Cool New Features That I'd Like to See in Opus
Directory Opus is beyond awesome. But even God can be improved, right? Otherwise why would we have mosquitoes and train wrecks?
On this page, I present some features I would love to see in Opus. Then I ramble about some features I'd like to see improved. Then, in the comment field, it's your time to agree, disagree, discuss, or add your own wish list!
Colors for Jobs BarWe can already set the font, it would be nice to be able to do the same for colors in Prefs / Colors and Fonts / Fonts / Jobs Bar
Comparing Preferences with DefaultSometimes you want to know exactly what changes you've made in the Preferences menu compared with the default configuration. It would be sweet if you could generate a report showing how you've changed your prefs.
Multi-Part FTPFTP can be painfully slow because of how ISPs shape our traffic. To transfer large files, I reluctantly use a small utility called BitKinex. I would much rather have multi-part FTP built right into Opus.
Existing Features that could be ImprovedTeam Opus keeps coming up with new features and improvements. Not only is that kind of work never finished, but everyone has their own ideas about what features would improve their file manager.
This is a large topic, and I'll just throw in my two cents about two places where I could see a little improvement. (I guess that makes a total of four cents.)
Two Cents on The Rename Panel
The rename panel in DO12 was a terrific improvement. As a user of regex, I always loved the regex presets. Now we can arrange presets into families, and in many cases the new and easy-to-use macros will be even faster than using a regular expressions. Then for coders, rename scripts are beautifully integrated, so the sky is the limit.
Having paid compliments to the macro model, I'm sure it's a work-in-progress and there are places where the macros can be improved:
- finer grain while selecting. For instance, how would you select text between the first and the second dash?
- operations on selected text. Once you've selected the text between two dashes, how do you capitalize just that part?
The macro model is original and it works perfectly for simple renames. However, and I may be wrong, in the long run it seems to me that it will be hard to achieve the same renames with macros as can be achieved with the paradigm that currently dominates standalone renaming software—a pipeline of operations in selected chunks of the file name.
And maybe that's okay: just as the image viewer will never be Photoshop, the rename panel will never be Gillmeister Rename Expert or (on OSX) Name Mangler and A Better Finder Rename.
Two Cents on The Utility Panel
The manual says that the utility panel "acts as a container for several different functions". One possible translation is that the utility panel is a generic box for functions for which the Opus coders haven't yet had time to design a dedicated GUI. That multi-function container must be convenient from a software development standpoint, and for users it's certainly wonderful to have the functionality even if a pretty GUI isn't quite ready. Nevertheless, from from a user experience standpoint, I find the utility panel to be the weakest part of Opus. I'm sure the developers are aware of it, and I'll patiently wait until they have time to make GUIs for some of the features it hosts.
Here are three functions in the utility panel I would definitely use more if they had a better interface:
✱ The Synchronize function
✱ The Duplicate Files function
✱ The Find function
The utility panel also gives access to several logs (such as the Undo Log). For these logs, I find the utility panel to be an appropriate interface.
What About You?Well, that's it for my wish list. Feel free to contribute your own "wishlist thoughts" below.