Rich User Experiences from RIA technology

4 Apr

Nowadays, many web applications have functionality as our familiar traditional desktop applications. This is why the users as we are couldn’t notice that web 2.0 technologies have combined online and offline world together. Moreover, we can see all interaction designs are on the web and that is why all new innovations are online.

Rich internet application (RIA) is a key element of web design as we have seen recently. RIA offers much better user experience. They can be faster, more engaging and much more usable. That makes RIA Technologies like Ajax, Silverlight, Adobe AIR, Flash and JavaFX are growing among web applications instead of stuck with HTML like traditional applications.

The common features of RIAs can be seen as

• improvement of user directly interacts with the interface (drag and drop)
• part of page is updating (without requesting the new page)
• feedback or error messages appear within the pages

The one example of website that uses RIA technologies is Moodstream.Gettyimages.com. They work with Adobe Flash/Flex technology to display full screen flash contents and make multimedia mood tone. MoodStream will generate a fresh stream composed of images, songs and video footage from the Getty.

Moodstraem.gettyimages is pretty cool website that can play the songs and the picture based on the user’s moods. The mood can be explained by moving 5 sliders up and down (happiness, calmness, humor, nostalgia and warmth)

The moodboards can collect your setting moods for the quick access. Other customize allows you to change the amount black and white contents, adjust a stream of images, footage, & audio.

Moodstraem.gettyimages creates an attractive user experience designed to combine the web application and desktop application together. The users interact visually and audibly in the context of an application like interact with common media player experiences.

Therefore, RIA technologies can be seen as important key in web application today. Most users feel familiar with these applications, ease to use with also increased richness and interactivity.

Reference:
moodstream.gettyimages.com (accessed March 3,2011)
www.jamesward.com (accessed March 4, 2011 )
vimeo.com (accessed March 4, 2011)

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11 Responses to “Rich User Experiences from RIA technology”

  1. Xiaodan Tao(Ye) April 4, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    I’ve seen one of those before, it’s quite interesting and I’m hoping for more functionality to come. I’ve recently used Spring Pad on my HTC desire phone and their own website has used RIA technology so it worked like a charm. I found it was very fast and just like I was using any applications in my computer. Because my netbook has limited memory it slows down everytime I opens similar websites which use JAVA.

  2. empecee April 5, 2011 at 2:21 am #

    Interesting Article, Where do they get the Music and Pictures from? WHose origina l Data do they use?

    • wanlaya April 5, 2011 at 7:12 am #

      Moodstream is owned by Getty Images. All the photos and musics derive from Getty Images sources.

      • empecee April 6, 2011 at 8:13 am #

        i wonder if they paid for it?

      • wanlaya April 6, 2011 at 9:44 am #

        No, they don’t. because Getty Images creates Moodstream. Actually, they are the same company.

  3. empecee April 7, 2011 at 5:32 am #

    hmm, i may not of expressed myself clearly. Moodstreem and Getty Images do not make music from scratch, how did they acuire the music and did they pay for it?

    • wanlaya April 7, 2011 at 6:29 am #

      Getty bought Pump Audio and they use the video and audio through Pump Audio. So if you like the audio in moodstream, you can buy them via moodstream website.

  4. Wilson April 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    I know RIA technology can make the effects of cool site, but I am not sure the cost will be too high? And the technology will be too difficult to enforce?

  5. akifuku April 8, 2011 at 3:02 am #

    Interesting App! I’d try it out when I get home for sure.

    It is interesting that a lot of websites are still using Adobe Flash/Flex framework, as it would not work on Apple’s iOS based devices like iPhones and iPads. The app I have reviewed also used it as a main framework. Steve Jobs reckon Flash is the technology from PC era, not suitable for iOS because it does not perform well, and not secure (http://www.apple.com/hotnews/thoughts-on-flash/). Do you agree? It’s kind of frustrating sometimes that I cannot use certain web apps using flash on my iPhone!

    • wanlaya April 8, 2011 at 3:57 am #

      I am thinking that apple would invent in all owned technology (even based on such other technologies) may be it make apple looks outstanding than other.

      • akifuku April 8, 2011 at 5:50 am #

        You mean apple propriety?
        I am not sure about that, as Steve Jobs clearly mentioned that he prefers the technology to be open….Mac OS does use few open source technologies, and apple do offer SDKs for developers to play with (with some restrictions though). I think they want to lock-in with the HW but not-so-much with the SW side of the things.

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