I like this idea. If you're willing to take the time to read the
survey results and summarize the most frequently mentioned points, that
would be extremely valuable.
I made your message a little bit more concise and fixed some grammar.
When you're ready to send it out, I'll create a mail account
"survey@..." for you. Would you prefer to access it via
POP/IMAP or just have it forward directly to your mail account? (Users
wouldn't see your actual email address.)
Other ideas for questions:
- Did you ever use any of the built-in Help (from the Help menu in
Audacity)? How helpful was it? Any specific suggestions on how to
- Did you read part of the complete Audacity manual (available from the
website)? How helpful was it? Any specific suggestions on how to
- Are there any tasks that you would like to do with Audacity that you
can't currently do? (You don't have to describe how it would work,
just what you want to accomplish.)
- Have you encountered any bugs in Audacity? How serious were they
(did they cause data loss)? Were you able to work around any problems
you encountered, or do you still run into bugs?
- Did Audacity ever do anything that you found unintuitive or
surprising (in a bad way)? What happened, and what should Audacity
have done so that you wouldn't have been confused?
Here's the rest of your writeup:
This is a survey on the usability of Audacity, because the developers
want to continue to improve Audacity and help it meet more people's
needs. We are very interested in your experience with using Audacity,
and sharing it with us is the best way for us to evaluate and improve
the software in a user-centered perspective.
1. What are you using Audacity for ? (e.g "studying rhythmical patterns
for Indian musicology" or "making a demo CD of my rock band")
2. What basic features in Audacity do you use the most often? (e.g "I'm
doing a lot of 'zoom in' 'zoom out', to mark some beats precisely I'm
also using lots of labels and a few effects like equalization, but not
3. What kind of problems are you facing with current Audacity interface
? (e.g "the label track really sucks, and while playing the cursor is
not always synchronized with the playback, but the 'zoom to selection'
button is very helpful")
4. Who are you and what are you technical skills (with computers as
well as sound editing)? e.g "I'm a computer-science student and I'm
using sound editors for some years and various purposes. I'm also a
5. Would you like to participate in some other way to improve the user
interface? This can include doing some usability testing, working on
some design ideas, drawing graphics, ...
You can send your answers to: survey@...
Of course, all answers to this questionnaire will be for internal use
only and precisely for this survey. Nothing will be sold or given to
Several other tools can be used to discuss the Audacity interface :
- A part of the Audacity Wiki is open for discussions on the interface:
- The Audacity-Users mailing list is still a way to keep in touch
On Apr 18, 2004, at 12:06 AM, Nicolas Falquet wrote:
> as i said yesterday, i wrote a mail which can be send to the users you
> tell me how do you find it, correct my english and the things i'm
> the wrong way
> Audacity has become a popular alternative for sound editing, for open
> source as well as proprietary platfroms. Today Audacity is starting a
> survey on it's usability.
> This appends some weeks after the release of version 1.2 where major
> changes occurs but we want Audacity to get even better. We are
> concerned a lot about your experience in using Audacity and sharing it
> is the best way for us to evaluate and improve the software in a
> user-centered perspective.
> That's why we want you to get involve in this process. A first step in
> this survey will be to get to know you, as a user, in order to know
> better your expectations from Audacity. A first step can be to answer
> this questionnaire :)
> - what are you using Audacity for ?
> e.g "to do some analysis in indian musicology, i have to study
> rythmical patterns, changes in the tempo, frequencies, ..."
> - what kind of tasks are you performing with Audacity most of the time
> e.g "for my studies i'm doing a lot of 'zoom in' 'zoom out', to mark
> some beats precisely i'm also using lots of labels and a few effects
> like equalization, but not many tracks"
> - what kind of problems are you facing with current Audacity interface
> e.g "the label track really sucks ! and while playing the cursor is
> not always synchronized with the playback . but the 'zoom to
> selection' button is very helpful"
> - who are you and what are you technical skills ( in computer as well
> as sound editing ) ?
> e.g "i'm a computer-science student and i'm using sound editors for
> some years and various purposes . i'm also composing !"
> - would you like to participate in some other way to the improvement
> of the interface ?
> this can include doing some usability testing, working on some design
> ideas, drawing graphics, ...
> You can send your answers to : some_email@...
> Of course, all answers to this questionnaire will be for internal use
> only and precisely for this survey. Nothing will be sell or given to
> Several other tools can be used to discuss the Audacity interface :
> - a part of the audacity wiki is open for discussions on the interface
> - the audacity-users list is still a way to keep in touch
> about the email address : what can we use ? i'm ready to be take care
> all the answers but i don't want to give my personal mail . i can
> create a
> new one anyway
> about the wiki : you think it can be a good tool ? i have to prepare
> first pages, and after build something about the tasks, and a
> for interface problems, with categories and all ...
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