See how Visioglobe have improved the UX for exploring the map.
We have been working on improving the user’s navigation and visualization experience. Below we’ll share with you the improvements that we made.
The below new features are all available by default on VisioMove Essential.
The lego mode displays the current floor in detail while stacking the lower floors underneath (just like lego!). Displaying the lower floors beneath the current floor, maintains the buildings context, and helps guide the user’s spatial awareness.
|Example lego mode|
Previously, the user had to navigate the spaced and detailed modes, in order to view a floor. See below for an example:
|Example spaced mode||Example detailed mode|
The lego mode is kind of a combined version of these two modes.
The advantages of lego mode over spaced mode are:
- Usability – The user no longer has to handle the special spaced mode, thus removing unnecessary interactions and relieving the user from having to learn unfamiliar gestures. 1
- Clarity – Only one floor is in focus, less information is displayed. Displaying multiple floors with varying shapes produces a lot of visual noise, and often leads to problems and confusion with large buildings.
In short, the lego mode is less gimmicky and more user friendly, removing interactions and visualisation issues.
Shared outside context
The outside context provides an overall view of the exterior of the map, often containing; roads, green areas, surrounding buildings. This overview helps the user orient themselves in relation to their surrounding context. It may also contain the routing network that connects the building to the outside.
When the user enters into a building, it’s 3D model disappears and the building’s floors become visible. The outside context continues to be displayed even when viewing higher floors.
Previously, the outside context was duplicated for each floor. This created extra map maintenance and heavier map bundles.
Added ability to handle several buildings within a compass type map. A building can be entered either by zooming on it, clicking on it’s model, or by selecting it from the UI list.
Note: For best effect, multi-building should be used in tandem with the shared outside context to help provide a visual overview of the venue.
Zoom to enter building
During usability tests, we noticed that most users wanted to enter a building by zooming into it. Based on this, we created the feature zoom to enter that provides the user with another mechanism to enter a building.
Note that because the spaced mode uses different gesture handling 1, it is not compatible with the zoom to enter feature.
1. The spaced mode uses swipe up and down gestures to change floors and a select gesture to enter into detailed mode of the focused floor. ↩