22 March 2005

A9: How less really does lead to more

I’ve been playing around with A9 for a bit. There was something about it that I couldn't quite put my finger on. Until today.

At first, A9 seemed like a neat idea. But I kept walking away feeling a bit overwhelmed. It’s almost like I have 10,000 search engines right in front of me. Well, that’s the point. That’s how vertical searches work. You can choose.

OK. That’s a nice concept. But look at it from the perspective from someone who is used to using just one search platform at a time. Not all of them. Talk about too much of a good thing. LOL

Here's a solution.

Let’s start with the layout of A9. The layout is totally unlike anything I have ever seen. That’s interesting. The right hand side you have these button-boxes that you can add. It floats up and down as you scroll up and down. That’s neat.

Thoughts on improving layout.

To the left side of the main screen there is a column of pictures. They are the services you can add to your search. You can pick an item and search with it. That’s neat.

Here’s where I get confused. There’s this long list of pictures. I kind of wish they’d go away. And those floating things to the side. I’d kind of like to make that disappear for a moment. It’s neat, but it gets annoying.

That’s not bad. What about simply giving users the option to make that long list of pictures and floating-boxes disappear or collapse.

I don’t mind reopening something, especially when I’m the one that closed it.

Besides, if I’ve chosen to include things in my search, and that’s all I want, I’d kind of like a way to make all the stuff I don’t want disappear. Sure, it’s still there, part of A9. Maybe available for another search. But I don’t want to be bothered with it this time. For now. Maybe next time. Maybe not.

Toggling

Oh, and there’s another thing. I’d like the option to toggle back and forth between [full names and types] and [just the compact list]. See, I might change my mind and want to look at all the logos again. Then make them disappear. Or is this becoming too much like Rojo, with so many options that it gets intimidating?

Another option I’d like is to have the ability to look at just the logos, and make the text disappear. After a while, I don’t need to read the text, I just want to get to the logos. Kind of like the amphetamine RSS-adder tool, which doesn’t do this, but could.

Sure, give me the option to save all my toggle-settings for next time.

Maybe that’s already there. And I just haven’t found it. Can you make it green? ;-)
I’ve been playing around with A9 for a bit. There was something about it that I couldn't quite put my finger on. Until today.

At first, A9 seemed like a neat idea. But I kept walking away feeling a bit overwhelmed. It’s almost like I have 10,000 search engines right in front of me. Well, that’s the point. That’s how vertical searches work. You can choose.

OK. That’s a nice concept. But look at it from the perspective from someone who is used to using just one search platform at a time. Not all of them. Talk about too much of a good thing. LOL

Here's a solution.

Let’s start with the layout of A9. The layout is totally unlike anything I have ever seen. That’s interesting. The right hand side you have these button-boxes that you can add. It floats up and down as you scroll up and down. That’s neat.

Thoughts on improving layout.

To the left side of the main screen there is a column of pictures. They are the services you can add to your search. You can pick an item and search with it. That’s neat.

Here’s where I get confused. There’s this long list of pictures. I kind of wish they’d go away. And those floating things to the side. I’d kind of like to make that disappear for a moment. It’s neat, but it gets annoying.

That’s not bad. What about simply giving users the option to make that long list of pictures and floating-boxes disappear or collapse.

I don’t mind reopening something, especially when I’m the one that closed it.

Besides, if I’ve chosen to include things in my search, and that’s all I want, I’d kind of like a way to make all the stuff I don’t want disappear. Sure, it’s still there, part of A9. Maybe available for another search. But I don’t want to be bothered with it this time. For now. Maybe next time. Maybe not.

Toggling

Oh, and there’s another thing. I’d like the option to toggle back and forth between [full names and types] and [just the compact list]. See, I might change my mind and want to look at all the logos again. Then make them disappear. Or is this becoming too much like Rojo, with so many options that it gets intimidating?

Another option I’d like is to have the ability to look at just the logos, and make the text disappear. After a while, I don’t need to read the text, I just want to get to the logos. Kind of like the amphetamine RSS-adder tool, which doesn’t do this, but could.

Sure, give me the option to save all my toggle-settings for next time.

Maybe that’s already there. And I just haven’t found it. Can you make it green? ;-)
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