Elaborating JotForm Cards - A New, Friendly Way to Ask

The famous online form builder JotForm recently launched its new platform to ask questions from customers, employees etc. called JotForm Cards. For those who aren't familiar, JotForm was Founded in 2006 by Aytekin Tank as the first drag-and-drop online form builder, today they have 3.3 million registered users worldwide. The aim behind introducing the JotForm Cards is to create some motivational, friendly & easy to use forms that incredibly improves the response rates.

Unlike traditional forms, JotForm Cards interact with respondents like a real person would. JotForm Cards are motivational, friendly, and incredibly easy compared to other types of forms. The end result is greatly improved response rates.

So let's elaborate JotForm Cards and know why they are important for businesses:

Why It Matters:

Better information for better decisions and relationships with customers or employees.

What makes JotForm Cards unique?
  • ·         Beautiful.
  • ·         Motivational.
  • ·         Friendly UI.
  • ·         Increased ease of use = Increased form conversions.


1. Beautiful

Your first interaction with a company is often with a form, and JotForm Cards made it a beautiful experience. More than any other online forms, JotForm Cards are truly beautiful. Users can customize designs to match their brand exactly, including custom color schemes, images, logos etc.




2. Motivational

Whether a business needs feedback, leads or order information, it always starts with a form and for a respondent, filling out forms can be a burden. With a JotForm Card, the first encounter is a welcome page, which is customizable and a great way to let respondents know what’s ahead.

JotForm Cards have a progress bar that encourages respondents to complete a form by including bright green dots that signal that they’ve completed a question and motivates them to finish a form. Hence businesses get more of the critical data they depend on.



3. Friendly UI

Using JotForm Cards is just like asking questions face-to-face. Smileys and vivid icons allow the respondent to express their feelings about a company. Micro animations react to the respondent just like a person would. When someone tries to skip a required question, the card moves in the same manner as someone shaking their head “no”.

It doesn’t matter the type of mobile device, JotForm Cards shows up clearly. A simple swiping gesture allows respondents to see the next question on a form.



4. Increased ease of use = Increased form conversions

People stop filling out forms if it’s too difficult or tedious. JotForm Cards solve that problem. JotForm Cards are designed to make the process as easy as possible with features such as:

● Questions asked one at a time to improve focus.
● Sync with Google Maps so that it recognizes location names in address fields.
● Suggestions for misspelled email addresses.
● Mobile is more than just a small screen; it’s about better usability, optimizing for screen real
estate, and simplifying design elements and layouts.
● Natural swiping gestures and transitions make the form easier to complete on mobile devices.
When forms are this simple, businesses get a greater response rate.



Conclusion:

From now on, JotForm Cards will change the way organizations collect information.

● Respondents will have an easier time filling out JotForm Cards than traditional forms.
● Features to motivate people to complete every question.
● It’s the most friendly online form interaction available anywhere.
● A better form experience means a higher response rate.


Free Music Streaming - Saavn vs BOTY Music - Which is Best?


Time is changing, online music streaming is picking up speed. There was a time when people used to buy songs CDs or were crazy for downloading the latest song as and when it was released. But now, the trends have shifted. Even though some people still exist who wish to download the songs. But the majority have moved to online streaming. For those who are unaware of what this is, online music streaming gives you access to any kind of music available on the net. While your internet connection is working, you can listen to your favorite genre without going through the hassle of downloading the same.

While there are many music streaming sites are available today, let's check out two music streaming sites. The one who initiated streaming, and the other who just started now - Saavn vs Boty.

Saavn

Saavn is one of the biggest players in online music streaming market. It was the first online streaming website to enter India. Saavn gives you an endless variety of English and Hindi songs. Not only the Bollywood music, one can listen to some Regional Hindi songs as well. And while you have the internet connection, you can keep listening to your favorite songs, sorted by anyways you like. And can even create a separate songs list based on your mood.



Pros of Saavn Music Streaming:
  • ·         People from over 200 countries can access the app and its music.
  • ·         You can listen to the songs by different genres, artists, or movies.
  • ·         It gives you the list of top 15 trending songs every week.
  • ·         You can create your own music list.


Cons of Saavn:
  • ·         The rankings of the songs are inaccurate, uses their own data to rank.
  • ·         Contains a lot of advertisements in between music.
  • ·         You cannot download the song unless you have purchased PRO version.
  • ·         You need to have strong internet connection for good streaming, else the music will keep on breaking.


