Docviewer should not look recursively for documents, but should allow to browse into a single folder

Bug #1540350 reported by Stefano Verzegnassi on 2016-02-01
This bug affects 11 people
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Ubuntu Document Viewer App
Ubuntu UX

Bug Description

1) Open DocViewer

* A list including all the supported documents from ~/Documents and $[EXT_MEDIA]/Documents is shown.
* It is only allow to sort files by size, name, date, etc.

* Only recently opened files are listed by default.
* The list of recent docs can also be filtered by document type or storage (Internal storage, SD-card, etc.)

* By tapping on a "Open/Import" action in the header, a file picker is shown, and the user can browse through the file system folders.
* DocViewer should provide a list of places which is "safe" to browse: ~/Documents, ~/Downloads (since webbrowser-app can now download files by itself), and all the removable storages plugged into the system (including SD-card, hard-disk or USB pen drives).

* A document loaded through the picker will be available as a recent file for a next iteration.

This would match the behaviour of the MS-Office apps for the Android platform[1], and would be suitable for a convergent environment when Unity8 will run on desktops too.


This has been informally discussed some week ago during one of the weekly DocViewer meeting.
In that occasion, it has been told that a platform implementation of a File Picker has been discussed internally in the UX team.

Although the solution I proposed above requires the DocViewer to implement a file picker, I guess this should be provided by ContentHub.
An application should only have to implement a ContentPeerPicker[2] which, in addition to the list of applications/peers that handles the specific content type, should provide a new section with a list of places/storages where to pick a file from.
Additionally, it may be allowed to access to root after a PAM authentication (as done for filemanager-app and terminal-app).

This was the first implementation of file picking done for DocViewer, but at that time it has been deprecated because of its dependency on filemanager-app (which is not preinstalled on Ubuntu devices).



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Markcortbass (markcortbass) wrote :

I confirm this bug. It would be way more useful using the bq M10 for music sheets

pgcor (pgcor) wrote :

Does the recursive search makes the app's main screen too slow to load? I have to wait about 20 seconds before I can choose a file to open, and I don't even have a big number of files that could excuse this.
And also when I open a file, for example from the file manager, with the document viewer, it takes very long time to load.
I agree with @verzegnassi-stefano: something like a file picker, or a file explorer would be fantastic: the app is wonderful, but this slowness really mortifies it.

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