Make the blue .mogrt thumbnail selection bar more discoverable
When clicking on a .morgt's (i) info button, the blue bar that allows users to select a specific thumbnail to represent it should always be visible in order to be more discoverable, not just when clicking on the current thumbnail. That fact it is not always visible is a terrible design choice since:
- Hiding it is completely unnecessary to begin with.
- Users have zero visual indication that they need to click on the thumbnail to access additional functionality.
- Hiding it can easily lead to users not even knowing it exists if the first .mogrts they inspect with the info button don't have a video preview and therefore don't display the blue bar even when clicking on the thumbnail.
Whenever an inspected .mogrt does not have a video preview, the always visible blue bar could be grayed out, and when moused over, it could show a helpful tooltip such as "Thumbnail cannot be selected since .mogrt does not have a video preview". At least this way it would be clear to users that this functionality does exist, no matter if the .mogrts they're inspecting have video previews or not!
In this case, the minimalist design approach that was aspired to when the decision was made to hide the blue bar resulted in an interface that is detrimental to the user experience. It might be obvious to Adobe staff that the blue bar exists, but please consider just how hidden this feature becomes to users who inspect .mogrts without video previews and therefore without a thumbnail selection bar whatsoever.
When in doubt, please design Pr with priority on functionality over aesthetics!
Thanks for listening!
Nasim Reza commented
some .mogrt files shows a preview when you hover over them horizontally, but the blue seeking bar is absent even if you click on the info button.