xSort 1.6
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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.
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later

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hced reviewed on 20 Sep 2008
Great everything! Except that I'm missing a shortcut key to add more cards instead of clicking the plus button with the mouse.
[Version 1.6]


Jeff Lerch commented on 27 Dec 2007
Like most card sorting applications, it needs the ability to put one card into more than one pile.
[Version 1.5.4]


Anonymous reviewed on 16 Jul 2005
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!
[Version 1.0.1]


Anonymous reviewed on 13 Jun 2005
what type of cards is this for? i don't get it.
[Version Public Beta]

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hced replied on 14 Jul 2011
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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hced rated on 14 Jul 2011

[Version 1.6]

Version Downloads:1,361
Type:Business : Project Management
Date:19 Sep 2008
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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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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