Nautilus-Elementary 2.30 For Lucid gets a PPA

Nautilus-Elementary developer – and by developer I mean super hard working superhero developer –ammonkey has just pushed Nautilus-Elementary 2.30 into the Nautilus-Elementary PPA.


Many features have been added since the builds for Karmic – including some sexy view switching buttons, support for Nautilus’ split pane and and even more sleek toolbar.


Adding and installation is simple: –

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:am-monkeyd/nautilus-elementary-ppa
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get upgrade

Esfera: New UI Element Proposal For Ubuntu 10.10

Mark Shuttleworth posted a suggestion he got from Pablo Quirós for the free space on the top right window corner (now that the button(s) will be placed on the left side of the Metacity), on the Ayatana mailing list.

The proposal is a new UI element for the windows in Ubuntu called Esfera which should be placed in the free space on the top-right of the windows. The button will basically support gestures which you can perform on that window, like a joystick.

You can read the rest of the article and download the PDF with full specs of Esfera @ Web Upd8

Web Upd8

Nautilus gets nice thumbnail borders

Nautilus icon.svg

As I told you in the previous post about the nice thumbnails borders, that are coming into Nautilus, they are already a fact. Thanx to the nautilus developers for the fast reaction and Hylke Bons for his cool improvement! So if u cant see these borders, just update your system and they will be just on the right place.

the old look                                                                  &                                                                    the new look

Besides that amongst the other changes in Nautilus:

  • Don’t show weird border around desktop
  • Correctly put focus on view for new windows
  • Extra view does not get focus when created
  • Add nicer thumbnail border
  • Fix crash when hiding search bar
  • Support AIFF for audio preview

Even more… whoopee!

Nice thumbnails borders are coming into Nautilus

Nautilus icon.svg

We know that this is one of the bad little things in Nautilus that matters and need to be changed.

Hylke Bons, on the GNOME mailing list, has offered up his improvement on and as he says:

"I made a new thumbnail frame for image previews in nautilus. The current looks
old and really needed some love.
In my opinion, it looks much nicer and less crude than the current."

You can see the changes below:

the old look

and the new one

This change is going to be included in Nautilus in short (but i think, not in time for Lucid), so we are waiting for it.

Nautilus elementary

Nautilus elementary

elementary Nautilus (note this is a mock-up)

This is Brian here with yet another post! I know you’ve been itching for more info! We are going to answer some questions today. Or at least provide some insight. First, where is Nautilus headed in elementary OS? And what are some goals we have for it? (Other than fancy and useful effects like Coverflow!) Let’s dive right in and take a look at what we’d like to see in Nautilus elementary and what is being developed at the moment.

Nautilus is a file browser as such we want to really focus on bring out all that we think a file browser should be and stay with our philosophy of “just do“. If you look at the mock-up above to the left (click it to make it big and see all the pretty!) you’ll see that we favor a much slimmer looking Nautilus.

Nautilus elementary breadcrumbs

Nautilus elementary breadcrumbs

Now let’s take a look at a mock-up Dan recently created discussing the breadcrumb functionality of Nautilus. Search is integrated into the breadcrumbs.

Here I’ll let Dan talk about those breadcrumbs:

“Nautilus should navigate to the directory as you type a path in the text entry. In this way, you won’t type an invalid path because you can clearly see that the directory or file doesn’t exist.

When you click on a breadcrumb, anything after that breadcrumb is automatically converted to text. For example given the breadcrumb “Music>Cake>Fashion Nugget” clicking on Music would give me “Music>Cake/Fashion Nugget”. Note that the text “Cake/Fashion Nugget” Should be highlighted when you click “Music”. This is because you may want to type a completely new path right away, but you may also simply want to change “Cake” to “Fake” or some other minor change.

Finally, The shortcut CTRL + L should convert everything in the pathbar to text to simulate the change it offers currently.”

As you can see from both of these mock-ups we want to simplify Nautilus elementary so that browsing can occur quickly and through an interface that isn’t cluttered. These are mostly just visual changes, but more loftier goals are planned (being dreamed up!).

Nautilus Zeitgeist

Recently Ian “ Izo” Cylkowski created some wonderful mock-ups showcasing Zeitgeist (or Gnome Activity Journal) as part of Nautilus. This is something I know that I and Dan both would love to see! Now this goal (if it happens of course, nothing is ever concrete! So don’t hold us to this!) will take some time to occur. For now some exciting developments have been occurring with Nautilus and Zeitgeist.

This video showcases only a development mock-up and test on how things would work. This is not the final implementation. Anyway the juicy bit is the video below is a test on integrating some of Zeitgeist’s functionality into Nautilus elementary!

As you can see in the video commonly accessed files and the files recently accessed in the past days are quickly accessible! (note: More info is available at Velour’s blog here.) This is by no means the end of where we’d like to see this go and we’d like to see more integration of Gnome Activity Journal and Nautilus elementary. Perhaps a button within Nautilus elementary that converts the view to the Journal? This is just the beginning and I’ll keep the updates coming.

Let us know what you think!

Get the latest Nautilus elementary here:

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