Design GalleRIA
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Soluto solves PC crashes and speeds up boot time. Not only that, it is a great visualization of what is really going on, empowering you to take action. 

See the article and tour on How To Geek.

Thanks to Stephen Anderson for sharing.

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50 more great web apps, many are RIAs:

50 Best Web Apps for 2010

A half dozen or so are from the 50 Most Usable RIAs of 2009 , but that still means there are at least 40 new ones on this list!

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InVision is a beautiful tool for creating interactive prototypes from existing mockups. The project repository is designed nicely with an invitation to add a new project. Once you click the invitation, it flips over and the new project name can be entered. Projects can be reordered with drag and drop.

Once inside a selected project, it is easy to upload all of your mockups with more drag and drop capabilities. The project can be shared for testing.

From start (the video demo) to finish (sharing the link for testing) the experience of using InVision is exceptional. 

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Manilla is a new application to help us become “effortlessly organized”. Well, I’m all for that. And they have a super slick set-up to select and link all of your accounts. This is probably one of the best implementations of search, select and build a list I’ve seen in a web app.

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Nice presentation: Inspiration from The Edge: New Patterns for Interface Design 

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Hipmunk uses a gantt chart to show flight and hotel search results. I’m not sure it is the easiest way to scan results (I have to think a little bit when I am trying to read it), but their novel approach to showing results sorted by “agony” indicates they really re-thought the whole flight booking process. 

Thanks to Gaven for sharing this site with me. 

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yardsellr has some nice transitions and animation, as well as a tour invitation to get started. Super short listing form for sellers. Nice implementation of auto-suggest in the search field.

What would make this app even more fun to browse, is if there was a way to quickly flip through all the pictures in a category— kind of like when you are at a yard sale, and you rummage quickly through all the items. Or complementing live scroll (like Google images) instead of paging would make it quicker/easier to scan all the listings.

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Nice set of interactive calculators by Intuit:

Tax Caster

Life Events Calculator

IRA Calculator

They follow all of the design principles: make it direct, use invitations, keep it lightweight, stay in the page, react immediately, use transitions… And they are useful to boot!

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Here’s a HTML 5 application, Ask Ken, that tackles the data visualization challenge of displaying and navigating lots of information. Ask Ken doesn’t tackle the issues of filtering data though, just navigating. Look at the previous post on the MS PivotViewer for filtering large amounts of data visually.

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Finally, another Silverlight RIA to add to the DesignGalleRIA.

MS built this cool PivotViewer. It is a visual way to explore lots of data. Go check out the demos and play with the live filtering. There are 4 demos in total, same interaction design, different data sets.

If I was going to incorporate this in a product, I would offer a visual pivot viewer plus a standard pivot table for exploring data. Dundas has a decent design for the standard pivot table/ OLAP cube.

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Echo Sign is a well designed tool for sharing and signing contracts online. Nice direct interaction for clicking to sign, clear tips for guiding you through the process, and an effective conversion message is presented after completion (it got me to sign up for an account). 

(Source: echosign.com)

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Thank you Time Magazine for pulling together the Top 50 Websites of 2010. While all of these are not RIAs, there are some good apps here like Movieclips. Interesting filter mechanism, kind of iPhone/iPad scroll selector with an overlay filter window.

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WTF is HTML 5 And Why We Should All Care is a visual breakdown of where HTML5 is now and what features are supported in different browsers. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about this from clients lately, and this is a decent starting point to explore this new option for building RIAs.

WTF is HTML 5 And Why We Should All Care is a visual breakdown of where HTML5 is now and what features are supported in different browsers. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about this from clients lately, and this is a decent starting point to explore this new option for building RIAs.

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Glyde-a new way to buy and sell books, movies, Cds…

A client emailed this to me because they thought it was cool. So I took a look at it. It is kinda cool in that that there is some movement on the site (thanks to the photo carousel and overlay windows), and it is attractive (slick grayscale design like Apple). 

But the photo carousel is not the best way to search or browse through items to buy. It only provides a picture, no title, no description, no sorting (although they did work filtering into the carousel). And although you can click on the item to get details, and the cinematic effects are cool the first couple of times, I have to say I prefer Netflix’s hover details, instead of all of this explicit clicking, closing, scrolling, clicking…

In the Sell section, it could use a help tip or blank slate view to help you get started- otherwise it looks just like Buy. Searching to Sell seems to break my mental model a bit, but once I got it, I can keep using it.

I’m looking forward to seeing what they do next as the Organize section look useful and well designed.

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Bounce is a new RIA out there. It is very simple but works like a charm. You just point, click and drag on the areas you want to add notes on. Good example of the design principle “Make it Direct”.