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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

PowerPoint for Web Mock-Ups

I had read a tip for web designers a few months back - Adobe Illustrator is good for creating mock-ups for a web apps. Well, I got another tip for all those short-cut hungry, time-savers out there - Use PowerPoint.
We had some 5 days left for submission of Project SpaceLock's architecture for Student2Business, and I had no idea how to show to my group, how the Web Interface would look like.
Enter Microsoft PowerPoint into the scene. All I did was layout the menus and a little background, that all, everything else was taken care by PowerPoint.
Don't believe me? have a look at the Mock-Ups yourself -

And then compare it to the finished user interface I did today -

Minor improvements are all that you will find. This is the first time I could complete a complete interface in just 4 hours, I usually take more that a day :O :P ;)
And guess what, mysteriously, I never had those famous nasty bugging IE6 design issues. It work's on a newly installed Windows XP too -

The Lesson - Do look at PowerPoint too as an alternative for creating rapid prototypes and mocks for Web Interfaces.

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Sunday, March 08, 2009


After a wait of 9 years, I came to know what GW stands for, in GW-BASIC (my first programming language). Some teacher had heard a rumour in Modern School, Lucknow that GW stands for "GeeeWheee's". I used to wonder who could've been named GeeeWeee by his parents. Little did I know about internet then in the year 2000, nor did I search for it in the last 9 years.
I just happened to drop at one of these links at HN -
GW actually stands for its creator - Gregory Whitten, and also for Gee-Whiz and not some GeeeWeee. Woah! words do change when they travel across continents!
Now Gregory Whitten is indeed someone whom you would've called God back then! Seriously go ahead and read why so...
GW @ Wikipedia
GW @ RiskWaters

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