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Feedback: A Few Words About The New Tab Navigator


We appreciate everyone’s comments and would like to take a moment to respond. We take your comments seriously, so if we take a few days to respond, it is because we are talking it over with our designers, product and developers teams to provide the best solution we can. The last thing we want to do is to give immediate “yes” or “no” answers that may change or to flip-flop between major UI changes without serious consideration.

Today, many people are using Netvibes on more than just desktop browsers, but on iPhones, iPads, Android, Blackberry, tablets and other mobile devices. So, we have been working on creating the best native UI versions of Netvibes for mobile devices and tablets.

But we soon noticed a big problem. On smaller devices, if you have many tabs, you may end up seeing only tabs! Our new “slim” Tab Navigation interface will work much more intuitively and smoothly on a touchscreen device than a large clutter of tabs filling the entire screen, while making room for you to view more of what really matters: your feeds and apps. It also makes it easier to drag and drop items exactly where you want them inside of the destination tab.

Our vision has always been to enable users to access their dashboard anywhere, anytime, on any device. To enable a seamless experience across all browsers, devices and screen sizes, we need to have a consistent UI. The last thing you want is to have 100 different versions of Netvibes, where you need to relearn an entirely different UI for mobile vs. desktop or native app vs. mobile web.

Not only do we want to provide a consistent experience across different devices, but we also want to give you room for growth. If you have a lot of tabs now, you may have even more tabs in the future.

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you about the “Reader View” that might be more appropriate if you like to have all your information at a glance. Simply flip the switch on the top of your dashboard from “Widget” to “Reader” and find out if it’s more suited for your Netvibes usage.

And for those of you who prefer our old multi-row tab view, one of our users made a cool browser extension to replace our new tab interface with the previous one.

To install it :

Unfortunately, we have nothing to offer for our IE users at the moment but if anyone has a solution to suggest, do it in the comments, we’ll edit this post.

Please note that these extensions were not developed by Netvibes, and though we reviewed them and can guarantee that they’re 100% safe, we cannot offer any support regarding their usage.

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21 Responses to “Feedback: A Few Words About The New Tab Navigator”

  1. #1 | David | September 20th, 2012 at 00:31

    I think it is a little bit sad that you don’t want to provide us at least the possibility of choosing between the old or the new tab.
    By the moment I just installed the plugin, but like you say it has been created by an user and it doesn’t have your support. So my feeling is that you (Netvibes) are not listening to us (your users). It looks like our opinion doesn’t matter too much for you. I was really happy with Netvibes and I didn’t want to try other systems like Google reader, etc, and if I find something that I like more I will switch.

  2. #2 | Linda | September 20th, 2012 at 08:36

    I would also like the option to keep the previous layout, where all the tabs are visible. I use Netvibes in an elementary school, to keep collections of links for each year level. It is easier for the students if they can see all tabs available to them.

    Please reinstate this view as an option.

  3. #3 | Mike | September 20th, 2012 at 09:03

    That blog post could have been shorter: We appreciate everyone’s comments but we don’t care.

  4. #4 | Mary Williams | September 20th, 2012 at 15:58

    Thank you Netvibes for updating on this issue, I have hated the single arrow tab since you introduced it and I hope you will allow people to revert to the original if they wish so and from readings the comments I gather that most desktop user, if not all of them, hate that design.

    I think that it is appalling that such big change was introduced to millions of users without having some beta testing first by a few people, I know who your competitors are and unless Netvibes reverts this you can be sure that unless you revert this change I will export all my feeds, import them into a different service and never come back. You better take a decision quick, netvibes has been unusable for me since the changes were introduced.

  5. #5 | Richard Morris | September 20th, 2012 at 16:06

    Yes netvibes. if you can do a reader view to tabbed view like is already on the page, why cant you do a similar switch for the scrolling navigator or multi row tabs. Right now i can switch between reader view or the curent view. Another switch just like that one except it can switch between one line and tabs. seems something easy to me. give your users the power to choose. if a user is on his or her desktop or laptop and want to ise the tabs then give them that power to switch. If they are on their tablet then they can switch to the new navigator. Give your users the ablity to switch back and forth like you do already with the reader view switch.

  6. #6 | Thomas | September 22nd, 2012 at 21:38

    My issue was with the loading.. But that has since been fixed due to the progressive loading update! Maybe have a dimmer layout for those of us who work through the nights?

    Thanks for listening to our feedback Netvibes!

  7. #7 | zenhold | September 24th, 2012 at 08:57

    You say you want Netvibes to look everywhere the same. And then you suggest a solution that uses a browser extension. Seriously?!
    For people like me who use netvibes on many different computers (on which most of them I do not own -> no extension installation) that is just no solution at all.
    Just make it configurable and everyone is happy. You already have configurations in the settings that introduce “inconsistencies”. But realy: Nobody cares about that as long as they can use youre product in the way they enjoy it the most. And currently I dont enjoy using netvibes at all.
    I have been using netvibes for many years now but I think this is a good time to check what similar products are there on the market.

  8. #8 | Jon | September 24th, 2012 at 22:19

    Sorry, a non-supported browser extention is not a solution.

    It’s been a good ride over the last several years but I guess I shall have to look for an alternative.

