Share dialog is confusing

Bug #720194 reported by Daniel Fore on 2011-02-16
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
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ubuntuone-client-gnome (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

The dialog that appears when you right click > Ubuntu One > share... is very confusing. It's not immediately apparent what you're meant to do with the dialog, especially if you don't have any Ubuntu One contacts.

I've created a mockup of a new dialog that I think is more straight forward and obvious.

* The main entry is made very clear with both a label (To:) and an entry hint (Name or Email Address).
* We use automatic suggestions to display Ubuntu One contacts that may match the query.
* Selecting one of these contacts converts their name into a button. This both makes sure the user knows that the name is "locked in" and allows for quick removal if they should change their mind.
* An icon, the name of the object, and it's size are displayed as a confirmation of the purpose of the dialog and to know what exactly it is we're sharing.

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Daniel Fore (danrabbit) wrote :
tags: added: desktop+
dobey (dobey) on 2011-09-08
affects: ubuntuone-client → ubuntuone-client-gnome
Matt Fischer (mfisch) wrote :

I've been staring at the current form for a few minutes and still can't figure out what to do. I'm attaching the current screen for comparison to your mock-up.

Rick McBride (rmcbride) on 2012-02-07
Changed in ubuntuone-client-gnome:
assignee: nobody → Ubuntu One Desktop+ team (ubuntuone-desktop+)
Rick McBride (rmcbride) on 2012-02-07
Changed in ubuntuone-client-gnome:
status: New → Triaged

The way the dialog currently presents itself is utterly baffling. I would go so far as to call the sharing functionality broken. I find it bizarre that this bug has attracted so little attention, given that a pretty central function is so poorly implemented.

dobey (dobey) on 2012-08-30
Changed in ubuntuone-client-gnome (Ubuntu Quantal):
milestone: none → ubuntu-12.10-beta-1
assignee: nobody → Rodney Dawes (dobey)
status: New → Triaged
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package ubuntuone-client-gnome - 3.99.90-0ubuntu1

ubuntuone-client-gnome (3.99.90-0ubuntu1) quantal; urgency=low

  * New upstream release.
    - Remove usage of libebook and e-d-s for contact lookup. (LP: #1028082)
    - Use a simple entry for sharing to email addresses. (LP: #720194)
  * debian/control:
    - Remove libebook dependency.
    - Require new libsyncdaemon package to avoid a crash. (LP: #1043868)
    - Remove -dbg package and rely on dbgsyms support.
  * debian/copyright:
    - Update to be more correct for dep5.
  * debian/rules:
    - Use --fail-missing option to dh_install.
 -- Rodney Dawes <email address hidden> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 16:19:20 -0400

Changed in ubuntuone-client-gnome (Ubuntu Quantal):
status: Triaged → Fix Released
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