[Thunar-dev] Thumblerd and large files collections

TW zupftom at googlemail.com
Fri Nov 26 08:59:35 CET 2010

2010/11/25 Nick Schermer <nickschermer at gmail.com>:
> On Thu, Nov 25, 2010 at 10:25 PM, TW <zupftom at googlemail.com> wrote:
>> 2010/11/19 Jannis Pohlmann <jannis at xfce.org>:
>>> I'm sorry to say this a feature request I'd reject.
>>> Again, creating thumbnails for all files is a standard feature in
>>> modern file managers.
>> Sorry to bring up that old topic again (and kind of hijack the
>> thread):  Tabs are a standard feature in modern file managers as well.
>>  Nautilus has them, PCMan FM, Dolphin, Konqueror, Krusader, Windows
>> Explorer, Cubic Explorer, Proto, Finder (can at least have tabs via
>> plugin), Path Finder etc.  Only file managers that have panes
>> sometimes don't have tabs (many of them still do).  The only exception
>> I'm aware of is ROX-Filer which neither has tabs nor panes.  It's been
>> requested several times, and I still don't quite understand why they
>> won't be in Thunar.
> Design philosophy; and enough alternatives *with* tabs.

I'm not really complaining.  I've tested many alternatives and found
Thunar is still the best choice for me, even without tabs (thanks for
that!).  I just couldn't resist to put in my two cents when a Thunar
developer "defends" a feature because it's a standard in modern file
managers, while it appears to me that another feature for which this
attribute is applicable and which has been requested by a number of
users is consistently rejected.  I think the argumentation was not to
add unnecessary complexity to the interface.  For me, it adds
unnecessary complexity having to switch between a number of Thunar
windows, and tabs have been becoming so familiar for the user (from
web browsers and maybe other file mangers) that I think they're
perceived as something natural, not something complex.

(I hope *I'm* not perceived as offensive.)

That said, I'm respecting that you have to set priorities, make
consistent design choices and manage limited time resources.

A happy Thunar user (who would nevertheless be even happier with those tabs)

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