Move unlock button to a header action

Bug #1386254 reported by David Planella on 2014-10-27
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Ubuntu File Manager App
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Arto Jalkanen

Bug Description

In order to gain some precious vertical real state, unclutter the UI and not to permanently show an option that most users will not make use of (*), I would propose to move the "Unlock full access" button to be an action on the header.

(*) I believe even power users, when they use the file manager, rarely need to pick files that are outside of the unlocked MTP directories. And in any case, when they need to, revealing the action is just one tap away.

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David Planella (dpm) on 2014-10-27
description: updated
Arto Jalkanen (ajalkane) wrote :

I had a comment on the original merge request on this:

I'm not sure if this is the best course of action. The problem with the header is that it is icon only. An icon in the header depicting "lock" doesn't really tell user much. I'm afraid that many a users are just puzzled and wondering "where are my files".

So for that reason I'd propose keeping the "Unlock all files" button "in your face" as it is currently. I feel the logical place where user discovers the unlock button is where the files are residing and where he is looking puzzled wondering where's the missing files.

On phone this does not need to be a problem as the action does not fit into header, but will be in additional actions which have explaining text. But I'd imagine for example on tablet where there is more space in the header, the actions might fit into the header as icons and there is no explanation text for unlocking.

But it's an easy change if you still feel this is the best course to take. You're probably right that it may be relatively seldom used feature.

On Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 11:20 PM, Arto Jalkanen <email address hidden>
wrote:

> I had a comment on the original merge request on this:
>
> I'm not sure if this is the best course of action. The problem with the
> header is that it is icon only. An icon in the header depicting "lock"
> doesn't really tell user much. I'm afraid that many a users are just
> puzzled and wondering "where are my files".
>
> So for that reason I'd propose keeping the "Unlock all files" button "in
> your face" as it is currently. I feel the logical place where user
> discovers the unlock button is where the files are residing and where he
> is looking puzzled wondering where's the missing files.
>
>
> On phone this does not need to be a problem as the action does not fit
> into header, but will be in additional actions which have explaining text.
> But I'd imagine for example on tablet where there is more space in the
> header, the actions might fit into the header as icons and there is no
> explanation text for unlocking.
>
> But it's an easy change if you still feel this is the best course to
> take. You're probably right that it may be relatively seldom used
> feature.
>

Thanks Arto, I think yours is equally a valid point. However, I would argue
that the user should still be able to discover the unlock action, both on
phone and on tablet, if it's in the actions.

My concern is that we're actively trying to promote the users unlocking
their files, just assuming that most users will want to do that. And we're
doing this at the cost of sacrificing space and cluttering the UI. My hunch
is that most users will be just needing to browse their MTP-unlocked
directories. Those who need to access the rest of the file system I assume
they are power users and should be able to find the action in the header.

As per the action not having a text, it should actually have it regardless
of the form factor -unless it's the first one, which appears as an icon. In
any case, I think we should add some info about unlocking files in the
unlock dialog.

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> Status in File Manager application for Ubuntu devices:
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> Bug description:
> In order to gain some precious vertical real state, unclutter the UI
> and not to permanently show an option that most users will not make
> use of (*), I would propose to move the "Unlock full access" button to
> be an action on the header.
>
> (*) I believe even power users, when they use the file manager, rarely
> need to pick files that are outside of the unlocked MTP directories.
> And in any case, when they need to, revealing the action is just one
> tap away.
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Arto Jalkanen (ajalkane) on 2014-10-28
Changed in ubuntu-filemanager-app:
assignee: nobody → Arto Jalkanen (ajalkane)
Arto Jalkanen (ajalkane) wrote :

You're most likely right. I'll work on this soon.

David Planella (dpm) on 2014-10-28
Changed in ubuntu-filemanager-app:
status: Triaged → In Progress

Fix committed into lp:ubuntu-filemanager-app at revision 317, scheduled for release in ubuntu-filemanager-app, milestone alpha-1

Changed in ubuntu-filemanager-app:
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
Niklas Wenzel (nikwen) on 2015-02-27
Changed in ubuntu-filemanager-app:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
nico73 (nicolas-boucher73) wrote :

Hi everyone,

I'd like to share my experience : I've just received my Aquaris. There are very few tutorials when we have a bug. There is a bug with Dekko and OVH. Today we can fix it but I simply need to "unlock full access". As all the users I start with askubuntu where you can find this http://askubuntu.com/questions/603508/how-to-access-sd-card-within-aquaris-e4-5-ubuntu-edition posted on the March 31. My version is from the 0.4.386 from the 27th of February so I thought that there is something missing in my device as I don't have that option on my phone.

So, I wanted to report the bug. That's where I find your post telling me that you guys think that it's to easy to unlock. But then just tell us where or how to unlock. Is it somewhere in the header? Not in mine, it's nowhere else and it's not mentioned in the update that it changed.

Before posting a bug report I'd like first to ask you : where is it supposed to be now? After reading you I don't know if I have a bug on the phone or if it's me who does not find the button on the header.

Thanks a lot for all your work,

Nico

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