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different design in each kde application

KDE Applications

KDE is my favourite desktop environment. I like really much and I also have no problem with the design and the work flow, but I’d like to write about the different design and work flow in every application. In one of the next post I’d like to write about standardisation and identification.

Dolphin

Is my favourite file manager. Every week I’d like to switch to linux at work because the filemanagers in windows are not so easy to handle.

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menu bar

+ you can show and hide the manu bar with Ctrl+M as written in the HIG.

status bar

+ You get useful additional information in in the status bar. In the dolphin configuration you can add additional information, but you can’t hide the status bar.

– In the HIG is written down that KDE applications should not use a status bar. So It would be nice when you can hide the status bar.

panels

+ you can show/hide each panel

+ you can move each panel

+ you can make tabs

– the tabs are on bottom in some other apps they are on top or left.

– the lock/unlock is difficult. you have to use the right mouse an a specific place.

– the behavior of each panel setting is different in each dolphin panel

– the behavior is also different with other kde applications

toolbar

– Why is the toolbar show/hid in the section Settings (menu bar) and not in the section View

+ the standard icons are a good start

Gwenview

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+- Gwenview start page is unique

menu bar

+ you can show and hide the manu bar with Ctrl+M as written in the HIG.

– when you hide the menu bar, there is no icon like in dolphin in the toolbar.

status bar

+ additional Information

– In the HIG is written down that KDE applications should not use a status bar. So It would be nice when you can hide the status bar.

– Add Filter was not used in any other kde application. There is a discussion about search in kde applications maybe it would be useful, a search could used for the filter. Dolphin uses also a filter (Ctrl+i)

– There is an icon for hide the sidebar (left panel). This is a nice idea but you don’t have this in any other kde application

panels

– you can’t locked/unlock the panel

– can’t show/hide each panel

– you can’t move each panel

– the tabs are on bottom in some other apps they are on top or left.

– the file previews are  right. you can’t hove them on bottom, top, into the left panel

toolbar

– It is not possible to hide the toolbar

System Settings

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