edited March 15, 2021 in Suggest an Idea
Garry Evans said: I really do not like this new format on your site.....it is not user friendly at all....the old style was much easier to navigate and use....why change a good thing or fix that which is not broken?
Jordi Kloosterboer said: Could you be more specific? No idea what you are talking about.0
Garry Evans said: Everything new on your site since last month........0
Juli said: Garry, we're just fellow users like you, but we haven't observed any change in format/user interface in well over a year.0
Jeff_Luke said: the format of the 'following' list, 'temple reservation list' and the 'latest changes/all changes' are totally different since July or so.
I don't like the new format for any of those pages as much as the previous format either (if that's what Garry is referring to).0
Jeff Wiseman said: Gary, I completely agree.
Somewhere deep in the bowels of this forum there was a single comment from a FS employee that the reason (or at least, one of them) that all of those lists were changed was to use a new set of software functions that would be easier for FS to maintain. In the process of doing that, they completely changed the look and feel of the lists.
I know that FS is always trying to set up things so that people who have poor vision don't have to struggle with things as much. They also try to make things "intuitive" so that inexperienced folks don't struggle as much. I don't know if either of these were achieved in these changes since I am not in either of those demographics. If they have, that would be a good thing.
However, in making the changes, a few very useful features were dropped. Some have been put back in. Some we might still be waiting for. But in any case, the use, navigation, and naming of the lists has definitely become clunkier and less intuitive IMHO.
Like most major changes in this website, it is totally unlikely that it will ever be reversed and we are just plain stuck with it. It can only be tweaked to try and improve it in some ways. So if there are any specific "band-aid" type changes that you might think of, FS does seem to respond quickly to good ideas that are simple and fast to implement0
Jeff Wiseman said: The look and feel as well as the structure of all the old watch lists and change history logs have been changed recently. It was even announced in the FS blog.0
Garry Evans said: I have also noticed that the EXPORT function has vanished (or has been hidden?) It was a useful function to load into excel spread sheets for viewing off line. btw, have you seen the reply i got from FS about this? They didn't seem to know what I was talking about, hmmmm0
Garry Evans said: Exactly....just what I was saying in my comments.......0
Jeff Wiseman said: Garry, all browsers have an export function. But are you saying that the web site itself had an export function specific to any of those lists?0
Garry Evans said: 1. The new logon screen, it seems to have unclear/different options when it now opens up.
2. The export function has disappeared from the search pages (so can't be used to view offline records as previous).
3. All navigation screens are not easy to use as before. Less icons showing what is available (new menu drop downs are unclear or vague to use).
4. The left side panels have gone (along with their functions).
5. It seems that everything is pushing the users to opt-in to the Indexing Service first or to other sites that may or not charge for viewing records, (when I just want to research Family My Members at the moment)
6. Their seems to be a whole NEW LOOK on the various screens which is not as user friendly as before.
I do understand the need for Indexing Records, and will certainly do my bit as a means to pay back for my use of the LDS Services that I have enjoyed over the last few years in adding Records to my Family Tree.
I am a pensioner (Being retired since 2004) and as such do not have the luxury of a big budget to pay for online Family Tree Research facilities such as Ancestry.com, etc. So the services of the LDS Family Search website was all I had to help me with my personal research into my Family Tree. (I am sure this is also the case of many other users of the LDS Facilities online).
Robert Wren said: Garry,
Depending on where you are looking for "the EXPORT function" feature that "has vanished (or has been hidden?)" it still exists within the 'search' function:
If somewhere else, you will need to be more specific.
Please notice that all who have responded herein are your fellow users, and we are happy to help where we can.
Things change quite frequently in FamilySearch - all progress is "change" but not all "change" is progress.0
Robert Wren said: Paul, I'm a bit surprised you have NOT used it.
That export feature is a great tool for analyzing the data. You can download the data, combining several pages if needed; then sort by family, name, date, parent or whatever.
It's great for sorting those multiple similar first named British families who have congregated in the ancestral county home - which I know you've done a lot of.0
Paul said: Thanks for your encouragement, Robert. I will try to utilise it!0
Garry Evans said: Hello guys, I owe somebody an apology.......It seems that all my problems lately have been due to updates in my browser (ORBIT)...I tried using another browser and all functionality returned. So I apologize to all concerned. pls ignore all my comments since last few days. I wont be using Orbit as default browser in future.0
Jeff Wiseman said: Don't worry about it :-)
Having a browser that is not completely supported by the site doesn't negate all of your observations regarding difficult to follow formatting and navigation issues with all of the new changes. Many folks here using the supposedly "supported" browsers have had complaints along these same lines.
This knowledge article on supported browsers was just updated on August 21, 2020.
Jordi Kloosterboer said: I suggest using Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome.0