Info-centric browser (mockup)
Various KDE Extensions
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Description:

First, sorry for my bad English and artwork (I made picture in Inkscape and Gimp).

This browser for KDE data contains some ideas (mockup) for next generation information-centric browser.

Problems in current KDE UI:
- too many specific UI elements for each application
- various types of list item representation differ for KDE applications
- plain (ungrouped) list views
- search across all content is missed
- user must remember in what application can view specified data type (file manager, email client, organizer, etc.)

Goal:
Make unified intuitive browser interface for easy browse common types of data.

Concepts:
1. Application transparent data view and manage in one window.
2. Global data hierarchy (information-centric) in folders (include virtual folders contain items of various types)
3. Show content in 3 panels view: folders-list-item
4. Tagging and noted any item/folder
5. Link to any element

Usability ideas:
- large pane with folder name and icon, some information about folder and folder tags
- grouped view (by date, type/tags, custom/type specific)
- preview pane
- click on each parent folder name drops folder list on this level
- background should reflect folder contents (documents, films, sounds, etc.)
Last changelog:

11 years ago

- Show current folder in path
- Highlighting only current folder in path
- Sample "My computer" subfolders

stijnvc

11 years ago

I think it's something for the desktop searching app Kat. Thats my idea. I think you must send this to the Kat developpers. it looks great!

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SibSkull

11 years ago

I have subscribe to Kat maillist and send email to Roberto Cappuccio. Thanks for your idea about Kat.

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sbenitezb

11 years ago

This could make a good KPart for document centric applications.

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SibSkull

11 years ago

What part do you mean? Grouped file view?

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Superstoned

11 years ago

a kpart is much more than a view. the whole 'webbrowser'/kthml is just a kioslave, as is the whole filebrowsing thing. a kpart is (afaik) the embedded kword view, for example. this could be implemented as a kpart, and even as a kioslave.

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athleston

11 years ago

Tagging is a great new idea... works very well in for eg. delicioso when multiple contributors can imput but likely laborious for a single user.

There are in fact several universal viewers available in both Gnome and KDE and the combination of MIME types and file name ext mostly succeeds today so the user dont have to remember which app to use to open.

I think the idea of virtual folders is a winner, and we started down that path already with things like media://, settings:// and devices:// so it would be a logical progression to allow users to arbitraily create their own and also dynamically generate a basic set (today, yesterday, etc)

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exclude

11 years ago

Yes. tags, in general are a great idea. If they are system wide, and cross application, they will be extrmely powerfull.

Imagine a tag-set that collects all your tags across people (addr.book, emails, images (digikam), events, todo's, music (amarok) bookmarks, etcetc.

Hell, we could even develop a really nice kio_tag to brwse "anything" with tag foo and bar: tag:/foo+bar

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smileaf

11 years ago

Tag: Is that for Extended Attributes? :)

Are you splitting up creation/modified dates? Today, Yesterday.
Somehow I'm not sure this will go over too well in large directories.
I'd rather it split by File type.
Images, Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, etc.

Why the Minimize/Maximize/Close in the panel? looks to be the title bar? If so I'd rather it not be for various reasons.

"Desktop" Is this a relative path?
As in is Desktop a directory in your Home? How would you get back to your home?
how would you get to the root? "/" ?

If the current directory is invoices
and the tabs are the directory path.
And you don't want the current directory in that tab path.
Shouldn't the last item be highlighted in green to show that the current directory shown above is in that directory.

What's that yellow thing at the bottom?

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SibSkull

11 years ago

> I'd rather it split by File type.

I wrote about grouping by date (Today, Yesterday, This week, This month, This Year, More year ago), type (as you speak) and custom (based on tags).

> Why the Minimize/Maximize/Close in the panel? looks to be the title bar? If so I'd rather it not be for various reasons.

User like to operate larger area for move window. All upper panel is window title. :)

> "Desktop" Is this a relative path?
As in is Desktop a directory in your Home? How would you get back to your home?

No, it's root for all folders. I guess to use ~/Desktop for this location.

> how would you get to the root? "/" ?

Desktop/My computer/Filesystem Root. I plan several folders under Desktop/My computer:
- Filesystem root
- Hardware (hardware info)
- Sofware (installed packages)
- Operation System (include OS describe and memory/processes statistic)
- Agents (like Lotus Notes agents: backup, replication, user actions)

> Shouldn't the last item be highlighted in green to show that the current directory shown above is in that directory.

I completely agree with you! Should I change "screenshot"?

> What's that yellow thing at the bottom?

There are one or more sticky notes connected to specified folder in any folders.

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vide

11 years ago

There are a few things I don't understand:

- what is that "Desktop/Document/Work" thing? A splitten path? tabs? "Desktop" entry seems to be selected but the current folder seems to be "Invoice".
- what is that orange round button?
- why 3 X close buttons?
- where are infos about the document selected? (date, author, dimension etc.)

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SibSkull

11 years ago

> what is that "Desktop/Document/Work" thing?

It's path to current folder. Click on each part drops list of folders on this part level

> what is that orange round button?

Show/hide panel with folders

> why 3 X close buttons?

Hide specified toolbar

> where are infos about the document selected? (date, author, dimension etc.)

I guess it should be in preview pane? under file name below preview.

Thanks for your attention!

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vide

11 years ago

> It's path to current folder. Click on
> each part drops list of folders on
> this part level

Ok, but you have forgotten the second part of my question: if it's a splitten path, why there's a blue folder icon named "Invoices" upon everything, that let me think taht we currently are in the "Invoice" folder while the "Desktop" one is being selected in the path?

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SibSkull

11 years ago

Desktop is root of all folders. Possible I'm wrong to highlight "Desktop" element.

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vide

11 years ago

Ok, now I got it. SO there's clearly a bug in your mockup :)
Add a "Invoices" tab in the path and "select" it as currently is selected "Desktop" (so, in green color).

Moreover, I don't get what is supposed to do the list on the left. How should look once expanded?

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SibSkull

11 years ago

See updated screenshot.

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11 years ago

- Show current folder in path
- Highlighting only current folder in path
- Sample "My computer" subfolders

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