Unfortunately. it is not possible to downgrade to the previous version of the app on iOS. That said I am eager to get some feedback from you around your comments about extra “clicks” etc
There is a nice forum post from one of my colleagues that goes over the reason for the change here https://forums.plex.tv/discussion/comment/1675950/#Comment_1675950
That said, I would still love to understand where the UI is causing you friction and any constructive thoughts on how you feel it could be improved.
Thanks for the quick response, it really is appreciated.
Unfortunately It looks like I’m stuck with using plex web or infuse on my iPad for the mean time.
I have been using Plex for many years along with my family.
Over this time I have invested a great deal of time and effort to create a library system (over 30 library’s) that used to function really well across all of our devices for all users with what has become a very considerable media library.
I like having the option to search Plex via my library system but also enjoy some of the recommendations from plex this worked really well on the last version of the Plex app with browse and discover tabs along with the full library section in the side bar.
Removing the library function from the side bar and including parts of it under the new media tabs shows, movies, music, etc now means that my library system has become fragmented.
Previous version of Plex including all server librarys in the side bar (scroll feature to access the rest):
Current version of Plex with librarys removed from the side bar:
Current version of Plex with segregated librarys under media type. Including synced library content adding to the mess, confusion and fragmentation:
Under the previous system (Usually 2 Clicks Required)
Swipe the side bar view all librarys in one convienent place.
Tap on a library.
Select either browse or discover depending on how I wanted to view the content with just two options here the memory function works well. Meaning I usually don’t have to carry out this step.
Under the new system (usually 4 Clicks required):
- Click the Required media tab Shows, Movies, Music.
(having over 30 mixed library’s I need to remember what is where as I no longer have access to the complete library list in one place)
Click the library from the top left drop down menu if this was last used in browse mode this return to the same library in discover mode.
Select the correct library from the top left drop down menu with a further click. (if previously in browse mode)
To browse the content of the library I then need to select all shows. The memory function does not work as well here as Ifrequently change the library under media type.
if selecting “other videos” or podcasts but do not wish to have these on the home screen a further click is required.
This is very annoying as it is something that I do multiple times each time I visit the app. The current system feels much less intuative and messy.
I can no longer easily see the content that has been synced to my iPad all in one place it’s has now been scattered around in the media sections library view.
Previous plex version: Local and Synced content or Server content.
This system was much cleaner, easier and intuative to use.
Repetitive posters And wasted space.
In general I like the recently released, recently added sections in discovery mode however these can produce repetative results as shown in the picture bellow.
Some of the “discovery bars” can also produce odd items under movies I have on top movies in Crime thriller which only produces one result as its not a popular genre for me this leads to a lot of wasted space I have no option to custmise this by either removing it or changing the genre.
Podcasts. Great to have this.
Conclusion and Recommendations
Plex is still a product I greatly appreciate and I understand that people use it in a vareity of ways to organise there media.
All librarys available in one place (excluding Synced content) I would reccomend the side bar which worked really well for me and mirrors how I use plex on my desktop with PMS and PMP continuity makes life simple.
A return to the previous system of accessing local and synced content or Server based content. Much cleaner and more intuative.
Customisation of content in the media tabs. Ability to remove and re-order “browse bars” (Recently played, Recently added, Recently released, continue watching etc etc.).
Option to be able to include selected Full library content to home screen for example all Films, all TV shows etc etc.