Exploring Operator Interface Design Concepts Using Adobe Flash – Design Concepts and Prototype Documentation


  1. McMullin, C.
  2. Coady, D.
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Defence R&D Canada - Atlantic, Dartmouth NS (CAN)
The Shipboard Command and Control Group at DRDC Atlantic has previously investigated several decision support tools aimed at improving the contact recognition and identification processes performed by Naval Task Group operators. This document describes the results of using Adobe Flash CS3 Professional as an interface prototyping tool to examine more closely a subset of the proposed interface concepts. Flash was used to develop two interface demonstrations which provided a tangible means for exploring and evaluating the ‘look and feel’ of interface design options. The “Track Data Block and Display Concepts” demonstration explored real-time design concepts such as a track data block in the form of a mouse hover activated ‘details on demand’ feature (tooltips), tailored right-click context menus, variable-hour track history (breadcrumbs) for contacts, interactive breadcrumb track information, and track future information (dead reckoning). The Bearing Only(BO) Overlay demonstration showed the usefulness of temporal review capabilities, especially when using an electronic warfare overlay highlighting scheme to assist in associating BO tracks with radar tracks. The extensive graphic, animation, and interactive design capabilities provided by Flash made it an excellent rapid prototyping tool. Flash symbols, components, and ActionScript code further enhanced its flexibility and reusability as a design and development platform.

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Report Number
DRDC-ATLANTIC-TM-2009-007 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 May 2009
Number of Pages
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