Today I’ve read an interesting discussion at http://talk.maemo.org about File Manager and kinetic finger scrolling. Quim mentioned that user won’t need to have a fast way to navigate thru loads of items in the File Manager cause all possible media will be arranged in specific applications like media player for music, image viewer for images and so on. Well, I think he’s right in some points but a handy way to navigate thru large ammounts of files without breaking your finger is always good. So I have an idea how to make everybody happy. And to concentrate on scrolling itself, I’ll show you my vision of built-in file chooser.
Let’s imagine you want to add an image to your mail.
So, when you click common “clip” button, you’ll see file chooser. Not image browser, media player or even file manager, simple file chooser. To my mind it would be pretty good to see initialy root folder of the device and a list of favourite folders, that were specified in full-featured file manager. It would give user quick access to particular folder that he uses for data storing without digging thru sub-folders.
Now, I need to attach a screenshot to my email. I quickly browse to media/screenshots and see
Now we have a finger friendly button to return to the parent folder that also acts as the name of the current folder in “pop-art” way, bunch of files with their properties and activated pop-up menu on the bottom. There you can choose what type of arrangement would you prefer, name, size, date or whatever you like. Small arrow button on the left switches arrangement mode.
And now we got to our main problem. If we have 500 screenshots in this folder, it would be too hard to reach Screenshot273.png . And this is where the magic begins. When user clicks the tiny scrollbar at the right, it switches in some kind of search mode that depends on what type of arrangement you’ve chosen. We have selected “arrange by name”, so it will show us first letter of the bottom item on the screen. Cool, but not enough for our case. So let’s add some intelligence into our scrollbar and let it show not only first letter, but also part of the name that actually changes with scrolling. And here it is, I can reach close to the screenshot273.png and then fine scroll to it.
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