Lenses: fixed size icon view can make some lenses hard to use or browse large amount of items, need alternative views like a List, custom or zoom in/out views to better display results

Reported by manny on 2011-03-23
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This bug affects 6 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
AskUbuntu Lens
Wishlist
Unassigned
Ayatana Design
Undecided
Unassigned
Unity
Undecided
Unassigned
unity-2d
Undecided
Unassigned
unity-lens-applications
Undecided
Unassigned
unity-2d (Ubuntu)
Undecided
Unassigned
unity (Ubuntu)
Undecided
Unassigned

Bug Description

Lenses: different type of views can help with browsing large number of items.

-List view in particular is very effective and used in a number of applications including nautilus, music apps and traditional menus (gnome, kde, windows, mint, etc.). Useful for a number of different lenses.

-Zoom in and out (show more / less). Zooming out would allow to make the icons smaller and show a bigger number of results. Default would be 48px icons like on the launcher for the apps lens. Could be part of the filters or an alternative view. Zooming In on the other hand is useful for showing thumbnails of files, pictures, music, video,etc. in their respective lenses.

-Askubuntu lens: a better view for these type of search results because of text strings being limited to the size of the icon in icon view.

This is much, much worse on Unity-2D.

Changed in askubuntu-lens:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Confirmed
Jorge O. Castro (jorge) wrote :

I think a more horizontal view would make certain lenses more useful when they have more text data to display. Here's a similar view from xbmc that could be an inspiration (see attachment)

Changed in unity:
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Jorge O. Castro (jorge) on 2011-03-24
Changed in unity:
milestone: none → backlog

Yes, I think this is interesting, and timeous. Bringing it to John Lea's
attention. Thanks for the suggestion!

Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2011-03-25
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed

It is indeed worse in Unity 2D where only one line of text per item is allowed. 2 lines has not been implemented yet as per bug #632526

Changed in unity-2d:
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Jorge O. Castro (jorge) on 2011-04-06
Changed in askubuntu-lens:
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2011-05-31
Changed in unity-2d (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Changed in unity-2d (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
affects: unity-design → ayatana-design
Changed in unity:
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
Changed in unity-2d:
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
Changed in unity-2d (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
manny (estelar57) on 2012-02-22
summary: - icon view makes it hard to use, needs list or a custom view for the
- results
+ icon view can make it hard to use or browse large amount of items, needs
+ a list or a custom view to better display results
summary: - icon view can make it hard to use or browse large amount of items, needs
- a list or a custom view to better display results
+ Lenses: icon view can make some lenses hard to use or browse large
+ amount of items, need alternative views like a List or custom view to
+ better display results
manny (estelar57) on 2012-02-22
description: updated
manny (estelar57) on 2012-02-22
description: updated
Omer Akram (om26er) on 2012-02-22
Changed in unity:
importance: Wishlist → Undecided
Changed in unity-2d (Ubuntu):
importance: Wishlist → Undecided
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
importance: Wishlist → Undecided
Changed in unity-2d:
importance: Wishlist → Undecided
Changed in unity-lens-applications:
status: New → Incomplete
manny (estelar57) on 2012-02-22
description: updated
summary: - Lenses: icon view can make some lenses hard to use or browse large
- amount of items, need alternative views like a List or custom view to
- better display results
+ Lenses: fixed size icon view can make some lenses hard to use or browse
+ large amount of items, need alternative views like a List, custom or
+ zoom in/out views to better display results

I would love to see a vertical split screen view:

left column:
icon + title

right column
text

Lenses with a lot of information like the movie lens or people lens would benefit highly from a split screen view.

Tim Penhey (thumper) on 2012-09-14
Changed in unity:
milestone: backlog → none
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