Topics/FileApp/FileApp New Feature Request

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Sort by... (within folders)

Oliver Trebilcock
suggested this on Jan 28 04:38

In folders (such as the Downloads folder) I'd like to be able to manually sort my file order, like in iBooks, with new files appearing at the top of the list. Others might like to sort by date added, or last read, or file type etc. (within folders). Options for alternatives to the default alphabetical sorting of files in folders.
 

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Nate L
Ability to change the folder content view mode would be nice also such as thumbnail view or detail view, at least those two. And the thumbnail size should be changeable. The tiny thumbnails are killing my old eyes.
March 22, 2014 20:09
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Vic
DigiDNA

Hey Oliver we do appreciate every feedback, every message - even the most critical. And if there is a misunderstanding or a confusion we're sorry in the first place. But I think I got you right, no worries.

We're aware of the limitations with PowerPoint rendering, we use a component that's part of iOS and so we share the same issues and it's not something we could fix without replacing this with a full custom component, which is very unfortunately not planned. But again, we're always listening and would consider altering the course of our planned developments in case that was a blocker for too many.

Thank you again for your time and support!

PS: We are closely following up on spam with Zendesk (our support forum platform providers), they have announced they will release a spam filter - we can't wait :)

February 07, 2014 09:48
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Oliver Trebilcock
Thank you Vic for the clarification; maybe I slightly misunderstood what you meant. I do think this is the best file manager in the App Store, so I wouldn't be taking the time to give feedback if I wasn't pleased with the app! Just wanted to make sure it was heading in the right direction! Thanks for the feedback and I'm sure I'll give more feedback in the future. Your app certainly has the nicest aesthetic design of any file manager I've found, and I definitely appreciate the personalisation options. (P.S. Hope you get a chance to deal with the forum spammers at some point! Might encourage more people to contribute.) Another quirk I've noticed is that when you're reading a PowerPoint and you fully close the app, the program is thankfully trying to start you off again where you left off, but it doesn't always start EXACTLY at the point you finish on - it often seems to be a few slides off. Not a major issue just something I've recently noticed!
February 06, 2014 00:10
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Vic
DigiDNA

Hey I would just like to come back on Oliver's contribution and touch base on 2 things: first we don't want to limit anything, all we want is things to work and users to be happy (that's how we make the dough) and we don't sacrifice functionality for anything - simplicity is not the goal, efficiency is.

That being said, we are working on this matter (hence my invitation to give more feedback) we have a design schedule established and we aim at delivering a new set of controls that totally are going in the direction of matching the features of a "real" file system. 

I see failed to mention that, sorry about that folks!

PS: Just spoke to our lead on FileApp - sorting inside folders is in the works, so keep coming with ideas!

February 05, 2014 10:05
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Oliver Trebilcock
I would imagine when people create folders, they should know from the folder name what it contains - that is the purpose of folders; to group together similar files.

Anyway, I certainly understand the desire for simplicity. But if there's one thing Apple's proved is that quite complex functionality can be achieved without complicating the interface.

One idea would be a long-press on the folders icon, and dragging it to one of the other icons to sort the folder. I think that would be very neat.

Anyway you seem to have a very strong desire to greatly limit the potential uses of this file manager, especially for multiple independent uses. For example, if I used this to store lecture note PDFs and and a smaller number of key work PDFs, how would I easily sort to find those key work PDFs within the sea of lecture note PDFs?

It is a shame that you seem to think simplicity must come at the cost of functionality.

Manual sorting of files really is an extremely basic feature.
February 05, 2014 00:18
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Oliver Trebilcock
Google translate of PROOT GUY R. R. G. above: 'I strongly support this request because it seems so self-evident and I am even surprised that the implementation of this "basic" functionality have been spontaneously available.'
February 05, 2014 00:03
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Vic
DigiDNA

We perfectly understand the request and find it totally justified, however this would greatly affect the simplicity and efficiency of the existing views - that do act like filters to sort all documents at root level. We haven't added specific sorting within folders because in most cases it would force user to remember in which folder was a specific document in order to retrieve it, which is not what the filters are designed for: they aim at providing a one-tap filter to retrieve virtually any file across the app according to its Name, Date of addition, Type or Last view. Hope this sheds a light, any further contributions welcome :)

February 04, 2014 14:44
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PROOT Guy R. R. G.
J'appuie fortement cette demande car elle me parait tellement légitime et évidente que je suis même étonné que l'implémentation de cette fonctionnalité "basique" n'aie pas été spontanément disponible. Il me parait urgent de la mettre à disposition car elle est indispensable pour une utilisation quotidienne.
February 04, 2014 13:35