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xSort is a card sorting application for Mac OS X. It allows you to easily define a new card sorting problem, perform several sessions with multiple participants, and finally analyze the results (using multiple criteria) and generate printable reports.

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Version 1.6: xSort is now free.


Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later

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hced Member IconReview+171

Great everything! Except that I'm missing a shortcut key to add more cards instead of clicking the plus button with the mouse.

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Version 1.6
Jeff Lerch Member IconComment+4
Jeff Lerch

Like most card sorting applications, it needs the ability to put one card into more than one pile.

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Version 1.5.4
Anonymous Member IconReview

Wow wow wow! As one of the few web and application development companies in our area that actually use card sorting as an exercise for informational architecture, I've been searching (unsuccessfully) for something like this for a LOOONG time.

We've previously been using an old IBM Windows app for analysis, but that required making the cards by hand and then entering the data manually to generate the analysis tools.

At just a quick glance, this app looks to be an incredible tool that can finally replace the one we've been using.

* It provides complete session management and an kiosk-like exercise interface for participants where the can move virtual cards around on a virtual table or organize via an "outline" mode

* Allows you to enter a "profile" of each participant which users select from when they perform the exercise and can later be filtered against

* Exercise mode has password protection to keep participants from exiting the mode


All that said, it does have a few things that could be improved:

* There's no facailitation to have mulitple participants on separate computers -- ie. there's no way to merge data from seperate installs together.

* You can't print out sheets of cards so you still have the option of performing the exercise and entering the data manually.

* Control over how the reports and cluster tree is printed is *very* basic and limited

* It'd be nice if you could export the distance tables as a spreadsheet (CSV format) and print them

* There are a few minor bugs in the app.

Definitely worth a try. Hopefully the developer will be open to suggestions and responsive, because I'd really like to see this app grow!

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Version 1.0.1
Anonymous Member IconReview

what type of cards is this for? i don't get it.

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Version Public Beta
Miguel Arroz (Developer)

xSort is not a game, but an application dedicated to information architecture. I already contacted MacUpdate team in order to get this fixed.


I'm only 6 years late to the game, but the cards are used for sorting, grouping and refining information of whatever information it is you plan to process or communicate. XSort lets you specify cards with whatever information (often labels and informational entities) you like, and each participating person arrange the cards in ways that feel logical to him or her. According to the statistics from participants' subjective opinions, the takedown for you, is a clearer view of e.g. patterns among the results, caveats, enlightenment in times of confusion. This type of research can be as complex or as simple as you prefer, but personally I find the card sorting method particularly useful at an early, planning stage of the design process. Brainstorm stuff with your team, put it in XSort, then have each member arrange stuff to see where your thoughts meet and vice versa. This method comes in very handy when researching the effectiveness of your current information architecture; have outsiders arrange informational parts of your current product and see if they match the current layout, or if you need to accommodate for users' *real* expectations, e.g. where to look for this, where to do that, what's expected to belong to which information category, etc.

Here's some further information on card sorting:



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Version 1.6
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Current Version (1.x)


Downloads 6,041
Version Downloads 1,367
License Free
Date 19 Sep 2008
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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