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Old 03-28-2014   #1
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Flickr's latest interface ... win or lose?

Now that I've figured out how to manage various aspects thanks to some very good advice in another thread, I rather like it.

What are your thoughts and do you think the current effort/incarnation is an improvement?
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Yes. I like the black background. I still don't like how flickr lowers the brightness of my images.
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Reduced functionality is not an improvement

There is no way to see what sets a photo is in.

There is no easy way to see what groups a photo is in besides typing /groups at the end of the URL

There is no longer the ability to put comments on the photo

The only good thing it did was dump the yahoo toolbar at the top

Overall it is a big looser

Ipernity now has the best interface
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Keith! which thread? what advice? (not to hijack this thread).

I'm not as pleased with the big image preview version of Flickr - I quite liked the smaller thumbnails that load quicker. I declined the last beta offer, so will be interested to see what changes have been made.
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Reduced functionality is not an improvement

There is no way to see what sets a photo is in.

There is no easy way to see what groups a photo is in besides typing /groups at the end of the URL

There is no longer the ability to put comments on the photo

The only good thing it did was dump the yahoo toolbar at the top

Overall it is a big looser

Ipernity now has the best interface
The little square boxes is the "also in" button. That shows what sets the photo is in. And you can comment by hitting the three dot menu. It's pretty simple. There may be other ways to comment too... I haven't explored it much.
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I think its an improvement on the last iteration but was still happy with the original layout from a year or two back and never saw the point of changing that. I have not yet used it enough to really say one way or another though and will wait and will reserve my judgment and see how it works in terms of functionality.

I will say that I do not at this time mind the layout in the large slab of screen real estate on the right hand side where a bunch of information on each individual image, contextual information about sets that the image is in and other stuff needed for navigation is provided. But I have a pretty large screen - not sure how this would work with a smaller screen.

For me the main reason I stick with Flickr is that it has functionality that brings people to my images (me to theirs). If I had my own web site I would need to find ways to drive traffic to my site. On Flickr this is more or less done for you and I have not found an image aggregation site that does it better.
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It works ok. I don't spend a lot of time on the site.

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It's very hard to read the captions now, which are relocated way in the corner of the screen. I don't like it.
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I can't figure out how to grab a bbc code, or whatever its called that I used to use to post images here.

Other than that, whatever, it's fine. I don't put a lot of thought into it. Which is a good thing, because they're just going to keep changing it anyway, regardless of whether we like it or not.
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I don't use Flickr much, but I think the interface is one of the worst on the web, and that's saying something.
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it just gets less and less user friendly.
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I can't figure out how to grab a bbc code, or whatever its called that I used to use to post images here.

Other than that, whatever, it's fine. I don't put a lot of thought into it. Which is a good thing, because they're just going to keep changing it anyway, regardless of whether we like it or not.
There's a symbol, a box with an arrow coming out of the upper right hand corner that is the "share" icon. click it and it'll give you the link or the bb code.
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So far, it hasn't crashed on my browser like the last rebuild did. And it seems to function okay. Can't say as I like the layout, and it's definitely NOT faster like they claim it is. Between Flickr, evrything on the Internet being in HD, and Microsoft ending support for XP, I now am awaiting delivery of a new computer so I can keep up with all the crap.

One thing I don't like is the fact that if you select one of the buttons that show, say "Tags", then it removes whatever was displayed there before, like the Set photos. Then I haven't found a way to get it back to the previous view, but I'll keep pushing buttons till I do. That's the part that ticks me off the worst, is the assumptions the designers took in creating the new layout, and no where to go to find out how it all works.

And it's ugly as hell.

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There's a symbol, a box with an arrow coming out of the upper right hand corner that is the "share" icon. click it and it'll give you the link or the bb code.
You have to click on the Push-pin icon.

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One thing I don't like is the fact that if you select one of the buttons that show, say "Tags", then it removes whatever was displayed there before, like the Set photos. Then I haven't found a way to get it back to the previous view, but I'll keep pushing buttons till I do. That's the part that ticks me off the worst, is the assumptions the designers took in creating the new layout, and no where to go to find out how it all works.

And it's ugly as hell.

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You push one of the other buttons; either tags, sets or info. It doesn't go back automatically. What you select stays until you make another selection.
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It's alright and won't take that long to adapt.
Only thing I don't like is they remove the ability to add multiple tags from the photo page.

The worst thing they made is the infinite scrolling Photostream page. The rest are still forgiveable.
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Thanks for the help with the code, guys!
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I assume this is still in the testing phase? Look at all the text on the right - its all the same font and is hard to read. The comments look just like the person's name and if you reply to another person's comments than their name comes up (in the same font of course) as well (it used to appear with their buddy icon instead of their name). It just adds clutter and more hard-to-differentiate text.

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Ipernity now has the best interface
I'm liking Ipernity more and more! Its so clean and uncluttered and the pages load fast! Its just like the old Flickr which I used to love.

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And you can comment by hitting the three dot menu. It's pretty simple.
I think he was asking about placing notes ON the photos, not just regular comments. I think the "Notes" feature is gone. I don't see a way to add them now, and going through a dozen or so of my own photos which used to have Notes, now have none. They're gone.

