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LinuxWorld: Why KDE Applications Have a Bright Desktop Future

Jul 01, 2002, 11:00 (54 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

[ Thanks to bluetux for this link. ]

"If you've been using KDE over the past few years, you'll have noticed something remarkable about most KDE applications. They are suddenly endowed with many of the same new features, all at once...

"One of the nicest features of this file dialog is the ability to define shortcuts to frequently used directories. I find this indispensable in everyday tasks. Better still, you can set custom shortcuts that will appear in the file dialog for every application and set other custom shortcuts for individual applications. This satisfies one of the most primal needs of power users: the ability to make the program behave exactly how you want it to behave.

"By the way, I don't want to give the impression that the KDE folks were the innovative force behind these dialogs if they weren't. It's been ages since I've used Windows to do any work, but I noticed that the file dialog for Office 2000 is nearly the same (though it lacked some of the features of the KDE file dialog). Perhaps Windows caught up with Office XP, or perhaps it was KDE that did the catching up. Regardless, even if this was one of those rare occurrences of Microsoft innovation rather than KDE innovation, it's hard to deny that this file dialog is far more convenient and useful than the GTK equivalent..."

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