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  • Development Work Towards GIMP 2.8 Solidifies

    Phoronix: Development Work Towards GIMP 2.8 Solidifies

    The developers behind the popular GIMP graphics application have announced the first development release in the road towards GIMP 2.8.0. GIMP 2.7.0 is this first development release and it brings a horde of changes and improvements...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzQ1OA

  • #2
    "As is showed" -> "As is shown"

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    • #3
      "GIMP 2.8 is set to introduce many user-interface improvements"

      Single-window mode maybe?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by unimatrix View Post
        Single-window mode maybe?
        You wish. I don't think the developers are going to go for it. :/

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        • #5
          Originally posted by nanonyme View Post
          You wish. I don't think the developers are going to go for it. :/
          Yeah, they're making sure GIMP always stays a second-grade image editor.

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          • #6
            I'd rather the choice between single window mode, and multi-window mode. I do have a reason for multi-window sometimes, so don't get rid of it, just also allow single window.

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            • #7
              I agree mirv. The multi window mode is useful when i'm multitasking.

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              • #8
                Just what use cases are there for a single window?

                • Gimp utility windows don't show up in the task bar (on Windows and GNOME at least).
                • Gimp utility windows are on top of the image windows, but don't obscure the image because:
                • Your image is not constrained to the image window, you can scroll beyond the borders.
                • When you select an image from the task bar, all utility windows will show up too.

                But utility windows have at least two advantages:

                • Implicit multi-monitor support.
                • Multitasking is more like Mac OS X: your panels stay in the same place, but work on the current image. It's document-centric.
                So, why would you want a single window?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Remco View Post
                  Just what use cases are there for a single window?
                  It doesn't look like a confusing mess?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by nanonyme View Post
                    It doesn't look like a confusing mess?
                    Exactly, it makes a mess on the desktop. To make things worse I usually need Gimp when I'm doing something, meaning that lots of windows will already be open. It's very easy to lose Gimp's windows, and you'll spend lots of unnecessary time clicking around the desktop to get to them. It's simply annoying.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by unimatrix View Post
                      Exactly, it makes a mess on the desktop. To make things worse I usually need Gimp when I'm doing something, meaning that lots of windows will already be open. It's very easy to lose Gimp's windows, and you'll spend lots of unnecessary time clicking around the desktop to get to them. It's simply annoying.
                      How can you lose windows that are On Top? As soon as you select an image window, the utility windows will pop up with it.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Remco View Post
                        How can you lose windows that are On Top? As soon as you select an image window, the utility windows will pop up with it.
                        If I waste 2 seconds doing that it pisses me off, because I know I wouldn't need to if they'd just give me an option to put the damn thing in one window.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by unimatrix View Post
                          If I waste 2 seconds doing that it pisses me off, because I know I wouldn't need to if they'd just give me an option to put the damn thing in one window.
                          The only thing you do is Alt-Tab to the image you want to edit, and you're all set. You would have to do this in a single window setup too. There is no difference between utility windows and a single window from a user interaction perspective.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Remco View Post
                            The only thing you do is Alt-Tab to the image you want to edit, and you're all set. You would have to do this in a single window setup too. There is no difference between utility windows and a single window from a user interaction perspective.
                            Yes you need to alt-tab through 3 different windows, usually selecting the wrong one and yet again wasting precious time.

                            Multiple windows may be a good idea in theory, but in practice it's just horrible.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by unimatrix View Post
                              Yes you need to alt-tab through 3 different windows, usually selecting the wrong one and yet again wasting precious time.
                              Then your window manager doesn't differentiate between application windows and utility windows. Try Metacity or Windows. Metacity will only let you choose normal application windows with Alt-Tab. To select a utility window (or a panel, dock, or the desktop), you can use Ctrl-Alt-Tab.

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