picture viewer

Ortwin Regel ortwin at gmail.com
Thu Apr 19 18:33:06 CEST 2007

Dragging motions to the left/right could display the next/last
picture. Maybe even better: Only require a single touch at the left or
right side of the screen. Makes the screen last longer and is faster.
Left and right would be two sides each because the phone could be held
upwards and sideways, possibly depending on the individual picture.
I like the idea that a single touch (in the middle of the screen, if
the rim is used for picture switching) makes on screen controls
appear. However, we should think a little more about placement and
uses. I think they shouldn't necessarily be at the side of the screen.
In fact there should be two prominent ones in the middle of the
picture: One for starting a zooming motion, one for dragging the
visible area around. You have to start at the buttom but can use the
whole screen after that. The button symbols would have to be
recognizable equally from both directions. Since they are in the
middle of the screen they should probably be transparent to not appear
as obtrusive. For rotating the standard corner wheel can be used,
though it should be transparent, too. The lower right hand corner
(this refers to holding the phone vertically) could then have the
button for switching off the controls, the upper left hand corner the
escape from slideshow button, both diagonally orientated as to be
readable equally from both views.
The message of the controls should be: This is a handheld device! It
doesn't have to rotate pictures for you. Instead you can rotate the
device and enjoy the benefit of using more screen space.
The diagonal orientation might make sense for other applications and
I'd love to see it used.

If you need a mock up to understand this, tell me and I can make one.
It will look crappy, though.


On 4/19/07, Frank Coenen <franknstein666 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hay,
> Browsing the wiki, I found that the picture viewer was to be a stylus
> application.
> Viewing photos is something you do together, making it very unpractical to
> do with a stylus.
> I think it should be a combination of both stylus and finger.
> Managing and looking for a specific dir should be done with a stylus.
> Here the approach should be like with the RSS-reader. At the top a list of
> photos in your current directory, at the bottom a preview.
> Then you should be able to switch to either slide show or full screen-mode.
> Both are the same, with the exception of course that the slide show switches
> the photo's automatically (and will rotate them so that the most amount of
> screen space is used)
> In full screen or slide show mode, if you then press the screen, 5 controls
> will appear:
> - scroll-wheel - Either for zooming or switching between the photos
> - button to switch to either zoom or next-prev-picture mode
> - button to rotate the picture 90 dec clockwise
> - button to remove the on screen controls again. (so that you will only see
> the picture, until you press the screen again)
> - a button to go back to stylus mode
> here are two mock ups, note that the left most button will change from zoom
> -> switch mode.
> http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w29/baldr_OM/photo_viewer_zoom_mode.png
> http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w29/baldr_OM/photo_viewer_slideshow_mode.png
> Kind regards,
> Frank
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