Linux Software Puts New Face on File Management
Now in Version 0.8, Interrogator provides navigation around the system as well as various views into files, directories and volumes. Instead of revealing the content in the file through some graphical image or icon, Interrogator icons modify the color, size and outlines of icons and text to attributes such as permissions, date and sizes. Folder icons holding many files will grow bigger than ones with fewer items inside.
"The command line was created 30 years ago for a 300-baud user interface," said Tactile founder and programmer Allan Bonadio. "Now we have one million color pixels staring at usperhaps its time to start using them?"
According to Bonadio, Interrogator offers speedier performance than other popular graphical shells such as Nautilus, as well as practical features, letting power users avoid the command line. "Interrogator is designed for people who deal with thousands of files at a time. Some other file managers can show stuff thats cool on a per-file basis. But power users dont want to have to read [files] one at a time."
Other commands let managers type characters into a field and dynamically select files that correspond to the string.
A beta version is available for download. Bonadio said the product will be finished by the end of the year and will cost $49.95.