Using Nautilus Actions to Extend File Manager Functionality on Linux
Dec 27, 2010, 19:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)
"What would a desktop be without a file manager? Even at the
command line level we have file managers and they still make our
lives much easier than they would be without them. To many users
the file manager is just way to preview, delete, and move files.
The power user, on the other hand, looks at the tool from a very
different vantage point. For this type of user the file manager
must be versatile, powerful, and it must do their bidding in the
way they want it done.
"The GNOME default file manager, Nautilus, is the perfect
candidate for this. How? There is an add on for Nautilus called
nautilus-actions. With this tool users are able to add
context-sensitive actions to menus that allow programs to be
launched based on the file type selected. Say, for example, you
want to be able to install downloaded fonts directly (and quickly)
from within Nautilus. This is possible. Or say you want to quickly
add songs to your Rhythmbox playlist and automatically begin
playing them (all from within Nautilus). This too is possible. In
fact, Nautilus Actions is only limited to your imagination."