Executive summaryReview #1: Allrecipe summaryAllrecipes.com is a website that allows user to submit personal recipes for other users. Therecipes are rated, used, and commented on by other users. The site also allows users to createprofiles to save recipe, communicate with other users, create shopping lists, and enjoy otherfeatures for their free membership.Allrecipes.com now offers users a free and upgraded application for their Android users. Theirwebsite boost, “Take the world’s #1 food website everywhere you go”. (http://allrecipes.com/Features/More/Android.aspx?prop24=PN_6.1.1_NP.Allrecipes-on) The application allows usersto bookmark recipes, browse over 40,000 recipes, and utilize their dinner spinner. The dinnerspinner welcomes the user upon opening the application. Users have a choice of selecting fromthree different filters to help determine their search results: dish, ingredient, and ready in. Oncethe preferences are selected, the user shakes the phone to activate the spinner.While the dinner spinner provides the main option for searching for recipes, users can alsosearch for specific recipes through a standard search. The upgraded version of this application,Dinner Spinner Pro, provides user with even more options. Only the free version will be used forthis review.HeuristicsThe following heuristics will be evaluated in for this review Navigation• Easy to search and find recipes• Multiple ways to search information• Consistency in the navigation design• Stays true to Android standards Appearance• No spelling errors• Consistent fonts• Readable (color and font)• Formatting consistent Social networking• Easy to share recipes• Easy to read and create comments Multitasking• Able to intercept normal phone functions (phone calls, text messages, and alerts) Miscellaneous• Connection with host site• Quick upload• Bookmark and retrieve recipes easily
Severity scaleThe following severity scale will be used to rate issues that are observed during test. The scaleranges from None (0) to High (3). This scale will help developers determine which issues shouldwarrant immediate attention and which can be fixed down the line.• None (0) - not a usability issue• Low (1) – cosmetic or minor issue that will not interfere with functionality• Moderate (2) – A significant usability issue that should be fixed before release as it could affect a large proportion of users• High – (3) Usability issue makes the system unusable or will affect the majority of users and must be fixed immediatelyReview of application - Findings (include pictures here)The application’s main function is to allow users to find, save, or search recipes. To test the levelof functionality of this application, the following task will be performed:1. Find a vegetarian chili and share it via email2. Find a quick vegetarian main dish using the dinner spinner and bookmark the recipeIntro during load page Task 1: Dinner Spinner with Choices turn blue once three filters: dish, ingredi- clicked ents, ready in
Spin results with ads in between search Spin results can be filtered based on relevance,results ratings, title, and popularity. Users can also review their choices from each filter.Recipe results Recipes include calorie count, reviews, and ability to view recipe on website.
Add to Favorites allows users to book- Task 2: Search using dietary filtersmark recipesChoice turns blue once clicked Search results
Recipe results Email choicesMenu options: Spinner, favorites, Help optionssearch, featured, settings, help
Resolutions (include table here)Heuristics Issue Severity RecommendationsNavigationEasy to search and The dinner spinner Moderate (2) Add dietary filter to dinnerfind recipes does not have dietary spinner filters such as an op- tion to pick strictly vegetarian or vegan mealsMultiple ways to See comments abovesearch informationAppearanceReadable (color and Difficult to view reci- Moderate (2) Test different color back-font) pes in bright sunlight grounds to increase visibilitySocial networkingEasy to read and cre- Unable to create com- Low (1) Allow users to add commentsate comments ments for recipes without accessing allrecipes. comMultitaskingAble to intercept nor-mal phone functionsMiscellaneousQuick upload Delay in opening of Low (1) Decrease upload time application and view- ing matchesConclusionThe Allrecipes.com’s application allows users to search for recipes through their Dinner Spinnerand a traditional search. Though the application could improve in some aspects, users will beable to perform task without critical issues. Allrecipes.com provides settings, help, and seamlessconnection to their mobile site. The application does exactly what it set out to do. Examiningand correcting the low to moderate recommendations in this review will only improve on a wellbuilt application.
Review #2 Ebony SPSU Distance LearningEboni Warren created an application for Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) DistanceLearning site. The application is dedicated to the Android platform. Users will access the appli-cation to find specific information and to complete a task instead of simple browsing.HeuristicsThe following heuristics will be evaluated in for this review Navigation• Easy to search and find information -• Multiple ways to search information• Consistency in the navigation design• Stays true to Android standards Appearance• No spelling errors• Consistent fonts• Readable (color and font)• Formatting & formatting consistenciesSeverity scaleThe following severity scale will be used to rate issues that are observed during test. The scaleranges from None (0) to High (3). This scale will help developers determine which issues shouldwarrant immediate attention and which can be fixed down the line.• None (0) - not a usability issue• Low (1) – cosmetic or minor issue that can be easily resolved by the user• Moderate (2) – A significant usability issue that should be fixed before release as it could affect a large proportion of users• High – (3) Usability issue makes the system unusable or will affect the majority of users and must be fixed immediatelyReview of applicationThe current design allows current and prospective students to find information about SouthernPolytechnic State University’s Distant Learning program on the go. To improve the current ap-plication, the design should include some of Android standards in the redesign. Android applica-tions feature a menu that includes home, setting, search, and other features to ease navigation.Android developers (http://developer.android.com/guide/practices/ui_guidelines/icon_design.html) provides great information on how to tailor applications to their standards.
The following table provides recommendations for the current design:ResolutionsHeuristics Issue Severity RecommendationsNavigationEasy to search and No search or help High (3) An addition of a search andfind information function currently help function will help users exists find information.Multiple ways to See comments abovesearch informationConsistency in the Navigation bar not High (3) Place navigation bar withinnavigation design consistent in design standard Android menu appears on the bot- tom of home page and the top of the other pagesAppearanceFormatting & format- Scroll bar seems un- Moderate (2) Test different color back-ting consistencies necessary on self- grounds to increase visibility assessment, header, and footer are not consistentImages Image at bottom of Low (1) Remove image from design home page seems un- necessaryImages Image on Orientation Low (1) Make images consistent in page is not consistent orientation between portrait and landscape orientationConclusionThe Distance Learning application stays true to the original site. It provides users with the op-portunity to find information concerning the Southern Polytechnic State University’s DistanceLearning program while on the go. Users, both students and prospective students, can use thesite to find the information they need without departing from other task. Redesigning the cur-rent application to fit more with Android standards and other recommendations will provideusers with an effective and functional application.
ReferencesAllrecipes.com (2011). Dinner pinner pro. Retrieved from http://allrecipes.com/Features/More/ Android.aspx?prop24=PN_6.1.1_NP.Allrecipes-onAndroid developers. (2011, June 7). User interface guideline. Retrieved from http://developer. android.com/guide/practices/ui_guidelines/index.html