I have the TR software on my windows PC and it works fine.
However, sometimes i want to browse the workouts on my Samsung S8 phone and choose one and add it to my calendar for later.
Trying to do this simple task on my phone is a joke.
On my PC it is easy.
I can filter based on intensity, workout type, length of time etc etc.
None of this is available on my phone.
Come on TR, don’t restrict content or filters for people wanting to occassionally use a mobile to surf the site.
Are any better filters available when surfing using an android?
Currently, each category shows 2,009 workouts. Far too many to be able to sensibly scroll through.
I edited your post and added my own screenshot above, to show where to find the Filter button.
I am not sure if it is possible to add workouts to the calendar from the Android app though. It is possible on Android via the browser. I guess it will be possible with the new Android app that is currently in development.
That is true, for now (not able to add on the Calendar via the mobile app), but it will change when they release the updated mobile app.
However, if you use a web browser like shown above, you can do it there.
More than one way to skin the cat.
The key to filtering is to click on the icon inside the red circle. I guess it is meant to be a funnel.
I would never have guessed that and it would be far better if it had the word filter under it etc.
Many snazzy, modern web designs give a poor usability experience.
Now i know about it, it is easy.
Its about the 4th time I’ve tried to do this on a phone and given up each time.
TR - please make it clearer for others by adding the word filter or similar.
Thanks for the replies.
That basic symbol is a common one used and recognized industry wide.
MS Excel is one place, but you can see it in many other places.
There are two common symbols used for filters.
The funnel is one, and the slider bars is another.
The main reason to apply a symbol rather than words is to cover multiple language use without the need to translate as much info. That is also common in the app world among other international products and devices.
It might be common, but it doesn’t mean it gives a good usability experience. Many people won’t have a clue what it means.
We are not all millenials.
I am no millenial (at 45yo), but the world of modern apps and devices use symbols only (without text) as a rule.
Simply re-looking at the screen I added above, there are 4 other symbols on screen (1 via TR, and the other via the Samsung phone). This type of use is standard.
True, some symbols may be more obvious than others (like the left arrow meaning “back”), but the majority must be learned.
- What is the difference between 3 vertical vs 3 horizontal bars vs a rounded square?
As is often the case, we just have to “poke around” and see what happens when we push a button to learn what it’s for.
My personal learning consists of plenty of trial and error as the only way to really lock down the function of the app world. Symbols are the norm and they will likely grow in use rather than shrink.
TL;DR you gotta try every button to learn what they do.
Both the filter icon and the UI design concept of having icons without text labels are downright venerable. (In fact, the computer icon is older than @mcneese.chad.)
Of course it’s actually a picture of a funnel but a folded bit of paper just wouldn’t look as good.
Surely the point is to make a website user friendly. If that means altering or adding something to so called industry standards then so be it.
Usability is paramount not whether something looks cool etc.
Regarding the three horizontal bars, or hamburger menu, there are dozens of articles by prominent usability experts that think they are a bad idea, even if most may now recognise them.
Looks cool, takes up less space, but usability suffers…
This kind of comment is entirely beside and distracts from your point. The standardized digital iconography in use today was conceived around the same time as “millennials,” and before. The parents and grandparents of millennials all know which button to push if they want to save () or copy/paste (), and millennials have figured it out even though many of them weren’t around when the objects those icons portray were in widespread use.
When you’re building a mobile app, you have to constantly balance clear communication against efficient use of space. In an ideal environment, your team can test many options with real users to see what works well and what doesn’t. I don’t know what kind of user testing the TR folks do, but it sounds like the balance they chose doesn’t work for you. Maybe you could send in a feature request for an interface tutorial, or for an option to make the interface text-only?
Personally, I’m a huge fan of minimal designs, and I tend to just push buttons until the thing I want to happen happens. Bring on the obtuse icons and I’ll figure it out as I go!
The tutorial already exists in their rather comprehensive Support site.
It is a great resource overall and one I frequently search for the answer to many other’s questions, along with my own.
You can’t add a workout to the calendar (without being send to the website), but you find one and load it for use now in the app. That’s usually enough for me?
Also, afaik the new phone app is high on the development list, not sure if it’s worth moaning about the current one at this point.
Thanks Chad for the link.
Some seem to think it’s my fault for not knowing about the funnel filter, never mind not knowing it is something that can be clicked on. I disagree.
It’s kind of ironic that the screen grab showing the use of the funnel as an icon in the Microsoft software also has the word “filter” underneath it.
Obvously someone was thinking of people that don’t just want icons.
Not moaning about the phone app. That is different to browsing the website on a mobile phone.
Clipboard is paste; two sheets of paper is copy.
E-mail is a great source of these. Open and closed envelopes, organization into folders, paper clip icon for “attachments”, Rolodex cards for contact information…
Then I understand that even less. Using the website on my android phone, I get a “use filters” button.
It might depend on your browser?