> Date: Fri, 05 Nov 2004 17:00:30 +0000
> From: Keith Goatman <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Cc: gimp-devel <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Subject: Re: [Gimp-developer] Dialog layouts in 2.2pre1
> Sven Neumann wrote:
> > Despite the fact that it has a sane API (which the old widgets didn't
> > have), it also has a number of useability improvements like bookmarks,
> > mime-type icons and the ability to mount volumes. It also features a
> > Win32 backend and in the future it will allow GIMP to work on remote
> > files (if we figure out how to use gnome-vfs w/o pulling in too many
> > dependencies). It is also expected that Search capabilities will be
> > added in the future (see
> > http://primates.ximian.com/~federico/docs/file-chooser-extension-spec/)
> >
> > If you are missing keyboard navigation in the file chooser, you might
> > want to try a recent GTK+ development snapshot. There have been some
> > improvements in that area.

It really is a lot more bearable if you can get a more recent version of
the file chooser with type ahead find.

The changes are good in a variety of ways but unfortunately for old users
it is better in very different ways from what worked well in the old
dialog, it is six of one half a dozen of the other.
On the upside the API and infrastructure has been cleaned up so there is
room for modifications and improvements and it is being worked on.

> Yes all the features you mention above are technically very nice, and
> make it more in line with the standard windows file dialog.  However, at
> the moment it is just plain annoying because it takes longer to select
> the file I want.  Since this is a common task it makes using the new
> version frustrating to use when I don't dnd from my browser.  I will try
> the latest GTK development snapshot to see if it's any better.

It is a secret conspiracy to kill off the file chooser and make everyone
use Drag and Drop and open files using the file manager!!!
(Believe it or not I'm actually half serious about this)

- Alan H.
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