At 02:04 PM 12/4/2001 +0100, Sven Neumann wrote:
>The idea to use XCF in an AbiWord document makes me shudder.

         The AbiWord folks actually liked the idea!  I don't know how many 
people will actually use it - but it's nice to have and it continues to 
improve the integration of "GNOME Office".

>For image web galleries, I'd suggest they use GIMP in batch mode
>to convert to another format or to create the thumbnails directly.
>That would probably have been a way to go for ImageMagick too.

         For whatever reason, most (all?) of the products in this space 
have chosen to use IM (or something similiar) to do the conversions rather 
than going to GIMP.  If I were to guess, I would suspect it's because they 
can interact with IM directly from Java, Perl and PHP instead of having to 
build "batch files" and then run Gimp (higher overhead).

>I don't think XCF is intended to be a file format for image

         OK.  If that is not the intent, it's not the intent!

>It is as much a bad choice for image distribution as
>Photoshop files are, or Word files for exchanging text documents.

         I would argue that for "non-simple" images, the Photoshop format 
has a lot going for it!  Sure, if all you want is a "flat bitmap", it's WAY 
OVERKILL - but for layered CMYK images with clipping paths, it's the way to 
go!  In fact, I once had a client with the requirement of taking CMYK 
images with 16million colors and either transparency or clipping into 
PDF/PS documents.  The only image format that met the requirements was 

>It's sole purpose is to save intermediate states of your work and
>probably exchange it among GIMP users.

         In that case, I definitely WONT implement saving as XCF!


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