Tropicana at the store, and personally it really looked some generic store brand product, and it did not stand out from the competitors (since there are gazillion different products in this category). Recently the company announced that Tropicana will be going back to the old design for their packaging after hearing from many disgruntled customers of their dislike of this new design… I guess this must have been a very expensive exercise for the company.
I like dual monitors on my desktop, but I am not sure about this laptop from Lenovo with dual screens…(via)
On Monday, Adobe finally pulled the plug on Adobe GoLive software. Originally, Adobe bought GoLive Cyber Studio in 1999 to replace its aging Adobe PageMills web editing application and to compete against Macromedia Dreamweaver and Microsoft FrontPage, but a lot has happened in the last 5 years.
In the last few years, Adobe bought Macromedia, Microsoft killed FrontPage and at the same time developed Microsoft Expression to replace FrontPage. In this midst, Adobe GoLive was lost in the shuffle and Dreamweaver pretty much kicked its butt in terms of popularity and use among web designers. In the past 10 years, I came across Adobe GoLive once, when I accidentally clicked on the GoLive icon instead of Adobe Reader. So this was long time coming, Adobe GoLive is finally dead. May it rest in peace.
Based on the feedback from my recent presentation, some folks wanted to know which email publishing tools I recommend. Also, some of the companies I listed in my presentation changed names or have dissapeared for some odd reasons.
So here is the updated list:
All of these companies offere different pricing and features. If you are in the process of selecting one of these tools, then you should be looking for a solution that at minimum offers these features:
- Detailed Performance Reporting
- Customized Templates
- Point-and-click editing
- Subscriber Management
- List Segmentation
- HTML/Plain Text Delivery
- Campaign Scheduling
If you have other email publishing tools that you would like to recommend based on your experience, feel free to comment and leave a link to their site.
NYTimes compares the latest “smart-phones” against iPhone. The striking thing about this image above is the simplicity of iPhone’s physical interface compared to other phones.
How many physical buttons does iPhone have? One vs. smart phones 35-50 different buttons. That’s all I need on my phone, just one button. Simplicity rules.
Usability expert Bruce Tognazzini of Nielsen Norman Group reviews the new iPhone through usability perspective.