We are looking into adding an action & info bar to Nautilus. The background about this proposal can be read on the task where we put the main goals, prior art, different proposals and mockups, etc.
We are not sure whether this is the appropriate solution and whether the implementation we propose is ideal. In order to be more confident, we would like to gather early feedback on the current proposal. Also, we are looking for ideas on how to improve the overall approach.
The current proposal is being worked in a branch and can be installed via Flatpak clicking here (Note: You might need to install it the the CLI by executing `flatpak install nautilus-dev.flatpak` due to a bug in Software).
The current proposal looks as follows:
One of the concerns we have is about how visual heavy is to show the action bar at all times, in addition to the not very light buttons style.
One thing that could alleviate the heaviness is to style the buttons differently, and for that would be nice if someone that knows CSS plays a bit with it. To test your ideas, simply install the Flatpaked Nautilus, configure and open the GtkInspector with <ctrl>+<shift>+D, go to the CSS tab, and put the style you want to try out. To give some guidance, you have an example to make the action bar buttons flat here.
Feel free to comment here, reach me on IRC at #nautilus on irc.gnome.org as csoriano, or send an email to email@example.com.
I will write an update in this blog with the outcome when we achieve some more advanced proposal with the feedback we have received.
I’m looking forward to hear your ideas and thoughts!