On Sun, Jun 19, 2005 at 12:02:23PM +0200, Sven Neumann wrote:
> Why is she using the file open dialog at all? She could as well use
> the file manager and drag the files into GIMP.
That's annoying. At work, on WinXP, I have a number of 'necessary' windows
open at all time, to do cellphone game development:
My project folder
The Visual Studio window
A build directory
A target directory for dragging-and-dropping builds
That's already cluttered enough, and WinXP's lack of usable virtual desktops[*]
makes it even more annoying to try to open more windows. Especially since
I can't tell Gimp "Stay above other windows." And even if I could, it would
be irritating if a window full of files just HAPPENED to appear 'under' the
So yeah, I almost ALWAYS use "File->Open", and almost never use drag-n-drop.
[*] I've tried the Microsoft "PowerToy" for virtual desktops. It's utterly
useless. Doubly-so since it (1) rearranges the window listing in the
taskbar, and (2) Visual Studio is a piece of crap, and does stuff like
unminimize when you switch between virtual desktops.
> The file open dialog should really only be used if the file isn't
> readily selected elsewhere which should be rather unlikely if you
> are working in a document oriented way.
99% of the time, even if I'm just manipulating digital photos, I open all of
the files at once. I find it easier to with an "Open" dialog than it is
with either Windows' file explorer or the Konqueror file manager.
I mean, maybe it's because I'm stuck at 1024x768, but I just don't have
lots of room for dragging and dropping files from file manager windows.
> Also, you might want to explain bookmarks to your wife. She might find
> the dialog a lot more usable then.
The bookmarks are okay, until you end up having 5 different folders called
"bitmaps", and it's impossible to tell which project folder it's from.
(I use fairly standardized folder heirarchies and makefiles at work,
so every game has a "bitmaps" folder.)
Bookmarking more than one folder with a particular name causes
confusion, since you can't tell which is which. Perhaps I should post a
wishlist item to Gimp's bug tracker. :^) When there are multiple bookmarks
pointing to folders with the same name, show more context. e.g.:
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