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Posted Jan 29, 2013 16:03 UTC (Tue) by ibukanov (subscriber, #3942)
Recently as an experiment I tried to use Nexus 7 to work with a few hundred of images and videos to see if the interface allows that (the hardware definitely does). It turned out with a default setup one cannot do that. Just opening a file was pain. To mitigate that I installed a file manager, and split the collection into folders based on a time stamp. Then it became manageable to the point of allowing to create a movie with several videos and slide-shows. However, as video editors for Android that I tried do not permit to insert all images from folder, creation slide shows was very time-consuming.
The bottom line is that I do not see how one can avoid hierarchy when composing documents or projects from other, potentially numerous, documents. And its a pity that the current development assumes that a touch interface is only for consumption and occasional simple modification of a single file rather than trying to explore possibilities for content creation/aggregation with it. There are things that one just cannot do efficiently with mouse/keyboard that touch in principle allows.
Posted Jan 30, 2013 10:20 UTC (Wed) by aseigo (guest, #18394)
I completely agree with your assessment that Android absolutely *blows* as a productivity environment. It's a fine phone UI, but for a "real" computer it falls very flat.
We're not emulating that system, but instead creating something that (we intend) to work well without being afraid to consider the use of concepts (such as non-hierarchical organization) just because other efforts got it horribly, horribly wrong.
it's like watching someone fall off their bike because they are texting instead of keeping their hands on the handlebar, smash their face into the ground due to a lack of helmet and then coming to the conclusion that you should never attempt riding a bike. how about just keeping your hands where they should be and wearing a helmet? :)
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