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    My brother and I have developed a Web Design Preview Application and are looking for some feedback on the website. We would like some web designers to try out the application and provide any feedback that can help us improve the product.

    Signing up is free and only requires an email, we really want to know what people think about this app and are not asking for any money.

    If you would like to beta test the application, go to HostedPreviews.com and sign up.

    Thanks for the time and please let us know what you think!

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    cool! I'll sign up now
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    First, a beta test is not a user test. Observed users, attempting to accomplish tasks, is more informative.

    Next, a critique section is not for advertising. Let's get real -- you're looking for users under the illusion they're giving a critique.

    Finally, it's pointless. Obviously you've never considered taking a screen shot of the site within the browser and emailing that.

    Either you're using a collaboration product, or Visio. Or you don't want the client to have complete access to the markup before payment. Or you put it up and run the site. And the client has made numerous comments and adjustments beforehand with mockups and wireframe, so there is little need to preview the code complete site.

    Unless you're talking about how the site looks in a variety of browsers. And you don't "preview" that.

    Just FYI, the vast majority of sites are not used by clients nearly as much as they are used by the visitors the client is trying to influence to gain some objective. This preview service could bring users into the feedback loop to slap some sense into the closed loop of developers giving clients exactly what they asked for -- good and hard.

    I dislike the site idea which a single minute outside the customer and reality vaccuum could have developed into something actually useful.

    There is no reason a client couldn't take the code and run the site -- and stiff the designer. One BIG reason for NOT allowing access to the markup and site code.

    It doesn't even bring in W3C validation or prompt that discussion.

    So ...it's not a user test preview with, say, heatmaps. ...it's not a preview that promotes a client actually pay, like an escrow service. ...it's not something that provides page-by-page notes or some way to highlight a specific element or area or anything involving collaboration.

    What is it then? ...That's right, pointless.

    There are roughly two dozen problems designers have with clients and collaborating with them. This preview service solves exactly none. Whilst leaving out the notes and commentary text messaging THE EMAIL MEDIUM WAS CHOSEN FOR.

    Which probably explains why you can read the top page and still not know what the heck the purpose of the site is. Like with the current web preview methods, it is too much solution, not enough problem.

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    simply awesome

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    I am not sure how this is of any use to me?
    When I want to show a client the site in development, I simply create a folder on my server and upload the site to it. The I can e-mail the URL of the site to the client. I can put up multiple screenshots, interacitve pages, whatever I want.
    What is the benefit here?
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    My guess is it shows a screen shot of how your website looks in every single possible available browser. This is incredibly handy in cross browser testing, however I can't tell you for sure as strangely you are required to upload your site rather than just give a URL.
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    it shows a screen shot of how your website looks in every single possible available browser.
    As far as I can tell -- apparently previewing a site does nothing to improve its information content -- it does no such thing.

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    It says on the site

    1. Create a Design Preview: Save your design(s) as an image file (png, jpg, jpeg, or gif) and upload it in the Design Preview creation form. Each Design Preview can include 10 images. When you are done, save your Design Preview. The HostedPreviews.com application takes your design image and settings and creates an HTML page that showcases your design in the browser with its own unique URL!
    so I guess they just take the image and center it? How is this helpful? If we are designing, can't we just do the same ourselves, without having to sign up for anything or go to someone else's site to do it?

    I still am not sure what the value is here. Maybe the site owners could explain more fully?

    Thanks,
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    OK - Only one way to figure this out - I wen and signed up to test it.

    I set up 2 "previews"

    test #2
    Testing the service

    Basically it is a centered screenshot, you can specify a background image if you want, and/or a background color, and limit the width to 960px.

    I thought it would be nice to see it as a client would, so I looked for a logout button, couldn't find one. So I closed the tab and opened a new one, put in the URL of one of my previews, and it opened with navigation at the top still giving me access to my account.
    I had not been logged out, even though I had left the site.

    I think it is a good-looking site, but I really don't see the value here.
    Good design should never say "Look at me!"
    It should say "Look at this." ~ David Craib


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    Yeah I agree I kind of think the site is pointless. Like the above said I can simply upload the design to my own server, probably more conveniently or just as convenient as your program. So why pay you 100+ plus a year for this? Plus by the way you can't charge people more then they would pay for hosting.

    But the design and architecture itself is very good, but I just don't like the idea. If it works for you then good for you! If not then try something else until it works!


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