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Theorist
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#1 Old 5th May 2021 at 10:27 PM
Default The new MTS Download Browser.
My one request would be that when you select a category (Buy Mode, Build Mode etc.) instead of opening up the drop down menu and making you click/choose the broad category again it filters by that category immediately. That second click makes the search feel unresponsive/annoying to me so I would prefer a separate "narrow search options" link or something similar to access the drop down menu.

All in all I think it's great though and like the change a lot.
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Warrior Gryphon
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#2 Old 5th May 2021 at 11:32 PM
Glad you like it!  I did actually test a version that had exactly the functionality you want, but it felt clunky, because if you wanted to get to, for example, Lots & Housing -> Residential, you'd have to click Lots, then wait for the refresh, then click again on Residential just to get there.  I also tested a version that had a + sign that you could use to expand out the sub-categories, and have the main one be the link, but that again felt clunky, because it was different use cases for whether you wanted a sub-category or a top level category.  Having it be in a single tree felt better with the amount of sub-forums and categories that exist.

It may be a second click for the top level categories, but it saves *many* clicks *and* reloads for anything below that (anything up to 4 page refreshes depending on depth).  I'd argue that saving time for a click is way better than wasting it waiting for the page to reload, then drill down again, then reload, etc.

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#3 Old 6th May 2021 at 12:37 AM
I am having an issue when I am on my profile page viewing my uploads. I tried clicking on the Residential lot section and instead of seeing my own 23 residential lots it takes me to all lots from all the games uploaded to the site. It does the same with the other sections on my bar as well.
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Warrior Gryphon
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#4 Old 6th May 2021 at 1:00 AM
Thanks for the report.  That should be fixed now.

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Test Subject
#5 Old 21st May 2021 at 9:21 PM
There are things I like about the new system. The modding group info for a creator is easy to spot and check. The new download info tab has useful info, some of which I'll want to refer to when I forget where the item is in the catalog.

There are things I really don't like.

The main page has no page bar. The page bar was good. No, I wasn't ever going to page through all 6K plus pages, but I did page back through the most recent four or five pages. I also miss the "jump to page" option. The five-category presentation strikes me as busy and not so helpful.

1. Recently Uploaded
Very helpful, always has been, I check it almost every day.

2. Updated Downloads
Of the five categories, this is the only one not on the dropdown list under the Downloads menu bar. Most updates are for downloads I don't have. If I'm concerned, I can check my downloads list and filter by up to date.

3. Popular downloads
4. Featured downloads
5. Picked downloads

I miss the previous presentation at the top of the page. It took up less space. I could scan it, then move on if I didn't see something interesting. In addition, these are all available from the dropdown at the top of the page.

Filtering downloads is harder. The sidebar has the advantage of being collapsible, but I didn't find the old category buttons at the top to be in the way, possibly because they didn't reduce the number of columns visible. In its current state, the sidebar doesn't show number of downloads in each category, which the buttons did, as they do now on a creator's main page.

Which brings me to the creator's page. It still has the "Creator has n downloads in the following sections," which is good.

Then I click on any category. My filter changes from Sims 2/Compatible to All/All. Sure, I can fix that easily, but I didn't have to do that before.

The creator's downloads home is the same as the main download page, filtered for the creator. Same five categories, same issues. And I just saw the creator's picks on their creator page.

From creator's page, I click on the button for subcategory, in which there are n downloads. Filter again changes to All/All. No buttons for subcats and no numbers on the sidebar. If I choose a subcat from the sidebar and there's nothing in it, I have to click on the creator's name to go back to their downloads home, at which point my filter has been reset again.

Old system: Downloads buttons with subcategories and number of downloads in each subcategory. Drill down to what I'm looking for, back up by clicking the previous item in the tree that persists as I drill. My downloads preferences don't change whenever I move.
Warrior Gryphon
site owner
#6 Old 21st May 2021 at 11:31 PM
Regarding the member profiles - there are multiple buttons that you can click that depend on what you want to see.  The "Downloads Home" is the same as search by creator (by design) and lets you see the different popular, newest, etc.  "Newest Downloads" takes you to.. the newest downloads by that creator.  And so on.  So you have plenty of selection there, you aren't just limited to the home page.

