I was bored, so I decided start making a KDE 4.0 features/screenshots walktrough. I'll try to cover all major applications, improvements and new features without boring you.
So expect a lot of screenshots, and not so technical details about them, instead I'll cover the feature itself, not its background.
I hope you'll enjoy it.
This is article was updated on 11/13/2008
KDE 4: Dolphin
As most of you already know, it's the new KDE 4 default file manager. The KDE 3.x version introduce a new way for file management on KDE, You're probably asking yourself: New? In which way? Let me answer that, it introduced for the first time in KDE world a simple KDE file manager, easy to follow and use, because I believe users will agree that Konqueror (and don't even make me talk about Krusader) isn't the user friendliness application out there.
And now, having covered a little of it's history, let's see how it looks, and how it's an improved on File management:
As you can see, it's quite a simple interface, it looks clean, uncluttered and easy. It only shows the folders, favorites places and simple navigation tools.
And it's featuring the breadcrumb, but, for making it even more usable, and powerful, if you clicked it and doesn't release the click it will expand and show all foders inside.
Dolphin has 3 views available, Icons, Details and Columns, and the possibility to load/unload previews.
Icons is the default view you already saw.
And finally columns:
But, hey, you may need details view to certain folders, and icon view for others, so Dolphin is available to remember which setting you used for any folder automatically, so If you select details view in folder X when you come back to it, It'll be just like you leaved it, pretty neat actually (it can be disabled, if you don't like it ;). The next screenshot show what I'm saying (how can you show that on a screenshot? :P ):
Yes, showing another feature, The Split button on Dolphin aloud you to divide your view in two, making easy to drag, copy, or check folders contents easily (if you clicked the button again, it'll close the extra view).
Dolphin has different panels, they all are movable, can be on tabs, resize, and all that is animated. By default only one panel is shown, places.
Information Panel: It can show preview of the file on hover, as well as the information you may add and a it's rating, mandatory screenshot:
Folders panel: The old tree view is there too
And there's and embedded console too, it even follow your moves trough folders! I guessed there'll be a lot of happy power-users:
Straight from 4.1.72
Did you read the Gwenview article? If you did, then you probably remember that you could zoom in/out folders and previews in the browser, well, this is now available everywhere
Grouping: It will sort your files per group basis, which can name, type, date, etc. It's nice looking and keeps things better organized in my opinion
If you click the group all files are selected
Easy item selection: Just hover a file, and a little plus icon will appear, if you click it, the file will be selected (if it's already selected, then a minus will appear in order to undo the selection) , then you can hover another one, and click, a lot better than ctrl selection and easier to discover too :)
The hover file:
Showing it in practice:
Konqueror was a little too complicated to configure (issue that still exists, since it's the default web browser), but, at least for file management now it's easy, yet powerful to configure Dolphin. As you can see in the next screenshot, it's so easy to understand, that I don't even have to explain it:
Check it out:
And all dialogs are as easy to follow:
Open File Dialogs
KDE 4, trough Dolphin, has new open file dialogs. They're feature rich, and solved size issue problems, the GUI is easy to configure trough a little menu, you can even add bookmarks, and the places sidebar is shared with Dolphin, this means that it shows the exact same places as the File Manager :)
With Previews enabled:
- Animated hover over folder and files
- Animated panels, and previews
- If you hover a file, the complete file name will be show at the bottom, if it's too big, the lower part will resize, so it can fit in it.
- A lot more...
Well, this is all for now, I hope you like it, and I'm open to suggestions, I will try to make one of this mini articles per week :)
Next week: Okular, stay tuned.