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Bad, bad, bad, bad update
on May 10, 2013
I have been using ES Explorer as my File Manager of choice for quite some time. I've tried other File Managers, and always found that they fell short in one way or another. Up until now, I have enjoyed ES Explorer immensely.
Until the most recent update. In an attempt to add tons of "bells and whistles", and (apparently) try to make the UI more "sexy", the developers have ruined what, for me, were the basic strengths of ES Explorer -- simplicity and cleanliness. One reason I chose it was because of its simple UI, which -- among other things -- allowed me to see ALL of my folders on a single (10.1" tablet) screen. Now, for some reason, they have chosen to space out the folder icons so that 80% of the screen is "white space" -- and I have to scroll 4 times just to see all of my folders! Oh, they added the ability to use "small icons" -- but that just reduces the size of the folder icon, and they are STILL spaced WAY out, making extremely inefficient use of the screen space. Then, they figured that they hadn't "stolen" enough screen space, so they added a side menu bar, a bottom left tool bar, a bottom right tool bar, and an upper menu bar -- all of which serves to reduce the "folder space even further. I feel like I'm running a Web browser with half a dozen toolbar plug-ins!
Then they decided that the previous interface was too simple, too direct, too intuitive. So they moved everything around, changed how you access various things, and basically added "taps" to get to almost everything that I got to directly before. All of the new "features" now mean that you have to sift through additional (unwanted) tool bars, menu options, and extra "taps".
Oh, they "pretty-fied" the screen -- added colors (making folders blue now, instead of the world-wide accepted standard of "manila folders" used everywhere else -- why do I want a blue folder????) If that's not enough, the text on the screen is now so small, I can barely read it on a 10.1" hi-res screen. (I would HATE to try to read this on a phone screen.) I now have to go back through all of my Settings and *try* to see if I can get this back to something I'm familiar with, something I'm comfortable with. I'm very disappointed with this update.
Here's a tip for *all* developers: when you come out with an "update" that completely (and radically) changes the entire UI, check during installation to see if a previous version was already installed. And then provide the ability to change back to the old UI, either with a Setting or a button click, or even do it by default. Radical UI changes are not "friendly". (And yes, I also refuse to use the Windows 8 Metro POS interface, too.) :)