We did a last push and hold the release a week to get another of the items that were requested.
We added a new zoom level to nautilus, now you will have available 48px, 64px, 96px and 128px.
This was hard to do because of how the canvas of nautilus behaves, which multiplies the padding according to the zoom level. So we cannot control the padding, making the view unusable on zoom levels farther than the range 64px – 128px.
With a big effort of the previous main maintainer Cosimo Cecchi who we asked for help, and the design review of Allan, we managed to make the change preserving the padding for zoom levels but improving the sizing of the label and thumbnails. So we effectively didn’t introduce any change that could affect previous users.
This was important since we tried different approaches during this last week and those made different types of users complain about the changes. Surprisingly to me, now lot of people are attached to the 96px zoom level that was made default for 3.16.
We will rethink the use cases of those views and we will work further on it.
However, the canvas of nautilus needs to be completely rewritten and we cannot do anything more with the current code without spending valuable time in that tricky and old code. I hope the week we spent on it worth it.
This is how the default zoom level padding thumbnails improved:
You can see the difference of thumbnails showing more content.
And this is the smallest zoom level added:
Have a nice day