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First Direct - Rubbish New Logon Screen

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Budgeting & Bank Accounts
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Budgeting & Bank Accounts
One of the few plusses of the just-replaced First Direct interface was that when you logged on, the interface was in a resized window popped above the remaining browser tabs. This enabled you to view the First Direct page with everything else behind, but still visible. No longer! Now the interface is full page, not resizable, and so you can't float the window across the screen (unless there's some hidden way of doing this). Why do these clowns always have to make things worse.
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  • AlexlandAlexland Forumite
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    Popups are so 1990s now browsers have tabbed interfaces you can still switch between sites without the clutter of multiple windows.
  • karlie88karlie88 Forumite
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    First Direct were in the minority - pretty much all other banks have a full size window on online banking. One of the first things I used to do was maximise the new window with FD.

    Personally, I'm glad they've made the change.

    First world problems....
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  • ColdIronColdIron Forumite
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    I was quite encouraged when I saw the full screen tab, I've always found the teensy weeny popup faintly ridiculous especially on a large monitor. I was a bit disappointed to see that the full width has not been used, just a large expanse of black. On balance a thumbs up from me but it still looks like online banking designed in the 1950s
  • FingerbobsFingerbobs Forumite
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    Personally, I always hated the stupid little pop-up that came up with no menu bar or toolbar, and which I always had to resize to fit everything into.


    The new version is much better for me, even if it does wrap the last character of my username in the left-hand pane.


    I've never liked tabs in browsers. They always seem like a throwback to Windows 3.0/3.1's MDI interface. I still prefer separate browser windows for each page I have open.
  • lr1277lr1277 Forumite
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    I open the FD website in a different/new browser. Once I have logged in, I have resized the browser to meet my requirements. Works for me.
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    edited 11 April 2019 at 6:51PM
    Fingerbobs wrote: »

    The new version is much better for me, even if it does wrap the last character of my username in the left-hand panel

    Mine does the same except in my case it's 4 characters that wrap around. Just looks so amateurish. Didn't the developers get someone to check the database of usernames to see what maximum lengths of them were and then design that screen to at least fit 90% of them onto one line rather using that ridiculously large font.

    EDIT: In fact wouldn't it be better, rather than the screen saying Hello Username, that it used your preferred designator and said Hello Fred or Hello Mr Smith instead and make it seem more personal.
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    ColdIron wrote: »
    I was quite encouraged when I saw the full screen tab, I've always found the teensy weeny popup faintly ridiculous especially on a large monitor. I was a bit disappointed to see that the full width has not been used, just a large expanse of black. On balance a thumbs up from me but it still looks like online banking designed in the 1950s


    That is the point: they've made it full screen, but the content is all up in the top left corner, so it might as well be in a floating window anyway. There is absolutely no point in what they've done.
  • ColdIronColdIron Forumite
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    If you look at the statements of your accounts they do make better use of the extra height afforded by the full tab dimensions. You see more without having to scroll

    I use my 1st Account so little I can't recall with certainty but it is my recollection that if you manually resized the little boxy window it did not use any more of the increased depth so grids or lists such as statements just had extra black at the bottom

    An improvement in my book, but I'm not going to die in a ditch to defend it ;)
  • JuicyJesusJuicyJesus Forumite
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    Look on the bright side - at least they finally changed something meaningfully for the first time since at least 2008.
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  • pmjenkinspmjenkins Forumite
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    Now the interface is full page, not resizable, and so you can't float the window across the screen (unless there's some hidden way of doing this)


    If you drag the new tab away from the browser you should get the new page displayed in its own window.
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