INTRODUCING: New navigation on the IMDb website!

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We're excited to announce that on November 22, 2019, IMDb launched a new navigation experience across the mobile and desktop website. These changes provide an improved navigation experience to help you find something new to watch every day.

Select "Menu" to find the parts of the site you know and love, like top-rated movies, celebrity news, and IMDb Originals. There is also easy access to IMDb TV (where available), your Watchlist, your Activity page and account settings.


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Possible bug: On a mobile device, when I (a) use your "View full site" link (or "More on IMDb.com" in the app) or (b) have enabled a "Request desktop" browser setting, the mobile navigation is shown instead of the desktop version.
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I prefer the new navigation to the older one.
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Elaine Valente Daigneault

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I hate the new system.  It was so easy to just type in a persons name or movie title. 
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The new UI is 'cool' but fails at the point of UX. If it ain't broke... don't fix it. They 'fixed' it... and now it takes more clicks, window resizing, etc. to make it work. That's a fail.
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I agree.  If they don't go back to the original easier way I'm hoping there is another site I can use.  This one is way too frustrating.
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I just want it to play the preview vids. Can't get it to play anything.???
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I don't. It's entirely horrendous. The only thing the new layout achieves is to use more screen area to display less information. At least there should be an option to keep the old layout, maybe as a preferences setting.
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Thank you so much.  ;-)
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Some are having problems with Search:
 
Search option is gone
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/search-option-is-gone
Tiffany Morales
Posted 1 week ago
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https://www.imdb.com/
  
Change Search box from Black back to White ? ?
 
Find ...
All
Titles
TV Episodes
Celebs
Companies
Keywords
Advanced Search
 
Old choices (Nov 21 2019)
...
Names
...
 
Change Celebs back to Names
Some crew Names may not be Celebs ? ?
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Hi! My screen is 1366*768.  I have two windows open, one window for each half of the screen. One window is IMDB in MS Edge or IMDB in Firefox. The other is anything else. I used to get the IMDB search bar, but since the change the search bar will not appear if my window is this size. I need to resize the window to a bit over half size for the search bar to appear.  This is sub-optimal. It's not a huge deal, but it is the kind of irritating problem that makes IMDB less fun to use.
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Whatever you have done you should un-do it and fire the people behind it. You went from a professional stable site to one that feels like the trainee IT girl straight out of school designed it. Absolutely awful. I can't express how much I hate it. All so some moron on a touch screen can finger IMDB like he would a Rotten Tomato. Seems not only Hollyweird is listening to the wrong people these days. Whoever advised that this was a needed and good idea just ruined IMDB. Congratulations. This better get fixed or undone quickly or I will be looking for the next best site.
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This is the most liked reply, I have seen on Getsatisfaction. Congratulation!!!
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This is completely true. However, unfortunately, companies tend to never roll back a redesign, regardless of every user hating it. I think whatever top manager gave the final go-ahead will not want to admit making a mistake.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled updated site is CRAP!.

I am not normally a troll/Ludite, but your new site design is total crap and not at all user friendly. Navigation is all but impossible. Please return to previous design.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled You Just Ruined Your Site.

Your new site layout/update was not necessary and really is horrible. I hate it. Why can't people just leave things alone? Whoever came up with this needs to be fired. It's more than awful. Just change it back or I'm going to abandon this site. You just ruined it. The font even looks terrible and it looks like it's trying to appeal to five year olds. If I wanted to hang with five year olds I'd go to Rotten Tomatoes. You were on to a winner IMDB now you're going to drive people away in droves all so some pea brain thumbing at a touch phone can dribble out some inane broken sentence nobody wants to read. Those people can go to Rotten Tomatoes. That's where all the mouth breathers go. Don't bring them here.
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I agree.  The dark screen is VERY hard to see for people with poor eyesight!!!!
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I prefer the older design. There seems to be a trend, a uniform decision among many sites nowadays to replace their good designs with cheaper looking ones. It's unfortunate and I wonder why they do it.
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I expected the new design to include a direct link to the Bottom 100 of IMDb. IMDb already does that for the top 250 why not the Bottom 100.  You can add it just under the Top Rated Movies button. It is annoying every time I want to access it, I have to go to the Cat in The Hat his page or on another movie his page which is on the Bottom 100.
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This is my first post here and I have to apologize in advance for the possible mistakes I may make, English is not my native language.
But I feel I have to write this, although wait - I'm really forced to write this, cause I'm a long time IMDB user, and since I want to continue using the site, this simply has gotten to the point where I'm frustrated enough to create a reply.  
In case somebody from the team actually reads through this, I'll try to be brief and conchise.

1. Having big white letters from the new menu on the black background hurts the eyes of the people who have poor eyesight (me included), and will gradually diminish the eyesight for those who are fortunate enough to have healthy eyes now. It's really a terrible viewing experience, as people above this post has already said, and every optician in their right mind will confirm this.

