The buzz is naturally on in the Flash community. Here are some links to coverage of the announcement:
This really is not a surprise, if Flash is going to be accepted as a web application tool among the corporate world, Macromedia has to do something to offset Nielsen’s “Flash: 99% Bad” column from last year. Buying Nielsen’s consulting services is probably the fastest way to achieve this. So now we’re getting Jakob MX.
This is no joke, folks. In an announcement that is sure to be the biggest shocker in the Flash community, Nielsen will be coaching Macromedia on usability.
This scares me, as much as I admire the guys writings, agree with many of his concepts, I still think he just doesn’t ‘get’ flash. Personally I’d rather see Steve Krug, or Chris McGregor, maybe even Marie Tahir doing this, as these people have more realistic ideas to modern web usability.
I think this can be helpful reading for developers, but will also help with client communications, and the long-term effect should be to help the viewing audience around the world.
[Update, found another site that had some interesting comments around the Nielsen/Macromedia partnership:
Okay, so let me get this straight. Jakob Nielsen, a self-penned usability