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CNET News.com: Nautilus 1.0 Review

Mar 30, 2001, 21:33 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Todd Volz)

"After three preview releases, Eazel has finally released Nautilus 1.0. When we looked at Preview Release 1, it was essentially a souped-up file manager with excellent customization features. Version 1.0 extends the functionality of Nautilus and rounds out the package with a much-improved test-drive of Eazel's network-based Services. Though not as polished as we'd hoped, the end result is impressive and offers another exciting look at the future of the Linux desktop."

"Nautilus's interface remains the same; its two-paned display features the usual menu choices, File, Edit, Layout, and so on. But closer inspection reveals how Nautilus makes file identification easier. Instead of associating a file type with a generic icon, Nautilus lets you zoom in on files and folders."

"Nautilus displays the contents of a file when possible, saving you the trouble of launching an app just to identify a file. For instance, an image file's icon is a thumbnail preview of the image itself, while a text file's icon displays several lines of text from the document. In addition, Nautilus features a configurable zoom level that lets you adjust the amount of detail displayed by these icons. It also allows you to view files as icons, as a file list, or, in the case of MP3 audio files, as a playlist with an embedded miniature MP3 player below it. Nautilus even lets you preview MP3 files by playing a bit of the file when you hover the cursor over the icon."

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