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Apple TV - browsing collection using A-Z scroll

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Luke
1 hour ago, wlpredrock47 said:

Can't agree more!  I've got 2000+ with about 800 more to save to my media server.  The current app is a pain to scroll through.  Also, would like to see a selected collection in a vertical display rather than horizontal with a description.  Much simpler and easier to access a collection that way.   If I want particulars for a movie within a collection, I can just select it.  This is the way it is on the web app and most other apps I believe.  The web app is nearly perfect for large collections.  Actually, Emby is nearly perfect!!  Great development job!!

Thanks for the feedback. We are looking at improving this.

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corey
On 8/7/2020 at 1:01 PM, cnwinger said:

Just checking in on this.  It's pretty rough to scroll a 1200+ movie collection on Apple TV right now.  An A-Z fast-scroll bar would help immensely.

tvOS does have a fast scroll feature we just can't populate it with the letters / indexes at this time so it at least should be manageable.

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corey
On 8/7/2020 at 2:57 PM, wlpredrock47 said:

Also, would like to see a selected collection in a vertical display rather than horizontal with a description.  Much simpler and easier to access a collection that way.   If I want particulars for a movie within a collection, I can just select it.  This is the way it is on the web app and most other apps I believe.

We tend to follow standard UI conventions on tvOS per Apple's guidelines. We tend not to deviate much if at all from them for the most part.

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wlpredrock47
4 hours ago, corey said:

We tend to follow standard UI conventions on tvOS per Apple's guidelines. We tend not to deviate much if at all from them for the most part.

I understand and can live with that.  However, the #/A-Z fast scroll bar is a necessity if Apple/Emby is to be used as a true media server of thousands of movies, TV shows, and music.  Apple never makes things easy, does it.  

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corey
19 minutes ago, wlpredrock47 said:

I understand and can live with that.  However, the #/A-Z fast scroll bar is a necessity if Apple/Emby is to be used as a true media server of thousands of movies, TV shows, and music.  Apple never makes things easy, does it.  

As I mentioned previously Apple has fast scroll support (you’ll see dots on the right hand side) but at this point the Emby Server APIs don’t align with what Apple requires.

We certainly haven’t forgotten about the request and hope to include it in a future release. 

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wlpredrock47

I understand and have used that feature.  However, fast scrolling through all my movies to "XYZ" sure takes some time.  One idea that you might implement easily is to add a "Folders" selection to the "Movies" thru "Genres" bar that appears at the top of the screen when you select "Movies" in "My Media". Then if you have set up your movies correctly in the server by alphabet folders, you should at least see 26 boxes  of movies alphabetically.  These are then easy to scroll through and select.  Your web app already has this feature.  This would avoid the Apple scroll by alphabet problem.  You could also set this up for "Music" as well.

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corey
8 hours ago, wlpredrock47 said:

I understand and have used that feature.  However, fast scrolling through all my movies to "XYZ" sure takes some time.  One idea that you might implement easily is to add a "Folders" selection to the "Movies" thru "Genres" bar that appears at the top of the screen when you select "Movies" in "My Media". Then if you have set up your movies correctly in the server by alphabet folders, you should at least see 26 boxes  of movies alphabetically.  These are then easy to scroll through and select.  Your web app already has this feature.  This would avoid the Apple scroll by alphabet problem.  You could also set this up for "Music" as well.

There’s a hard limit for the number of tabs (which we’re at) on tvOS so we’ve had to be selective about which ones have been provided in the app. 

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