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I've imported all my Carbonfin Outliner outlines into OO. These are mostly outlines from various talks that I give though a few are for papers that are in progress. All in all it amounts to about 40 outlines that I work on from time to time.

It seems that the file browser is sorting files by recent modification rather than by title. I have meticulously named all of these files so it will be easy to retrieve any of them as quickly as cover-flow allows. Unfortunately my naming conventions seem to be moot.

Is there any way to have these documents display alphabetically?

I will send a request in file browser improvements though it will mean basically scrapping cover flow and replacing it with a decent file management system (ala GoodReader). I'm quite surprised your UI expert signed off on cover flow.
 
I have 45 outlines in OO, and I have to concur that the current file browser does not work effectively with outlines.

Would really like some alternative. Perhaps a popup with a file list?
 
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I will send a request in file browser improvements though it will mean basically scrapping cover flow and replacing it with a decent file management system (ala GoodReader).
I'm in favor of a change, but please let it look like anything but GoodReader. GoodReader is a very powerful app, but its UI leaves a lot to be desired. I've submitted a request to look at the file management system in iThoughts HD, which is very nicely done.
 
I agree that cover flow is a poor choice (or at least, not suitable for everyone - there may be some users who love it). My outlines often look very similar with the name being the main distinguishing feature.

That said, I don't care for GoodReader in this regard. I find it far too busy/cluttered.

I'll be sending a feature request too on this. I think my preference would be for something simple along the lines of QuickOffice.
 
Indeed, iThoughts is probably a better alternative. I also find QuickOffice good in some respects, not so in others. Honestly though they are ALL better and more effective than cover flow. I agree that a GoodReader is cluttered however it's much more flexible and allows for managing more files than cover flow.
 
I'm a fan of Penultimate's file system, which allows you to choose between the same style as OO, Pages, etc. or a more grid-like view (http://www.flickr.com/photos/poritsky/5716025558/). I really like this grid view, because even though you won't be able to see as many documents as with a list view, you can still make out the basic design of each document. 6 full docs are visible on one page, with 2 more obscured at the bottom.

That's way better than one document. Plus, you can quickly scroll and organize either by name or modify date. In Penultimate, you have to click a "notebook" twice to open it: once to select it, making available for export/delete, and once to actually open it. This changes the user experience compared to OO's one doc active at a time scheme, but it could be a nice trade off.

 
Agree 100%

I want to like and use these apps more than I do, but I need some solid management of files, including seamless to my desktop.

I found myself using Carbonfin this morning because I knew the file would be back at my desk when I got there - no extra work involved. This is NOT a good sign.

Mark
 
 


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