Yuuguu’s new look and feelAuthor: Alan Mellor, almellor
New look website
We have a lot of sympathy for the Chilean miners, who were so wonderfully rescued unharmed this week. It must feel utterly amazing to see light again, walk free again, smell fresh air again. One of those things that, plainly, if you weren’t there, you don’t know.
Our far lesser experience here at Yuuguu in the comparatively sunny suburbs of Manchester, UK has also resulted in something emerging: a brand new look and feel for both the Yuuguu website and the Yuuguu Desktop Client. We’re pretty pleased with it. And it does feel like being released from being trapped in a coding-monkey-mineshaft for a good long while.
It’s not all just pretty new graphics, though. We’ve simplified the way you get started using Yuuguu. You now create your account from the Yuuguu website, rather than the desktop client. It’s a subtle change, but it feels better. More people expect to sign up on websites these days, a tribute to how interactive the web has become. Once you download the desktop client, you can now get started straight away with it, as you already have your account.
We’ve also taken the opportunity to explain what it’s all about a bit more clearly. Yuuguu is about web conferencing and collaboration. And we’ve created a snappy little video to show what you see when you use it.
New look Desktop App
We’ve got a whole series of improvements to the desktop app planned, of which this is the first. After listening ( on twitter, and getsatisfaction ) to customers wanting a ‘less clunky’ and more appealing looking interface, we set to work.
Again, the change is a little bit more than just nicer graphics and new colours. Whilst at this point we have only made some minor tweaks to the workflow, we think you’ll like them. One change we have made is to drop the ‘Web Share’ wording completely. Nobody understood it – whereas everyone seems to get ‘web conferencing’. We’ve made that function easier by simply calling the button ‘Start’.
A nice workflow change I think is the tabs for Recent Chats rather than the old style ‘push-down panel’. The tab is at the bottom of the view. This just seems more obvious, and a bit cleaner visually in how it works. It also frees up vertical space.
Currently, the new client is only available to those creating new accounts (from today).
Hope you like it! Whatever your thoughts – good, bad, indifferent – you know where to find us. And if you don’t, the information is now clearly on our new home page!
Till next time -
Take care from Al