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Folder viewer/manager (WIP).

Postby frank38 » 2018-02-13 16:11

I want to get rid of the desktop icons, because I don't like them, to use a program like Conky. But I'd like to have on my desktop a simple folder viewer that simply list the folders and files in the selected directory, even more than one of it. I hope to implement the main features such as drag-n-drop from/to file managers, theme support and (I hope) thumbnails. At the moment I've already tried to make something and the results are promising, albeit the severe lack of the documentation about the drag-n-drop and the iconview widget. Really hard work.
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Re: Folder viewer/manager (WIP).

Postby Bulkley » 2018-02-13 22:55

It looks like you are ready to use a window manager instead of a full features desktop. There are several good WMs so have a look and select one you feel comfortable with. I like Openbox coupled with a Tint2 taskbar. Both can be configured just about anyway you want although they take work. The lightest desktop is XFce and it can be configured very nicely to run without icon launchers. XFce has a good menu.

As to a file manager PCManFM and Thunar are good ones to start with. There are many others.
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Re: Folder viewer/manager (WIP).

Postby frank38 » 2018-02-15 07:52

Bulkley wrote:It looks like you are ready to use a window manager instead of a full features desktop. There are several good WMs so have a look and select one you feel comfortable with. I like Openbox coupled with a Tint2 taskbar. Both can be configured just about anyway you want although they take work. The lightest desktop is XFce and it can be configured very nicely to run without icon launchers. XFce has a good menu.

As to a file manager PCManFM and Thunar are good ones to start with. There are many others.

Hidpi is the magic word. Nowadays only Gtk3, Qt5 and Efl (from Enlightenment) have full hidpi support, both text and gui. And I am a lazy boy too, so I get tired very soon. Tint2 or Stalonetray give people the ability to build a custom envirinment, but I think an application that let users to set the most common options is needed. At the momente I'm stuck with the Gtk3, dconf (and maybe xsettings) is the right daemon for me. I also thought to make a simple bar in Python including Stalonetray, quite easy to make, but Tint2 and the like are better solutions.
This application is the one I need at the moment,
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Re: Folder viewer/manager (WIP).

Postby frank38 » 2018-02-16 13:06

How the program appears at the moment (using real rirectory):
(it's better to open the image into a new window)
Image

- no titlebar
- uses the default icon theme
- uses the thumbnails if any
- open files and folders with the default applications
- customizable: directory to show, window size and position, icon size, thumbnail size, etc.
I hope to applay some transparencies to the background of the iconview widget, but I haven't found any info about that.

I'm going to implement the DnD stuff.
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Re: Folder viewer/manager (WIP).

Postby frank38 » 2018-02-17 15:26

The program is going on well. I've started to write the code for the drag, and it is promising: I can drag and drop in Nautilus multiple files, even at the same time.
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Re: Folder viewer/manager (WIP).

Postby frank38 » 2018-02-19 13:03

Here is the first preview of the program:
http://www.mediafire.com/file/j2xqj4pkq ... er-0.1.zip
md5sum: ae23e8342c6831576f63386fc212be28

At the moment, it:
- supports drag and drop: accepts and copy files and folders from file managers to the opened folder; files and folders can be copied elsewhere
- multiselection
- thumbnail support (if the folder has been opened with a file manager supporting thumbnailers)
- settings in the config.cfg file
- opens only the folder included (it's my choise, has already full support)
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Re: Folder viewer/manager (WIP).

Postby frank38 » 2018-02-20 09:05

This is a new preview, just some little changes to make it really usable:
http://www.mediafire.com/file/lzngw4141 ... -0.1.1.zip
md5sum: 90efa05ae4edcc31ec7945aaf0b93cea

It's the same as the above, except for some improvement.
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