2. Since we already got through having a poor eyesight, some people (again, me included) have to use zooming functions of the browser to read websites properly. Now as I learned from the posts above, the watchlist option has not dissapeared from everyone, it has dissaperead because I'm using the zoom apparently "too much".  This is actually the first time in history of my web browsing (and I do zoom a lot of other sites, believe me), that a part of the design completely disappears only because I zoomed something. Although I still can access watchlist from my profile, of course, but (again as people above has already stated) I do not understand why the search field so large absolutely must stay when zooming in and the watchlist must go.

3. Now we're getting to the best part, since we've already discussed not getting the same functions. On my new tablet version of the website there is a whole slew of weird omissions and even plain bugs abound.
For some reason I'm not getting the full menu functions on the tablet. The list of both upper dropdown menu sections and bottom ones I can go to is reduced in the tablet version.
For example - I used to visit "Release Calendar" section from my tablet. Now there is no option for "Calendar" in the dropdown menu "Movies" section, along with other useful links like "In Theaters" and "DVD & Blu-Ray Releases". I don't know how to reach it now, okay, this is completely uncalled for, but I recall that there was a link to the "Site Index" at the bottom, maybe I can go there from index? And guess what? In the new tablet version this link is missing too. Now if using my tablet I can reach the aforementioned sections of the website only by manually putting the "imdb.com/calendar" address in my bookmarks. Do you think this can be called an enjoyable site using experience, creating my own shortcuts to get through to certain sections?
I'm not even mentioning the very interesting question - was there any pratical reason for the tablet user to be deprived of certain sections which desktop user can freely go to?
And finally the outright bugs. Again, if using my tablet version, I get the 404 window every time I try to reach at least two sections from the upper dropdown menu - "Coming Soon" and "Release Calendar". Maybe there's more, I really don't have the urge to check them all. Both sections if linking from the "Site Index" redirect correctly. Basically, to ensure that everything works as it should be, I'm reduced to using the "Site Index" instead of new menus on my tablet now.
By the way, the same 404 thing happens if I'm trying to reach those sections not from my tablet, but on my desktop using the m.imdb.com mobile version. This is not a question of "empty your cache and cookies" problem, I have tried entering those sections from a new  anonymous browser session and even from a different browser alltogether - still get the same 404.

In conclusion, I cannot call this new IMDB browsing experince pleasureable in any sense imaginable.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled The new navigation system is a pain in the neck!.

I used to enjoy going to IMDb.  Now it no longer looks the same and you have to make multiple clicks to get where you want to go when one used to be sufficient.   Now I dread trying to use IMDb.  It's not fun.  It's a waste of time.  When will people learn that if it's not broken, any "improving" will only make it worse.  All the work you put in on this "new navigation experience" that you are so insanely proud of, was a waste of time.  And now it's wasting my time.  Your "new navigation experience" is a shipwreck.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled side by side - no search.

Contributing to IMDb frequently means needing to open a second window to find the proper name/title constant (or do other research). With the new toolbar design, where the search disappears when the window is "too narrow", we cannot open a second window and use the Windows dual-window (side-by-side) functionality.


Please improve the new display to continue displaying all the items on the top toolbar when the window is resized.
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bderoes,

Thank you for bringing this up.

Poll authors frequently have to have two or more IMDb windows open at the same time to create their lists. It really helps to have all of the items displayed when a window is resized.
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Yes, I am also having this problem in both MS Edge and Firefox.
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I liked the old style better.  At least it showed an exact number on my Watchlist, now it's rounded off to the nearest hundred (and it's off!).  If you guys could fix that little issue, I guess I could live with it.
Thanks,
Albert
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled So-called 'improved navigation experience'.

This isn't an 'improved navigation experience' - it's a totally unnecessary disaster.  Why can't we simply type in the title of the film we're interested in, just like we've always done?

Have you never heard the saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"?  Please put things back the way they were.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Why would IMDB do this on our laptop platform?.

I had no idea what was happening. For the last 2 days, I was suddenly unable to search for a movie title--on my computer, which is pretty much where and when I use the IMDB site. I had to start google searching for "what happened to search bar...." RIDICULOUS! I do not get it! Don't want it! Am beyond displeased! But I did read something that if you go to "full screen".... MORE ridiculous! Another step to go and undo!!
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OK! I have resolved this--as I replied somewhere else on this run of responses to the "search bar" issue. I just widened the file and it reappeared. Strange, but an easy solution. But tonight, I'm seeing they have made the search bar more clearly visible--white!
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Hello everyone —

My name is Sarah; I work at IMDb. Thanks for all the conversation (both positive and critical!) on the new navigation. We're reading all of it, and especially appreciate knowing how it doesn't work for you.

