.. layout and movement of the owl’s beck when it is talking) and also the variations of what happens when you click on certain buttons (e.g. when you click on a certain button once and object appears and when you do a second time a variation of the object appears there) Essential components The essential components of CD-Rom development (http://geocities.com/itmweb.html) are: Define the user (who the CD-Rom is for) Interface Design (Graphics, text, sound, video, animation) Navigation (how easy) Information relevance On the above components I will access the CD-Rom. Straight away when you start the CD-Rom you are told that the CD-Rom is built for a certain age group (i.e. 5-9). The graphics of for the CD-Rom are suitable for the defined age group with its use of strong bold colours so that the users are immediately drawn to the look of it. The text of the CD-Rom is suitable for the define users because it is easy to read and clearly and well layed out so that they can see what’s happening. The sound is of good quality sometimes but not so good other times (e.g.
during the spelling game some words are hard to hear). The use of animation in the CD-Rom is great with the use of a talking owl the users are able to relate to a friendly forest animal. Also all other animations are friendly characters that would not scare kids (e.g., the cowboy bean). The navigation of this CD-Rom is not to clearing parts with the user not knowing if they have clicked on links but most have a clink noise associated with them when you click on it. Also the use of the owl is clever with it telling you what to do when you enter a new page or if you take to long.
The relevance of the information within this CD-Rom is good it clearly is aimed at the age group defined at the beginning and this is shown with the simple lessons that are used to teach the user. Design Motivations The way this CD-Rom is designed is to be interactive with when the user does something whether it is right or wrong the user gets a response (e.g. A big tick or a loud beep or the owl tells you correct or oh-oh try again). This is a good motivation for the user to learn because they are never actually told that No you are wrong and so they don’t fear taking part because of the chance they might be wrong. Also the use of well described animation lessons in how to multiply, add, subtract and divide gives the user chance to be explained what to do by cartoon characters that they find funny and friendly.
Also how the user is in control of the lessons if they want to do it again they can if they want to be told how to do something again they can. (Eg. the owl says click go to do the exercise again) Technical Considerations A Macintosh with 13″ colour monitor (640×480) resolution with 256 colours) or greater, System 7.0 or greater, 8Mb of RAM or more, CD-ROM, 3 MB hard disk space. For the CD-Rom to rum successfully the CD-Rom comes with an instruction manual on how to play it whether it be Macintosh 7.0 or Windows 3.11(Nightingale, P. (1998)*The Computer Classroom*.2N Education Pty Ltd WARNERS BAY AUSTRALIA) Cross Platform Issues There are no cross platform issues pertaining to this CD-Rom because it was created for both Macintosh and Windows platforms.
(Nightingale, P. (1998)*The Computer Classroom*.2N Education Pty Ltd WARNERS BAY AUSTRALIA) Question Two Group Project – CD ROM – Golfing Hawke’s Bay Methodology The methodology used to create this CD-Rom will be prototyping and advanced programming. This will be used so that the developers get an idea of what the user interface will look like and what the client wants by taking user views of the intended interface to the client and having them agreed upon and signed off so that the developers know what they have to achieve and the client knows what will be delivered to them by seeing what it looks like. Prototyping will be used so that if the client does not like what they see it can be thrown away or if they like certain aspects of it then it can be fine tuned through the use of advanced programming. Essential components The essential components used within the design will be text, graphics, sound, video, animation, navigation and transition effects. The text will be short and to the point and clearly seen and easily read by all users, with bold fonts and italics used to create a sense of importance and reference.
The graphics will be standard pictures that will be compatible with all pc’s (e.g. jpeg format). The sound will be of top professional quality that is easy to hear and understand. The animation contained within the CD-Rom will be short and not hinder the overall aspect of what information the CD-Rom is trying to portray. (E.g.
not within pages or will it contain information that is trying to be expressed) Video will be of avi or mpeg format depending on the desired result by the client and navigation shall be simple, consistent and easily followed throughout the CD-Rom with a tab header frame containing the headings a site map and internal back and forward navigation as well as a link to the homepage with in each page. Design Motivations The layout of the information combined with the graphical pictures and video footage will allow the user to learn more about the course they are looking at and be able to chose which golf course to play at due to public availability days conveyed by the CD-Rom. Also they through the use of a graphical road map are able to see what roads to take to get to the golf club. Technical Considerations For the CD-Rom to run the users pc will require a sound card and a video player for there to be optimal use of it. But underlined text links will be provided for that pc that has not got compatible software.
Cross Platform Issues The cross platform issues will relate to the graphics that we used with it looking with a Macintosh pc the graphics will seem light and a bit washy. Conclusions I have found that there are various methods used to design and create a website and CD-Rom for users (e.g. Waterfall, prototype, advanced programming) with many essential components to take into consideration (e.g. file formats) and also that there are technical considerations to consider as not everyone has the same hardware and software. As well as cross platform issues with people using different platforms. (E.g.
Macintosh vs. Windows) References (http://geocities.com/itmweb.html . (Verhaart, M. (2001) V/2-KnowledgeBase2000. Retrieved March 13, 2001 from EIT Intranet) . (Judson Webcenter Style Guide http://home.judson.edu/styleguide/pageplatform.htm l) (Web Style Guide http://info.med.yale.edu/caim/manual/interface/bas ic interface2.html) (Ruth Kastenmayer Webmaster and styleguide editor at Judson College (http://home.judson.edu/styleguide/contents.html)) The National Bank (www.nationalbank.co.nz) (Nightingale, P.
(1998)*The Computer Classroom*.2N Education Pty Ltd WARNERS BAY AUSTRALIA) Glossary CD-Rom – (Compact Disc, read-only-memory) is an adaptation of the CD that is designed to store computer data in the form of text and graphics, as well as hi-fi stereo sound. Email – (electronic mail) is the exchange of computer-stored messages by telecommunication. Frame – the use of multiple, independently controllable sections on a Web presentation. Interface – consisting of the set of dials, knobs, operating system commands, graphical display formats, and other devices provided by a computer or a program to allow the user to communicate and use the computer or program. Italics – Font style Link – a link is a selectable connection from one word, picture, or information object to another. MB – Megabyte RAM – Random Access Memory Computers Essays.