A few weeks ago we commented on an application developed by software company Spikefin for Hell Pizza. We now have a first hand account by Tony Rule about this project:
"The aim was to create a funky new system for taking web and instore orders at Hell Deliveries, a New Zealand pizza chain. We tried to create a distinctive look and feel and add a bit of fun to the site. We focussed heavily on usability goals, making ordering fast and easy, even for first time visitors to the site. Another requirement was to provide the user with a customised experience, telling them when their order will be ready and if a particular item/ingredient is out of stock at their local store."
"The entire system is rather unique in the fact that the GUI has been built entirely in Flash, including the instore Point Of Sale. The PDA version of the website was developed more as a test bed for pushing the limits of Flash on PDAs. The constraints of such a device meant we had to cut down on animation and try and optimise CPU intensive tasks as well as accommodating a much smaller 'working area'. A 206Mhz Pocket PC with 32/64MB RAM runs Flash way slower than a P150 deskop PC, so the whole speed issue was a real challenge."
"However, the whole beauty of using Flash meant that we were are to port the web ordering system to the Pocket PC over the period of a few days. A demo of the pocket pc version of Hell Deliveries can be found by going to http://www.hell.co.nz on a pocket pc device with flash 5 installed or alternatively we have a desktop emulator version running at http://www.hell.co.nz/pda/desktop.htm"