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ZDNet: Eazel Nautilus Preview2 impresses, frustrates

Nov 14, 2000, 21:20 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Henry Kingman)

"Eazel's 0.5 Preview2 Release of Nautilus and the services that will be offered through it provide a feature-complete glimpse of good things to come. However, Eazel must optimize performance and add support for more platforms before its "graphical shell" can become the default file manager in GNOME 1.4, expected Q1 2001."

"Nautilus is especially flexible in the way it handles file type/ application associations. For example, default behavior is to open *.jpg files in the built-in file viewer, while creating application launch buttons in the left panel for all installed applications associated with the given file type (associations are set up in the GNOME Control Center's File Types and Applications area, which Nautilus politely offers to open for you when appropriate). However, the user can easily change default behavior so that *.jpg files open with Gimp or perhaps Electric Eyes when clicked. Alternatively, the user could right-click on the image and choose to open the file with any of the known applications for its type. Thus, out of the box Nautilus offers flexible file type/application associations, and with a little configuration can be made to behave just as the user wishes. This is a significant advance over application associations in both the Macintosh and Windows interfaces."

"One interesting feature of Nautilus that is complete but not enabled by default is the option to use Nautilus to paint the GNOME desktop. This makes desktop icons behave just as they would inside Nautilus. That is, icons consist of thumbnails for graphic files and the first few words of each of the first few lines of text files. Greater or lesser amounts of file metadata are displayed as the zoom level is adjusted from 25% to 400%. Desktop icons also benefit from Nautilus' superior application/file-type association features."

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