Latest Tweak Tool features a new UI based on GNOME 3 HIG and designed by Allan Day, John Stowers and Alex Muñoz and a couple of new options. While Tweak Tool is really useful, it isn’t a core GNOME App, and it’s up to the Distros to provide it. In the case of Fedora 20 is absent, so you may want to manually install it, but in most other GNOME Distros it comes pre-installed.
GTT UI vs GCC UI
GTT in 3.10 comes with a massive improved UI and it leads the way that GCC (GNOME Control Center) will “possibly” follow on the upcoming releases.
Surprisingly Tweak Tool’s UI makes Control Center to feel old fashion.. This is a personal speculation, but I believe (based on mockups and talks with design team members) that GCC at some point might use a left Menu List for grouping and accessing the System Settings, similar to Tweak Tool.
Other than this, Tweak Tool provides a clearer interface to edit Shell Extensions, and is resizable in contrast to Control Center window, which is kinda annoying.
AppMenus back in Applications Windows
G-Menus or Application Menus was (and probably still is) one of the most discussed issues in GNOME 3. Even 2 years later, it is clearly a usability issue for a large group of people. GTT is trying to solve this by an option to set Menus back in GNOME Applications ..in a not very good way to be honest.
This is the fallback AppMenu position when we run a GNOME App in a non-GNOME environment. Except that looks bad it also cause a bug in the non-re-sizable windows by cutting off the space on the bottom edge of applications.
Personal Opinion: If they could add an AppMenu Fallback icon in CSD, they would make lots of users happier.
Those are all the typing options in Tweak Tool 3.10 -not sure what they added what they removed :/
There is also an option to set “Focus Follows Mouse” but it seems to don’t work at the moment, is Beta version anyway. So while Window gets focus in Mouse Over, it doesn’t get raised.
In the previous post about CSD I mentioned that in 3.10 CSD Apps users won’t be able to add Max/Min buttons. What I forgot to mention is the issue that comes up in GNOME Classic Mode when Minimize Functionality is critical. GNOME Design Team will work on this in the next version of GNOME (3.12), so this is a really drawback for Classic Mode users.
Every other option is the same as GTT 3.8!
GNOME 3 seems to be a work in progress and it gets massive changes from version to version. One serious issue is that some features comes uncompleted and looks odd, making users wondering why devs do that. GNOME features are planned around 12-18 months ahead and that leads to unfinished modules.
For instance you all remember the weird background selection that it was requiring an unnecessary click to set a wallpaper.
GNOME 3.10 with the dual Wallpaper Selection (one for lock screen, one for desktop) justifies this choice. There are unlimited examples of such cases, but the truth is that GNOME has a very strong vision where they want to be and what they want to accomplished. At least for the next 18 months!