Thought I would design some icons for this:
The icons are based on Microsoft Office 2013 icons. The first one was design to be similar to the windows 7 explorer icon while the second one matches Office 2013 icons.
The second one is better.
However, I would prefer to get away from the classic "yellow color for folder", and use as little colors as possible (white + just one accent color)
1) Backspace needs to go up one level
the backspace key will be mapped to the back button to be consistent with the Windows Explorer / Internet Explorer behavior.
2) Up level to be listed as the first block entry to make it easier to navigate as opposed to going to the current up button on the top left of the screen
- Could perhaps have the parent folder on it's own column to the left of the file lists
I never liked the idea of displaying a parent folder button ("..") directly in the folder list.
I know this is often used on non-Windows OSes, but I find that annoying. I think a dedicated toolbar button is better.
- Different colour than the standard grey (folder yellow maybe?)
that wouldn't look good in a metro-like UI.
3) Folder management properties
- Assign priorities to folders? (higher priority lists first, priority 1 group A-Z, priority 2 group A-Z, etc.)
I intend to implement the ability to create favorite group a files/subfolders for each folder (a kind of priority group)
- Assign icon / image to folder
yes in a future version
- Include all other "properties" functionality on folders, not just on files.
the current release is an alpha version, that's why it still lacks these kind of essential features.
- the ultimate solution would be to move the most used files / folders to the top... but no idea how you'd do that
I would rather let the user choose his favorite files/folders rather than detecting which one he uses the most often.
Even Microsoft is getting away from that kind of automatic shortcuts in their start screen (the Windows xp/vista/7 start menu used to display most used apps, but on win8 MS has opted to let the user decide what he considers to be worth displaying on the start screen).
4) Better options to allow assigning background colours to different file types
5) A little bit bigger fonts on the file/folder names displayed
I don't know... I used the same font size as Microsoft used on the start screen.
If the user has sight troubles, he should set the high dpi mode in Windows.
"6) Double-click runs opens file (instead of asking on first click)"