BOTY Music

BOTY Music is the recent entrant in the online streaming market. This site was created to give you the latest Indian music releases and various other songs lists. Not only by singer, you can also search music by genres, music directors, producers and even some top song actors. The songs here are completely original and you can listen to them for free.



Pros of BOTY Music:
  • ·         This website is available all across the globe.
  • ·         Here you can listen to Marathi, Bhojpuri, Punjabi or Hindi songs for free. Just visit BOTY Music site and start listening to your favourite hindi tracks without any hassle.
  • ·         You can sort the music based on the singer, music director, or producer.
  • ·         Some special songs lists have also been created, like Deepika Padukon songs, Katrina Kaif songs, and Hrithik Roshan songs.
  • ·         Latest music releases are updated regularly and you can view the top trending songs list anytime.
  • ·         This website checks multiple sources to know the popularity of a song. And accordingly ranks them in top trending.
  • ·         There are no advertisements in between the songs.


Cons of BOTY Music:
  • ·         English songs are not yet available on the website.
  • ·         You cannot download the songs anywhere. Only online streaming is possible.
  • ·         You cannot create your own music list yet.
  • ·         No app for BOTY Music is available so far.


Conclusion

If you want to listen to the songs using an app on your phones, Saavn is your best choice. But if you wish to check the actual rankings of the top trending songs, there is nothing better than BOTY Music. Plus, with BOTY Music, you can also view special lists based on some popular actors like Salman Khan or Katrina Kaif.


If these 2 Apps would not fit for you, you can also try other apps like Gaana and Wynk Radio which is free for Indian users having an Airtel SIM.

[App Review] TimeApp - The Daily Time Saving App for iPhone & Android


Are you always seems to be in hurry? Are you feel lack of time in your daily routine? If this couple of questions fits right for you then there is an app which could help you in your time management.

TimeApp, developed by Time App Ltd. is a great time saving app available for iOS & Android. This app basically helps you relax, relieve stress and free your mind from worries by giving you more time. By using this app, one can schedule his to do tasks, set memos for present and future, chat with friend using hands-free feature and many more.


 


Let's check out the key features of TimeApp:

Chat (Very useful feature):
  • ·         Hands free chating, no need to long press to record.
  • ·         Recording up to 1 hour.
  • ·         While recording you can pause, incoming calls do not delete themselves while recording is paused.
  • ·         In pause, you can also scroll up the chat and listen to voice messages.
  • ·         Voice message can be double and triple speed, if a friend talks slowly, you can use it, it's fun. Also a 0.5 (half speed) is available.


MEMO (Fast and useful):
  • ·         Long press on the center circle tab to make a reminder by Time or by location. Use voice, video or text as you like.
  • ·         Pressing and holding will start recording, letting go will advance to the "BY Time" or "By Location".


Creating Contents (Plan ahead and surprise your friends):
  • ·         Send contents (up to 9 different contents, such as videos or images) (only 1 voice available - can be 1 hour long)  into the future.
  • ·         Send to an unlimited number of friends and groups, as long as they are on TimeApp, it will reach them.


Daily Life:

Spend few minutes creating an greeting and then TimeApp sends these videos of birthday greeting to your loved one for the rest of their lives! At the date and time of your choosing. It’s that simple!

Golden Years:

Leave future ALARMS for any set date and time and duration, your children and grandchildren... Will be able to see your videos during the selected time of your choosing. Let your child know how you feel about them during their 80th birthday.

Business Functions:

Inform all your employees about the Monday routine, set the ALARM to remind 10,000 employees (Or more) to turn off the lights before they leave, or to check the mail. Set it to each Monday during fixed months each year, or attach it to a holiday calendar.

Prepare for a meeting and let everyone know when you are ready, greet and send holiday videos to all your employees for the next 10 years, for all holidays, in a few minutes. When it’s time, TimeApp will send it to them.

Innovative Generation:

Teachers, remind your whole class to do an assignment at a set date, or a test date, you can set the whole year in one sitting, TimeApp will remind your students at the set time you want and will even repeat the video if you want. Use your imagination and tell your class that a video with most of the answers will be presented at 19:00, it’s a great new way to make them interested in learning and take the responsibility to do something while they are home. Set the whole school year worth of reminders in a morning.



