Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability – new edition published.

By Steve Krug published by New Riders

I bought this book when it first came out in 2000, since then, hundreds of thousands of Web designers and developers have relied on usability guru Steve Krug’s guide to help them understand the principles of intuitive navigation and information design.
On the back of the book the publisher says “Witty, commonsensical, and eminently practical, it’s one of the best-loved and most recommended books on the subject. Now Steve returns with fresh perspective to reexamine the principles that made Don’t Make Me Think a classic–with updated examples and a new chapter on mobile usability. And it’s still short, profusely illustrated…and best of all–fun to read. If you’ve read it before, you’ll rediscover what made Don’t Make Me Think so essential to Web designers and developers around the world. If you’ve never read it, you’ll see why so many people have said it should be required reading for anyone working on Web sites.
STEVE KRUG managed to labor happily in near-total obscurity as a highly respected usability consultant until the publication of the first edition of Don” t Make Me Think. Ten years later, he finally gathered enough energy to write another book: the usability testing handbook Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-ItYourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems. The books were based on the 2o+ years he’s spent as a usability consultant for a wide variety of clients like Apple, Bloomberg.com, I.exus.com, NPR, the International Monetary Fund, and many others. His consulting firm, Advanced  Common Sense, is based in Chestnut Hill, MA. Steve currently spends most of his time teaching usability workshops, consulting, and watching black-and-white movies from the ‘3os and ‘4os.  “
I haven’t had a chance to look at the new edition yet but on the basis that the original became a classic I would highly recommend this for any web developers, mobile app developers or others involved in User Experience design (UX).

Click here to view this on Amazon.co.uk
Price: £18.19


How to watch Channel 4 on Demand (4OD) on Apple TV

4OD App for Apple TV

 

If you are looking for the Channel 4 app for the new Apple TV then this blog post is for you. We explain how to use your Apple device to watch Channel 4, 4 On Demand, 4E, More 4, Film 4 etc using the All 4 App.

Currently Channel 4 don’t have a native iOS App for Apple TV but the good news is that they do have a really good iOS App for the iPhone, iPad and iPod. It’s easy to port these apps to the Apple TV so it should only be a matter of time before they get around to supporting the Apple TV as well. Luckily in the meantime the iPhone, iPad and iPod App works really well with the Apple TV 3rd and 4th generation.

You’ll need to install the 4OD App on your iPhone/iPad. You can find this in the App Store on your device by just searching for 4OD.

4OD Apple TV App

 

You will then need to start the app and register if you don’t already have a user id and password with C4.

You can then search for and play the programme you want to watch.

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When the programme starts to play you just need to swipe up from the bottom of the screen. You will then see the control panel shown below.  Press the AirPlay icon.

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Now pick your Apple TV from this list of AirPlay devices. Your programme will now start to play on your Apple TV.

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Watching ITV on Apple TV with the ITV App.

How to watch ITV on your Apple TV

Update: Jan 2nd 2017 : In a recent update ITV have blocked you from mirroring the output to the Apple TV. We can only imagine that they have some rights issues with various content owners that prevent them from allowing us to do this. We suggest you email ITV and let them know how hard they are making it for us to watch their programmes. It would also be worth complaining to Apple as they should be doing more with the UK based channels to get their content onto their platform.

At the time of writing ITV have launched their new ITV Hub App on the iTunes store.  This is the ITV equivalent of the BBC iPlayer. Currently the ITV Hub App only works on iPhone and iPad and they haven’t released a version for the Apple TV.  This shouldn’t be more than a few days development work for them so we hope they will get on and do it soon. In the meantime you can use the ITV Hub App on your iPhone and mirror it onto your Apple TV.

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