Transitioning from the 2.x series to the (at the moment) 3.x series, clarified a new direction for Nautilus via a double-sided approach, both removing features and adding features, process that, according to various GNOME developers, was necessary (in the sense of removing "old" features to make space for landing fresh new features, latter backed by a new design direction).
Nautilus 3.5.90 has just landed in Ubuntu 12.10, introducing exciting additions, that are to enhance its overall usability and look&feel.
The immediately noticeable visual change in the new 3.5.90 is the new three added buttons, such as a view options selector and two predefined view modes (list and regular icon view), consequently, switching from the default view (icon view) to list view is 1-click away (by clicking the minimalistic 3-lines icon, changes the Nautilus view to list view).
Nautilus 3.5.90 groups relevant view actions in the handy monochrome arrow-down-pointed icon, clicking on it, allows the user to easily access commonly used options, such as
Zoom In, Zoom Out, sort By Name, By Type, Show Hidden Files, etc, useful bundle properly exposed in the toolbar for fast utilization.
Toggling between the clickable addressbar/pathbar and the writable addressbar (where the user is able to observe the copy-able path of a file/folder like
/home/customuser/testfile) can now be achieved via the top-right "cog" icon, under
The new 3.5.90 release comes with support (in the sense of usable) for Bookmarks, adding a bookmark follows the "traditional" Nautilus approach, meaning, opening a folder and navigate to
"cog"-->Bookmark this Location, adds the just-bookmarked folder under sidebar's
"cog"-->Bookmarks, exposes a redesigned Bookmarks dialog with fancy monochrome icons, minor yet relevant visual enrichment needed for a "global" consistency.
Adding numerous bookmarks (and thus being exposed in the sidebar) can sometimes create a "messy" arrangement (usually due to bookmarks' added time and situation), behavior to be corrected by arranging bookmarks via drag&drop, meaning, taking a "top" bookmark folder to the bottom, is as easily as clicking&holding&dragging the particular folder to the "bottom".
Setting an image as a desktop wallpaper is usually achieved by opening an image and, from inside the opened image,
right-clicking-->Set as Desktop Background (behavior usable under Eye of GNOME); the new Nautilus adds the ability to set an image as desktop background by simply
right-clicking on it-->Set as Wallpaper, removing the need to open the image.
Depending on screen sizes and one's preferences and habits, the user increases and/or decreases the view zoom level, meaning, zooming in/out increases/decreases items contained in a folder, yet, by opening a different folder, displays its items with a regular size view, consequently, the zooming action is related to a folder.
The new Nautilus introduces a new zooming behavior (per-window), changing the zoom values, affects the overall window (as opposed to the "old" per-folder zooming), meaning, zooming in, increases the icon size view in the opened folder, opening a different folder, displays its contained items with an increased size, too.
The same approach has been adopted by the view modes (like for instance, setting a list view is globally applied), removing the "old" manner of constantly setting a view in order to be globally applied.