  9. #9 | Richard Morris | September 25th, 2012 at 04:56

    Forget it. Its a waste of time. I have deleted my account. And the reason I have deleted my account is because the new navigator is just not a good way to do things. But beyond that, you have ignored everything that has been said in this forum. Your website has had bugs since day one. however i still used the site and loved it. I loved the way the tabs worked. It was something that no other place offered. I have since learned that protopage is similar to your site. However i wont be using that site either.
    To use any web site platform for anything, you are subject to the whims and changes that websites attempt to force on you. By using a stand alone program you control whether or not you update it. If a developer of a stand alone program made changes you didnt like, well you still have the old version of the program so use it. I have already moved on from netvibes and after posting this i will be deleting my account.
    For those who want to export your feeds i have learned that you should export them but wait until you have checked your feeds in a new program before you close your netvibes account. When i exported my feeds not all of them were exported properly.
    Netvibes You were good while it lasted but I am through. You have taught me a lesson i should have learned before. Hopefully i wont have to learn it again. Never count on websites not to mess things up.
    I appreciate the time you have spent attempting to justify your changes, but as so many users have pointed out to you, your justification has holes in it. People arent dumb. I have been with you since day 1. Or close to it.

    Anyway Thank you for many good years and good luck to you in the future! Bye

  10. #10 | Jean-Paul | September 27th, 2012 at 07:38

    Hey Fellows, did you find an alternative to netvibes?

  11. #11 | Mary Williams | September 30th, 2012 at 12:14

    I am moving to http://www.ustart.org, there is also a http://my.yahoo.com and a new service called http://backstit.ch/

    Good bye Netvibes, sorry about leaving you after over 5 years of great service but the situation is not sustainable, I use my start page daily I can’t wait for you to take a decision.

  12. #12 | gobo | October 10th, 2012 at 07:30

    I switched to protopage. Feeds load quicker and the overall performance is much faster.

  13. #13 | Jose Jimenez | October 24th, 2012 at 14:09

    I’m using the Chrome extension so I can now see my tabs as was available through the old version of Netvibes. I can appreciate the reasoning behind the decision to change the UI and I took some time to try to get used to it but to no avail. Anyway, many thanks to the person that took the time to create an extension for Chrome as well as other browsers. :)

    Also, thanks to Netvibes for being attentive via Twitter.

  14. #14 | DG | November 7th, 2012 at 21:54

    I don’t think it’s a big engineering issue to add an option to have multi-row instead. Disappointing

  15. #15 | Benoit | November 10th, 2012 at 06:35

    I am not as extreme as some of the comments, but the user interface is clearly less good now as it used to be. I cannot understand why “unified” means “the same”. On an iPad, links are very small, the heavier interface is slower to load, and text can’t be read easily. It is not an easy decision to make, but you should revise your mobile UI. Desktop is fine for me. You should do a Netvibes app, honnestly.

  16. #16 | Eric | December 24th, 2012 at 17:53

    I am very happy that you’ve added multiple tab rows to Chrome but I cannot get multiple rows of tabs to display. I can’t find a way to configure it. What am I missing? Thanks!

  17. #17 | Sam | February 28th, 2013 at 03:31

    Thanks for telling us the new features of Netvibes. And more importantly thanks for offering the option to choose old multi-row tab view coz I prefer the old one for the moment, but I think both are good:). Maybe will try the new one on my iphone, and will come to make comments later again.

  18. #18 | Bob | March 23rd, 2013 at 13:10

    As many people said including me (http://goo.gl/iXYoW) a browser extension was bound to break at some point, at your recommended extension for Chrome has indeed stopped working as of the last few days.

    PLEASE! Restore multiple rows of tabs for users who want them. It makes not sense in design terms to force people with different sized screens at different resolutions to use Netvibes the exact same way. That people are building and using extensions to restore this functionality shows this.

    This isn’t about consistency – you have other options in the settings about how the content is displayed, whether there’s a title or a search bar etc. Very obviously multiple rows of tabs versus horizontal scrolling is one of those possibilities.

    It’s much easier on a larger resolution screen to simply click the tab you want rather tha having to scroll horizontally to find it. Please listen to your users!

  19. #20 | neil | March 25th, 2013 at 18:34

    Dear Netvibes

    Would you kindly share with us a way to brig back the much loved multi level navigation bar?

    Thank you
    Neil

    -=-=

    Cher Netvibes
    Nous vous serions reconnaissants que vous partager avec nous une façon de retourner le bien-aimé barre de navigation à plusieurs niveaux?

    Merci beaucoup
    Neil

  20. #21 | Conga1 | May 20th, 2013 at 08:54

    Am in complete agreement with Bob at #18
    I had previously used the Netvibes multiline extension, but that extension no longer works on Firefox nor on Google Chrome.
    As per Bob —
    “PLEASE! Restore multiple rows of tabs for users who want them. It makes not sense in design terms to force people with different sized screens at different resolutions to use Netvibes the exact same way. That people are building and using extensions to restore this functionality shows this.

    This isn’t about consistency – you have other options in the settings about how the content is displayed, whether there’s a title or a search bar etc. Very obviously multiple rows of tabs versus horizontal scrolling is one of those possibilities.

    It’s much easier on a larger resolution screen to simply click the tab you want rather tha (sic) having to scroll horizontally to find it. Please listen to your users!”