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Re: New Avast UI Discussion
« Reply #105 on: February 04, 2017, 02:57:09 PM »
I must say that the new Avast GUI is very well made (mostly) for HiDPI screens, its only a few issues where for example
- The tick boxes are very small compared to the text besides it. Some times the Text actually coincides with the tick box (very awkward looking).
 
But in other places like when viewing Firewall logs, everything is perfectly scaling with the GUI but as soon as viewing detailed scan report for example (like in my previous post pic), scaling issues appear.

They are inconsistent but I am sure that the capable Avast Developer team is more than capable of getting rid of these few but rather awkward inconsistencies before the final version is released to general public.

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Re: New Avast UI Discussion
« Reply #106 on: February 04, 2017, 03:07:00 PM »
They are inconsistent but I am sure that the capable Avast Developer team is more than capable of getting rid of these few but rather awkward inconsistencies before the final version is released to general public.
Remains a lot to do for the devs. So, please, don't push them.
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Re: New Avast UI Discussion
« Reply #107 on: February 04, 2017, 03:09:30 PM »
The Avast developers are the ones who will make the final decision of what's important and needs
to be addressed before the actual release and which items can be corrected subsequent to that release. :)
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Re: New Avast UI Discussion
« Reply #108 on: February 04, 2017, 03:19:06 PM »

And everybody hopes, that his wishes come true.  :)

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« Reply #109 on: February 04, 2017, 03:22:25 PM »
The Avast developers are the ones who will make the final decision of what's important and needs
to be addressed before the actual release and which items can be corrected subsequent to that release. :)

I am very well aware that the Avast developers will make the final call on what makes it to the final product, but since this is a Beta product forum and the developers are asking for our feedback regarding the "GUI" alone, we (as beta testers) are supposed to actually test the product and find any bugs or glitches in the Beta Product. And this is exactly what I am trying to do, I found a bug/glitch in the GUI (this thread is about the GUI) and am reporting it to the developers. This issue may be very small and limited to users with HiDPI screens but we do have to remember that most of the laptops and tablets these days are HiDPI and this issue basically breaks the experience when using this product.
I mean if you "right click scan" a folder and cant actually understand what the scan results are, that's just simply a broken and bad experience in my opinion.

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Re: New Avast UI Discussion
« Reply #110 on: February 04, 2017, 03:24:26 PM »
You are totally correct. Avast welcomes all input.
The more suggestions they receive, the better the final outcome. :)
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Re: New Avast UI Discussion
« Reply #111 on: February 04, 2017, 08:35:22 PM »
personally i dont "hate" the new ui. i just think it needs to be polished up a decent amount and then it could be something great. i miss the older versions ui's but this one i do prefer to the previous one. and with each update i can see small changes made. i just wish they would hold back a bit and fix a bunch of stuff then release it as that polished ui i hope it becomes.

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Re: New Avast UI Discussion
« Reply #112 on: February 04, 2017, 09:01:56 PM »
I can live with almost any UI because I don't live in it, even though I probably spend more time in it because of helping in the forums.

For me the most critical issue is it is too bloody big, the inability to be able to resize it is my biggest complaint. It doesn't matter how great it is if it won't fit on low resolution systems 1024X600 (netbook) and you can't resize it.
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Re: New Avast UI Discussion
« Reply #113 on: February 04, 2017, 09:29:50 PM »
For me the most critical issue is it is too bloody big, the inability to be able to resize it is my biggest complaint. It doesn't matter how great it is if it won't fit on low resolution systems 1024X600 (netbook) and you can't resize it.
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Re: New Avast UI Discussion
« Reply #114 on: February 08, 2017, 07:51:09 PM »
This new interface is absolutely terrible. It looks like someone slapped a poorly designed touchscreen interface inside some kind of crappy HTML+JS wrapper or non-win32 native framework which makes the whole UI laggy and unresponsive. Some major annoyances I've noticed:

- The UI is too 'noob friendly', several advanced options are hidden or simply buried deep inside the application. You need more and more clicks to find an item that should otherwise be accessible on the main screen. e.g: update and application history, custom scans, system status etc. This was not an issue 2-3 years back with earlier versions. Unnecessarily long and poorly worded childish descriptions in some places, especially those in in 'Components'.