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The worst thing they made is the infinite scrolling Photostream page.
I despise the infinite scroll! I have yet to find a computer where it does not bog down on or get hung up. And it takes forever if I want to scroll down to some specific location midway down a page. Scroll down, wait.... wait.... wait.... Oh, went too far! Scroll back up, wait.... wait.... Ooops, that's too far that way! Scroll back down, wait.... wait.... Etc. Horrible!
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Have been tolerant until now. This present version is a faile for me (for however long it lasts).
I like the black background. Hate (yes hate) the distracting sidebar.
Hopefully the yahoos will sort it out. Too much tinkering at Yahoo.
They should work on some other revenue stream. Messing with Flickr is not making them any new members to sell to advertisers. Wasteful...
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I despise the infinite scroll! I have yet to find a computer where it does not bog down on or get hung up. And it takes forever if I want to scroll down to some specific location midway down a page. Scroll down, wait.... wait.... wait.... Oh, went too far! Scroll back up, wait.... wait.... Ooops, that's too far that way! Scroll back down, wait.... wait.... Etc. Horrible!
the best is when you've scrolled down the page for a while and then it kicks you back up the page for no reason.
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Interesting opinions here so far.

I keep in the back of my mind that yes it is not perfect ... but it is free!

I quite like the way it presents individual images from my gallery and I'm thankful that the nauseating slideshow seems to have gone?
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Slideshow is still there. You have to have the photos in a set, then when in that set, there are three buttons top right. Click the left one, (a rectangle with an arrow in it) you even get the "Ken Burns" effect, weather you want it or not !
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The little square boxes is the "also in" button. That shows what sets the photo is in. And you can comment by hitting the three dot menu. It's pretty simple. There may be other ways to comment too... I haven't explored it much.
The "also in" only show a few random sets and groups. There is no way to tell all of the groups or sets a photo is in.

The fact that you can still comment is not the issue, it is the very limited presentation. One used to be able to scan many or all of the comments at once, now only a few or even only part of a long one are visible.


It does not matter how you elect to polish the turd, loss of features is not an improvement.
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Reduced functionality is not an improvement

There is no way to see what sets a photo is in.

There is no easy way to see what groups a photo is in besides typing /groups at the end of the URL

There is no longer the ability to put comments on the photo

The only good thing it did was dump the yahoo toolbar at the top

Overall it is a big looser

Ipernity now has the best interface

EXACTLY... its extremely inefficient in use.

To add another problem I mentioned in another thread, there is a problem with tags - if you paste a list of tags, those that are multi-word but in inverted commas still get messed up and separated and some even combined with single word tags

JUST FOUND ANOTHER ISSUE: If your are in the "Recent Activity" view and click on an image someone has commented on or marked as a favourite, then click the upper right cross to close the pane, you are returned to the location of that image in your photo stream and not the Recent Activity page - annoying!
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everything is still there…they just moved it!

like the grocery stores…they sell the same stuff but they move it every few months…keeps us awake and they think we'll buy more.
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Slideshow is still there. You have to have the photos in a set, then when in that set, there are three buttons top right. Click the left one, (a rectangle with an arrow in it) you even get the "Ken Burns" effect, weather you want it or not !
How do you get to the set from the photo since there is only a random chance you may see it?
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Why don't they just let us opt out? I've been looking at it for a couple of days, and I just don't like it. I did a lot oif work gettinmg the map data in, and now it doesn't show.
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click on 'also in'…

c'mon, ya gotta have some natural curiosity and play with the new buttons!
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It doesn't immediately crash my iPad 1 ...it takes a few minutes now.
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I hate it.

Are you sure ... ?

C'mon, tell us how you really feel!
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Can't see tags right away, after adding them, they are also broken for auto-fill. Link is without title now. Can't add new line by hitting enter in description.
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like new one better than previous. for what it costs (= nothing), very good value. thank u Flickr
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like new one better than previous. for what it costs (= nothing), very good value. thank u Flickr
Au contraire, it does cost ...considerable efficiency and functionality
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hmm... maybe you should ask them if they pay you for using it?
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Just spend some time playing with it, like Keith, I quite like it. Once you click on an image, everything is in that little panel on the right hand side. Uploading images to a group is quite nice now too. I think it's quite an improvement over the previous somewhat half hearted effort.
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The new flickr is absolutely horrible to use.... I am sorry to say..
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All of a sudden I am thrown back to the previous incarnation. Anybody else experiencing this? No matter, I get used to each and every one they come up with. The latest is not that bad, in fact I rather like the group previews, it spurs me to have a look at the groups I post in, more than previously.
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I don't like the way functionality is changed, even where a desired result can be achieved in a different way it seems less user-friendly to me.
The great advantage of Flickr for me is that it is free for up to a large amount of storage, and has a large 'footfall' of people with very diverse interests. But it would be nice if Yahoo would at least make some explanatory announcement, like, say, a Release Note, when implementing major changes to the interface. (If they have in fact done that somewhere, it hasn't caught my eye.)

It may be possible to find some mitigation if you are working at a 'classic' desktop PC (rather than a tablet or smartphone) and have the time and inclination to drill-down various browser download sites for older browser versions which may run on whatever is your OS.
For example yesterday I was running Windows XP, on which Safari 5.1.7 rendered in the older way, and
Hans Kerensky has shown the retro-emulation mode of Internet Explorer 10 or 11.
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