right edge swipe should work as alt-tab and include dash as well

Bug #1218481 reported by Omer Akram on 2013-08-29
This bug affects 1 person
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Ubuntu UX
Vesa Rautiainen
unity8 (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I have a very common case which is quite unpredictable. When I have only one app running and I am in the dash, by swiping the right edge I get to the already running app but the problem with that is when I do the same thing again I am not take back to the dash which rather slows down the use of unity on touch.

My suggestion is that the dash should also be treated as part of the stack of right swipe.

John Lea (johnlea) on 2013-09-09
Changed in ubuntu-ux:
assignee: nobody → Vesa Rautiainen (vesar)
Vesa Rautiainen (vesar) wrote :

We are currently re-designing the right edge behaviour. Alt-tab has been considered also and in many cases it would make perfectly sense to have it as alt-tab (i.e. switch between two latest focused app). The down side of it is that it breaks the back story that we currently have.

Imagine following case:
- you are in dash and you have 5 recently used apps in the app stack
- swipe from the right and you get the latest app (#1)
- another swipe and it gets you back to dash
- swipe once more and you get to app #1 again.
So having alt-tab switching in place doesn't allow you to go back to previously used apps.

Michał Sawicz (saviq) on 2013-09-19
Changed in unity8:
status: New → Incomplete
Vesa Rautiainen (vesar) wrote :

This is a question of whether consider right-edge to swipe to be back swipe or alt-tab (switching between two latest focused app). We have considered alt-tab alternative as well but currently favouring back behaviour.

It really depends on the task you're performing which behaviour makes more sense. Obviously if you want to switch between two different tasks, for example browser and calculator, alt-tab behaviour would be optimal. Then on the other hand if you try to go back to an app you were few views ago you want right-edge to work as back. Otherwise you would just swap between two latest focused app.

We're also considering adding Dash to be part of the app stack and available through right edge. Most probably it will be there in the future.

Changed in ubuntu-ux:
status: New → Invalid
Vesa Rautiainen (vesar) wrote :

So the right edge works as designed at the moment but we are working on the design currently.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for Unity 8 because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in unity8:
status: Incomplete → Expired
Michał Sawicz (saviq) on 2017-03-13
affects: unity8 → unity8 (Ubuntu)
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