hi carol, of course I have personal things to use the GIMP for (and use the GIMP only) - otherwise I wouldn't have spent any time and effort in this! I somehow got the impression that you think I came here to 'humiliate' the GIMP. That's absolutely not the case!!
I've been using the GIMP (under SuSE/Linux) for four years now, but not on a regular basis (between 0 and 2 hours a week). Usually, I utilise it for image manipulation, and to create prototypes/screenshots of software conceptions. As every user of any complex software I'm sometimes faced problems, e.g do not find a certain function, do not understand an option or the like. In order to identify and prioritise such problems, it is important to observe other users while interacting with the software (to identify if it's only a personal problem, or if others have the same difficulties). After a while, a developer or heavy user will no longer recognise the problems she/he encountered when first using the software, because she/he got used to it. But imagine occasional users: It is very hard to them to remember all the shortcuts, functions, etc., especially when they are complex. Sometimes it's really astonishing for developers to watch 'real' users interacting with their software! The GIMP is a great tool, and I think it sould not be the goal of the GIMP to make it a software for professionals only. I never wanted to change the concepts of the GIMP or anything like that - each of you has spent way more time and effort in thinking of the best solutions! But sometimes you can facilitate the entry point to learn a software by quite small things (such as providing hints and tooltips, and a intuitive menu structure). And that was the intention of the test. I hope you understand my intentions a bit better right now! Greetings, /ellen -- ______________________________________________________ Ellen Reitmayr email: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Usability Engineer mobil: +49.177.3325867 relevantive AG fon: +49.30.23455630 Zehdenicker Str. 21 fax: +49.30.23455639 10119 Berlin web: www.relevantive.de _______________________________________________________
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