On 1 May 2004, at 13:51, J. Grant wrote:

> Thanks for your reply.

Could you please cut my reply from yours if there are no specific
points of my reply that you are addressing? It saves unnecessary
scrolling on my part.

> While I love the flexibility the separate windows of the GIMP software
> provide.  A friend and I think it would be very useful to have a
> "single window" styled layout (as well as the present flexible window
> position interface), where all GIMP child windows are within a core
> GIMP window. I think this is called MDI (Multiple Document Interface).
>  This style of interface is common in proprietary gfx software we have
> used.
> My friend and I are thinking £50 (UKP) each donation so far (I know
> not much, but we don't have a lot to spare.. if others would donate it
> could be increased).  If there is support for this idea, I could email
> the gimp-users list and ask if others would like to donate for this
> feature.

I am a firm believer of WiW for GIMP like software, but as such I
stand mostly alone in this group (and I am not a developer, so don't
expect any code to come from me).

There have been several discussions about this topic; on this mailing
list, in articles and discussions on Advogato, and in the Bugzilla
enhancement requests posted for this and similar features (see
<http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=7379>). Search for terms
like MDI, SDI, WiW et cetera. If there is any new information you can
bring to this discussion, please do so on the appropriate forum.

The consensus so far seems to be that the developers don't want to
touch such a feature. It's hard to find the real arguments against
the feature through the forest of emotional arguments that the
discussion has produced so far, but it seems that the developers
won't touch it, because the GIMP works perfectly fine for them the
way it does now, and in their working environment. And that is of
course a perfectly valid argument.

Depending on the operating system you use, there may be software
available that can help you. For MS Windows, for instance, there's a
tool called Gimpex (<http://sourceforge.net/projects/gimpex/>). I
haven't tried it much yet.

branko collin
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