We've made two changes today to address some of your feedback:
  1. The background color of the search bar is white again. This should make it easier to see.
  2. The search bar and account menu are now visible at smaller screen widths -- we expect this will be particularly useful for contributors, poll-writers, and list-makers who are often in "dual-screen" mode.

We'll continue to monitor this thread — stay tuned for more changes coming soon.

Sarah 

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Just EXCELLENT to read your thoughtful response and how IMDB addressed these issues! Awesome! Funny, I discovered the "white" bar just in the midst of writing my update. I was double checking myself and that white bar smacked me right in the face! I was actually ok with widening the page--but this is even better! 
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I was looking for alternatives to IMDB because I just found searching too difficult - my search was at the top of the page but very very dark and the bar was impossible to see - and then, today, I opened the site and it was almost back to normal!!  Hoorah and thank you.
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I was looking for alternatives to IMDB because I just found searching too difficult - my search bar was at the top of the page but very very dark and was impossible to see - and then, today, I opened the site and it was almost back to normal!!  Hoorah and thank you.
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Hi! Thank you so much for this. I am genuinely grateful.
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Will you ever bring the old design back as an option? This is really making the site almost unusable. Especially the home page looks atrocious. It's just a bunch of random pictures and large-font words containing almost no information above the fold.
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I really (viscerally) hate this new default full-screen video player you've just switched to using.  (I'm finding it so frustrating, I'm sadly, reluctantly beginning to search for a different site to look up titles and names.)  Please, is there any way I can go back to the viewer with the smaller image and the side panel of additional videos to see?

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Never understand how making desktop sites more like mobile is supposed to be a good thing. Hiding things behind a menu button that then opens up full screen is pretty terrible design for desktop.
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This "update" is horrendous. On a computer it looks like it was made in 1995 on Tripod or Angelfire by a 10 year old. If the look they were going for was "Completely unprofessional," well... NAILED IT!
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I suggest to everyone who still cares about IMDB (it's creators obviously don't), to bookmark a random page from the site that still looks normal (such as the news page for example) and navigate from there, and that way you bypass the monstrosity which is the new home page. Or you can stick with it if you want epilepsy-inducing, flashing huge thumbnails to be your everyday experience. IMDB is apparently trying to be Netflix, but is there no mission statement for IMDB? It is a DATABASE for movies, not another streaming service or celebrity gossip website.  

Among the things that disappeared from the new home page are the box office numbers and the news segment. Now if you want these segments and you start on the home page you need to navigate to them specifically to view them. These informational segments have been replaced by the likes of FAN FAVORITES because we all know that FAN FAVORITES  is an essential part of any movie database.





 
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Another feature no one asked for. How about the new genres?
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I find this new navigation design to be awful. The old design seems to have been designed for us to find what we needed. This new design seems to be aimed at the masses with very short attention spans. Big and "Flashy". The new design makes it harder to get the news articles. You now have to go through news by category (TV, Movies, Celebrities, etc....), taking much longer. It used to be all together unless you selected a category to filter them. 
There are many other reasons I dislike this new design, but I'll stop here.
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Hi Joseph, I appreciate the feedback on News being harder to find in the navigation menu. We're working on this.

If you do have any other thoughts you'd like to share, we're listening!

Thanks.

Sarah (at IMDb)
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The only two features for which I checked the IMDB homepage have been buried and/or removed entirely.

To see what's "In theaters" now I have to scroll past: news I frankly never cared about, "what to watch" suggestions clearly tailored for someone else, "fan favourite" showing the six movies everyone knows about already, video news I also never watch, "What's streaming" (which could be vaguely useful if it wasn't heavily biased towards amazon).

The "coming soon" section is in an even worse spot. While on mobile is just below "in theaters" (so still past all that junk sections), on desktop it's been replaced by trailers. Which don't seem to list all that's actually coming soon.

All in all, the time I'll spend on the homepage will be surely reduced.
And since the size of every section of the homepage has been increased, there'll be almost zero chances that I may accidentally see an interesting news or video while I look for the showtimes, as there can only be one section on the screen at any time.
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Today the X to close the Menu screen is Black on the already Black background. Only found it because I knew it should be there. Please change it to a non-dark color, or reverse the background to light, with black letters for the menu items.

I'm using Chrome 79 on Windows 10.
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On my system (Firefox under Windows 7 Pro) the X to close the MENU screen is black on a yellowish circle towards top right corner.
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Thanks — we'll look into this bug.
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Hi bderoes — we checked this out and can no longer reproduce the issue. Please let me know if you see it again. Thanks!
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Dear imdb-Team,

a month ago I wrote a reply to this post regarding the "missing" Top News section.

Today I logged on the desktop and there it was! 

Thank you very, very much! Not only for reacting, but also listening in the first place :)
Thank you and have great week!

Yours,
Netty