New icon repositioning and organizing feature in Dash may be coming soon to GNOME Shell
One of the great truths of the Open Source world is that nothing is ever really ready, but don't see it as a bad thing, it simply means something common to life itself, there is always constant forward movement, modifications, improvements, and that's great! With GNOME project, author of GNOME Shell, interface used in most major Linux distros, it would be no different, and the Brazilian developer, Georges Stavracas Neto, tells us on your blog One of the news that may be coming to GNOME Shell, a Grid App with new and richer functions.
The Dash, or GNOME menu, as many people know, where you find the grid of applications installed on your system, where you can explore applications, launch them, or add them to dock.
Like most of us, you are used to using a GNOME Shell-like app grid on your Smartphone, and at some point you thought of dragging one icon over another on that grid to create folders, or simply rearranging as you would like, Just like you do on your Smartphone, and you realize that GNOME Shell Vanilla doesn't have this feature.
We have an article here on the blog about an extension called "AppFolders" that created a similar feature.
Ideas coming from previous years
During the London UX Hackfest, as early as 2017, GNOME developers and designers were thinking of different ways to organize the elements of the GNOME Shell interface.
According to Georges, " It is very interesting to let designers create concepts without considering limitations that the tools of the moment may have or the times to do something, because this freedom ends up producing wonderful results.! ".
Among the suggestions of the time, there was one that was implemented in Endless OS, more or less as it was imagined, that is precisely this management of the application grid.
What we have now is not exactly the implementation that occurs in EndlessOS, but it works similarly.
Georges comments that she has spent the last few weeks working on a new icon-organizing feature of the GNOME Shell menu applications, and the initial results seem encouraging.
In this first example, we can see that you can now create folders to group program icons by simply dragging one icon over another:
Note that the folder name is given the name of the common category that applications played on it have. It remains to be seen whether folders can be renamed freely, which should help with overall organization. As still recent, things can change over time, until release, as the developer himself comments in the article.
The next example shows us that it is also possible to move applications out of the created folders, an expected behavior within this type of situation, but just like anything you use on your computer needs to be programmed and developed:
When a folder is empty it is automatically deleted so that you are not full of folders with no applications present, a very smart feature.
In the following video we have the demonstration of the repositioning of icons, allowing the user to organize the applications as he sees fit:
The latest demonstration shows us that it is also possible to drag the icons across the multiple application pages you eventually have.
When to get to GNOME Shell officially?
You can read Georges full article here, In it the developer informs us that we can see this new feature in GNOME Shell between version 3.34 (the next stable release) and 3.36, which is the next stable release.
If it is possible to add the code before the time of freezing From GNOME Shell to release version 3.34, we'll have the feature in a few months in major distros, otherwise we'll have to wait a little longer. Stavacras concludes by thanking Endless Computers, which develops Endless OS, for supporting him in doing this work.
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