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One feature I enjoy in Windows 7 is the Windows Explorer's Preview Pane. Will something similar be added to Nautilus for Ubuntu at some point in the future?

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Do you have an image as an example before I show you my nautilus elementary? – Rinzwind May 24 '11 at 19:51
do you mean the Goobus Preview? – Sam May 24 '11 at 20:07
Yeah. Gloobus is the/a new Elementary version. Nautilus is made so you can add your own scripts; I searched a bit but have not seen a script to add a preview for text files though. – Rinzwind May 24 '11 at 20:10
any word on if a Preview Pane will be added to Ubuntu's default install of Nautilus so that the Preview Pane is just part of the file manager by default? – Sam May 24 '11 at 20:14
This question is too open ended, any answer will just be speculation. – Jorge Castro May 24 '11 at 21:03

It is possible to combine the Gloobus Preview interface with Nautilus i.e. so that you retain any new bug fixes for Nautilus through the repositories but also have the ability to preview files.

In summary, pressing the spacebar on a supported file (e.g. text, pdf, mp3 etc) in Nautilus will present a preview like this for a PDF: enter image description here

and like this for a MP3: enter image description here

If you want to try this suggest use the following packages:

Download and install Gloobus Preview from the PPA here

Then download the Nautilus extension script from here

Install a small addition for nautilus

sudo apt-get install python-nautilus

Then extract the Nautilus extension script you have downloaded.

Install the script using

cd <folder containing the extracted extension script>
sudo python install --install-layout=deb

Logout and log back in.

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Gloobus preview

Gloobus preview might be the tool you are looking for. I think it is the thing which is included in nautilus elementary, but it can be installed separatly too. For instructions on installation, look here.

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Try nautilus-elementary, now available on Natty:

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sorry- I've just noticed someone beat me to it... – thomas michael wallace May 24 '11 at 19:59
hey... it just shows we all agree on what is out there. I took a bit longer making a screenshot; doesn't mean your answer is any less good. – Rinzwind May 24 '11 at 20:06
Will a Preview Pane be developed for the Nautilus installation that comes default with Ubuntu? Elementary is not the official file manager. You must install it via PPA? – Sam May 24 '11 at 20:08
Probably not... it'll most likely always be a PPA. Nautilus is sort of finished and if you want more you need to create your own script. – Rinzwind May 24 '11 at 20:12
@Rinzwind and @Sam , see my answer - yes, such a script does exist. – fossfreedom May 25 '11 at 17:59

Nautilus elementary does a preview of images like this:


The Gloobus project intends to have preview for all sorts of files but they are still developing I think.

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