venerdì 12 febbraio 2016

Ubuntu Document Viewer 2.1 - What's new

We are glad to announce that the first minor release of Document Viewer 2.x is finally available in the Ubuntu Store.

As a "minor release" we haven't introduced new features but we've focused mainly in polishing the UI, in order to get ready for the major changes we're planning for the next versions (keep reading this post if you want to know more :P).

I'm happy with the work done and I hope you'll like the improvements as I do!

Here's the changelog:

LibreOffice Viewer

LibreOfficeKit - Presentation viewer

We've introduced two new zoom behaviours ("Fit to height" and "Automatic") in order to ensure that slides stay fully visible on a phone screen.

New automatic zoom mode (1)

New automatic zoom mode (2)

Also, we've made some minor change in order to improve the overall look and feel of the UI.

LibreOfficeKit - Spreadsheet viewer

Document Viewer now supports documents with multiple sheets. For a couple of reasons, we haven't been able to add this in time for the previous release.

We've also changed the default zoom behaviour: automatic zoom modes are no longer available and spreadsheets are always loaded with a 1.0x zoom.


  • Document Viewer now uses the same scaling strategy used by the Ubuntu UI Toolkit. As you can see in the screenshots below, the difference is remarkable.

Document Viewer 2.0 (old) on Nexus 5 - zoom 1.0x
Document Viewer 2.1 (new) on Nexus 5 - zoom 1.0x

  • Added a double-tap-to-zoom gesture
  • Improvements and bugfixes for the pinch-to-zoom gesture
  • The content of text documents and presentations is now shown at the center of the window.

PDF Viewer

We are about to start working on a new PDF plugin which should finally resolve some of the long-standing problems.

It will re-use some of the components we've written for the LibreOffice viewer, so it will be much easier for us to maintain and add new features.

We already have an early prototype of the new viewer and it seems to work nicely on desktop.

Hopefully, it will be ready for the next minor release (ver. 2.2).

Full-screen presentation mode for PDFs

This is one of the most requested features, and now you can run your presentation directly from your Ubuntu Phone! \o/

If you were in Pasadena, CA or you followed the streaming of the UbuCon, you probably already knew that. ;-)

Other fixes

  • Resolved a content-hub issue that prevents users to export a document to another app (
  • Resolved an issue occurring when the user tries to delete a document stored in a external media (
  • Fixed some layout issues in the document browser
  • New shader for the night mode.

On the left: Document Viewer 2.0 (old) - On the right: Document Viewer 2.1 (new)

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