HCIL-2004-20

Khella, A., Bederson, B.
May 2004
Proc. of Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (MUM 2004), ACM Press, p.19-24.
HCIL-2004-20, CS-TR-4654
Small devices such as Palm and Pocket PC have gained much popularity with the advent of mobile technology and price affordability. Image browsers are among popular software applications on PDAs. The limitations introduced by these devices such as screen resolution, processing power and interaction make it harder for multimedia applications designed for larger displays to be as much usable on small screens. For an image browser, layout of images and navigation between them become critical factors for users' experience. These challenges motivated the development of Pocket PhotoMesa, a pocket pc image browser that employs Quantum strip Treemaps for laying out images and Zoomable User Interfaces for navigation. In this paper, we discuss the development of Pocket PhotoMesa and we perform a usability study comparing the performance and users' experience using Pocket PhotoMesa and ACDSee image browsers for the pocket pc.
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