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GNOME 2 Must-fix list Proposal - Nautilus

author: Brian Crescimanno


  • There need to be more options to arrange icons on the desktop rather than just "Clean Up By Name." REASON: GNOME 1.2 had a "tidy icons" feature which would allow you to simply align the icons (keeping their general location) to make them appear more cleanly placed. Currently, in nautilus, the only way to "tidy icons" is to arrange them all on the left side of the screen, by name.
  • Trash Icon Needs to have a customizable icon REASON: It is the ONLY icon that is placed on the desktop that does not have a "custom image" property that can be directly accessed by the user (though a theme can currently modify the icon.
  • Text for icons on desktop should have customizable colors REASON: When using a light colored background with a light colored theme, the text becomes unreadable on the desktop. This can be easily remedied by either allowing the user to customize the text color (which does not solve the problem if the background shifts color) or by allowing the user to set a "bgcolor" property for the text so the text is always laid on a solid background.

Main Window: General

  • The titlebar needs to be a bit more descriptive than listing a simple one word directory name PROPOSED SOLUTION: Use a full path rather than just the current directory. A lot of people have directories with the same name in different paths, this will clear up any confusion.

Main Window: View as List

  • Needs to be split into "simple list" and "detailed list" REASON: Some giant directories of documents and such, are too long to be listed in the standard icon format and be easy to deal with. However, you don't need the full details of the file, a simple "list with icons" would be great (similar to the Windows explorer "View as list" feature).

Main Window: View as Music

  • Needs to be "View as media" or done away with completely REASON: I think this view, while it has it's merits, is unnecessary bloat in the program. Most people will continue to use xmms or mpg123 (or another program) to play their mp3's, they don't want their file manager to do it for them. PROPOSAL: When GStreamer comes along further, perhaps a "Nautilus media player" can be built around that technology which integrates with nautilus, and handles all forms of media in a nautilus-like environment. Until then, I think the "view as music" mode is a fairly worthless feature.

Preferences: View Preferences

  • Change name to "Customize Views" REASON: "View preferences" sounds like a general term for looking at your preferences.
  • Clean Up REASON: This screen looks like it was thrown together in 30 seconds. Clean up the select boxes and stuff, it looks pretty scattered at the moment

Preferences: Appearance

  • Change name to "Themes" REASON: It makes it very apparent to the user where to find a place to change your nautilus theme if it's listed as such. Also, the other (few) appearance preferences can still be listed there as "themes" has become a general term used for program appearance.
  • Move the themes dialog to the top REASON: Put the item people are going to want to use most at the top of the window, not the bottom. Most people who want to change the appearance want to modify the theme...give this to them as their first option.

Preferences: Windows & Desktop Split these up into "Windows", "Desktop & Trash" and move "keyboard shortcuts to a "general preferences" section REASON: This window is a jumbled mess of options that really don't belong together. Split them up into more specific and descriptive categories. Who is going to look to customize the trash options by looking under "windows and desktop?"

Preferences: Icon Captions I don't know, it's just bad... REASON: This should be moved and grouped with other options of simliar nature.

Preferences: Search Move this to the Navigation window REASON: There's no reason to have an entire window for one preference.

Preferences: Navigation Looks like a good place for "SEARCH" to go! REASON: Do I really have to?

Preferences: Speed Tradeoffs Change name to "performance" REASON: NEVER tell a user that what you are making them do is a tradeoff. They feel cheated by it!

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