This morning I stumbled upon the ChromoZoom genome browser and I must say I am very impressed. This browser seems to be amazingly fast and its operation is surprisingly smooth! What kind of twilight zone is this - where a graphical software is as easy to use at the authors claim it to be ...
There are a few small usability issues: it was not immediately obvious to me that the way to resize the tracks is to drag on separator marker on the left side, or that the scroll wheel zooms in an out. But other than that it really flies!
More on how it works: it actually serves image tiles scraped from the UCSC genome browser, so we can think of it as a Google Maps like software. IMHO the two aspects, tile scraping and browser interface should be separated with a clear specification
Hi, author of ChromoZoom here! It's a pleasure to hear that people are using the software--I believe it is being used for some courses on sequencing at the U of Toronto, and among some of the yeast labs there that pump out lots of MiSeq data.
Yep, I am a big believer in usability, I worked on web front-end code for a few years before moving back into bioinformatics. Also, a big fan of Edward Tufte, hence the minimalist interface and tick marks.
I thought that I had the "Getting started" box open automatically for new users, which explains the exact two interactions that confused you, but something must be funky with my cookie detection code. I've put it on my bug tracker. Edit: this issue is now fixed.