Is anyone else disappointed that they have not yet changed or improved any of the UX for the actual editing process? It involves soo much jumping around to fine tune an image, and when you have purchased all of the filter packs it takes forever to try each one or scroll/jump to a specific one.
Because the film style filter packs are what they were initially known for, I would think it's in their best interest to be constantly iterating that experience to be better/easier. I think in it's current state it encourages users to reuse the same filters over and over and not try new things or experiment much.
It has always surprised me that there was not a cleaner way to bucket the filters given to us. For example, even just separating B&W out...
I also wish it was "smart" where it had the option to auto arrange filters based on use. This way , your top used filters and adjustment options are always at the ready.
I've been using Darkroom to solve this problem. Pretty stoked with it Darkroom – Photo Editor by Bergen Co. https://appsto.re/us/AbG04.i
I use Darkroom as well, typically when editing photos from a Fuji X70. I don't use their presets at all, but like the interface for common edits - exposure, contrast, fade, not to mention the Curves tool. I try to keep the integrity of the film simulation I choose in the camera, and just not apply any app filters.
I absolutely love these guys, but this new app is even more awkward to use than Snapchat... and I didn't think that was possible.
I think using the "circle" as the root of navigation is a very interesting path to follow, but the execution IRL feels a bit too "beta" to me. Things kind of "stutter" and jolt around while using it. In a lot of ways, it feels like all 4 "sections" were developed independently.
Couldn't agree more. Lots of different for the sake of being different it seems.
They also buried a lot of the great stuff which was their editing toolset. Now it's all about posting posting posting.
Seems like they tried to be the UI of Snapchat and the network of Instagram.
I've been using Darkroom and I really like that one. It's even easier to edit than VSCO.
100% agreed. I just got stuck in the camera, the whole thing froze. Feels very beta to me, and the snapchat analogy is spot on.
The whole social section is somehow a little worse than before, from a usability perspective. I am hopeful for future updates, but time will tell.
I am digging the new icons though. They all make a lot more sense than the old ones (except for saturation.... they can never make a good saturation icon)
The new fade icon is confusing to me too. To be fair though, it is pretty hard to have a simple icon representation of some of these things... :-)
I thought they did a good job on the OG editor of representing those complex concepts with pretty awesome iconography. These are better for sure and it's a tall order to try to make an icon for some of these. Kudos deserved there.
Maybe they're taking the approach that the users will learn it and get over it?
Probably. I like and applaud that kind of conviction in a team, but it is extremely hard to ignore how much harder it is to USE from older versions. Like you mentioned, people will get used to it I guess.
It does make you think though... what's the tipping point where things become too much of a barrier and your user base collapses? Now, I'm not saying this is what will happen or anything... but it does make you wonder. How far can you push something?
What I find interesting is that it's clear they like being who they are and they also want a strong community. It's almost like their two biggest strengths are now in conflict with one another.
The fade confused me originally, but after looking at it, it essentially just brings up the shadows. So the icon kind of works. But throwing an "f" on there or something might make it a little more recognizable
Yeah, I don't mind using gestures to navigate—the button feels a bit distracting though.
Being "clever" with an interface, just doesn't work. Plus vs Check? Circle vs X? Why are all the main actions at the top of my 6" screen?
Agreed. They shit the bed on this one.
How long does it take to learn how to use this weird interface? Do you really have that much time? I don't.
Classic case of aesthetics over usability. Made a simple app even more difficult to use.
I'm the minority and I'm sorry to say this, but the app has lots of usability issues. I don't know how to open the camera for 5mins, then opened their blog, saw the video then swiped up the centre button to use the camera. With all due respect, value the usability before aesthetics.
Did you get the walkthrough when you first opened the app? It told me to swipe up to get to the camera.
The only instruction I got was to swipe the "joystick" to the right. When I did that, the walkthrough simply ended and I was left super confused and clueless. A few moments later out of frustration, I started swiping randomly everywhere to find out how to open the camera (which I btw have never actually used) and accidentally found out it happens via swiping the joystick up. I was honestly looking for a clear camera icon which would've opened the camera.
I mean, I like the idea of the joystick thingy, but it's awkward to use. But kudos for trying out a fresh new way for navigating even tho it's cumbersome.
Overall, I feel like this interface is even worse than Snapchat – which I frankly can't stand using. I'm a huge fan of minimalism, but this new interface just honestly feels... stupid.
First, the good: new icons are much better than the old ones (except for saturation, IMO) the library section I like, more streamlined, flatter design, easier navigation to edit, etc. Collected images is a nice addition, one feature I would love is if you could copy edits from them. But thats nitpicking.
And the bad: The social section still isn't all that useable to me. No feedback, liking, etc. Finding new users is close to impossible. and navigating out of users pages is clunky. When you click on a user, the only way to get back is to press the down arrow at the top left of the page. Which is fine, but if they added the circle nav, why not add the functionality to close a user page from it?
The whole app is clunky, stuttery and a little slow at times. I personally don't use the camera in VSCO, or the social section (because of previously mentioned flaws) So the better icons in the edit section are the main reason I am excited. Overall its a better design but it could use some work. Hopefully they will iron out some things in the near future.
Welcome new update!
When things get done in a new and different way people tend to complain. We seem to be scared of changes. But later when we look back we say “How could we live with that??“. Just think about the old iOS skeuomorphic design.
So, welcome new update. And congratulations to the VSCO team for having the courage to innovate and trying new things.
Yes, there is a natural instinct to resist change to some degree, but if you look at most, it not all of the criticism thus far (including mine) - it has to do a lot more with degraded usability than personal aesthetic preferences.
I don't disagree with your criticism. Constructive criticism would be preferred in general, as it is easier to criticize something than to come up with a better solution.
What I want to say is, change is the more difficult and risky path, but at the end of that path lies the reward.
My support goes to the team for making that choice.
I totally get where you are coming from. Again, I'm a fanboy of them and even use their Lightroom presets. It's key to remember, the difficult and risky path is not always the BEST path.
I'm sure it will be refined and I'm sure in the end the app will rock as always.
Out of curiosity, do you use the app? As someone who uses it almost daily, this version is pretty hard to work through.
One thing I really like now though is the new "summary" of filters and adjustments you made to a photo before "saving". Love that.
This really feels like a design update for the sake of a design update. It's one of the more baffling aspects of interface design and improvement, and I frequently question the motives of companies who are so willing to uproot a experience that has succeeded for X number of months or years, and completely turn it upside down. For what? I realize a massive app change can be adapted to, and the new process can become second-nature.
Progress and change are great; they make the world go round, they keep people like us employed, and they keep us engaged in what we do. I think we're unfortunately in the midst of such purposeless change these days when it comes to applications these days, and this update reflects that.