[PATCH] Previews in KDirOperator

Peter Penz peter.penz at gmx.at
Mon Feb 18 08:17:46 GMT 2008

Hi Jon,

> Sorry!! This weekend i've not read the mailing list...

Weekends are there to relax :-)

> > @Jon: what do you think about not adding a third view mode but a
> > preview-toggle like in Dolphin + automatical resizing of the item size?
> I think it's a good idea to provide the preview mode in the views already 
> exist in kdiroperator, that's really cool. As you say, Peter, would be 
> necessary to increase the icon size when this mode is enabled. Guys, i can
> work on it :-).

Great :-)

> About this...do you think that the Simple and Detailed views are enough? 
> Shouldn't KDirOperator have an icon mode view?

My personal opinion is that an "Icons view" is not needed. Usually KDirOperator is used within areas that are quite small (e. g. the file-dialog or in Kate as sidebar), so the increased size for the "Icons view" adds no benefit in comparison with the "Simple view". Also when using the file dialog the chances are high that the user is only searching for a specific MIME type group, so showing the icon in a larger size also adds no benefit IMHO. What maybe supports this assumption is that we did get no feature request for the file dialog for a "Icons view" as far as I know.

If Dolphin we don't differ between a "Simple view" and a "Icons view" at all. The "Icons View" can be configured to a "Simple view" if needed and the feedback so far was quite good.

So I think it would be great to add the preview feature for the "Simple View" and the "Details view". This gives us also the chance to get a feeling about the needed decoration size for previews and how well it works inside a small area of the file-dialog.

Thanks in advance!

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