Wednesday, September 12, 2012

One possible candidate

At the risk of getting ahead of myself, one possible candidate for a usability case study is Calibre, an ebook management program. I use Calibre to add free ebooks to my Amazon Kindle ebook reader. Calibre supports all major platforms: Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Calibre uses icons, but it is not entirely icon-driven. Common actions are available on a toolbar with drop-down menus. The menus don't seem very deep, yet have moderate complexity. Overall, Calibre is geared for general users: anyone who wants to manage ebooks on their reader. The program is not too complex, yet not trivial. Calibre is Free / open source software, distributed under the GNU General Public License (version 3).

I'm not saying Calibre is the program I'll go with for a case study, but I'll certainly put it on my list of possibilities.

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