Feedback on new photo viewer design

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There is no longer a windowed overlay when viewing photos.  There used to be an x in the top corner to click that would return to the movie page, but some moron decided to remove this feature.  Gotta click the movie links now on the photo info to return to the movie page. Yeah I know, this may seem petty, but its just bad web coding.
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It would probably be helpful if you mentioned how you were accessing the site (device/browser/version).

I'd been having issues with Chrome with the (X) being visible but not working, but after I last updated it's (so far) working fine.


Someone else posted yesterday with the same issue: https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/picture-gallery-broke
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(And there's a BUG - see below).

I'm not happy with it either, because if you've been surfing through a bunch of photos in the same gallery, now each photo is part of the browsing history. For instance, if I start here:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036941/mediaindex?refine=nm0413410

and I click on the first photo of Danny Jackson, then use the right arrow to advance through them, a few photos later (BUG) I'm no longer in the sub-gallery for Danny Jackson, and notice each photo has added to the "Back" list:

Without the X to close the mediaviewer, I now have to dig through my Back history to attempt to return to the point before I launched the viewer. (Also, before this new UI, you could use your mouse's Back button so long as you were hovered on the top bar where the X resided, and it would skip all the photos you viewed.)

I'm also missing the "# of n" count for where I am. No longer does it tell me this is the 1st of 20, or the 5th of 20. (And since it lost track of the subset I was trying to view, now it's wandering through 207 images.)

This is Chrome 83 on Windows 10. It wants to update; same result with new Version 83.0.4103.116 (Official Build).
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Hi! Thanks for the report. Sorry this isn’t working well for you. Are any of you by chance using ad blockers? bderoes, your screenshot shows that an entire section of the interface is missing. This section contains a “< Back” link (which replaces the “X” to close), as well as the “X of Y” indicator.
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The "< Back" link was just going back through the prior photos viewed. In other words, it was behaving just like the browser's Back icon, and just like the Back mouse button, because each photo's url was getting loaded into browsing history. I definitely did not see an X of Y indicator; does that get hidden when the screen is not maximized?

I just tried loading the same first photo, with exactly the same conditions as before, and got the old interface. The first photo was 6 of 207. Here's the 4th photo (using the right arrow to advance), the same photo as above.

So this interface is not advancing through the sub-gallery either, because this photo is not tagged with Danny Jackson's name, and its thumbnail is not in the sub-gallery:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036941/mediaindex?refine=nm0413410

I just tried using this old interface with my scripts turned off (and page reloaded), and it still proceeded through the full gallery instead of the sub-gallery.

If the new interface comes back, I'll try with and without my scripts to see if it behaves differently wrt these problems.
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you shouldn't have to disable ad blockers for a website to function properly.
and in general, imdb ads are horrible.
the old UI was better.
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also, instead of just being able to click the X to close the image and return to where you were, you now have to click Back on your browser... TWICE, because of some arbitrary redirect.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photo gallery redesign needs adjustments.

Photo gallery redesign is nice, but two adjustments:
1. photo gallery pages need a "back" button, just the like the movie clips pages
2. please return photo count: "Photo X of Y"
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Hi verbatim; if you look further down the thread you'll see screenshots of the new experience. It has a '< Back' button as well as 'X of Y'; if you don't see them please try disabling or adjusting your ad blocker.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled picture gallery Broke.

Since website update you can't close down the picture gallery and return to the born today list. The only option now is the homepage.
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Hi Dazey Dook; this was a bug, which is now fixed. I appreciate you reporting it. If you're still having problems please let us know. Thanks!
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Hi everyone, thanks so much for the additional feedback. I merged two other threads into this one.

Here are the issues I'm seeing reported. Let me know if I'm missing any.

1. There used to be an 'X' to close the photo viewer, but now it's gone — this has been replaced with the '< Back' link in the top left.
2. Clicking '< Back' doesn't work as expected — this is a bug; we are working to fix it.
3. '< Home' goes to the homepage, even if that's not the previous page — this is a bug; we are working to fix it.
4. '< Back' isn't visible — it should be! We need more info to reproduce this issue. See screenshot below.
5. 'X of Y' isn't visible — it should be! See screenshot.
6. Each photo URL goes into the browser's history / "back stack" — this is how we designed it. Open to feedback.
7. The photo viewer doesn't respect the constraints of the sub-gallery; it browses the whole gallery — this is how the current experience works, and we haven't changed it. I agree it's not ideal. 


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Sarah, I no longer see the new media viewer on Chrome. I also see the "old" version on Internet Explorer and Firefox. When I see the "new" version, I will test it out.
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I'm seeing the new viewer at the moment.
With my ad blocker (AdBlock Plus) on: No "<Back" link, no Gallery icon, no X of Y label, no Share icon.

With my ad blocker off, all are there:

Hopefully you can implement the viewer so that the sub-frame atop the screen is not blocked by the ad blocker, only the ad itself.

With my prior example of a sub-gallery, 
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036941/mediaviewer/rm1487219712
the Back link and the Gallery icon work nicely. Back takes me to the sub-gallery, and the Gallery icon takes me to the full gallery for the title. I still object to the Browser History getting loaded with each image url. And, of course, advancing through the photos does not stay within the sub-gallery.
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Hopefully you can implement the viewer so that the sub-frame atop the screen is not blocked by the ad blocker, only the ad itself.
We have submitted feedback to AdBlock Plus that they are overzealously blocking this particular ad. If that fails, we'll consider other options.

(Keep in mind, of course, that IMDb is an ad-supported site, so while we're always working on ways to improve the ad experience, we do expect to continue showing you ads.)
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Well, Sarah, if the ads were cute little banners like the one above, I wouldn't mind. But shortly after testing the new viewer, I went to a different IMDb page, and was bombarded by something that consumed the top half of the screen. I quickly re-enabled the blocker.
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Sarah -

I like the layout of the new viewer where the navigation arrows stay visible, and that the information overlay is manually controllable (not disappearing after a timeout). However, I favor NOT including each picture page in the browser history. Viewing many pictures loads too many pages into the browser history, and the 'Back' link does not solve the issue of returning to the point you were at before going to the picture viewer. I expect to be able to return to the point I was at by using the browser back button (the way it used to work).

That said, there are also a couple of issues with the new viewer and IE that do not seem to occur with Edge:
1.  The ad images are shifted half-way off the right edge of the image area (fortunately, the navigation arrow stays on top so you can still navigate to the next picture).
2.  The 'Back' link takes you to the picture gallery page for an item, not necessarily the page you navigated to the picture viewer from (not to mention the same problem as described above with losing navigation). If you click on the first picture on an item's main page (such as the Knight Rider original series main page), click forward a few times, then click on the 'Back' link, you go to the picture gallery for the series, not the main page.
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I'd just like to chime in to say I HATE the new photo viewer. Please change it back or offer an option to revert to the old style. Thx!  :)
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can't right click to save image is the crux of the matter.
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Had not noticed the lack of right-click functions. I frequently open the image in a new tab to enlarge it. _That_ will be a big loss.
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Is IMDB a database or a Netflix app??  I can't tell anymore.
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Of course I can find the images.. my web developer roots go back to '96. 
This is just a large annoyance.
Also.. the fact fact that you're left stranded with no navigation while using adblock is flat out UN-acceptable. TEAR IT DOWN!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled exit photo gallery.

cannot exit gallery, maybe put an "x' in corner to return to product page