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Document Viewer

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Michael

Michael replied 6 years ago, re: Michael's Version 1 from 6 years ago

Here are some suggestions for the Document Viewer application. The mock up covers the basic functions that should be available for such an application in the first iteration (in my opinion). My intention was to keep the application as simple as possible. Also I tried to use the most available screen area to show the document.

hitaisin

hitaisin replied 6 years ago, re: Michael's Version 1 from 6 years ago

I agree that document viewer must not have file manger inside it. Only feature I want is list of recent documents.

If I open new document it will replace current or it opens in new app window?
How to switch between open documents? Like between apps or different way?
How to open recent documents? Only from dash?

Also I want that document viewer could open docs directly from ubuntu one server. If I don't want to waste space on phone, but want read book.

Michele

Michele replied 6 years ago, re: Michael's Version 1 from 6 years ago

a document viewer without a file browser (although a selective one which accesses the documents folder by default) is, in my opinion, completely useless.
how is a user supposed to open a file? and what about opening different files without closing and running the app again? i really don't understand why you insist on NOT having a browsing feature in the document viewer...

Michael

Michael replied 6 years ago, re: Michael's Version 1 from 6 years ago

@Michele Do you really open a viewer application first, than select "open", browse to the file and open it? As I noticed most people open files using the file browser. But I think some users may miss an "open" action. So it should be there and display a system wide available "open" dialog (as you mentioned it may be a selective one based on the file browser). Also opening different files is easy with the phone os task managing: If you're inside the file browser and open a file, the document viewer applicaiton starts. Opening another file works like swiping back to the file browser and select another file.

@hitaisin I think you're right with the point, that there should be a "recent documents" functionality. It should display a list of the recently opened documents in descending chronological order.

The way to open a document directly from ubuntu one should be by browsing to the file (using the file browser or an ubuntu one application) and open it.

Michele

Michele replied 6 years ago, re: Michael's Version 1 from 6 years ago

so forcing the user to multitask is good, according to you?
i believe that, according to the design principles of ubuntu phone, it would be much more elegant and effortless to let the user switch documents inside the application.

ask yourself: what is the core concept of unity on a phone? i'd say "everithing at your fingertips" makes for a good answer.
so, coming to the point: it is far easier to tap the search box and search (or swipe to a lens and single tap a recent entry) than it is to search the phone for the file manager, open it, perform another search and finally open a file.

switching between documents inside the document viewer is part of this concept.

as i already said in a comment to the terminal app: design for users, not for yourselves!

Michael

Michael replied 6 years ago, re: Michael's Version 1 from 6 years ago

I'm worrying about, that there will be multiple impelementations of the same things at different places.
If there is a mobile dash, it's no problem if will be reachable by an "open" action. I think a dash application should handle the document's of the system. How to reach it without using multitasking? If it's well integrated, the user won't recognize it. An example: A user is viewing a document. Now he uses the "open" action from the menu and the dash appears with the "documents" lens active. He searches a document there and opens it, what's sending him back to the document viewer.

hitaisin

hitaisin replied 6 years ago, re: Michael's Version 1 from 6 years ago

gt;gt;search the phone for the file manager, open it, perform another search and finally open a file.
Do you need search in dash for nautilus, open it and search for file? Of course not!
How do you open files in ubuntu? I search for them in dash or open through nautilus. Most people use file manager to open files.
Ubuntu phone will have files lens, so search files and open recent files will work like in desktop ubuntu.

It's hard to make mockups without phone guidelines. In ubuntu we can switch between all windows (win+tab or win+w) or between app windows (click on app icon). How to switch between app windows in ubuntu phone nobody knows.

After launching documents app we must see recent documents. If you press open document file manager will be launched and after clicking on document it will be closed and you see document.

I like how adobe reader for android is made. It's convenient for me. On android new documents I open through file manager, but recent documents through adobe reader or office app.

On ubuntu phone I think best way is to use files dash or search. One thing I don't understand is how to switch between open documents. Maybe swype left/right? And scroll up/down to scroll document.

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