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Upgrade App View from 12/19/16 DOWNGRADE--It's HORRIBLE, UGLY & DIFFICULT TO READ

NV no longer user friendly to basic patrons.

# of settings gone, replaced w/ lists that don't even provide a FULL headline.

Bad options of huge font wasting space where 2nd line is repeatative of headline (really?!) leaving no room for articles to scan which is the point of an rss feed dashboard to scan at glance in the first place...OR

short/med/tall lists of articles w/ boring small, gray-hard-to-read font that is redundant in design for all apps--AGAIN THE LISTED ARTICLES HEADLINES ARE CUT OFFw/ a column break & date.
which defeats the purpose of glancing/scanning which is the purpose of rss feed widgets/apps, frustrating to read a partial headline w/ the only alternative to open directly to the website to gain the full headline and then determine if to be read or not, and then switch back to the next headline that is cutoff and so the cycle continues on and on--this defeats even having a dashboard app view if it's inept, useless and laborious.

Hovering to get a gist of article content GONE.

Scroll useless--once opened article directly to a website, I can view what's offered there to read--I don't need endless lists of articles I've already read!

App View ruined aesthetically--just lists in squares w/ the only distinction between apps being the heading logo--boring, UGLY, unpleasant and hard to read--annoying w/ the cutoff, yes again!


Time to find an alternative.

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      • Susanoz commented  · 

        Downgraded update renders scan-at a-glance unreadable and unusable. Visually, this is an infantile mess that is nonfunctional for its purpose. No point in sticking w/ something that is completely frustrating. I keep checking back user comments for posted suggestions for competitors' alternatives... and then I'll be gone.

      • kk. commented  · 

        A horrible new layout, I think I look for an alternative.

      • Susanoz commented  · 

        Anonymous, where are the advanced settings that make it look better? Can you direct me/elaborate? If you mean the individual settings for each app (4 dots in the formation of a square in the app header), I note that:

        Condensed at short/med/tall is still the same w/ no line wrap/cutting off the text that I can't tell what the article is about.

        List at short/med/tall is the same as Condensed except for the line spacing w/ a faint gray line, but still no line wrap/cutting off the text that I can't tell what the article is about.

        Normal at short without scrolling a little closer to what was previously existed w/ the text line wrap, but awfully hard to read read gray color and displays only 3 articles (too few for rss feed scanning). With scrolling, 27 (too many) or so articles w/ pictures/photos (which I don't want). ALL IN BIG UGLY UNATTRACTIVE FONT THAT TAKES UP TOO MUCH SPACE, rather than lending itself to displayed articles at a glance which is what a dashboard is supposed to b. e I HATE HAVING TO USE THE SCROLL BAR TO SEE CONTENT & WAY TOO MANY ARTICLES W/ PICS. Once directed to the website, I could view other content at will—the point being, I had no need for your scroll bar before changes, but now it is just a substandard workaround to try to navigate what I want to read, but useless in scanning at a glance.

        Normal at Med/Tall - Same as Short only longer list of articles w/ pictures.

        Mosaic: RIDICULOUS, AWFUL, DON'T EVEN BOTHER W/ THIS MESS--A CHILD COULD PRODUCE BETTER AESTHETICS/DESIGN!!! Defeats the whole purpose of a dashboard to scan/read at a glance.

        Hovering added, but it takes too long to do that for every article just to get a gist of understanding of what the article is about (especially where no line wrap). LABORIOUS FOR USERS TRYING TO FIND A WORK AROUND TO SCAN/READ AT A GLANCE.

        Sorry, but no matter what they do to this MESS OF A TEMPLATE that has ruined Netvibes Basic Apps View, it will never even come close to what was before the 12/19/16 changes that users enjoyed.


        Fire your developers, designers and programmers and whoever headed up these changes and put this out there and PUT IT BACK THE WAY IT WAS. Long standing users are searching elsewhere in drovesto duplicate what we had before in Netvibes. YOUR PRODUCT IS NO LONGER USABLE OR READABLE AS YOU'VE MADE IT NOW.

      • Andrew Rossmann commented  · 

        Update Dec 21 afternoon: It looks like someone is reading this. The unread text appears to be a bit darker. Also, hovering the mouse over an entry now has the preview text.