My Fan Club:

You have fans? Create 10 videos for 10 years, annually celebrate your appreciation for your fans. Set a whole months’ worth of videos-voice recordings, pictures or text in one mornings or less and TimeApp will deliver them to your fans on schedule. They will get your video every day in the time of your choosing, or make the ALARM timeless and your fans will be able to choose the time.

My Time My Will:

Want to reveal a secret, your last will, treasure hunt or a carefully planned event? Use TimeApp to preset who will get what information, when and how many times it will appear. Planning a wedding event? Want to show all the guests what will happen or what did happen at the same time? Want to show them a different piece of information later on after a few moments and then another and another… You can do it all!

Motivation:

We fail to motivate ourselves because we give up at some stage, usually when we are close to achieving what we want or at the start! Use TimeApp to set an ALARM that will alert you with motivational videos each day at the same time! TimeApp will make sure you are consistent! It’s hard not to succeed when your mobile device works hard to encourage and motivate you!

Make your own videos and listen to the sound of your voice, or search the web for premade ALARMS by other users. TimeApp is all about living your life in a new way with more and more time to do for you & your loved ones!


Also, Watch this Video to see how this app works & looks:




Give a try to TimeApp now, you can download it for iOS or Android from below links:

 

What are Conversational Interfaces (CI) and their Benefits




Although no chatbot has passed the Turing test yet (or so we assume…), it’s clear that the technology has developed rapidly in recent years. Chatbots like SmarterChild, the artificial “buddy” users could communicate with via AOL Instant Messenger, bear little resemblance to sophisticated products like Siri and Alexa.


Companies throughout numerous industries have triggered this rapid growth by funding the development of chatbot technology designed to make interactions more closely resemble conversations with an actual human. Until recently, Natural Language Processing (NLP) technology supported most of these products. NLP innovations allowed chatbots to comprehend and respond to basic user requests.


That being said, the results companies get from the NLP approach have been far from perfect. No one is going to mistake an NLP-based chatbot for a real person. Thus, organizations have shifted towards a Natural Language Understanding (NLU) approach, hoping to develop chatbots that can learn how to understand language more efficiently and reliably.


Still, the results can be cumbersome. Chatting with a website’s bot is often a slow, drawn-out process. In the age of digital distraction, chatbots should be able to communicate with users through a variety of means.




That’s why many experts are beginning to recommend Conversational Interfaces (CI) as the ideal solution.


Understanding CI: The Basics


Essentially, a CI is a hybrid chatbot interface. It incorporates voice, text, graphics, and any other available language interface to facilitate the most efficient communication between user and chatbot. By using multiple forms of communication, this type of chatbot also guards against user distraction.


Slack’s chatbot is a good example of a CI. One of the distinguishing characteristics of a CI is compatibility with multiple devices and platforms. You can interact with a CI through your phone, tablet, laptop, and even smartwatch. The ideal CI chatbot will respond to both voice and text, whichever is more convenient for you at the time.


A CI-based chatbot also reduces the frustration a user experiences when they’re unable to explain to a bot what it is they’re trying to do. For example, many people have encountered chatbots on websites that introduce themselves with general inquiries, like “How can I help you today?”




The problem is, the chatbot often doesn’t understand the user request. The syntax of your request must be comprehensible to a computer.


With a CI chatbot, instead of asking a general question, the bot may offer users a list of options. While this might seem like it limits what a person can actually use a chatbot for, it actually makes the bot more functional in a practical sense; the less chances there are for confusion, the less chances there are for a user to get frustrated with the service.


To understand the potential applications of this type of chatbot, take a look at Typeform. It’s an informational article that allows users (if they choose) to occasionally stop reading in order to interact with a chatbot that provides information about the topic. In the future, companies could use this kind of chatbot to gather more personal information about a customer. Imagine reading about a new product or service, while a reasonably natural chatbot asks you questions, answers your questions, and generally takes the time to learn about your reaction to the product.


It’s important to realize that CI technology is still in its infancy. That said, it represents one of the most promising innovations for developing truly realistic virtual people.

Android 8.0 Oreo: Features & Highlights




Android started off with no of version & Google's home cooked OS has reached a point where you don't see much changed or any new UI tweaks, Few versions did get a complete makeover but few tried & failed. Android O came up with features which was much needed & few Custom ROM or Third party Launchers were providing it for ages. Stock experience is always better so these features are always welcome. Android O not only brought much needed changes but also made life simpler by adding & tweaking things for which we constantly download numerous Apps or maybe downloaded or rooted our device.

