User Experience Architect, Mason Foster, is our newest member of the Autodesk Labs team. Upon returning to work from becoming a new Dad (congratulations Mason), his first assignment was to look at the user interface of the Photo Scene Editor. Recall that the Photo Scene Editor is the small application you install on your computer to interface with Project Photofly. Project Photofly servers do the heavy lifting when it comes to converting sets of photographs into 3D models that you can export as DWG files.
Mason had some comments on the Startup Screen. This screen includes two prominent buttons for creating a new scene or opening an existing scene. Additionally, it could include some links to more info, as well as thumbnails for recent files. Assuming the user was starting for the first time, Mason suggests providing links to some sample files here. Today the Project Photofly conversion process does not capture thumbnail images for RZI files; however, Mason was thinking that Project Photofly could just use one of the images in the stitched scene.
Mason also had thoughts on the Create New functionality. When the user creates with new images, Project Photofly should get them creating their scene as quickly as possible. In this concept, the Windows file browser could be integrated into the launch screen, so the user can browse and select files directly from the screen. The Compute Photo Scene button would immediately start the process, bypassing the screen where the user reviews/organizes photo groups, since this is usually not necessary.
The Organize/Add More button would let the user perform the more advanced workflows of adding more photos from a different location or reviewing/editing photo groups.
With regard to Processing: Mason reformatted the current screen to fit the same branded screen. Some subtle differences are that the progress bar only appears for the current process. Mason was thinking the area to the right would be a great place to show some “tips & tricks” slides if the user chooses to wait for their scene to process.
Before anyone starts coding anything, let us know what you think of these suggestions. We'd love to hear from you at [email protected].
Getting feedback even before we update the technology preview is alive in the lab. Henry Ford said if he had asked his customers what they wanted, they would have requested a faster horse. We're so early in the process we'd like you to suggest that it might be a good idea to put the steed in the same barn with the mare.
Looking to measure twice and cut once is alive in the Lab.