Thank you, Rupert!
We appreciate your feedback — and your support for the "View Original File” idea (1)
is duly noted.
What do others think? Is this a good idea? bad idea?
Please chime in by email, or better yet, add your comments on this discussion page:
Your feedback is important to us. It will help us make the right decision to address this
We’d like to have at least a placeholder solution, even if we can’t do all that we dreamed
of right away. :)
All the best,
On May 23, 2014, at 10:57 AM, rupert THURNER <rupert.thurner(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Am 22.05.2014 01:38 schrieb "Fabrice Florin" <fflorin(a)wikimedia.org>rg>:
We would appreciate your thoughts about a proposed "View Original File” feature for
Media Viewer. (1)
In our surveys and discussions, many users have asked for either access to original files
— or a zoom feature.
These frequent requests cover a range of use cases:
* view the original file in its full resolution
* edit, crop and/or re-use images
* zoom in to see details
To address these requests, this feature would enable you to access the original file from
Media Viewer, so you can examine it in your browser, and easily edit/re-use it. To view
that original file, you would simply click on a new "View original file" button
next to the image, as shown in this mockup (2). This would open the original full-size
image in the same browser window, as happens now when you click images in file description
pages on Commons. Your browser’s back button would return you to the Media Viewer.
This proposal would support the use cases above by providing the same core functionality
editors are used to on file description pages. It would enable you to operate on files
(convert/edit them), and also give you the ability to zoom on common file types in modern
The multimedia team has investigated several other solutions to address these user
requests. We developed a Simple Zoom Link (3), which you can test now on Commons: but
we’re concerned that this implementation provides a poor user experience that’s more
complex than it needs to be. We also considered a Basic Zoom feature (4) and a Full Zoom
feature (5). But these implementations require more development time than we have right
now. We’re eager to wrap up this version of Media Viewer this month, so we can move on to
other important issues, such as upgrading UploadWizard or fixing bugs in our technical
4. What do you think?
We’d be grateful for your feedback about this proposal and some of the short-term options
we’re considering, by answering these two questions:
Q1. How important to you is it that we implement “View original file” or a similar
feature at this time?
a) very important
b) somewhat important
c) not important
View the original file plus older versions is, from a glam upload perspective,
Q2. Which of the following options do you think
we should develop at this time?
a) View Original File: (~1 day of work) (1)
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