I have been sad to see the Today on SparkPeople side panel removed from the nutrition page and the Other Goals page, making those pages display wider and with a lot of white space. I liked seeing my fitness minutes yearly stats and my Spark points displayed in that side panel on those pages, too. Some members have commented that they like the "clean" look of the updates, but it has had a negative impact for someone like me with "old" eyes.
I view the nutrition tracker on my 24" monitor and on my iPad mini. On my desktop monitor, making the nutrition page so wide leaves me turning my head back and forth like I'm watching a tennis match, and it has a very "in your face" too large feel to it. I've tried various zoom adjustments in a couple of different browsers, but these adjustments don't help and they affect everything else I view in the browser. I don't see a value to all the empty white space on the page...but I do see disadvantages.
On my iPad, I prefer to display the SP website instead of using the SP app, and it worked great until these changes. Now the text appears small, and when I zoom so I can read it, I end up displaying only the first column of the tracker. Before, I could zoom in and still see the entire tracker page. There are benefits on both desktops and tablets of having a narrower column...and having Today on SP displayed on the page accomplishes that...so it's beneficial even if some don't use the "Today" links.
The members who have given a thumbs-up to these changes seem to comment on the clean, uncluttered look...but I see a lot of wasted white space. Lately, it feels to me like my wonderful SP I have loved for about eight years is taking features away, making me work harder to do some of the things I want to do on the site. I'd rather have SP be feature-rich than "clean looking."
Since we could customize Today on SP to display what we want in the sequence we want, why not allow members to customize whether or not they see that side panel? A choice between "clean" and "feature-rich" with the narrower display.
I do love SP and don't want to be a complainer, I'm more of a problem-solver, these are some things I wish I could solve...my old eyes are finding it harder than before to use SP.
But I still love and appreciate SparkPeople and won't be going anywhere.
Proclaim His love in the morning, His faithfulness at night!
| Pounds lost: 11.2