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New Player UI Complaints

CryomancerCryomancer Posts: 1Members

I've signed into the forum for the first time in my years of using Plex just to complain about this. I'm not the type to typically post in forums, but I have to complain about this.

The new UI / player bar is horrible. Here are some terrible changes.

  • Old scroll volume control is gone, and now you have to scroll volume on the tiny volume bar. I have a dual monitor setup and this new volume control thing is extremely annoying. I've read the discussions that plex "has received complaints" about the old way, but I find it very hard to believe that those complaints represent a majority of users. Many popular media players use the old method of scrolling anywhere on the application to control volume. MPC and VLC to name two giant ones. And before anyone mentions Youtube, they have that particular scroll control because there is something else on the page to scroll down TO.
  • For some reason, closing the video is now either on the top left or bottom right depending on how you want to exit. For most applications, the button to close is 99 times out of 100 on the top right.
  • The new bar is too big and opaque. This is especially a pain when watching something with subtitles.
  • The seek bar itself blends in too well to the player bar. It took me a few minutes to realize it was even there.

Honestly this new UI has me just using MPC from now on until something changes, I find a way to downgrade, or I find a better alternative. The new UI is just not as intuitive at all nor as good as the previous one. I'm expecting this to be my only post on the forums so think of this as my slip of paper into the suggestion/complaint box.

Comments

  • plexpatruplexpatru Posts: 1Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    I agree on all points

  • wildkenywildkeny Posts: 206Members ✭✭

    Especially for the seek bar and volume bar, it is too thin compared to the size of the video area, which is always maximized to the window frame for Plex Web. When you make your video full screen on YouTube, you can see that the seek bar is enlarged for easy navigation.

  • nauipnauip Posts: 54Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    Agreed. Especially the Full Screen / Close in the wrong place!

  • chwynnchwynn Posts: 8Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    I also agree with the above, but I have an additional complaint:

    • In the web interface, if you close the video part way through, without specifically closing the player, then closing the control bar, then closing the browser, it saves your place for the web interface. Sometimes I watch half a thing, then go somewhere else and watch the rest on my tablet/TV/whatever, then when I return, and re-open the web interface, it updates my watched status back to what it was when I closed the web interface. I'm talking about the player controls that appear on the bottom of the screen when browsing a library, after watching part of a video. If I don't specifically close those controls before closing the web page, then next time i load the page, it will overwrite my watched status with the last time i watched the thing on the web interface.

    So I'm 30 mins into something, close my web browser, go watch 20 mins on my tablet while I cook, so now I'm 50 mins in. Come back to my PC, load up chrome and click plex, and now i'm 30 mins in again.

  • zpaolo11xzpaolo11x Posts: 1,230Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    @chwynn said:

    • In the web interface, if you close the video part way through, without specifically closing the player, then closing the control bar, then closing the browser, it saves your place for the web interface. Sometimes I watch half a thing, then go somewhere else and watch the rest on my tablet/TV/whatever, then when I return, and re-open the web interface, it updates my watched status back to what it was when I closed the web interface. I'm talking about the player controls that appear on the bottom of the screen when browsing a library, after watching part of a video. If I don't specifically close those controls before closing the web page, then next time i load the page, it will overwrite my watched status with the last time i watched the thing on the web interface.

    I'm still wondering what is the point of having the "player bar" on the bottom when you close a movie: with Plex excellent ability to keep track of playing progress through different players, what's the point of having a player bar? I can stop the movie, go play with the web UI and restore the movie from the "continue watching" section

  • DerpmonDerpmon Posts: 1Members

    I hated it specially because i watch everything with subs

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