f-spot, gthumb and digikam -- for "grandma user"

H.S. hs.samix at gmail.com
Tue Dec 9 20:37:35 UTC 2008

Brian McKee wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 12:20 PM, H.S. <hs.samix at gmail.com> wrote:
> I don't think a non-geek thinks in terms of files and folders.

I a new user is introduced to Ubuntu, he does notice Places. Those are
exactly files and folders. There is no getting away from files and
folders. If there, I am willing to listen.

> That's why programs like iTunes and Picassa are successful.  Files and
> folders aren't 'natural',  tagging and time lines etc are more
> comfortable for non-computer users.

iTunes is not an operating system that does many things unlike Ubuntu.
In Ubuntu, a new user wants to do only a handful of things:
1. Email
2. Internet
3. Type documents
4. Multimedia

The first of three of these require files and folders idea to various
extents. I don't think you can get away without mentioning these while
letting the users explore the system.

And very common for users to receive photos from email or download from
web pages. Where do they go?

It is also common for users to not remember f-spot's interface, but less
likely to forget files and folders (since they are used everywhere).
Chances are the user will try to open photos from Nautilus. With f-spot,
he will have to browse from *all* his photos! Why doesn't f-spot allow
the user create folers as well in addition to taging and stuff, I wonder.


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