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OK, so what do we LIKE?

There's plenty of critical feedback on here (plenty of it mine) but I think it would be useful to have a thread where HQ can see what parts of the new structure we think are improvements. Please resist the temptation to post 'not a lot' or other witticisms; any change like this is a nightmare to implement and I think they've handled the technical and logistical parts very smoothly.

So what do I like?

  • The idea of a home page combining my blurb and my recent images.
  • Titling that home page with my user name not my journal name - the previous "About A Day Worth Recording" was odd, at best.
  • Keeping square thumbnails
  • The site speed.
  • Text legibility.
  • The change from Friends / Subscribers to Followers.
  • The comments page and being able to see all recent comments at a glance (albeit with no indication of what image they relate too).
  • The subtle labelling of the thumbnails, with the grey gradient to ensure the white text is always visible.
  • The larger number of thumbnails on the Browse pages.
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(Now I've seen it happen) The ability to put bullet lists in comments by starting lines with a hyphen. My next line is "- bullet point".

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Cheeseminer 0 votes
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Agree with your points
- also like the colour thumbnails
- the way the website works on the iPad, looking forward to the App though.

FionaGo 0 votes
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It's good to point out that there are positives. The Home Page as your public face of your journal is good. The new star system is a positive. The ability to see clearly the number of stars and hearts is nice, but I would love to be able to click on that heart symbol and see which members actually gave me them. The new thumbnails are fine, although it bugs the hell of out of me to see my name on each one when I look at my own journal. Sorry, supposed to be positive here! That's it for the moment. And the performance, which seems to be fine at a time when use will be very heavy. So well done on that at least.

earthdreamer 1 vote
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Space, size, speed and subtlety!

It's so much better than the tiny, squashed thing it was before. Now it feels as if the photos have room to breathe, and they're finally big enough that I can actually see the detail in them (although it does show up some of my crappier efforts...). And it fairly whizzes along, much faster than Flickr since their redesign.

I was worried that they might overdo it with trendy animations, hover effects & so on, so I'm very pleased that the design is pretty subtle, after all it's all about the photos, not the web design.

lumpysimon 2 votes
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I like the fact that when I click on a Blipfriend's journal I see colour thumbnails of their nine most recently-dated blips, which will help if I have inadvertantly missed any - though I'm wondering whether retrospective blips from longer ago than that will show up anywhere??

I'm glad I haven't yet posted a bio or profile photo - I wouldn't want them to be the first thing anyone sees when visiting my journal.

And I like the privacy option.

MariaInWales -1 votes
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I can tell lots of hard work has gone into the redesign so thank you. It is a hard job pleasing people and it is easier to for people to focus on what they don't like so good job Cheeseminer for creating this thread.

Site layout
I have only used on my iPad so far, but have found it easier to navigate than the old site. There seems a good logic to the sections etc. and I get the impression that it will be a lot easier to find things and ensure users actually use the functionality being provided.

Speed - early days but seems better.

Thumbnails - the reshaped ones are giving a better impression of the blips.

Simplified forums - I guess the key is to retain simplicity over time as more and more is added.

I tended to use the iPad app more than the main website so I look forward to see how the new one will work.

I hope the team aren't feeling too despondent.

TameTomato 5 votes
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I like the white background and think there is a philosophy around the changes. The site may have lost some things dear to blippers but at least now it works. I like the more prominent profile area. I want to know about blippers and hate it when they choose anonymity.

RichardDonkin 1 vote
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I like the loss of the 0-to-5 star ratings (or 0-or-5 as it almost always was), and its replacement with the 'Like' single star. That said, the numbers on these will always be more of a rating of gregariousness of the blipper than an absolute rating of an image.

Cheeseminer 0 votes
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I actually like the anonymity around stars and hearts. It removes the temptation to reciprocate as an act of gratitude.

RichardDonkin 5 votes
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I like the privacy option. A lot. And I like that blip care enough to want the site improved. I disagree about the homepage, I dont like it personally, but thats my own opinion! I agree about the comments being awkward without the image related to it.

mummyandgirl 1 vote
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One thing I don't recall in grey blip is the option to search by member name rather than by subject tag. That option is there now. I welcome that.

RichardDonkin 1 vote
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I actually like the profile page and I like the browse entries sites too.
I am not unhappy with the new blip design, I just need time to get used to it.
I miss being able to choose my own thumbnail crop

EmmyHazyland 0 votes
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I really like it all, but not surprised to see the complaints. People really don't like change, especially with interfaces. It's a natural reaction.

