Alternative color folders 48 x 48

Reported by Michael Kan on 2010-07-28
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human-icon-theme
Wishlist
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human-icon-theme (Ubuntu)
Wishlist
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Bug Description

Current: there seems to be no way to easily change the color of Gnome Nautilus folders for any purpose. I am using Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Netbook Remix. I am using human-icon-theme version 0.33.6ubuntu2.

     Many emblems are too small and their shapes are too similar. Many emblems are not useful in distinguishing between folders at a glance.

Issue: I would like to use folder colors to easily and visually highlight my folders.

     The Macintosh OS had the Label menu which I found very useful.

Contribution: I made copies of /usr/share/icons/Human/48x48/places/folder.png and used GIMP to make color modifications for 10 folder images. I have attached them.

Use: When I want to change a folder's color I use alt-enter to get the folder properties. Then I click the icon and select one of the .png files that I created.

It would be nice to see similar colored folders for Ubuntu themes.

Michael Kan (michaelkan-kan) wrote :
Vish (vish) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to make Ubuntu better.
There are a few problems with your suggestion , currently icon themes ship only with icon names from : http://standards.freedesktop.org/icon-naming-spec/icon-naming-spec-latest.html . Since your suggestion would require non-default icons , adding them in the theme is not possible right now.

And then we would have to think about making them easily accessible to the user, we cannot just add new folders and expect this feature to be easily identified for a new user either. Users can change the folder from properties , but how to make *these* colored icons available needs to be worked out. This needs fixing in nautilus and adding new icon names for such changes.

Since what you submitted is not really a bug, or a problem, but rather an idea to improve Ubuntu, you are invited to post your idea in Ubuntu Brainstorm at http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/ where it can be discussed, voted by the community and reviewed by developers. Thanks for taking the time to share your opinion!

Changed in human-icon-theme (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Invalid
Changed in human-icon-theme:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Invalid

Vish,

 Thanks for suggesting where to post my sork around for the colore folder
highlights.

 My teacher and fellow tinkerspasce friend was very excited in having me post
my need and work around solution to the problem.
 Turns out thatt only the old Mac OS 9 and earlieer had this feature.
 Neither the new Macs or the Microsoft come witn the ability to color
highlight the icons. there is software that can be added to the Microsoft
may be one for the Apple too that could add icon highlighting by the user.

 Was trying to use folder highlighting to work on photo work flow labeling.

 Will later in the week post my work around on the site that you suggested.

 Take care

 Mike Kan

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