Schlagwort-Archiv: gnome

Resize images directly from nautilus

The more often we need to a certain task, the more direct access we want to have to it. We don’t want to click through 10 sub-menus to create a new folder (that’s why it is right in the context menu of nautilus). When web searches became more and more frequent, browser developers invented the search bar next to the address bar and with the usage of the address bar continuing to decrease the two have been merged in recent versions of most browsers.

I my opinion this „usage frequency/accessibility“ ratio is far too high in common linux distributions (and all windows installations I have worked with for that matter), when it comes to resizing an image. Say you want to share some of your vacation photos with your friends, firing up GIMP and resizing them all manually seems like the worst case, but it really does not get much better in a standard GNOME environment. (This is just from personal experience, if I’m wrong please leave a comment).

GIMP surely does the trick. Also it opens like 5 windows by default. WHY???

A quick terminal command that I have used for a long time is described here. It uses the convert tool from the ImageMagicK package (which is much more powerful than just a simple resizer). To resize an image you just need to run

convert image.jpg -resize 50%

To reduce to size of the image to 50%. You can also convert multiple images at a time, for more details on this click here! I any case, you still have to open a terminal, cd to the right folder and enter the command. As a user who generally uses a GUI (namely nautilus, GNOMEs default file browser) to browse files, this is still too much work.

I have finally found what I was looking for in nautilus-image-manipulator. (formerly nautilus-image-converter). It is a neat little nautilus extension written in python that plugs itself right into the context menu (i.e. the right click menu) in nautilus. Whenever you right click on an image file there is an entry „Resize image“ giving you this:

nautilus-image-manipulator gives you a couple of options on what to do with your images.

The rest is self explanatory, you can choose the exact size, or just give a percentage. Also you can replace the originals or store resized copies. The best thing is, that it works flawlessly with multiple images at the same time.

Arch users can build and install nautilus-image-manipulator from AUR. It has a couple of python specific dependencies, all of which are available through AUR or the pacman repositories.

Syncing your Google calendar data with gnome 3 without evolution

I use Google calendar to manage all my appointments, because of the nice synchronization with android. But sometimes when I need to quickly check if I’m free on some day I want my calendar within a one-click distance.

The GNOME 3 shell has a built in calendar (which appears if you click on the top bar), which natively is managed by evolution. Since I don’t care for that (I use Thunderbird for Mails and … well nothing for my calendar), I was looking for a way to get my Google calendar data directly into the top bar.

The gnome 3 top bar gives you a nice quick overview over your calendar.

Luckily there is a nice tool available that does just that. It goes by the name gnome-shell-google-calendar and is available to arch users through AUR.

It has a client server like architecture, meaning that whenever you open the gnome shell calendar it will dispatch a service call, that will somehow be answered by gnome-shell-google-calendar. I not sure how it exactly works, but what you need to take away from this is, that the script needs to be running all the time to answer to the gnome shell.

The best way to achieve this is to add it to your startup applications:


opens the „startup applications preferences“ (It is beyond me, why the window title differs from the command). Click add, insert „gnome-shell-google-calendar“ and you’re good to go.

At first start the script will ask for your Google login information and store the password within the gnome keyring.

In case you want to exclude specific calendars from being fed to gnome, you can do so by placing a file .gnome-shell-google-calendar-excludes in your home directory and list the unwelcome calendars each on a separate line.