Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Redesigned app pages on orkut

Since we launched the new orkut, we’ve been working hard to launch new features and introduce the new design to other pages that are still using the older UI. Today, we’re excited to announce the redesign of the app pages on orkut. Because we want developers to try it out first, these changes are first being rolled out to the sandbox, and you’ll have some time to give us your feedback before these go live for all users at orkut.com. We believe usability and speed improved considerably.

Let’s check out what’s new:

New canvas page
Options are more descriptive and appear at the top of the page. They open up as dialogs so users can configure or access the app information without leaving the canvas page.

New apps directory page
The apps directory is easier to navigate. We removed the descriptions and arranged the apps in two columns, and you can search for apps within categories, so it all looks much cleaner. We also created a section called "my applications" from where users can open or remove their apps.

When a user clicks on an app listed in the directory, the screenshot as well as the app’s description and popularity will now pop up in a new window. This window replaces the old app page and allows users to quickly add apps without loading another page.

New profile view for apps
We’re changing the way apps are displayed on a user’s profile. Showing several apps in tabs on the profile page was confusing. We made things simpler having users select a single app to appear on their profile page and other apps (as well as the "about me" section) are accessible by a drop-down menu.

A new apps box
We’re adding a “my applications” box, just below the “my communities” one on the right. This box will list the thumbnails of all apps the user has installed. We hope this will drive more traffic to the app’s canvas page.

We hope you’ll like these changes. Please share your feedback with us at the forum.


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  3. Sandbox não está logando desde ontem, qnd foi feito o anúncio. Bizarro.

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  6. New Orkut layout and design is very poor. I think Orkut is a leader of social networking then also try to copy facebook. I don't know why?

    The new layout is not working properly with Win 7 and IE. When i try to load new layout sometime it gives me very funny layout with only my profile photo and nothing else just one, two links and that also not working no logout link also. Then i have to clean my browser history and then reload Orkut to login again then i have to use older version.

    I don't like this update from friends method. If developer likes i like to give one idea that is please add storing file and putting artical facility.

    I like to put some blog type text about some topic and i like to put some files about that topic so friends can read that text and can download files.

    Thank you.

  7. i do agree with Ajay, Orkut lost their competitiveness and particular features. Now even Orkut, which I did love most, follows facebook. What a pity!