JDE has had a clean, easy-on-the eyes user interface. The new release adds to this with some solid improvements. One of the advantages of JDE’s user interface is its familiarity. The application relies on a “grid view” – that has a strong resemblance to viewing data in MS Excel. The columns can be sorted, customized, saved, and even exported to Excel. This familiar display resonates with new users who are already familiar with Excel.
The latest release adds what is referred to as the “carousel.” In previous versions, a user might open several applications. However, there is a limit to the number of applications that can be opened simultaneously. The trouble for the user was keeping track of all the open apps, which were represented by text hyperlinks. Navigating between them required a quick eye to read the application name. The new “carousel” is a series of icons along the lower pane of the UI. Each open application is represented by an icon. It draws comparison to the use if icons in the Windows 7™ taskbar, enabling the user to quickly jump back and forth between multiple, open applications. Print and processing jobs are also represented in the carousel and are color coded to indicate the job status.
The new release also uses icons on the homepage to represent applications. Previously, all applications were opened by navigating text menus. Now a user may setup their homepage using icons to represent the applications. This is another nod towards Windows, where applications are launched via home screen icons. All together, these features add to the user’s sense of familiarity and ease user adoption.