In terms of the white. My own take is that if the white is harsh or hurting your eyes, your screen really is set too bright. To the point where your images will be completely out of whack on any calibrated screen and will invariably print far too dark. My iPad is set at about 80% brightness and everything is fine. The brain is a wonderful thing, it creates contrast and saturation by comparing to its surroundings. Dim your screen and you won't lose out.

Google: how to tell if your screen is too bright

Or go here for a quick starter: http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/article_pages/colour_management/prints_too_dark.html

When I first calibrated my screen, about ten years ago now, I found that my original settings were far too bright and far too contrasty. There was no way the work would look good on anyone's screen but mine. Everyone does it, and if you're a photographer or graphic designer it's the always the first problem you have to overcome with a client. I even have a standard paragraph in my client emails covering it now because the problem is so common.

Try, just try for a day or two, turning the brightness down a little. You should get used to it.

I feel that the white actually helps the images pop more than the grey did. There is a reason that most gallery walls are white, and from personal experience I've come to the conclusion that mounting images on anything but white attracts attention away from the image. This design was done out of respect for your images. Not dismissiveness, or a desire to be cool.

That's not to say that choice shouldn't be offered to the user, and I'm sure it will in time; choice is always good.

All of that said, with all the evidence now available pointing to sleep issues being caused by bright screens, it would be nice to have the option, for late night blipping and commenting. =)

PixelChristi 0 votes
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  • bullets (didn't realise!)
  • the way the year ago thumbnail drops down when you click the icon.
  • Google maps with street view so you can properly explore where a photo was taken.
  • push notifications (though I'm not sure if they work yet, no one has commented :) ).
xb 0 votes
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like being able to write while the photo is uploading
I gather some of the things I really don't like are being dealt with

rat 0 votes
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I like:
- colour thumbnails
- greatly improved user experience using iPad and Safari
- prompt response to support request, and I note some of the issues I noted from yesterday are aready being addressed
- change to simpler starring feature (most people gave 5* or none)
- proper buttons for navigation

DawnP 0 votes
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Here are a few things I love:
1. Site is now secure: HTTPS
2. Full width of screen used especially on the browse screen
3. The way the comments are shown by default without having to click
4. I love the new upload screen where you can start to fill out the entry while uploading...

nickmott 0 votes
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The "Following" page - it's now easy to see if anyone I follow has posted a new entry; this is a real improvement and very welcome. The bigger thumbnails and more of them, another improvement. However, I'm one of those who think more has been lost than gained.

picanuper 1 vote
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Speed seems better. Brilliant on my phone & tablet. The white background is a bit of a shock but well worth getting used.

Perversly, the colour thumbnails because I post almost all monochrome. Size of the thumbnails is much better.

One star is better too. Great jobs guys, well done.

IWCharters 0 votes
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I really like the layout, loads of big thumbs, the previous wasted a lot of real estate. I also love the wee tag icons. I've been working on projects for years and used unique (to me) tags for them. Seeing them all on the screen as a portfolio has spurred me on to actually do something with the work.

I received the sneak peak email and it did allude to a situation where they were rolling out ahead of time, basically I suspect the server issue was driving the timetable. I suggest we all just let them know what we are missing, I'd imagine there is a large punch list in that office of these basic things to be remediated. Give it a few weeks (remember it's Christmas as well) to see how it pans out.

andmoff 0 votes
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I think it feels clean and modern, I like the layout, and the text is certainly easier to read.

The image is a bit big for my screen, but that's because I'm either on a tablet pc (16x9) or a kindle.

Lawrie 0 votes
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  • Being able to write posts while uploading; very efficient.
  • The big thumbnails and most of the lay-out of the main page. I also do not mind the white - it's not too bright on any of my screens.
  • No OOPS! mesages regardless of what time I am on-site.
  • The lay-out of the profile page.
Eej 0 votes
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Colour thumbnails that are named so I can easily see who uploaded the image before I click on it

The new font

The choices in browse of recent, popular, following and me - much much easier and quicker to go directly to the entries of those I follow. Also the option 'places' - (although I do not know why NONE of my images show up when I click on Istanbul)

The change to using the word 'following' (but where have my 'followers' gone?

MerrilHope 0 votes
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Speed and reliability of access are a huge improvement and very welcome. Since that's the main reason the new site was launched when it was, that has to be considered a great success. Let's see how the other issues develop - then I'm sure there'll be lots more positive things to say. The response speed of putting a return to blip button in this zen desk area was very good.

SooB 0 votes