So without further a do let's see what are the notable features & Highlights of Android O:

1. User Interface - UI is something which gives the device a completely new look, when you feel bored with your device look & feel a new UI is the only way to revive things. Android O doesn't brings too much of improvements in terms of UI but keeps things simple & consolidates everything. It gives the UI cleaner look at organizing things in a pretty neat way. Talking about UI, the Main settings you see has clubbed few things which were a separate tab or options previously. The Icons have changed as well with the help of Adaptive Icons which would need developer level help to give it a new look.




   

2. Picture-in-Picture mode (PiP) - PiP mode is the flagship feature of Android O, it was a much needed & can be said the most awaited feature in Android. Having this features gives your smartphone a PC like an experience where one of your App is floating around the screen while you navigate & try to do things. For e.g. While reading some content or texting you can watch a youtube video without any hassle. Split screen can do the same but it sometimes causes a little pain while using split-screen. PiP works with just pressing the home button.



3. Notification Dots - Notification dot is another sweet addon as the Apps shows you a small dot when there is a notification or you can say unread batch counts. This feature is useful as it looks clean rather than showing you the no of notification a small dot does the job. When you tap & hold the Icon it will show you new options, this feature is already available in Nova launcher if you have used it anytime. As always said an inbuilt feature is always the best.



4. Smart text selection & APK source - Smart selection gives you more option when you select any text, it can be selected from a Mail/Browser/Messages etc. For eg., if you select a number it will give you an option to Dail or select whereas previously you have to select, copy open dial pad & then call. APK source is basically for security purpose, some might find this feature helpful while some may feel that it causes a lot of headaches. If you are a user who constantly downloads APK's from 3rd party source then this might be little annoying, 1 or 2 occasions should work completely fine.



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5. Bluetooth Support & Auto Fill - High-performance Bluetooth audio was one of the first Oreo features to capture the attention of the Android masses. Sony donated its LDAC codec to Google for inclusion in Oreo, opening up the mobile OS to superior audio connections on supported hardware. Android O gets all tick when it comes to Bluetooth support so that all hardware doesn't sound the same & the true potential can be felt. Auto Fill is something which makes our life simpler by remembering the details you entered. Just how chrome works but this features helps to remember & auto-fill via App-wide.



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6. Battery Optimization - There isn't any phone that provides battery as per our expectation, expectations can be different & also maybe unrealistic. The manufacturer has started to ship devices with bigger battery capacity & also with fast charging support. The main concern is if Android itself is not optimized then this hardware is just like a piece of brick. To change the same Android has made numerous changes when it comes to battery optimization. Android O brings in new optimization wherein the background limit is maintained by OS & Apps which runs without any reasons are cut through the process. The OS has made smarter to know the difference between Active & Passive background activity.





So these were few of the most anticipated features & changes hope you like it. Do share your comments below & let us know your thoughts on the same.




This article was originally posted by Zen_Aakash on ZenTalk.

What You Need to Know About UX vs. UI for App Development




When designing a mobile app, prioritizing UX is essential. That said, UI is an equally important part of good native appdesign. If you don’t work in the field of software and app development, you may wonder what the difference is. Many people mistakenly use the terms UX and UI interchangeably. However, they actually refer to distinct elements of a mobile app, both of which play a crucial role in attracting and retaining users.

Understanding the Role of UX

UX is short for “user experience.” When a customer uses your app, the processes should be intuitive and simple.

The UX designer works behind the scenes to ensure a smooth experience for all users. Thus, you’re unlikely to even notice the quality of a UX designer’s work unless it’s poor. You expect an app to be easily understandable; you’ll only pay attention to the general user experience if it’s confusing and flawed.

To ensure a quality UX, designers study industry best practices, research user behavior, and take other necessary steps to better understand what customers are looking for in an app.

What a UI Designer Does

UI refers to the app’s “user interface.” The UI designer is essentially responsible for the concrete visual elements of the program. This includes typography, graphics, color scheme, widgets, buttons, and more.

The discipline of UI design can be compared to graphic design, where every discrete visual element must contribute to a consistent overall style. UI designers take on the added challenge of designing visuals that are interactive in nature: when a user clicks on a button, it needs to do something other than simply look appealing.
How They Differ

Both UX and UI designers play critical roles in the app development process, and often coordinate with each other to ensure the finished product is cohesive.

UX designers are particularly focused on making sure a user is able to complete specific tasks within an app. A visually-appealing product won’t succeed if customers can’t figure out how to use it for its intended purpose.

