Please integrate with software-center to search for new apps

Bug #860536 reported by Michael Vogt on 2011-09-27
This bug affects 9 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gtk+3.0 (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

The current "right-click/open with/other application/find applications" could be improved by just offering
to launch software-center with "--search mime:text/html" (or whatever mime-type).

It should probably also a bit less nested ;) Like: "open-with/Find available applications" or even a top-level item for this in the context-menu. I leave the exact location to the designers. This would offer all the benefits of s-c like screenshots, reviews etc.

Robert Roth (evfool) on 2011-09-27
Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

The "Open With" > "Other Application" dialog already has a "Find applications online" [sic] button, which opens a broken dialog listing applications. (Broken because it doesn't actually let me install any of them.)

I think a solution to this bug involves (1) replacing that dialog with a mode of Ubuntu Software Center and aptdaemon (so that it knows to try opening the file once an application is installed), and (2) altering the dialog that appears when you try to open a file where Nautilus has no idea what to open it with. Unfortunately I can't evoke the latter dialog -- everything unknown tries to open in Geany or Gedit.

Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :

mpt, Nautilus' built in Find applications online installer thing works here; I just used it to install Abiword for instance.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Bart Broeckx (bart) wrote :

This is a nice example:

They offer us to join #ubuntu-design
When you clic on it a pop-up appears to ask you what application you would like to choose.
If I would like to choose an other application it directs me to my home-folder .... It should open a list of applications instead.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

The 'open with' widget is coming from gtk nowadays

affects: nautilus (Ubuntu) → gtk+3.0 (Ubuntu)
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