        I looked at some of the alternates other mentioned. Protopage seems to only display up to 10 entries in a widget, with no scrolling. Start.me gave a McAfee web warning when I tried to go to the examples page, with details showing PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) issues.

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        I’ve been using Netvibes for years and I don’t like the changes and it’s not user friendly:

        – In apps mode unread items are grey, read items are also grey (just a bit lighter grey), hard to see the difference
        – Too much text on 1 line, I only need to see the item header, screens are now full of text, very hard to read
        – There used to be a tool-tip when hovering over the item showing more information, it’s gone, just fading text
        – With a right click an item could be marked as read, leaving others unread, to read them later, it’s gone
        – Mostly, the apps are no longer auto refreshed, for new items to show, I have to refresh the apps manually or scroll down and up again, so it’s no longer ‘feeding’
        – The scroll bar for older items is nice, however often the old style windows scroll bars are shown
        – Scrolling down sometimes keeps ‘loading’ forever
        – The number of items per app could be set to fit all apps on one page/tab, now I need to scroll the page or make all apps ‘short’

        This ‘revamp’ is really disappointing.

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        Oh wait, I found the advanced settings, looks better now.

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        I've tried protopage, but I can't get it to look the way I want it. It alway shows me pictures next to the headlines, which I don't want.

      • Barn Nigh commented  · 

        nice you state that you won´t stick with the unreadable font colors – but I do not want to read more than just the headline.
        Also I want to set the number of articles I do see in condensed mode per dash – and not be imposed a number by you ..

        Only changing colors will not be good enough for me – please bring back the old style completely.
        Changes should always be optional and not imposed – something that MS had do learn the hard way (and still is).

        I´m lookging at start.me right now, and must say while not everything is perfect there too, I have a feeling that I can configure it more to my liking than on netvibes currently.

        I would never have even looked at other options than netvibes without your change …

        Regards – Barn

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        Protopage has even more UI controls that Netvibes just took away from us. I'm trying it now. Looks like a good replacement.

      • S Cotes commented  · 

        Absolute horror of a mess, I'm done with NV.

      • Martin Bailey commented  · 

        Since the update: in "Normal" view, the date format is stuck in US-only style. E.g. today's news items are appearing as "12/21/2016" instead of "21/12/2016". I've set up my Language, Local Content and Country up for United Kingdom.

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        Protopage has even more UI controls that Netvibes just took away from us. I'm trying it now. Looks like a good replacement.

      • Anon commented  · 

        Agree, using NV since 2006...now looking for an alternative :(

      • Anon commented  · 

        Unannounced update has made NV too hard to read. I have to go and re-size every feed to be able to read them, and the large font is just bad. Looking for an alternative, but don't have time to recreate all my feeds :( Please switch back to the previous version, which was great!

      • Fred commented  · 

        I fully agree with all comments. I've been using Netvibes everyday for 10 years and now I want to leave... sad

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        Paging has the advantage of a definite list view with a fix number of items that rebuilds on user interaction. This infinite scrolling has not only issues on reloading. It also makes reading difficult since you need to focus an item because scrollbars are pointless with infinite lists. It might be useful when the stream is really 'endless' but for a feed reader you want to access every single item. Please bring back the paging or make it at least optional.

      • Joshua commented  · 

        Also agree with original post.

        I don't mind the scroll but the new design is very difficult to read. I also HATE the headlines don't wrap in desktop view. I can't tell what the stories are about

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        I have to assume that the UI changes were for the sole benefit of the mobile experience, but the Web view is no longer usable for me. I'm over 50 and my eyesight isn't what it used to be. Echoing all the above comments about gray fonts, no line breaks and taking away the ability to size the content boxes. I've been a Netvibes user for almost 10 years but if I can't read the application I'll have to find an alternative. Please give users a roll-back option to the old UI.

      • Pete commented  · 

        If you developers think the new format is better - why don´t you at least offer an option to keep the old style and let your users choose?

        I do not want to read a small part of the first line - I want the headers in readable fashion and nothing else. Been using this for years - no my dashboard is a horrible mess of cluttered letters that I hate to look at.
        Bring back the old style and options please!


        PS: I never understand why developers think it is a good idea to impose something on their users (Windows 10 anyone???)

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