Support opening Google Docs via GWoffice

Bug #1063529 reported by David Barnett on 2012-10-08
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
Google Documents Lens
unity-scope-gdrive (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Being able to search my Google Docs from the Dash is great, but the experience when I select them is horrible. It opens a browser (Chromium in my case), opens a tab, closes the tab, tells me PDF files may harm my computer, I click "Keep", then I click the file to open, then I see a read-only PDF copy of the spreadsheet I was trying to view open in a new evince window.

I have GWoffice installed and it would be ideal to be able to view the doc in GWoffice instead.

Bilal Akhtar (bilalakhtar) wrote :

In my case, it delivers HTML versions of documents. I think it should just open the document in a GDocs window in a web browser, marking needs-design.

tags: added: needs-design
Changed in unity:
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in unity-scope-gdocs (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
John Lea (johnlea) wrote :

@David Barnett, @bilalakhtar; it should be opening the google doc in either the default web browser, or the Google Docs web app (if installed). It should not be taking the user straight to a pdf download.

It is strange that both of you are seeing different things, could I ask both of you to re-test?


David King (amigadave) wrote :

This was partly fixed in the 0.7 release of unity-scope-gdocs, which opens the Google Doc for editing (rather than for export/downloading, which was the previous behaviour) in a web browser. See bug 1041749 for more details.

It would be possible to have a preview action to open in GWOffice, or change the default action to do so, but it is not something that I have time to work on at the moment.

no longer affects: unity
Changed in unity-scope-gdocs (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Opinion
Changed in unity-lens-gdocs:
status: New → Opinion
Changed in unity-scope-gdocs (Ubuntu):
status: Opinion → New
Changed in unity-lens-gdocs:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Colin Watson (cjwatson) on 2012-12-10
affects: unity-scope-gdocs (Ubuntu) → unity-scope-gdrive (Ubuntu)
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