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Initial Explorations into the User Experience of 3D File Browsing

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People and Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology (HCI)

Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology

1 - 5 September 2009

3D file browsing, user study, desktop interfaces

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      We present an initial exploration into the usability of 3D file browsing. To explore the 3D file browsing technique design space, we analyzed the existing literature and developed three representative 3D file browsing techniques that cover many of their characteristics. Block3D uses a priority weighting scheme to elevate and display files in a grid-based structure. Cluster3D uses sets of animated racks to display files. LTreeCube3D visualizes files and directories using groups of semi-transparent cubes within a larger cube-like structure. We conducted an experiment exploring the affect these 3D file browsing technique have on users in a manual file searching task. Our evaluation is based on task completion time and a postquestionnaire used to gather subjective feedback on each technique in terms of user preference. The results indicate that users completed the manual file search task significantly faster using Block3D than both LTreeCube3D and Cluster3D. Although subjective ranking showed users preferred the Block3D technique, user feedback also showed merits of the other techniques.

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            Affiliations
            University of Central Florida

            School of EECS

            Orlando, FL 32816 USA
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            Conference
            September 2009
            September 2009
            : 339-344
            10.14236/ewic/HCI2009.41
            © Anamary Leal et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. People and Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology, Churchill College Cambridge, UK

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            People and Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology
            HCI
            Churchill College Cambridge, UK
            1 - 5 September 2009
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology
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            Product Information: 1477-9358 BCS Learning & Development
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            Electronic Workshops in Computing

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