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petefountain (6) 01-21-11  05:53am
Rookie Badge TRUST USER?   YES (13), NO (0)
Status: Current Member for over 1 year (at the time of review).
Pros: Lots of great content.

Many different types of content.

Each scene has relevant and accurate keywords.

Many download options.
Cons: New interface has many bugs and is very difficult to use.

In my opinion, they have ruined one of best sites on the net.

Search feature no longer works correctly nullifying the benefit of the keywords.
Bottom Line: Software engineers have this annoying desire to take something that works well and redo it so it no longer works. Their desire to add the latest "features" like floating windows that pop up unexpectedly in an irritating manner overrides the desire of the user for simplicity and ease of use. New versions always have bugs that require months or even years to fix.

VideoBox had an excellent site with 5 new DVDs added per day. Unfortunately, they just redid their interface as VB3 and basically ruined the site. I hope they will come to their senses and go back to the old interface, or at least give users the option. I am not against improvements or new ideas, but VB3 is a giant step backwards in terms of usability.

My rating drops from 95 to 70 because of VB3. That is how much I dislike it.

VB is one of two sites to which I have been a continuous member for more than 2 yr. It saddens me greatly to see it ruined.

With the new interface, I can no longer recommend it.

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lk2fireone (196) A short review, but the points are made very clearly. You gave a simple but effective explanation for your lowered score for the site. Your review is definitely worth reading, not just for your opinion of the site, but also for why software updates can be annoying.
01-21-11  06:47am

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messmer (137) Thanks for pointing out the change, petefountain. I just took a test drive and the interface is certainly not ideal for anyone using a wide screen monitor at 1680 x 1050 px. Too many scenes and DVD covers crowded onto one line which makes it very hard on the eyes. I think the whole thing could be salvaged if they reduced the maximum of DVDs/Scenes listed to 6 - 8 per row rather than the 12 they list now. It's simply too hard for the average eye to make out all the details.
01-21-11  11:59am

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pat362 (375) Thanks for the review. That interface sucks real bad. I'm sure I would have thought that I'd clicked on the wrong link if I hadn't read your review. I'm all for improving a site when there are some serious problems but I don't consider this upgarde a improvement.
01-22-11  07:15am

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PinkPanther (46) With the new interface, VB has made the same error that Naughty America made. Naughty America put all that energy into yapping about the members being Naughty Americans and electing a President of Naughty America - paying him a bunch of money, putting him up in a nice condo, etc - going on about the Naughty America community, blah, blah blah - and who could give a flying fuck?

VB's former interface was service-able - could have stood some improvements that were meaningful to members that just cared about the product. Instead, they went for some "community" idea, where the whole thing is members having profiles they spend a bunch of time on and which members are going to be their friends, blah blah blah - and who could give a flying fuck?

Meanwhile - the presentation of the material that we're paying for sucks! Click on any DVD cover and it looks like shit. The previews look like shit. Click on your channels and the information is wrong. So it's just garbage.

01-22-11  07:43am

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Goldfish (67) Sticking up for software engineers everywhere, it's usually the marketing team that has that annoying desire to change something that works -- we just do what we're paid for. LOL.
01-22-11  08:51pm

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nostromo (12) The new interface is a pain in the ass. I can't make out from just glancing at a cover of a DVD if i'm interested in it or not; i used to be able to with the old interface. I refrain myself from commenting on other fun features of the new interface.
02-01-11  08:59am

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