Nautilus Must-Fix List - 1st Draft
- From: Brian Crescimanno <darksheer fotographix com>
- To: usability gnome org
- Subject: Nautilus Must-Fix List - 1st Draft
- Date: 31 Aug 2001 14:16:26 -0400
Here's a copy of what I have so far for the nautilus must-fix list.
1. When Nautilus is set to draw the desktop, it should be the only
thing that draws the desktop. Currently, when GNOME starts, the
desktop gets drawn, and then Nautilus redraws it on top, creating
a very ugly "grey period"
Novice users may mistake the greying out of their entire screen
some sort of error in GNOME or Nautilus.
1. There need to be more options to arrange icons on the desktop
rather than just "Clean Up By Name."
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.
2. Trash Icon Needs to have a customizable icon
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.
Main Window: General
1. The titlebar needs to be a bit more descriptive than listing
a simple one word directory name
Use a full directory name followed by " - Nautilus"
This gives people the comfort of knowing what software they are
Main Window: View as Icons
Main Window: View as List
1. Needs to be split into "simple list" and "detailed list"
Some directories..like 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
1. Needs to be "View as media" or done away with completely
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.
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
1. Change name to "Customize Views"
"View preferences" sounds like a general term for looking at
2. Clean Up
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
1. Change name to "Themes"
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
2. Move the themes dialog to the top
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
1. Split these up into "Windows", "Desktop & Trash" and move
"keyboard shortcuts to a "general preferences" section
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 & List Views
Preferences: Icon Captions
1. I don't know, it's just bad...
I haven't thought of one yet, but this dialog is terrible!
Preferences: Sidebar Panels
Wow...a feature of Nautilus that really doesn't need any changes.
1. Move this to the Navigation window
There's no reason to have an entire window for one preference.
1. Looks like a good place for "SEARCH" to go!
Do I really have to?
Preferences: Speed Tradeoffs
1. Change name to "performance"
NEVER tell a user that what you are making them do is a tradeoff.
They feel cheated by it!
Preferences: News Panel
No changes to note as of yet....
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