New look for Nautilus as revamped- Nautilus 3.5.4 arrives

New look for Nautilus as revamped- Nautilus 3.5.4 arrives

Nautilus 3.5.4 is now updated and has new changes and is available for Ubuntu 12.10, Quantal Quetzal repos. In its new avatar, Nautilus developers have chosen to give it a thorough revamp with new style toolbars. A new ‘gear’-styled menu display is adopted and a monochrome icons make it to the side bar and most key features removed, wherever they can save ‘pixel space’ or are a hindrance for touch-based features.

However, these changes have definitely not gone down well with majority of the developers. While Nautilus team is committed to building nautilus for ‘touch-based’ devices, it appears to be at the cost of 90% of its users who are yet on Desktop PC.

Nautilus is the native GNOME desktop file manager, when it replaced Midnight Commander in Gnome 1.4 and is the default version 2.0 and later. With Gnome 2.30 the interface improved from a spatial interface to a browser-based model. Now, Nautilus 3.5.4, the features are indeed moving towards the emerging user-base of touch or tablet PC based utilities.

The list of changes

Tree view panel Out, List Model IN. The changes include a new display of the date format; tighter column order and icon size is now revised to size 32.

Search with Type is a new feature that is definitely jarring to use.  Earlier, search was instantaneous with just a quick display of the folders with just the starting letters. Now it is more complicated with entire subdocuments and subfolders also coming up for display, which is overwhelming to say the least.

Extra pane (F3 Split Pane) and Removal of the Status bar was one of the reasons for why Gnome users continue to use Nautilus. However, the removal of these core features is truly disappointing. All changes appear to be counterproductive. For one it did not really use a lot of display space. Secondly, it could always be hidden for quick access and there appears to be no logic to losing this feature, except for allowing greater capability for ‘touch features’ even though it is currently used only by a minority.  The status bar was by far the fastest way to see how much of free space was available. Typically, Ubuntu and others do trip when there is lack of space and it is critical to ensure that there is free space always available. And Status Bar was the easiest and simplest way to find out.

While most users opine that display of free space is necessary whether it is a floating bar or just a display like Windows.

New changes for Nautilus are geared at improving Gnome for tablet PC user experience. However, the transition on the desktop PC is proving to be difficult as most features that are ideal for desktop are now revamped.

  • kneekoo

    You can delete this comment after the title’s revision:

    Revamped Natulius

  • epikvision

    Let’s hope that the new Nautilus keeps the feel alive while still maintaining the simplicity of its predecessor.  Search by type seems intuitive…

  • Polemictalk

    It truly looks like the Gnome team is inappreciative of their user base. Guess what, count me out. I won’t buy a touch based device. Unless you give me money for it. It makes me think about the whole idea of free software. Look at this, if you buy a Microsoft product, you’re in a bondage. If you take software that’s touted free but still at the cost of some bugs and quirks and learning curve, guess what, you’re still in a damn bondage. You use what they decide is good for you. Removing key features out of a file manager is plain dumb, and I hope the community will rage against it. The community took a hard hit with the Gnome Shell interface, though they gained some functionality back with extensions. Now the damn Nautilus will have to be extended to keep it functional on the majority of laptops and desktops without the touch screen. Much like certain organ enlargement… Not only that, I’m even more sure that the USA user base isn’t a sole receiver of Gnome products. Wait until the poor users start not-buing-touch-based-devices.

    One more thing, how about a single button in the center of the screen that does everything on the computer for you. You just press it and everything is done in a sequence, then the computer self destructs because it’s been decided it’s better for you.


    That’s my goodbye 5 cents to Gnome.

  • Ravi kumar

    Gnome you committed suicide!