Please put the search bar back where it used to be!

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I really hate the redesign. Why fix something that isn’t broken? If you had a competitor I’d switch that’s how much I hate the “new and improved “ interface!
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James Heiser

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  • sad that you changed something simple and made it complex

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Ed Jones (XLIX)

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Well you're in the minority. The page loads faster. The search function is less clunky. (Delayed)
And like ALL other websites, The search is on top. Where it belongs!
What's not to like?
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Jonathan Corbett

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Dude. This is the iOS forum. Please stop talking about the website, OK?
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James Heiser

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Um no it’s not. Not until you click the search glass. Before it was just there no extra icons.
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Ed Jones (XLIX)

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What are you looking at?
See where it says search IMDb? Mouse over it and type. Just like before!!
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Jonathan Corbett

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This is the iOS forum. We're not talking about the website.
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Annie

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THIS is RIDICULOUS!! SUDDENLY there is a problem!! So IMDB is taking away our "search for any movies, actors, people....."
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Jonathan Corbett

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I totally agree. This is a UI/UX nightmare. Why clutter up the screen with a useless tab bar? And why, for the love of god, hide the search feature? This is a database, and the whole point of a DB is to look stuff up... Now, how do you do that typically? Yes, by searching... Why would IMDB hide the most crucial feature of them all when the prior navigation worked perfectly fine?
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Jonathan Corbett

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OP: You might want to change the type of this thread from “praise” to something more fitting.
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Jonathan Corbett

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Does anyone know how to downgrade an iOS app? I'm using the mobile website for now, but this is no long-term solution.
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Jonathan Corbett

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This is driving me insane. The mobile website is no solution. Thanks for the oversized app advertisement on every single page. I'd gladly download and use the app if you didn't break something that worked perfectly fine. Can someone of IMDb chime in? Is there any way to contact the iOS team (other than leaving a negative review in the App Store)?
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Annie

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TOTALLY AGREE! This is insane!
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I preferred the old search bar. I tend to have two windows open on my computer: a video-viewing program (eg VLC) in the left-hand half of the screen and a browser with IMDB in the right hand half. This is on a 1920x1080 screen.

Even with about 860 pixels of width, the "All / Titles / Episodes / Celebs [WTF!!!] / Companies / Keywords" dropdown is not displayed, so there is no way to restrict a title search to just TV episodes, so I get lots of movie titles which may match the text. I have to make the window full-screen to see and set the drop-down. Progress? (Is "Celebs" the new menu item for what used to be "Names"? How utterly naff.)

I'm not too keen on the white-text-on-black-background, but I accept that "dark mode" is the current Emperor's New Clothes, so I can live with that providing the search bar actually works as it did.



More important is the fact that the search bar has been partially broken for several years, and cannot find titles in the format that they are shown in a confirmation email. In the Good Old Days you could search for a TV episode title in the form "Holby City" (1999) {Blurring the Lines (#21.48)} and you would get exactly one match. Now it fails to recognise that syntax and you have to search just for the episode title, which may give multiple matches. Likewise, you can't search for
My Boy Jack (2007) (TV) because the "(TV)" suffix breaks the search; including it was a good way of avoiding matches against other titles which happened to have the same name - and maybe even the same year (OK, I chose a bad example because this title is unique!)

If I'm checking that a previous submission has been published, it is easy to copy/paste the full unambiguous episode title into the search bar and go straight to that episode or title.

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Annie

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My search bar was NOT broken for years! Not until NOW!
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Even after weeks of using it, I feel this is a huge step back. I'd like to raise two points:

1. I'm disappointed with IMDb joining the bottom tabs bandwagon. I like to see brands push the boundaries when it comes to design, but I'm fine with it.
2. What I don't like is the search bar moving away from the top. It's not only inconsistent with the desktop web UI, but also stripping away an iconic part of the app's look. As someone else mentioned above, the primary UI element in a movie database needs to be the search bar. The top of the app feels naked without it, and it feels unintuitive when I look for the search flow every time I want to use it.

A good middle ground could be switching the new "Search" tab to "Explore" and keeping all the new tile elements there, but removing the search bar from it and putting it across the top of the entire app. IDK what tab search results would go in. It could be a hidden "tab" w.r.t. the bottom nav, or it could be how YouTube handles it, simply putting it on top of whatever nav is selected.