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Andrei Potorac

Andrei Potorac

Cofounder @Vuzum • @Widgetic. Joined over 5 years ago via an invitation from Timothy M. Andrei has invited Alex Marin

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  • Posted to Ask Designer News- What is the best way to help new users start using your app. Dummy data, step by step walk through?, Jan 10, 2014

    Why not try both? :-)

    What we did at Blogvio is to provide users with dummy data for any widget they choose to customise, but also with a step by step walk through once they get to the actual page of creating a composition.

    And in order to get to that page, we provide them with clear call to actions. Give it a try and let me know if you experience any issues. :)

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  • Posted to Ask DN: How do you manage product execution?, Jan 09, 2014

    I founded a digital agency called Vuzum 5 years ago. Last year in January we started our most important project: our startup Blogvio. We launched it precisely when we celebrated 5 years with Vuzum.

    Although we're in the Product Development stage, we weren't afraid to put something out quick, and iterate on that based on Usability Tests (check blog). It was awful to find out how much we needed to fix, but it worked great as we got the product to a point where it's usable. :-)

    There's still a lot of work ahead, but again, we're glad to get the data from the users that find us (we don't do too much user acquisition as we're not where we need to be with the product yet). Yes it is launched at www.blogvio.com.

    We use a bunch of tools to keep the team on the same page, especially since we're in different countries.

    Jira - kanban style, scrum, with the devs Trello - with the designer Skype - video conferences, and text chats Pen and Paper, or Penultimate and Evernote, or anything that allows me to draw and share concepts.

    It worked out pretty well for us. We've got a bunch of people interested in the company, and many users are already requesting stuff we've been working on for a while now. I think it's going to be great.

    Blogvio makes it easy for anyone to design and publish custom widgets. We think we did a good job so far.

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  • Posted to Tweet: @paul_irish — OS X protip: holding shift while clicking the green circle maximizes the window… ya know… maximally, Oct 10, 2013

    Use Moom.

    Not only does it allow you to go fullscreen, but you can split the screen in a grid and place the apps however you like. For example it has defaults that let you split the screen in two. Left side browser, right side Inspector. An example. :)

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  • Posted to Ask DN: Best wireframing tool?, Oct 10, 2013

    As I'm sharing my sketches I find hand drawing being still the best and fastest way to go. I'm using Evernote's Penultimate and a stylus to draw directly on the iPad. Than it's uploaded to Evernote automagically and I just share it. :)

    Then for more advanced stuff it's Balsamiq.

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  • Posted to What tools do you use for User-testing?, Oct 10, 2013

    We used Silverback and it proved to be quite useful. It put us back in the concept mode for 2 months after the first usability test.

    Note that it's as important to get usability right. You need to conduct 3 tests at different points in time with a set of at least 5 people. It's better to have no more, no less. This will cover 85% of the issues you might have with the project you are testing.

    The sooner you do the first test, the better. We had to change as much as arrows in a thumbnail that users confounded with navigation. :)

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