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Affino Usability - Channel Grid

We’ve got some great usability enhancements coming in Affino 7.5. One of the best is going to be the new interface when you add Channels. It will answer hundreds of questions all by itself and make the process of adding new aspects to your online business that much easier.

 

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Channels are at the heart of Affino, they allow you to create dedicated areas on your site for the key activities you will be doing online such as blogs, forums, forms, product listings...

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Affino 2014 Priorities

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2014 is going to be an exciting year for Affino. Q1 will see the Affino 7.5 release, which introduces the new Responsive Page Designs. These have been a long time coming, but the wait will be worth it. To provide the best experience we went right back to the drawing board for how we serve live pages in Affino so that we could produce the very best responsive interfaces.

 

In fact Responsive Design is the main priority for the first 6 months of 2014 and everyone should look to be rolling ...

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Affino 7 Key Capabilities

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When someone buys into Affino, obviously they get an enormous feature and functionality set - that is a given - all wrapped up in an elegant streamlined, uniform solution. Way beyond the individual features though is a core ingrained value system which is key to the overall user experience. When we design and specify Affino we have the below core values in mind when shaping how useful the system really is.

 

Many a powerful system has been undone by its underlying complexity and ...

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Affino 6.0.13 Mindmap

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This release sees the biggest leap in Affino’s usability we have ever made. There have been hundreds of improvements made so that Affino is easier to learn and use. The biggest change is the complete reworking of the Control Centre, and although many of the changes are subtle, everything is now within easy reach. Two clicks and a swipe when using tablets or mobiles.

 

The usability changes go further to make it much easier to set up security, build page designs, style your sites, ...

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Affino 6.0.13 Release

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This release is primarily focused on Usability, with a whole range of updates for campaign driven ecommerce sites. We continue to be driven by the desire to speed things up for our users, removing un-used functionality is a major aspect of that, and this release is the biggest ‘spring clean’ we’ve ever done for Affino.

 

With Affino evolving to be more and more touch and mobile driven we have completed a major review of all the aspects which need to be updated over the ...

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Affinophant to replace old Traffic Light Error Screen

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The Old Traffic Light Error Screen (as per screencap below) has been in Affino for nearly a decade - and quite frankly is well passed its sell-by date.

 

When we first saw Twitter’s Fail Whale, we were a little envious of the simplicity of that error screen, and resolved to do something similar for Affino at some stage in the near future. Of course whales being held airborne by small fluttering birds is hardly relevant to Affino territory - so it took us a wee while to come up with...

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Affino 2012 Priorities

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There is a major programme of developments lined up for Affino in 2012. This post outlines many of the key ones. Whereas 2011 was something of a transitional year for Affino (although we made some great headway see here and here). 2012 will see many key milestones reached which will open up Affino to provide great sites on all devices for great commercial and community based sites.

 

For an indepth look have a look at the Mindmap here. For a quicker overview see below.

 

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Affino 6.0.12 Mindmap

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If Ecommerce is a big part of what you do with your Affino site then this is a great release for you. It’s especially good if you’re using Affino for running multiple Zones, Stores, Campaigns and regions.

 

There are some great new ecommerce capabilities such as the Supplier Management, Product Drill Down Menu DE and Recently Viewed Products DE. Of all the updates in this release approximately 50 are directly ecommerce related and pretty much all the remainder are directly ...

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New BBC Homepage Design has several drawbacks

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I can totally see what the BBC is trying to achieve with their New Home Page Design, and largely I applaud their efforts, but not necessarily the results. All of us Web Professionals know that there is always a trade-off between functionality, usability and aethetics. With the acceletared rate of tablet uptake, particularly ’iPads’, we are seeing more and more tablet-style navigations as part of generic website design. Gone is the old-fashioned paging of the traditional internet ...

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Gamification of mundane tasks is set to become as important as usability and learnability online

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There has been a significant amount in the press recently about Finnish National Library microsite - ’Digitalkoot’ which has managed to combine the best elements of gamification and crowdsourcing to get members of the public to willingly participate in menial data entry.

Hundreds of thousands of documents have been scanned into the national library archives, but a lot of the printed material is too fuzzy for automatic text recognition to work. This is where games ’Mole Bridge&...

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