In this respect, UX is a science. Designers study their goals to determine the most logical way for an app’s processes to flow. Users should never be confused about what steps they should take next to complete a task. Even if they’re not confused, too many steps can result in a cumbersome UX – simplicity and efficiency are paramount.

UI design is more of an art than a science. The UX designer determines what a person actually experiences when using a specific feature. Meanwhile, the UI designer determines how that experience will look and feel. The app should be useful, but it should also “feel good” to use.

Both roles are critical. Quality UX ensures that users intuitively understand how an app functions without reading through instructions, while quality UI ensures that they enjoy the overall experience. Although there is a lot of overlap in their goals, UI designers and UX designers approach their jobs from different starting points. When they both do their jobs well, the result is an app that looks good and serves a legitimate purpose for the user.

The Art of Stealing: How to Become a Master Designer

Painter Pablo Picasso once said, “Good artists copy. Great artists steal.” This has never been more true than today.
Many outsiders believe that designers are unicorns, gifted or special in some way. We have an innate ability to create gorgeous interfaces, a natural talent for matching complementary colors, an unexplainable intuition for building beautiful typography. None of this is true. Becoming a great designer actually takes years of hard work, experimentation, and failure.
The problem with unicorn thinking is that it makes design seem unattainable to people who are interested, but don’t see themselves as creative types. I’ve met many programmers and people in tech who are convinced they can’t get into design because of this. But they can turn these mental blocks into building blocks with a simple mindset shift. Instead of looking at other designers’ work with envy, think of it as the key to your success.
In fact, interactive design has a lot in common with the open source software community: You can master it by stealing and copying from the best of the best. And make no mistake: These are the top designers in the world, from places like Dropbox, Facebook, and Palantir.
How do I know it works? Because it worked for me.

The Parallels Between GitHub & Dribbble

When I started learning design, I was amazed by the sheer amount of code that’s out there and can be used for free—open source software has a market share of about 80 percent. The best part is you can modify it and see what happens, which accelerates your learning. GitHub has every single plugin and code snippet you can imagine, anything from a jQuery dropdown to a CSS framework and much more.
Dribbble’s rebound feature is the closest thing we have in the design industry to GitHub’s “forking,” or downloading any piece of open source software and making it your own.

[App Review] Duplicate Files Fixer - A Smart App to free up memory on your Android device

Going to attended a surprise party but do not have enough space to capture photos and videos? Do not worry you will not need to compromise with your precious apps or data to capture new memories neither you need to spend hours to free up space on your device. All you need to do is to download an application and it will do the rest. 
Systweak software has developed a tool which quickly finds out and remove duplicates from your android device with minimal human efforts. So, if you are in a situation when you quickly want to spare up some memory on your device you should go for this application. It scans and clear all the duplicate files from your device and this is how you get free space without compromising with your precious files.

Let us find out more about this application how it quickly removes duplicate files.

1.     Launch screen: After installing this application from Google play store you will be on the home screen. Now you can choose any specific file type or you can go for “full Scan” tap “Scan now” button after marking the choice scan process will be initiated after this. You can stop the scan at any point by taping “Stop scanning”.


2.     Scan Results page: After the completion of scan duplicate files will be in front of you. In these results, last file of the group is marked automatically for deletion. You can choose “Mark All except last” option to mark first files to be deleted. You can tap “Unmark All” files to manually select files for deletion. Before proceeding for deletion, you can take a backup of your files from the application itself. When you will tap on “Back up now” you will be redirected to right back which is a tool take back up of your data. It takes the back up and keep your data safe. Now tap on Delete to delete Duplicate files.



Excluding files from the location you use them frequently: Duplicate files often rest in the depth of drive. This application gives you an option to clear duplicates from the depth of your device and to exclude files which are on the root and which you use frequently you can choose to unmark shortest file location by taping on menu (Three vertical lines given at the top right).


Settings Menu:  The application is also having settings menu which allows you to configure many settings from one place. You can do these things from the settings menu.

Ignore list: If there is a folder on your device which you do not want to touch then you can exclude that folder by adding it to ignore list.

Scan Filters: You can filter your scan results by same name, same size, and same content. By default, application search for duplicates by same content.



Language settings and Themes:  If English is not your native language then you can choose from different languages. The application supports all the major languages of the world.  In the application, there are two different themes to choose from.
So now you can instantly spare some space on your device all you need to do is to download this application and to go for a full scan.