I added the "Updated" downloads because it's been a requested feature for many years.  Same with Popular.  I'm not sure what the issue with the layout is - previously, there was a lot of stuff you had to scroll past to get to the actual downloads.  Featured, for example, was always on the old download browser, so there where already 2 categories.  Now it's just expanded. In fact, on my 2560x1440 screen, the downloads where not visible until almost the bottom of the screen.  Now, they are much higher on the page.  (This is especially true for guests, where the ads are a bit bigger)

Just so you know, at some point the future, the actual creators profile page will be revamped, and at that point, the downloads themselves will be removed in favour of the downloads page itself.  

I assume with regards to "clicking from the creators page to the main downloads page clears your sims 2 selection" and that you have "The Sims 2" specified in your user options? If so, that was also broken on the old pages too, and has been for quite some time. (Otherwise, see 2 paragraphs down) Also, the previous browser only had 4 pages available in the navigation, now it has 5.  Yes, the jump to is gone, but analytics showed that hardly anybody used that anyway.

I've also fixed the issue with clicking on the sidebar categories not respecting the selected game or compatible filters.  Also, did you know you can hide the sidebar, and only re-show it when you need it? Thanks for the heads up about the counters not showing next to the forums in the sidebar - this is now fixed.   I've also changed the sidebar categories to now always show all forums, regardless of how deep you are, and counters should be more accurate, even with searching.  

Thanks for the feedback.

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Test Subject
#7 Old 22nd May 2021 at 12:58 AM
Thanks for the quick response. The sidebar is much more useful now. I did know that it's collapsible.

I do remember the filter reset being a problem before, but I don't remember it being such a persistent problem. Is that something that can be fixed, or am I doomed to spotting something cool and then realizing I haven't reset the filters?

I'm not actually surprised by the analytics of the jump feature. It's not so much useful as something I used when I wanted to browse old downloads but didn't have a specific category in mind.
Warrior Gryphon
site owner
#8 Old 22nd May 2021 at 12:58 PM
If you see any filters that still aren't working let me know.  I checked a whole bunch last night but it was like 1am so I might have missed some edge cases.  Just let me know and I'll look into it!

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Test Subject
#9 Old 22nd May 2021 at 7:26 PM
The sidebar counts are working down to the next-to-last level. They show for Decorative, but not for the sub-cats.
Test Subject
#10 Old 24th May 2021 at 4:35 AM
Working! Thanks!
Warrior Gryphon
site owner
#11 Old 24th May 2021 at 9:54 AM
Yup, the only one that doesn’t is within body shop but that’s a special filter. Thanks for the feedback!

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Mad Poster
#12 Old 8th Jun 2021 at 2:23 PM Last edited by grammapat : 8th Jun 2021 at 2:42 PM.
The old categories and filters worked better; as. build/flooring/ wood. Looking for Japanese floor tiles I tried searching using various words. "Floor tiles" brought me residential lots ("Floor" was in the description), and SOME of the MANY tile flooring that I know are in there somewhere. . Googling showed me what I wanted...TWO types, AT MTS! Maybe I'm missing something?
Searching for Pets brought me Arbor Falls, where "Pets" is not even in the description. Frustrating. So I looked for Hoods...got a FEW of the populated hoods I know are here...plus of course hoods (clothing). Searching for populated hoods brought...nothing.

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Warrior Gryphon
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#13 Old 8th Jun 2021 at 3:23 PM
The new browser has nothing to do with search results. You would have gotten the same with the old browser. The underlying technology hasn’t changed only the look and feel.

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1001001
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#14 Old 8th Jun 2021 at 5:06 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by grammapat
So I looked for Hoods...got a FEW of the populated hoods I know are here...plus of course hoods (clothing). Searching for populated hoods brought...nothing.

Try 'neighbourhood':
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Mad Poster
#15 Old 9th Jun 2021 at 7:14 AM
Thank you SImsample; maybe my failure at finding things is because I'm not using the right words.

Namaste... or "go"
Mad Poster
#16 Old 11th Jun 2021 at 11:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Tashiketh
Just so you know, at some point the future, the actual creators profile page will be revamped, and at that point, the downloads themselves will be removed in favour of the downloads page itself.  


Can you please clarify what you mean by this?

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