[Usability]Re: Nautilus Preference Proposal (screenshots too!!!!)
- From: Glen Gray <glen netnoteinc com>
- To: bordoley msu edu
- Cc: nautilus-list gnome org, usability gnome org
- Subject: [Usability]Re: Nautilus Preference Proposal (screenshots too!!!!)
- Date: 16 Oct 2002 09:32:18 +0100
On Tue, 2002-10-15 at 22:59, bordoley msu edu wrote:
> In addition, we'd like to consider moving the nautilus preferences out of
> nautilus and into the control center. This change would make nautilus more
> of a desktop component, similar to the panel, rather than a standalone
> application. Also in the star trek future, some of these preferences could
> in theory apply to a nautilus based file selector, so this is something to
> at least consider.
This had been proposed as a possible feature change for 2.0 but was
decided to be post 2.0. I'd like to see this make it to 2.2
> 1. Views Category
> 2. Appearance Category
> Most likely nautilus will no longer have themes in 2.2, so we did not
> consider this preference category in our design.
I take it this is the new Icon Theme stuff that will affect the whole
desktop (menus and all) as opposed to just naulitus ?
> 3. Windows Category
> We removed the "windows" category in our design. The new window behavior
> preference is moved into the new "files and folders" category (icon and
> list views in the current design).
> We recommend that the "new window display" preferences be removed in
> favor of honoring the most recently selected setup from the view menu of
> the main window (ie. if a user selects to show the toolbar in the current
> window, all subsequent windows will show the toolbar as well). Galeon2 uses
> this method to select which window elements to display and it seems to work
> well. As always, we welcome comments.
> 4. Desktop and Trash category
> We removed this category.
> The "desktop" preferences are removed. These preferences seem to fall under
> the crack options category in our opinion. While I personally am a huge fan
> of "use home folder as desktop," from a pure usability standpoint I think
> nautilus should only have one desktop dir (at least in the user visible
> ui). In addition the "Use nautilus to draw the desktop" preference is really
> a power user tweak preference that shouldn't be included in the ui (i'm not
> aware of any other desktop shell/filemanager that includes such a
> preference). We recommend removing these preferences from the user visible
> ui, but retaining them as hidden gconf preferences for the power user in all
> of us. :)
I agree, it could be confusing to newer users. Most people live with the
default. And those that dare to try "Use Home Folder as Desktop" rarely
go back :). Without wanting to get a flame war going or rehashing one
that happend pre-2.0, could we get feed back from the usability team on
what is felt to be the best option for the default ? Having said that a
thought just popped into my mind regarding the freedesktop.org proposals
for the desktop dir. Perhaps HP could give his views on this
> The trash behavior prefs are moved to the "files and folders" category.
> 5. Files and Folders category (currently Icon and List Views)
> First we generalized the title to "Files and Folders." This title is more
> descriptive of the affect these preferences have on user interactions.
> The "Click Behavior" subcategory is generalized to "Behavior." This
> subcategory now includes both the "click" preferences and "open each file
> and folder in a new window" preference.
> The "Executable Text Files" category is renamed "Scripts." This change was
> prompted by an existing nautilus bug report. I do not feel strong about the
> title either way, however the word script does appear in other parts of the
> nautilus ui. These prefs remain unchanged.
Not sure on this one for the same reasons Dave mentioned. Perhaps the
usability team could give guidance on this ?
> As mentioned before the "Hidden files" and "Backup files" preferences are
> moved into the views menu and are combined into a single preference.
Can't see where this was mentioned before. Perhaps a previous mail
IIRC, there was discussions to have this put as a view option that could
be blanket applied as the default but changed for each window. e.g. I
don't want to see "." or "~" files in general. But I drill down into a
particular dir and can't see what I want so I select "Show Hidden Files"
from the menu/popup menu for the current window.
Now this opened a can of worms I seem to remember about whether we
should save this info for this dir or if it should be transiant etc.
I've no particular preference. As a user I generally wouldn't want to
see all the . and ~ files unless I was looking for something
specifically. So if it was saved chances are I'd want to turn it off
again for the view after I'd found what I was looking for.
> The "special flags in Properties dialog" preference is removed in our
> design. This should just be enabled as the permission tab of
> the properties window already requires the user to understand unix
> permissions. We see no reason for a preference.
> 6. Sidepanes category
> This category is removed. With the new sidebar design the tabs preferences
> seem out of place. We may want to include them as hidden preferences for
> those tweakers who may gain from minor speed improvements, but this doesn't
> really warrant inclusion in the ui. The tree view preference was moved to
> the "views" category.
Never really fan of the Sidepane so no strong prefs either way, it's
usually off for me.
> 7. Icon Captions Category
> 8. Previews Category (currently Performance)
> We renamed the category to "Previews" as these preferences more directly
> affect how nautilus previews files. The effect on performance is a side
> effect. This dialog remains unchanged with the exception that option menus
> are used in place of the radio buttons (looked cleaner to us).
> Here are some mockups of our proposal. Its not quite complete (it missing
> mneumonics for example).
I'm with jdub on this one. That theme was pretty bad ;p
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