"File lense" like applications for xfce/xubuntu

Simon Steinbeiß simon at xfce.org
Tue Jun 24 14:43:50 UTC 2014

On Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:56:54 +0200
"Edwin Günthner" <edgue at web.de> wrote:

> Hello xubuntu folks,
> I did check the mailing list archive for for keywords like "synapse" ... couldnt find any; so I hope that this topic is "new" and worth discussing here.
> I consider moving from ubunut/unity to xubuntu/xfce (actually running a xubuntu desktop for some weeks by now). The one thing that is really missing for me: fast access to files. The unity file lense remembers all the files I touched lately (probably using zeitgeist) ... and it is extremly helpful. Instead of opening up a file manager and navigating directories; I just press windows-f and start typing parts of the file name ... 
> (most of the time, i dont need to type anything, because the file lense might actually the file i am looking for already ;-)
> With xubuntu/xfce, there is no such feature. The whisker menu and application finder focus soley _applications_; not on files with user data.
> In earlier years, there was "synapse" as replacement file launcher (using zeitgeist under the covers) that provided similar functionality. But synapse is no longer actively maintained; it isn't even available in the 14.04 repositories any more.
> So - long story short:  1) is there an existing "file lense"-alike solution for xubuntu?
> 2) if not - are there any thoughts/plans to provide it at some point?
> Thanks everybody,
> Edwin


we're shipping catfish by default, which provides a fast and easy way to search files.


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