- Awful colour scheme with disproportionate iconography, not to mention the blurry text inside the settings section and the fact that the 'Component' section randomly scrolls when you've disabled something.

- Waste of space throughout the application due to the touchscreen/mobile oriented design, this is prominent in the 'Status' section where all you see is 'You're Protected' and that's all, no details, nothing else.

- Inconsistency due to the usage of different design patterns, e.g. drop down menus in general settings, toggles with icons in the next section, checkboxes in other places but large fat icons in the main screen. If you're going to use transitions and slide out menus in one place you'd better apply them throughout the whole app and eliminate older design patterns like the countless popup windows (scan history, virus chest) or the act of having to scroll through those endless drop down menus (which is somewhat laggy) in 'Settings', something which itself could be replaced by a simple and intuitive tabbed design.

- The way scans are handled is abhorrent, I couldn't find a sane and straightforward way to configure how the 'Smart Scan' works from the 'Protection' section. From what I've noticed you can't even view the scan results unless you select 'Resolve All' which implies that Avast devs may somehow think that users are too dumb to take their own actions. If you ignore the scan results the app will constantly complain about it (again no visible option to dismiss that) in the Status section. Yep, there are "A couple of things to fix", that's what we're told but we have no ability to view what those are. "Smart Scan has finished - Show Results", once again I can't hide that unless I resolve all, which is ironical because I cannot see a detailed view of what needs to be resolved in the first place. If you think that few green ticks and red crosses are enough you're dead wrong. - That's poor design right there.

- The way notifications are handled is nonsensical, I hope you realise that this is a PC application so quit copying the Android notification panel, or at least the swipe to dismiss notification actions. Also, why the hell should the notification section cover the whole goddamn main app section?

- I couldn't find something like a unified recent activity or security history section (like in Norton) which would list all events (full scan reports, logged network/application activity, alerts, detected threats, quarantined items, recent updates etc) performed or encountered by the Avast.  It's like we're given less and less control over what the app is actively doing in background. e.g if an Avast executable is doing something and using a high amount of disk I/O, I shouldn't need to launch resource monitor/resmon to know that something is being automatically scanned. Avast itself should display feedback or an indication within the main screen/tray icon that X or Y action is being done. Additionally that event and its details would need to be logged in that 'recent activity' section.

As a longtime (8+ years) user who was accustomed to earlier versions of Avast Internet Security with proper decent UIs, this kind of pointless change is infuriating. I understand that most of your userbase may be average joes with limited technical knowledge but at least give us a choice, an option to disable, remove and purge that new interface and provide us with something more professional. I wonder if you even did some usability testing before pushing such intrusive changes.
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Re: New Avast UI Discussion
« Reply #115 on: February 09, 2017, 12:45:22 AM »
The good thing is the that the protection and detection has greatly improved.
To me, that's the important part. I hardly ever use the UI. :)
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Re: New Avast UI Discussion
« Reply #116 on: February 09, 2017, 10:46:32 AM »
Sure, but when GUI is limiting your control and annoying you when detections do happen and you don't have absolute control over it, that's where importance of GUI shows.
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Re: New Avast UI Discussion
« Reply #117 on: February 09, 2017, 11:09:53 AM »
Well this post may well give some relief on the size of the UI in version 17.2.x https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=196445.msg1365732#msg1365732.
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Re: New Avast UI Discussion
« Reply #118 on: February 11, 2017, 04:47:18 PM »
I believe this is incorrect:
When turning updates to "Ask...", main UI shows "Turn off" instead of "Turn on".
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Re: New Avast UI Discussion
« Reply #119 on: February 11, 2017, 04:49:25 PM »
Looks like a bug, good catch.
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