Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

Tapefailure.com – A History Recording Tool

Category: Utility, Web20

<>p> If you’ve ever wanted to just sit someone down and show them how to get to a certain section/feature on your site but couldn’t, you might be in luck. There’s a free service that’s offered to record the movements that you make on a page and play them back to anyone with the right URL – Tapefailure.com.

TAPEFAILURE is a “history recording tool.� What this means is that anyone can record a browsing session using TAPEFAILURE’s recorder, then save it, and share it with others. Each recorded session can be played back virtually perfectly through our playback tool; as long as you know the tape ID or have a link, you can view your recorded session over and over again.

The site is designed for simplicity, and has a familiar browsing interface to make recording a snap. It’s as easy as loading the page, and hitting the “record” button at the top. It saves what you’ve done/clicked on/scrolled to to their servers via an Ajax connection and passes back a playback URL. The playback is a real-time representation of what you previously recorded, right down to the page load times.

Tapefailure is an interesting expirement in uses for Ajax, but outside of site walkthroughs or training purposes, I’m not sure what else it might be used for.



Posted by Chris Cornutt at 3:43 pm
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As you say, interesting, but I can’t think of a use. For walkthroughs and training I’d use a screencast. For recording and playback the Selenium Firefox extension might be a better choice.

Comment by Patrick Fitzgerald — April 18, 2006

Tapefailure is an interesting expirement in uses for Ajax, but outside of site walkthroughs or training purposes, I’m not sure what else it might be used for.

How about User Testing on a tight budget? Or possibly even more useful: bug reporters can add tapefailure links to the bug tracker to help the developer get a visual idea of how to reproduce a bug.

Comment by Champ Bennett — April 18, 2006

Could not get this to work for content within a forum and the stop/pause button would not funtion.

Comment by andrew — April 18, 2006

Interesting but you can’t reach internal adresses as it uses the server as a kind of proxy. (meaning that you can see it’s internal adresses intrestingly). That firefox extention mentioned before looks more practicle.

Comment by Frankie Robertson — April 19, 2006

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