Importing a document should not prompt for page range to import

Bug #515856 reported by Nicolas Marchildon on 2010-02-02
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Binary package hint: gscan2pdf

Ubuntu 9.10, gscan2pdf 0.9.29-1

Assume the user wants to import all pages of a document when a file is selected for import. This will be acceptable behavior for probably 90% of the use cases, as the pages can later be deleted with more control (select odd/even + delete). I think this would enhance the user experience.

On Tue, Feb 02, 2010 at 04:55:09AM -0000, Nicolas Marchildon wrote:
> Assume the user wants to import all pages of a document when a file is
> selected for import. This will be acceptable behavior for probably 90%
> of the use cases, as the pages can later be deleted with more control
> (select odd/even + delete). I think this would enhance the user
> experience.

I added the ability to import selected pages from TIFF because a user
was having problems running out of space in tmp when gscan2pdf
extracted all pages.

As it is only one extra click, I see this as a very minor
inconvenience - the alternative being an option in preferences whether
to display the page selection dialogue or not.

Yes, this is a small inconvenience. It would be a smaller inconvenience if the dialog appeared right after selecting the files. When I open a 10 or 20-page PDF, I have to wait something like 20 seconds before seeing the dialog, after which it takes an other 20 seconds to complete the import. If the dialog appeared faster, I could do something else while the document loads.

An other alternative would be to add an "Import page range" menu option below "Import document".

On Sat, Feb 13, 2010 at 10:51:50PM -0000, Nicolas Marchildon wrote:
> Yes, this is a small inconvenience. It would be a smaller inconvenience
> if the dialog appeared right after selecting the files. When I open a 10

Unfortunately, this is how long tiffinfo needs to extract the number
of pages in the file.

> or 20-page PDF, I have to wait something like 20 seconds before seeing
> the dialog, after which it takes an other 20 seconds to complete the
> import. If the dialog appeared faster, I could do something else while
> the document loads.

It is possible that in the future I might write perl bindings for
libtiff, which might speed things up a bit.

> An other alternative would be to add an "Import page range" menu option
> below "Import document".

I think I like the option in preferences better.

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