GNOME come with a a good number of default aplications, for brwosing the web, files, or managing contacts and calendars, as well as a photo manager, a music payer, and a lot more ! Let's take a tour of these apps.
Nautilus / Files
Nautilus, or GNOME Files, is the default file manager on GNOME. It is pretty simple, and has a very straightforward interface, and a few options on the headerbar, such as changing the view mode from icons to list, searching for files or folders, or a few simple sorting options and zoom level controls.
I found the breadcrumbs bar nicely done, but could not find any option to type in a custom path, which is a pretty huge missing feature in my opinion.
All in all, Files is a basic, but sufficient file browser, apart from the lack of custom path input, and a column view, which I find very useful when you dig down a convoluted file system.
Photos sports a dark theme to make your pictures stand out a little more, and supports online photo accounts, such as GOogle Photos, from the Online Accounts settings. It has some very basic features, such as organizing your photos into albums, favoriting, as well as exporting, sharing through email, and I guess other sharing services I have not installed or configured, and simple photo editing.
Music is, as its name implies, your music player on GNOME. Once you're in, it sports a clean interface, separated into albums, artists, songs, and playlists. Controls are sleek and easy to use, but with very limited ratings, you can basically add a star, or not.
The GNOME terminal is the only GNOME app I could find that still sports a menubar, which stood out in the middle of other headerbar enabled applications. Its has all the features you'd expect from a terminal emulator, from profiles, character encoding support, tabs, and it has a surprising number of configuration options in its preference panel, allowing you to set the default size, the cursor shape, the color scheme, as well as switching it to dark mode, and customizing the keyboard shortcuts.
This is the default contact manager for GNOME. It looks the part, with a sidebar and a panel displaying your contact's info. You can quickly add new details to each contact, which allows you to have an unencumbered view of the info this contact really has. It also supports online accounts, so you can sync all contacts through here !
It seemed a bit unstable though, freezing everytime I tried to add a picture to a contact. It does not support contact groups, but you can favorite any contact you like.
GNOME Software is your App Store. It is pretty complete, allowing you to search, install, and remove applications in a few clicks. It has a simple but pleasing interface, separated in three tabs, allowing you to see all applications, your installed ones, and the updates for your system.
App pages are detailed with screenshots, descriptions, reviews, as well as a few other useful informations, such as the download size, and the source: packages fro the repos, flatpaks, or snaps. YOu can also choose the channel for snaps, to switch from the stable channel to the beta for example.
Software also shows the license, of the program is free or not, and adds a tick near to the developers name if it has been verified.
It does not show you system libraries, or non graphical packages, so you'll need to use the command line or install another package manager if you want to do it graphically.
Maps is a simple program that shows you, well, maps. It uses openstreetmap, which is great, and supports road view, as well as satellite view. You can look up any place you wish, and even get directions by foot, car, or bike.
This is GNOME's default browser, and, incidentally, elementary OS's as well. Once called epiphany, it has come a long way ! GNOME web has a very nice clean interface, and supports tabs, of course, but also integrated ad and pop up blocking, as well as, more importantly, firefox account sync. It also allows you to add a website as a web app for quicker access, and has asimple download manager, as wel as a bookmark library, that lacks organization in folders.
Calendar is a basic app, that has a few nice features. It supports online accounts, can add weather info, and supports a week, month, or year view. Events can be set to repeat, with reminders added, and even location details. It supports multiple calendars and its interface is clean and simple. You can't configure anything, since it does not have an options menu, but then again, that's a recurring theme with most GNOME applications.
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