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Nautilus eXtreme Makeover ;)

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First off a quick look in some minor changes for Nautilus 360. Compact view is gone, extra panel is gone and tree view will be replaced by a list view.  But all these are just details of what is coming next. Nautilus is gonna merged to Content Selection pattern, and if you don’t know what content selection is, you better check this before you continue reading.. or at least check it after, decision is totally up to you ;)

McCann uploaded the latest Nautilus designs for 3.8 most likely, but unfortunately in a very bad quality. Anyway here there are..

Enjoy :)

All our files

Our home folder

A second drive if we have

Our pictures folder

Select content view. If you read the link above you should be familiar with it

Our file preferences, which is currently empty. It needs more design I guess..

..and design just came. Damn Gnome development goes fast ;)

Set our file permissions

And some advanced options like show hidden files, enable direct delete etc. This is really nice!

Set grid view preferences that we can modify the size of icons and the sort order

And the list view options, we can select what information will be visible and sort the files display order

And some folder options, permissions, selecting default applications for files etc

This is how we will interact with our files in the future. The five buttons on bottom make totally clear that you gonna use your finger on them ;)

I will re-review on this when I get newer and better quality images.

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  • Michal Vašut

    Gnome prepares itself for cloud and touch devices. The GUI is very light and clean and I like it.

  • Niklas Rosenqvist

     Can’t they fork Nautilus instead so that they don’t force the touch-paradigm onto us desktop users?

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  • TrollBeast

    Nobody with any sense at all would use an interface like this for any sort of desktop computing. It is counter-productive and makes my pc look like a smartphone, I would buy a tablet or smartphone if I wanted an interface like this. KDE and Unity seem to be going in the right direction with separate desktops for different form factors, but GNOME, seriously WTF? You used to be so amazing and easy to use.

    • ScionicSpectre

      I think I’m beginning to understand why your user name is ‘TrollBeast’.

      I agree that, considering KDE’s audience, it’s great that they’re making separate interfaces. GNOME’s user base seems to be glad that these changes are coming- these changes have been thought through carefully to work well on touch devices, but not to be made for them alone. I think it’s healthy to take inspiration from them when it improves the desktop experience.

  • Roland Taylor

    I have liked the previous designs, but this does not seem appropriate for file management. The preferences window and other look fitting, but otherwise no.

  • Hunterm

    Why do GNOME and Windows 8 developers think that the tablet is the future of computing? They all want to put tablet and smartphone interfaces on the desktop. It’s very unintuitive.

  • Philip Witte

    Good work here.

    I don’t understand people who are so afraid of change and simplification. Usually simplification means no-clutter designs where advanced options are still there, only categorized logically (not directly on the interface). It helps grandma-types use their computers without screwing things up, and power-users can still use shortcuts or adjust settings to their liking.

    The fact of the matter is that Tablets and Smart Phones are NOT going away, they’re increasing. We need DEs that will scale across device platforms well, and I think the Gnome folks have a good vision of this. Desktop machines just add extra levels of control, like a right-click menu and keyboard shortcuts.

  • Liam

    I really wish GS designers used something other than ios for reference. For instance, in ics Android got rid of buttons in favor of “fills”. Basically, areas sectioned off with outlines and overlaid with the action upon touch. The difference with buttons is that they fill the div completely thus providing a much larger target. Traditional buttons, conversely, rely on gradients, color, and maybe an outline, but don’t fill their div. Additionally, traditional buttons put a small certain amount of emphasis on targetting the center of the button, while the ics fills don’t give any visual reason to prefer the center vs. the edge. Seriously, try the ics buttons and I think you’ll find the expereince ever so slightly less stressful when it comes to selecting an action.
    Now, regarding these mockups, others have, correctly, imho, pointed out that you simply can’t have the sam einterface for both large and small screens. Even Android recognizes this with their use of Fragments, and web designers use the term Responsive Design for the idea of changing the layout based on media queries. By doing less that either of those, Gnome is providing a rather more than necessarily deficient experience for its users.
    With regards to the above, we, apparently, lose the ability to, quickly, sort based on name, size, date, etc. Search might make up for that but I’ve read literally nothing about work being done on improving search (i.e., it needs to be fast, seemless and very accurate…IOW, it is very hard to do well especially if that becomes a primary method of discovery). That being said, I am a true believer of pervasive search replacing file browsing.
    It is nice looking though.