When GeneSys Online was developed, the interface was designed to allow users to quickly add respondents, test them, and then get reports.
Over the years many new features and administrations methods have been added to GeneSys Online, making the interface difficult to adapt for any other new features, while keeping everything as easy as possible to do. It also became difficult to be able to manage large groups.
Ease of use is the key principle of any software interface. If software is too complicated to use, then people are put off from using it.
Technology has advanced leaps and bounds since GeneSys 2.0 was released 5 years ago. Now Adobe Flash Player is advancing on an almost weekly basis as new system are developed (Tablets and smartphones for example). We are therefore now in a position to take advantage of one of the fastest growing technologies available to web users. A technology that offers a user experience like no other, and one that will work on any browser even older ones without warning the end user to try sometime else.
Older versions of Flash Player, like the versions required for GeneSys 2.0, had very little to offer for user interfaces. Everything onscreen had to be created graphically and then animated. This of course is an extremely lengthy process, and made the system very constrained. The latest versions however offer complete components that can be used in any way we choose. Meaning we can offer an interface that has features you will recognise easily from using other software or operating systems (Such as menus, ranked and filtered tables, etc). The other benefit of these components is that they can be “skinned”, meaning that they can be made to look like anything we choose.
With the power of new Flash technologies at hand we are therefore completely redesigning the user interface in 3.0. The new layout will allow for huge expansion in the system, allowing us to add new features seamlessly. It makes adding one respondent as easy as adding 1000. Navigation through the system is quick and easy using context sensitive menus that change depending on what you are doing, only offering you choices that are relevant to how you are using the system.
Simple features such as dragging and dropping are being included to speed things up further. Advanced instant search features allow you to locate individuals or groups of related respondents just by pressing a couple of buttons. These search results can then have actions performed on them, such as being dragged into groups, tagging, etc.
Respondents information will be available at the click of a button. Summery views are available to give you an overall impression of project progress.
Information about your account is always on display, letting you know all the activity of the system. Notifications are shown on screen, allowing you to see when respondents have completed a test, or reports that have been generated.
Tags can be added to individual respondents, or groups of respondents to make them easier to find, or used to create norm groups, for example.